Happy Friday, I hope you enjoyed the holiday season! The celebrity of this week is none other than Auli’i Cravalho, the talented actor. Cathleen Puanani Cravalho and Dwayne Cravalho welcomed their daughter, Chloe Auliʻi Cravalho, into the world on November 22, 2000. Auliʻi Cravalho has numerous talents, including acting and singing, which led her to celebrity status. Her most acclaimed role, the voice of Moana, led to her ascension and kicked off an extraordinarily versatile career.

Auliʻi Cravalho hails from Kohala, Hawaii, embracing a diverse heritage that includes a mix of Native Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Chinese, and Irish descent stemming from her parent’s varied ethnicities.

Auliʻi Cravalho auditioned for Moana as the last actress considered, but her initial hesitations remained strong until the discovery of her voice in a charity video by a talent agent brought her out to Los Angeles. Her performance was outstanding, and she reprised her role as Moana in the first Hawaiian-language dubbed Disney film.

Cravalho continued acting in the NBC drama series Rise (2018) and the Netflix film All Together Now (2020), although those castings were less successful than her prior role as Moana. Cravalho’s accomplishments extend to various platforms, from the Disney Channel animated series Hailey’s On It! to the sci-fi series The Power (2023) on Amazon Prime Video. Her diverse contributions also include portraying Ariel in The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) on ABC and participating in charitable events such as Acting for a Cause.

She announced her acceptance and commitment to Columbia University in 2021, planning to study environmental science. Aside from her acting chops, Cravalho sang the national anthem at the National Memorial Day Concert in 2017. With a promising future, she continues to captivate audiences, recently lending her voice to the animated series Hailey’s On It! (2023) and taking on roles in upcoming projects like Mean Girls (2024) and the video game Ark 2.

Chloe Auliʻi Cravalho’s journey is a testament to the power of embracing one’s multiracial identity and significantly impacting the entertainment industry.


-Julien Joseph, Vice-President of Project Race Teens-Massachusetts