Moana toped the charts when it first came out. It is the first Polynesian/ Pacific Islander Disney Princess movie. Over the years Disney has become more culturally diverse in its movies and I think that is something we can all agree to love and appreciate. Moana took first place as my favorite Disney movie the first time it came out. Watching it back home in Virginia just made me even more excited to make my move to Hawaii. It also made me do some research on Pacific Islander and especially Hawaiian culture and background. I gained knowledge and appreciation for many cultures throughout the pacific and even though I should have done my research earlier, I really can say that Moana brought it to my attention. After living in this beautiful place for the past four months, I have a huge respect for the culture of the islands although you can never have enough. Viewing Moana again at HIFF was such a neat experience because I was able to relate it to my surroundings and the cultures that I have come to know and love here in the Pacific. The film is so well done. The animations are beautiful and the sound track is so catchy. I love Moana because like other Disney movies like Mulan or Pocahontas, the younger kids watching it can learn and grow from it. It is something that they can appreciate and is more than just a story. It has history and meaning behind it. The film was for the millionth time that I have seen it, extraordinary! Disney did put a lot of effort into learning the future and background that they were basing the movie off of and even got local Hawaiian and Polynesians to voice the characters which is such a step in the right direction for mainstream film industries. Some of the people that voiced the characters were even at the viewing at the Hawaii International Film Festival. It was so nice to see people enjoying their awesome piece of work. Disney should continue to be proud of Moana and the work they put into making it and making sure it was culturally right. Viewing it at HIFF is something I will never forget!