It looks like two girls from Hawaii found the real-life version the Moana character Maui, and guess what? He works at Costco! He’s a cashier and goes by the name William Va’ana.
We have to admit, William does have a striking resemblance to the Moana demi-god, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the movie. It turns out eight-year-old Ryley and her sister five-year-old Rylyn thought so, too.
The girls were shopping with their mom when one of them spotted William at the cash register and insisted that he must be Maui. The younger sister starts chanting Maui’s name and quickly gets William’s attention.
The Moana movie took the world by storm when Disney released it back in 2016, so it’s no wonder the girls were so excited when they believed they were about to meet one of the main characters. William had the sweetest reaction to the attention and best of all it was recorded for all to see!
The girls’ mom whipped out her cellphone and recorded the encounter, which is now being widely shared around social media.
In the video, William asks who the girls think he is. When they respond enthusiastically, he invites them over to his side of the cash register for a quick meet and greet.
Once beside him, he and the girls let out Maui’s signature “chee-hoo” call and it’s absolutely adorable. William is pretty darn good at performing the “chee-hoo” and it might be because it isn’t his first time being mistaken for the animated character.
William’s appearance has caused numerous children to mistake him for Moana‘s Maui, but he says he always plays along and does the “chee-hoo” yell with them.
If you’d like to bring some happiness to your day, you can watch the video that the girls’ mom recorded of their encounter with Maui and his booming “chee-hoo” below. And when you’re done, pass it on or give it a share. Make someone else’s day just a little bit brighter, too.
“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,” said the girls’ mother, Rella Rivera.
Since the video has been shared, the internet is lighting up, too. Many viewers are commenting on how William is a local legend and how we need more kind people like him in the world.
One commenter suggested his manager should pay him extra for his good deed, while another said, “He better end up on Ellen!”
It’s a huge deal to meet your idols, especially when you’re a kid. So it’s great to know that William isn’t disappointing anyone. No one likes to find out their favorite celebrities aren’t nice people.
Perhaps in 2018, we should all strive to be a little more like William. Kindness goes a long way, and not only were sisters Ryley and Rylyn beaming from ear to ear, plenty of people around the world who watched the video became just a little bit happier, too.