Watching a movie as an adult is an entirely different experience to how it used to be as a kid. Back then, we didn’t just sit in front of a screen for 90 minutes, occasionally checking our phones to look someone up on IMDb or text someone if we got bored. Nor did we then go on to give our own criticism of the film, either hailing it as a masterpiece or trashing it as if we could have done something so much better.
Children are no less susceptible to becoming star struck than the rest of us. While adults tend to appreciate a smaller pool of celebrities, children have whole worlds of animated characters to watch out for in the real world.
One adorable example of this excitement took place at a Costco in Hawaii where two girls thought the cashier was Maui from Moana.
Rella Rivera, a radio host, posted a video to YouTube of her two daughters speaking to a cashier in Costco. The little girls – Ryley, who is eight, and her little sister, Rylyn, aged five – can be seen excitedly waiting at the checkout to be served by William Va’ana, but they refer to him as “Maui”.
“Who’s that?” Rella asks her daughters, who have met Va’ana several times before.
“That’s Maui,” they screamed while jumping up and down.
The young girls then ask Va’ana if he will shout Maui’s catchphrase (a high pitched “chee-hoo!”) – to which he says, “only if you guys are going to do it too”.
Unsurprisingly, the kids leap at the opportunity and stand behind the cashier’s checkout desk in order to chant with him. And he doesn’t hold back, either.
Watch the video here:
In the description of the clip, Rella explained that her daughters do this every time they visit the store – and Va’ana is perfectly used to it, seeing as he used to perform as the character professionally.
“Each time my daughters come to Costco, they search for the “real life” Demi god, Maui,” she said. “Will, featured in this video also does character appearances as Maui for parties and previously at Aulani Disney resort. Thank you, will, for bringing a smile to our daughters faces at each visit!”
“Every time he sees my daughters, he yells out to them with a ‘chee-hoo!’ and they love it,” Rella said in an interview with People magazine. “He’s so awesome for doing that.”