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Voyage from the Pacific Islands to Hollywood

Musician Opetaia Foa'i fought for Disney's smash hit 'Moana' to stay true to Pacific culture, writing song lyrics in Samoan and Tokelauan.

Opetaia Foa'i grew up in Samoa surrounded by the island's rhythms, sounds and songs. But, surviving wasn't easy and his family moved to the city of Auckland in New Zealand. As he grew up in this new environment he began to look into his roots and started to make music about his voyager ancestors. It caught the eye of producers at Walt Disney Animation Studios who wanted him to write the music for their upcoming movie Moana about a Pacific Island teenager trying to save her community. Opetaia Foa'i made sure the smash hit movie stayed true to Pacific culture - writing the soundtrack's lyrics in Samoan and Tokelauan.

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(Image: Opetaia Foa'i. Photo credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney.)

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