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'Moana' Breakout Star Auli'i Cravalho Surprises a Mini-Me Superfan

by Lisa Hirsch Lozano 12:21 PM, March 8, 2017

Aired March 9, 2017

The voice of Disney’s “Moana,” 16-year-old Auli’i Cravalho (who performed to rave reviews at last week’s Oscars) paid us a visit and surprised a very special fan. 4-year-old Evanui loves “Moana” -- but also bears an adorably striking resemblance to the animated character!

Evanui and her dad, Mape, gained popularity on Instagram with their posts imitating Moana and Maui from the film, and they’re brought that talent to our stage. The pair danced to the “Moana” song “We Know the Way” and then Evanui gave a special performance.

But what the pint-sized performer didn’t know is that Auli’i was on hand to surprise her!

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Watch the video above for the priceless moment when the two meet, and when Auli’i showers Evanui with “Moana”-themed gifts.

Rach also sat down with Auli’i to chat about voicing the first Polynesian Disney princess. “I’m really glad that Moana is out there because she looks like little girls like us,” Auli’i said, gesturing to Evanui. Auli’i also shared her favorite Disney princess growing up: “My favorite character was Mulan because she was so headstrong and she knew what she needed to do.”

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Rach revealed they share something in common -- they both love to make spam musubi! Auli’i responded, “Spam goes with anything!”

The Hawaii native recently relocated to New York City to film her NBC pilot “Drama High,” so Rach decided to surprise her with a whole new New York wardrobe. Watch the video below to see what Rach picked out for her!

 

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