Sina Background Information Feature Films Moana Video Games Moana: Island Life Voiced by Nicole Scherzinger Animated by Trent Correy Designer Inspiration Character Information Species Human Other Names Personality Supportive, warm, nurturing, loving, selfless Appearance Slender, yet somewhat thick lower figure, black hair, dark skin, brown eyes, hair in a ponytail braid Occupation Villager/Chief Tui’s wife/Moana’s mother Alignment Good Home Motunui Family Tui (husband)
Moana (daughter) Tala † (mother-in-law) unnamed father-in-law †
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Friends Villagers Enemies Likes Her daughter’s happiness and well-being, her island, the closeness of her family Disikes Family tension Powers and Abilities Weapons Quote “Sometimes who we wish we could be, what we wish we could do, is just not meant to be.”
Sina is a character in the Disney animated feature film Moana. She is the mother of the film’s protagonist, Moana.
Sina always has her daughter’s back. Playful, sharp and strong-willed, Sina appreciates Moana’s longing to be on the water, but also wants to protect her daughter from the fabled dangers beyond the reef.
Role in the film
Sina is first seen during “Where You Are” as part of the loving community that makes up the tropical island of Motunui. Like her husband Tui, Sina encourages Moana to embrace her island home and follow Tui’s law that prohibits anyone from sailing past the reef. As Moana grows older, she accepts her parents’ wishes, and Sina works alongside her husband in preparing Moana to one day become the next Chief of Motunui. As such, Moana takes part in solving problems throughout the village. One day, the villagers complain that the coconuts across the island are dying, and that the fish are no longer in their waters. Tui and Sina see no apparent solution or cause, but Moana suggests they sail past the reef to find fish elsewhere. This angers Tui, who confronts Moana and forcefully declares that no one is to ever go beyond the reef.
Moana, confused by her father’s anger, laments that he simply doesn’t understand her. Sina comforts her daughter and explains that her father was much like Moana when he was younger. He and his best friend took a boat past the reef one night, but the rough seas capsized the canoe. Tui managed to survive the disaster, but his best friend drowned. Sina further explains that Tui’s fierceness is out of love for his family and people. Sina also warns Moana that sometimes who we wish we could be is just not meant to be.
Some time afterwards, Sina and Tui gather the villagers to discuss their island’s increasing crises. Moana bursts in and claims that their ancestors were great voyagers, asserting that the islanders should venture into the sea and return the legendary heart of Te Fiti to save their home. This leads to another confrontation between Moana and Tui, but they are interrupted by a villager, whose urgent calls alert them to Gramma Tala’s failing health. Sina can barely hold back tears at the sight of her mother-in-law dying before her.
Sina appears in the doorway of the hut where Moana is packing supplies in preparation for her mission to return Te Fiti’s heart. Though Sina is dismayed to see her daughter leave, she supports her decision and helps her pack, bidding farewell as Moana disappears into the night.
Sina briefly appears later on, during Moana’s nightmare of watching her parents die as the curse consumes the entire the island.
When Moana returns home from her successful mission, Sina warmly embraces her daughter and the family is reunited once more. Because of Moana’s bravery, the villagers are free to voyage the open oceans once more, and Sina joins in. Sina is last seen on the boat tying a flying bowline knot at the end of the movie.