Maui appears to be a strong character with a good heart and it never came across me to ever question his appearance.

Disney’s Teaser Trailer of “Moana”

Positively and essentially – with an openmind towards the ongoing, rambunctious and outpour of concerns for this character – I really don’t think it matters much to other Polynesians as a cartoon will always be an entertainment for the children.

This cartoon didn’t set in as a problem at all, as I know times do evolve and some of the people behind these stories are those who pitched stories from Pacific islanders for their creative ideas and thoughts. Another reason as we all can see – not everyone can reflect a more content or true physique of a Polynesian figure these days around the different dietary and contemporary practices we’ve all submerged into.

There are sensitive disagreements also portraying the obese figure of Maui, but I do want to share something I had recently come to actually realize myself in the military category of tape tests that differentiate such theory of obesity for the Samoan man. When a built-Samoan male  is taped, his body fat is very low compared to the weight accumulated on a scale. Yet he’s still considered obese. A Samoan man, as muscular or big as he may appear, will sprint until his guts falls out and may outrun the average fit-by-the-book male. And we’ve grown to also see/witness that on rugby and NFL football games. That’s why the physique and outer look never really mattered to me when it came to Maui.

I don’t take much of a cartoon seriously, because I know and am well aware of the strength and powerful mana of the Polynesian people. For other Disney stereotypes among other cultures, the gods of Japan were not questioned as it is a taboo to even touch sensitive topics dealing with the gods of Mulan’s family. As for Pocahontas’ elders – they did include a lot of their features, but missed several of the characteristics which made some characters appear Asian than the natural Native beauty.

As for the Cinderella movie where Whoopi Goldberg was the Queen, Victor Garber was the King and the prince being Filipino, it turned necks. Moral of the story is, we may be #6 on world’s most obese countries in the world, but Maui has nothing to do with obesity.

I live on the vibe and belief that no matter how we look, it’s what is in us that matters. My elders always said: It’s the heart that matters more. If you’re beautiful and your personality reflects ugly traits, then you’re ugly. And my darling Maui, you look beautiful, kind and strong like many strong men I know who do not filter themselves to be accepted into society.

I pray that there is some sense of understanding in our communities that obesity is something we can all fix as a community, a society and as Polynesian people, but we can’t fix it by holding out swords without a solution to the problem that affects us most. We can work together to make a difference, but criticizing won’t cure it.

I look forward to embrace the beauty of the turquoise beaches, the lush mountains, the sands, Moana character, Seiuli’s voice while saying “Le Tamatoa!” Lastly, hear the beautiful voices of Tevaka and cheer both Moana and Maui on.

O oe o le Toa, Maui!!

(picture: Disney Moana Movie)

 

Disney’s Maui v. Thoughts

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You ever stayed up late at night and all of a sudden morph into this sudden worry? It happened to me one night after tossing and turning in my sleep. Not wanting to wake up my family, I got out of bed. I settled out on my guest room loveseat with my cup of coffee. My dog Glenn had followed me into the guest room, and Lo and behold, there was no way I could escape from him.

I put my coffee on the table and wandered off to every memory I could find on the items placed around my home. From places we traveled, to every memory displayed by the pictures on the walls to little gifts gathering dust on the opulent items placed in our living room. I recalled many, but the ones I cherished more were those of pictures with friends and families we met along the way since our moves in several locations.

I glanced all around and realized how much we’ve held on to many items from military coins, flags, plaques, trophies and appreciation gifts from friends we made along the way. We even held onto many souvenirs from NFL teams to flags, key chains and fridge placards of the 50 states and travelocity stops in different countries. The memories still entertains us from the uncaving walls of my house. My temporary house exactly.

I glanced around the guest room. There was the beautiful picture of us in our military uniforms in Texas awaiting our next flight to Budapest. The framed photograph my sister had sent me of my baby picture. A collection of the green Rachael Ray pots and pans from my mother in law.

Everywhere I looked, I saw something to be thankful for. Two of my favorite gold vases from old Lebanon. A stemless wine cup filled with puka shells collected from the back of my house in Laulii. Godinger serenade holders from a house-warming party in Colorado. A porcelain super-sized coffee cup with the name of an old unit we had both served in. Even the coffee I was drinking – it had came from a care package I received from my family members in Oahu during our recent vacation to Tutuila. Then there was Glenn, my heeler-mix puppy who didn’t have a family that we rescued from an animal shelter, by my side.

What’s one night burning that midnight oil compared to a lifetime of blessings? I swiped my Alcatel to unlock my smartphone, and messaged all the people I was grateful to. I checked on all of them.  Even called my Dad to listen to him tell stories at 2AM. My messages were long, the phone call with Dad was long, but my worries had receded. In such good good company, it turned out to be no biggie. I just didn’t realize how blessed I was. Fa’afetai Iesu!

 

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