Auliʻi Cravalho

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Auliʻi Cravalho
Auli'i Cravalho December 2016.jpg
Cravalho at the Moana premiere in Samoa, December 2016
Born (2000-11-22) November 22, 2000 (age 18)[1]
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2016–present

Auliʻi Cravalho (/ˈlʔi krəˈvɑːlj/;[2][3] born November 22, 2000)[1] is an American actress, singer and musician who made her acting debut as the title character in the 2016 film Moana.[4][5][6][7] In 2018, Cravalho made her television debut starring as Lilette Suarez in the NBC drama series Rise.

Early life[edit]

Cravalho was born in Kohala, Hawaii.[1] She is of Native Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, Irish, Portuguese and Chinese descent.[8][9] At the time she made her breakthrough, she was living in Mililani, Hawaii with her mother, Puanani Cravalho and was in her freshman year of high school at Kamehameha Schools' Kapālama campus.[10]


Cravalho has stated that she was initially not going to audition for Moana because "there were already so many great submissions over YouTube".[11] However, an Oahu talent agent discovered her at a charity competition and encouraged her to audition for the role.[9][11] The Walt Disney Company has stated that Cravalho was the last person to audition out of hundreds of actresses.[9][12]

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.[13][14] The series premiered on March 13, 2018, but NBC cancelled the series on May 15, 2018 due to low ratings.[15]

In November 2017, Cravalho announced she was going to reprise her role as Moana in the first ever Hawaiian-language dubbed Disney movie.[16] The dubbed Moana premiered on June 10, 2018.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Moana Moana (voice) English and Hawaiian-language versions[18]
2017 Moana: Gone Fishing Moana (voice) Short film
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Moana (voice) Cameo
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Rise Lilette Suarez Main role
2019 Weird City[19] Rayna Perez Guest role
Year Title Role Venue Notes
2018 Have a Nice Day[20] Teenage daughter Minetta Lane Theater Off-Broadway live reading

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2016 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Moana Won [a][21]
2016 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Moana Won [b][22]
2016 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Voice Performance Moana Nominated [23]
2017 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Frenemies (with Dwayne Johnson) Moana Nominated [24]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Fantasy Actress Moana Nominated [25]
Choice Movie: Breakout Star Moana Won [26]


  1. ^ Tied with Jason Bateman for Zootopia
  2. ^ Tied with Ginnifer Goodwin for Zootopia


  1. ^ a b c d Daniel, Diane (17 November 2016). "What to See in Hawaii? Ask Auliʻi Cravalho of Disney's 'Moana'". The New York Times. New York: The New York Times Company. p. TR2. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Dwayne Johnson and Auliʻi Cravalho on how to pronounce Auliʻi Cravalho". USA Today. YouTube. November 16, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Introducing Auliʻi Cravalho as Disney's Moana". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. YouTube. October 12, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Mike Miller, "All About Auliʻi Cravalho, the Amazing 16-Year-Old Voice of Disney's Moana," People, November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Bryan Alexander, "The Rock, Auliʻi Cravalho bring true chemistry to 'Moana'," USA Today, November 21, 2016.
  6. ^ Don Wallace, "'Moana' Star Auliʻi Cravalho is Not Your Average Disney Princess," Honolulu, November 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Julee Morrison, "Auliʻi Cravalho and Her Mom Talk Disney's Moana and The Rock," Huffington Post, November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ Wallace, Don. ""Moana" Star Auliʻi Cravalho is Not Your Average Disney Princess". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Wang, Frances Kai-Hwa (7 October 2015). "The Next Disney Princess is Native Hawaiian AuliCravalho". NBC News. New York: NBCUniversal. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  10. ^ "KS Kapālama sophomore Auliʻi Cravalho cast as Disney's "Moana" | Kamehameha Schools". Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  11. ^ a b Rice, Lynette (7 October 2015). "Meet the Next Disney Princess – and Get a First Look at Her Movie, Moana!" People. New York: Time Inc. Retrieved on 2016-06-14.
  12. ^ Ledbetter, Carly (8 October 2015). "Meet Your New Disney Princess 'Moana', Played By 14-Year-Old Auli‘i Cravalho". The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 2016-06-14.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 27, 2017). "'Moana' Star Auliʻi Cravalho Cast In NBC Pilot 'Drama High' From Jason Katims & Jeffrey Seller". Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Andreeva (May 4, 2017). "'Rise' & 'For God And Country' Picked Up To Series By NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "NBC's Theatre-Focused Drama Rise Sets March Premiere | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  16. ^ "Auliʻi on Instagram: "Aloha nui kākou! Eia nō hoʻi au ʻo Auliʻi Cravalho ma Nuioka nei. A piha ʻeu ka hauʻoli i ka hana hou ʻia ʻana ʻo Moana... a i kēia…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  17. ^ "Disney's Moana to make World Premiere in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi at Ko Olina's World Oceans Day, June 10 – Ko Olina". Ko Olina. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  18. ^ "'Moana' star to reprise role in Hawaiian-language version of Disney hit". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
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  21. ^ Flores, Terry (5 February 2017). "'Zootopia' Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  22. ^ "2016 AWFJ EDA Award Winners | Alliance of Women Film Journalists". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  23. ^ "The 2016 WAFCA Awards Nominations". December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  24. ^ Levy, Dani (2 February 2017). "Justin Timberlake and Kevin Hart Lead Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  25. ^ Ceron, Ella. "The Pretty Little Liars Were ALL Nominated for the Same EXACT Award". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Reveal Second Wave of Nominations". E! News. Retrieved 12 July 2017.

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