23 November, 2016     

People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive is Samoan

In a special double issue, People Magazine has voted Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the Sexiest Man Alive, gracing the cover of its December issue.

The star of the latest Disney blockbuster, Moana was described by the magazine as “sweet, smart and sculpted”. In this issue he speaks about his family life, the kind of women that catches his eye, life with his daughter Simone and baby Jasmine.

Known by his moniker ‘The Rock’ which was in reference to his exceptional physique as shown off during his professional wrestling days, he was also a decorated football player before following the footsteps of his grandfather and father into the WWE arena. he has since built up a career in show business starring in block busters such as The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, The Fast and the Furious, Race to Witch Mountain, Hercules and San Andreas to name a few.  He is also a celebrated reality TV show host, hosting Hero, and is also a celebrated producer.

His latest project sees him play the role of the demi god Maui, in Disney’s Moana.
Dwayne Johnson is the son of a Samoan mother and a black Nova Scotian father. He visited in Samoa in 2004 where he was bestowed a High Chiefly title by the late Head of State, His Highness MALIETOA TANUMAFILI II. The Rock, as he is affectionately known by the locals, is a major benefactor to Samoan causes, donating thousands of his own earnings to various charities for Samoa and is understood to have visited Samoa in the aftermath of the 2009 tsunami to help local communities.

People Magazine’s The Sexiest Man Alive issue is out now.

  16 November, 2016     

Directors of Disney's Moana Visit Samoa for Inspiration

Directors of Disney’s newest hit, Moana, visited the islands of Samoa as part of their research for their newest blockbuster.

Starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock, it tells the story of an adventurous teenager who sets out on a journey across the South Pacific seas on a daring mission to save her people.

Her adventures takes her through the islands of Polynesia and Melanesia, encountering the people that inhabit the region as well as battling mythical monsters as well as the elements.

It is a tribute to the South Pacific’s way finding tradition, traversing the length and breadth of the Pacific, discovering and populating the many islands of the Oceania region.

When doing their research, producers and directors visited the birthplace of Polynesia, Samoa, and immersed themselves in the 3,000 year old living culture that is Fa’a Samoa.

“It is time that the world experiences the richness of our culture and we are proud to have been part of contributing to this important movement as expressed on the magical platform that is Disney,” says Sonja Hunter, CEO of Samoa Tourism Authority.

“The Fa’a Samoa culture is regarded by many as the purest and most unaffected of the Polynesian cultures, kept alive today by our people. It is the foundation of Polynesia itself, and we are confident that this will translate in the movie and we will now be able to share the beautiful culture and tradition of our people with the rest of the world.”

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