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Storybrooke Character
Biographical Information
Gender: Female
Status: Alive
Home: Storybrooke
Motunui (formerly)
Physical Description
Species: Human
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Show Information
Portrayed by: Laya DeLeon Hayes
First appearance: "The Quiet Voice"

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Fairy Tale Land Character
Biographical Information
Gender: Female
Status: Alive
Home: Storybrooke
Motunui (formerly)
Physical Description
Species: Human
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Show Information
Portrayed by: Laya DeLeon Hayes
First appearance: "The Quiet Voice"

I am Moana of Motunui. I sail the seas in search of Maui, son of Te Fiti, so that he may free my people from their captivity.
—Lana introducing herself to Lucy src

Moana, currently known as Lana[1], is an upcoming character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She will debut in the first episode of the ninth season, and will be portrayed by Laya DeLeon Hayes.[2]

Moana is based on the character of the same name from the Disney film of the same name.

History

Before First Curse

Moana lives on the island of Motunui with her father Tui, mother Sina, and maternal grandmother Tala, the latter being the island's chief. Despite the island's strict rules about going out too far into the ocean, Moana is obsessed with the water. One day, while her father is out with the other men fishing, Moana sneaks out for a swim; however, she is caught by Tui and Tala, both of whom seem shocked rather than angry, confusing Moana. Eventually, Tala reveals the truth: the reason no one is allowed to leave the island is that it is surrounded by a protection spell; however, Moana has just accidentally demonstrated that she is mysteriously able to pass through it. Tala believes this means she has been chosen by the goddess Te Fiti to find Maui, who is destined to break the protection spell with his magic Fish Hook; however, Tui and Sina are hesitant to allow their young daughter to go on such a dangerous mission. With encouragement from her grandmother, however, Moana decides to leave without them knowing. ("The Quiet Voice")

However, Moana fails in her quest and ends up in Storybrooke during one of the Dark Curses. ("The Quiet Voice")

After Sixth Curse

In Storybrooke, Moana is known as Lana and is a student of Storybrooke Schools. One day, during lunch, she is approached by a younger student named Lucy, who begins asking her about her past life, including which Dark Curse brought her to Storybrooke, but Lana is confused by most of her questions and put off by her aggression in asking them, quickly excusing herself from the conversation. The following day, Lucy makes a second attempt, this time not letting her excitement make her too hyper, and Lana agrees to spend time with her if she promises to keep everything a secret. When Lucy agrees, Lana introduces herself as Moana. ("The Quiet Voice")

On another day, Lucy and Lana are talking when Lucy's mother picks her up. ("Stroke of Midnight")

Trivia

Etymology

  • Her cursed name, "Lana", is a Hawaiian name meaning "afloat" or "calm as still waters".[3]

Production Notes

  • Her casting announcement describes her as a "major recurring role".[2]

References

  1. Thread:395235#27
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thread:395235#2
  3. https://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/lana/
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