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- “I wasn't born a demigod. I had human parents. They... uhhh.... took one look, and decided..... they did not want me. They threw me into the sea... like I was... nothing.”
- ―Maui about his parents.
According to Maui, they took one look at him after his birth and decided they didn't want him as they refuse to bear the difficulties of raising a child. As such, they threw him into the ocean like he was nothing, though he was saved by the gods, who raised him to become a demigod to provide gifts for humanity. Despite earning the humans' admiration and respect for his accomplishments, Maui was very upset that his parents abandoned him for their selfishness, and he despised them for this. It was also the reason why Maui chose to steal the heart of Te Fiti, as he wanted to give it to the humans to be remembered as the human he once was, though he would later regret this during the movie's events.
The character Maui is based on a mythological hero called Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga. There are different stories, contradictary stories, coming from different regions. Not all stories mention Maui's parents, but Maui was born human in every mythology. After his birth, his mother covered him in her magical hair and threw him in the ocean. He was found and raised by a god.
Moana's mother is called Sina. She most likely is Maui's mother too. That would make Maui Moana's brother. In mythology, the relation between Sina (most times called Hina) and Maui isn't unambiguas. In some stories Hina is Maui's mother, in others she is his sister or his wife. It's also not clear whether she is a god or not.
There are several stories including Hina mentioned in the movie Moana. In one story Hina (as Maui's sister) has magical hair. She gives some of it to Maui and his four brothers to make lassoes from them. Using these lassoes, they caught the sun, beat him up and ordered him to move slower so that the days would take longer. This event is mentioned during the song 'You're welcome'.