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I wasn't born a demigod. I had human parents. They... uhhh.... took one look, and decided..... they did not want me. They threw me into the sea... like I was... nothing.
―Maui about his parents.

Maui's Parents are minor characters from Disney's 2016 animated film Moana. They are the biological parents of the demigod Maui.


According to Maui, they took one look at him after his birth and decided they didn't want him as they refuse to bear the difficulties of raising a child. As such, they threw him into the ocean like he was nothing, though he was saved by the gods, who raised him to become a demigod to provide gifts for humanity. Despite earning the humans' admiration and respect for his accomplishments, Maui was very upset that his parents abandoned him for their selfishness, and he despised them for this. It was also the reason why Maui chose to steal the heart of Te Fiti, ashe wanted to give it to the humans to be remembered as the human he once was, though he would later regret this during the movie's events.

Mythological background[]

The character of Maui is based on the Polynesian culture hero named Māui and his parentage, like his story, varies from the different locations of Polynesia. The story presented in the movie is based on the Māori telling of Māui’s origins.

In Māori mythology, is the son of Taranga, the wife of Makeatutara. Māui was born prematurely, so Taranga wrapped his body in the hair of her topknot (tikitiki) — hence Māui is known as Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga, and threw him into the waves. Ocean spirits find and wrap the child in seaweed and some sea-creatures cared for him, hiding him in kelp until a storm sent him back to the beach. His divine ancestor, Tama-nui-te-ra (or Rangi) then takes the child, brings him back to life, educates him and nourishes him to adolescence, where Maui later returns to his family.

The legends of Raro-Toaga state that Māui's father and mother were the children of Tangaroa (The god of the Sea, called Kanaloa in Hawaiian), the great god worshiped throughout Polynesia. There were three Māui brothers and one sister, Ina-ika (Ina, the fish).

The legends of Mangareva, Māui’s father was Ataraga; his mother, Uaega. In those legends, he is born from his mother's navel, and is raised by his grandfather, Te Rupe, who gives him a magic staff named Atua-tane, and a hatchet named Iraiapatapata.

In another legend Ru, the supporter of the Heavens, married Buataranga, the guardian of the lower world. Their one child was Māui.

In Hawaiian mythology, Māui is one of the Kupua (A group of immortal demigods and heroic tricksters.), in the Kumulipo he is the son of ʻAkalana and his wife Hina-a-ke-ahi (Hina, a sea goddess as well as the goddess of the moon). Elsewhere Ina, or Hina, was the grandmother, from whom he secured fire.

In other legends legends, Akalana was the name by which his mother was known. Kanaloa (God of the Underworld and Magic. Is also called Tangaroa, god of the Sea), is sometimes known as the father of Māui.

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Maui's Parents (2024)


Who is the mother and father of Maui? ›

Māui is the son of Taranga, the wife of Makeatutara. He was a miraculous birth – his mother threw her premature infant into the sea wrapped in a tress of hair from her topknot (tikitiki) – hence Māui's full name is Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga.

Who are Maui's parents in Moana? ›

The legends of Mangareva, Māui's father was Ataraga; his mother, Uaega.

How did Maui become a demigod? ›

Abandoned by his human parents as a baby, the gods took pity on him and made him a demigod and gave him a magic fishhook that gives him the ability to shape-shift. He went on to perform miracles to win back the love of humanity, each of which earned him an animated tattoo.

Who is the mother of Maui's demigod? ›

Maui's mother, Hina, was a very hard worker. She would work all day preparing food and making clothes, but there wasn't enough sunlight to finish all of her tasks. She had many kapa cloths to make.

Who is Moana's real dad? ›

Moana's father, Chief Tui, may have been chosen by the ocean before her to bring the Heart of Te Fiti to Maui, indicating a family history of protecting the world. Chief Tui recognizes the Heart of Te Fiti when Moana shows it to him, suggesting that he has seen it before and has a fear associated with it.

Who gave birth to Maui? ›

This story tells the tale of how Māui got his name. It starts with Taranga giving birth to her fifth child – who is not breathing. In her grief Taranga cuts off her topknot, wraps her son in the hair, and sends the bundle out to sea.

Why did Maui's parents throw him away? ›

Maui's Birth

He was born by the seashore. Taranga was afraid of this early birth, of this child who had come into the world before he was fully formed. So she cut off a tuft of her hair and wrapped her baby in it, and then she threw him into the surf, and gave him to the waves, to Tangaroa the Ocean.

Who is Moana's real mom? ›

Sina Waialiki is a character in Disney's 2016 animated feature film Moana. She is the mother of the film's protagonist, Moana.

Who is Maui's wife? ›

Among the iwi of New Zealand, Hina is usually considered to be either the elder sister or the wife of Māui. The most common story that presents Hina as the wife of Māui tells of Te Tunaroa, the father of all eels, who one day visited the pool where Hina bathed.

How old is Maui in human years? ›

The story of the demigod Maui stretches across the Pacific and is estimated to be over 1000 years old. Always on a quest to empower mankind, Maui has become an endearing icon to the people of Polynesia.

Does Moana have a boyfriend? ›

The directors, John Musker and Ron Clements, revealed at San Diego Comic Con that the story will focus on Moana finding herself, rather than finding romance. She follows in the footsteps of recent female Disney characters like Elsa from Frozen and Merida from Brave, for whom a boyfriend isn't their first concern.

Why did Maui's mother abandon him? ›

They were the biological parents of the demigod Maui who abandoned him soon after birthing him, feeling that they do not want to deal with the responsibilities of raising a child. After this, the gods raised him as their own, thus Maui becomes a demigod.

Are Maui and Moana dating? ›

Although Moana's relationship with Maui never extends beyond the platonic level in the film, and although he is a 1,000-year old demigod and she is a 16-year old human, a lot of fans of the film like to put her and Maui in a romantic pairing known as Hooked Wayfinder.

Who is Maui god father? ›

And Maui's father, whose name was Makea-tu-tara welcomed him and took him to cleanse him from all impurities and perform the sacred rituals over him, so that the gods would keep Maui safe. So Maui discovered where his mother and his father lived.

Was Maui born human? ›

Background. Maui was born to human parents, centuries before the events of the film. Apparently wanting nothing to do with their son, Maui's parents threw him into the sea as an infant, and left him for dead.

Who was Maui raised by? ›

The demigod Māui was raised as a whāngai by his grandfather, Tamanui-ki-te-rangi, who rescued him from the beach where he was washed up as a baby. In this illustration Māui is learning from his grandfather about the traditions of his people, including Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother.

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