What better place for Moana than California?? The state is big enough that she could go on plenty of adventures and the water is right there to keep her satisfied. There’s no way she stops wanting to explore after her journey with Maui. With California being so diverse and big, it’s the perfect place to call home when she’s not ruling Motunui.
She also perfectly represents the different people of California. A girl who wants something more and is willing to do what she can to get it. If that doesn’t sound like a Hollywood story, I don’t know what does. She’s also willing to do anything to help her people. Who doesn’t want that kind of person to represent their state?
The fact that California has such a long coast makes it even more perfect for her. Moana is nothing without her love and calling to the water. The only place that would be more fitting would be Hawaii (but sorry, Lilo has to represent her home state).
With so many diverse people who make their homes in the state, she’d learn a lot about the world beyond her island and she could bring that knowledge back to her people.
Moana is the perfect representation of the ambition, the landscape, and the people who make up the Golden State. And just imagine her, Maui, and Heihei walking around the city. It would be hilarious. Hei Hei would almost be hit by a car so many times, and I think Maui might enjoy some wine.