Auli'i Cravalho (born November 22, 2000) is an American actress. She made her acting debut as the title character in the 2016 film Moana.

Early lifeEdit

Cravalho was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is of Chinese, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican descent. At the time she made her breakthrough, she was living in Mililani, Hawaii with her mother, and was in her freshman year of high school at Kamehameha Schools' Kapālama campus.


Cravalho has stated that she was initially not going to audition for Moana because "there were already so many great submissions over YouTube". However, an Oahu talent agent discovered her at a charity competition and encouraged her to audition for the role. The Walt Disney Company has stated that Cravalho was the last person to audition out of hundreds of actresses. In February 2017, it was announced that she had been cast in the pilot for the NBC drama Rise, which was ordered to series on May 4, 2017.


Year Film Role
2016 Moana Moana Waialiki
2017 Gone Fishing Moana Waialiki
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Moana Waialiki

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