He works as a cashier, but William Va’ana has major star power for sure. Just ask sisters Ryley and Rylyn (8 and 5 years old respectively), of Oahu, Hawaii, who were in Costco with their mom when they spotted the man they thought was Maui from Disney's film Moana.
William—who does bear a striking resemblance to Disney's egotistical but lovable hero (voiced in the film by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson)—doesn't hesitate to play along, even calling the kiddos over to loudly perform Maui's signature ‘chee-hoo’ call.
It brought so much joy to my face to see how excited the girls were. Before I could get my phone out to video, he had already let out a loud ‘chee-hoo.’ And the girls lit up even more.
Since sharing the video online, the family has learned that there are other children in the area who have also mistaken Va’ana for Maui.
Just like Maui, he is indeed a legend, albeit a local one.