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.
When the girls' faces light up, there's no doubt he's made their day.
The girl's mother, Rella Rivera, shot the video, and she explained to People how it went down:
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.
The internet felt the same way:
And we agree!
It is a striking resemblance!
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.
He takes pics with kids when they ask, and always lets out a booming "chee-hoo" when he sees the children in the store.
Just like Maui, he is indeed a legend, albeit a local one.
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