As of the time of her casting for Moana, she lives in the town of Mililani with her mother, Puanani Cravalho.
Cravalho is a soprano and sings in her school's glee club.
Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of women in the Pacific Islands before selecting Auli'i Cravalho for her debut role as Moana. According to Rachel W. Sutton, Auli'i was the very last girl that auditioned.
In the casting press release, director, John Musker, said she was cast as Moana because of a "certain fearlessness in her auditions and callbacks." He further said, "She has a playful, mischievous wit. She can project vulnerability, she doesn't seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead, and her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work, and music. These are all qualities she shares with Moana".
She was discovered by an Oahu casting agent who noticed her singing in a charity competition.
Is of Chinese, Irish, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican descent.
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Moana is such an amazing character. She's brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she's not afraid to get it, and I think that's something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.
From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress.
I'm a very happy person. I'm happy where I'm at, where I've been and with everything I've gone through. I know being happy will only take me further in life, and I'd love to share this passion I have with others.