OK, so stop me if you’ve heard this one before, a German born Samoan moves to Missouri and is distantly related to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Chances are that you’ve never heard those words put together in a sentence, but the topic of such a sentence is real and his name is Noah Gaono. Noah is a Junior at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. He plays football as well as sings in Helias’s Concert Choir and Show Choir. His father is in the Army and the family moves around a lot, which resulted in them living in Missouri currently. The most obscure aspect of Noah’s life is the fact that his dad claims to be related to the WWE superstar and movie star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
(Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, center, stands with military men and women at ‘Spike’s Rock the Troops’ event held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor on October 22, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike). Photo provided by Getty Images.)
Noah and his family moved to Jefferson City in May of 2015, although his Father had been here for work since March. This raises the question where is Noah actually from?
“It’s hard to say,” Noah said, “I move around a lot, firstly I was born in Schweinfurt Germany, I lived in Wurzburg for a year. I moved to America right after 9/11, so I wasn’t actually in the U.S. at the time. The two places I’ve spent the most time are Fort Leonard Wood and Cape Girardeau, Missouri.”
This amount of moving around is typical for a lot of military families and sometimes people end up in very different places such as Noah has.
A few weeks ago, a rumor was circulating around Helias Catholic. The rumor was that Noah was related to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The truth in this rumor had to be discovered.
“My dad is related to Dwayne,” Noah said. “They are somewhere around third or fourth cousins, but I don’t know the full details. I’ve only met him twice and the most I can tell you is that he’s nice but he’s also intimidating, because he’s huge!”
Noah and his father are Samoan which means that their ancestors are from Samoa. Noah’s family on his father’s side is from a line of chiefs that were leaders of one of the many tribes. According to Noah, both his grandmother and his father both have the ceremonial tattoos to represent their chief hood.
“The tattoo is like a crown for the chief, or head of that family,” Noah said. “The tattoo goes from his naval and wraps around his back and goes down to his tailbone.”
Noah says that his father’s tattoo is very extensive and he is proud to show it to people and takes pride in being a chief.
Noah loves his family and how they’ve made him who is today.
“I love being where I am now and I’m looking forward to whatever comes my way.”