About Moana



Moana McAdams is a Hawai’i-born writer, speaker, and cultural ambassador who uses the power of storytelling to nurture curious minds and inspire cultural self-awareness. She made her writing debut with Aftermath for the Amazon best-seller “Set Apart and Chosen” and now uses her talents to cultivate and write children’s books. Her self-published series “The Adventures of Nakoa and Nohea” which includes fun tales such as “Fishing Day With Papa Ray”, "Shadows of the Ancient”, and  “Journey to ‘Ikuā” captures the joy of adolescence while uplifting Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultures. Moana also freelances as a writer, speaker, and cultural consultant for mainstream clients such as Disney Press, Disney Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, and more.

Along with being a writer and author, Moana heads the digital media p, Moana Nui Podcast, a storytelling podcast to celebrate and honor the history, culture, & p of
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (NHPI), POC, indigenous, and African Diasporan peoples. With sponsorship from Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Moana Nui Podcast amplifies the rich heritage and culture of NHPI peoples to improve their health status and wellbeing for culturally appropriate strategies aimed at improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana (families) and empowering them to determine their own destinies. The Moana Nui Podcast also helps corporate clients such as the Kimberly-Clark Corporation build the equitable and inclusive businesses of the future, while partnering with non-profit community organizations like the Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW) to develop NHPI women leaders.

McAdams’ dedication to her craft and focus on sharing the voices of the BIPOC community sets her apart from the rest of her peers as a storyteller, writer, and author. With a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and a Master of Science in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, McAdams combines both her creative and analytical experience to produce compelling stories while remaining adaptable in the changing landscape of literature.

Moana is future-focused and fully immersed in her never-ending quest to make her mark and leave a powerful legacy for future generations.