Max Holloway recently took to Twitter to send his compliments to Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson following the release of Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Holloway took to the social media platform to appreciate the Rock for his “daddest man on the planet jokes” in the movie.
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) August 2, 2021
The Rock was quick to revert back with a sweet message for the former featherweight champion as he passed his wishes and called him a future UFC Hall of Famer. However, Rock’s reply got the attention of many fight fans after he stated that he has “aiga Waianae” connections, prompting many fans to wonder what exactly the former WWE champion and Hollywood actor was trying to say.
Always appreciate you uso!!
We have some aiga Waianae connections ???????? and I’ll be raising my glass of tequila with pride when you go in the @UFC Hall of Fame down the road. ???? #JungleCruise https://t.co/4LNlgkrWAR
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 3, 2021
Max Holloway and Dwayne Johnson are both connected to Hawaii
Max Holloway was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Waianae. Meanwhile, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Waianae is a census-designated place in Hawaii, United States. Waianae is known for fist-fighting, and this is where Max Holloway started training for mixed martial arts.
Aiga means extended family in Samoan culture. Aiga consisted of a group of blood, marriage, and even adopted members forming a great family over generations. The Rock is Samoan from his mother’s side, meanwhile, Holloway also has Samoan ancestry.
Dwayne Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson relocated to Hawaii after leaving WWF back in June of 1985, and performed with his brother Ricky Johnson, making a huge name for himself in the island country.
Rock has always had great regard for the country of Hawaii, with Samoan culture indicating the same. Music in the Samoan culture is a great mix of Hawaiian music, and just like Holloway regards his Hawaiian ancestry, Dwayne Johnson also puts Hawaii on the map due to its connections with the Samoan culture.