Moana star touches down in Samoa

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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 Auli’i Cravalho with the Polynesian Airlines pilot who flew her over to Samoa.

Auli’i Cravalho with the Polynesian Airlines pilot who flew her over to Samoa. (Photo: Dida Clinton Facebook)

The voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, has touched down in Samoa.

She has arrived with her family and crew at Fagalii Airport, having flown from Hawaii through American Samoa.

Auli’i leads a team from the movie who are in the country for the special blue carpet screening to be attended by invitees only tonight.

Also arriving for the event is producer Osnat Shurer, directors Ron Clements and John Musker.

The group has been welcomed officially during an ava ceremony at Taumeasina Island Resort.

Local organizer of the event, Dionne Fonoti, said the special screening would be followed by a Question and Answer session.

Cravalho plays the ferociously unafraid title character in her first-ever film role, grounding a heroine who sails across the ocean alone, commands a demi-god to do her bidding and battles legendary beasts. 

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, the 16-year-old said she didn’t initially audition for the role of Moana because the main auditions were happening during her freshman year of high school.

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