‘That’s Maui!’ Young Girls Adorably Mistake Costco Cashier For Moana Character — And He Plays Along – Video


A pair of little girls could hardly contain their excitement during a recent trip to Costco where they met a cashier who resembled Maui — the beloved character from the Disney movie Moana. Ryley, 8, and 5-year-old Rylyn, of Oahu, Hawaii, headed to the store with their mother, Rella Rivera, in Kapolei and pointed out the cashier.

Soon, the girls began jumping up and down excitedly as they declared, “That’s Maui!”

“It brought so much joy to my face to see how excited the girls were. Before I could get my phone out to video, he had already let out a loud ‘chee-hoo.’ And the girls lit up even more,” the girls’ mother, Rella Rivera (of Rella on the Radio) tells PEOPLE. Rivera, 42, uploaded a video of the sweet moment to YouTube, writing, “Each time my daughters come to Costco, they search for the ‘real life’ Demi god, Maui.”

In the clip, the cashier, William Va’ana, played along, inviting the girls to stand by him and yell, “chee-hoo!”— the character’s signature catchphrase. Rivera says that the kids go to Costco often with their father and are always happy to see Va’ana. “Every time he sees my daughters, he yells out to them with a ‘chee-hoo!’ and they love it,” she tells PEOPLE.

The girls are shown in the video sporting big smiles after the display and Rivera says that, since sharing the video, she learned many local children love the neighborhood’s Maui. “He’s so awesome for doing that,” Rivera tells PEOPLE. “There were pictures posted in the comments of other kids who have pointed him out in Costco and he was nice enough to take pictures with them as well.”

This is how people reacted to this post:

Rose Brien HarringtonWhat a lovely man!!! If I was the store owner I would be just delighted to have him working there!

Moxe FHe’s from my town. Amazing person. This is him daily. Not just in this video. He’s unfortunately got brain disease now. They set up a gofundme for him.

Lexy CruzI love how they say that’s a signature phrase of his, when in Hawaii everyone says this when cheering eachother on.

It’s like yahoo or woohoo when you’re happy

MorganThat’s so sweet! I remember when I was sick, and I saw a man at the hospital and I thought he was Mr. Rogers and he stayed in character for me when I saw him that one time! I really appreciate it as an adult, looking back on it. Because it did help me!

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