we know the way

Opetaia Foa’i (Te Vaka) sings live at the Moana UK premiere.

This guy and Te Vaka are awesome. This version of the song is wonderful for its spontaneous … well… liveness. And the dancers.

I think Lin Manuel Miranda sings the English lyrics in the soundtrack version, while Opetaia sings the Polynesian bit in the first half (in the film, the Navigator and his crew are animated singing that part, Opetaia does the voice). Te Vaka often does lyrics in Tokelauan, Tuvaluan, or Samoan.

Here, the lines te fenua te malie, nae ko hakilia are sung in English.

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