Jason Momoa

by ethnic on August 24, 2010

Birth Name: Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1979

*Native Hawaiian (father)
*German, possibly other (mother)

Jason Momoa is an American actor, model, director, writer, and producer. He plays Aquaman in the DC Cinematic Universe.

Jason’s father is from a Native Hawaiian family. Jason’s mother is of mostly German descent. She is also said to have Irish and Native American ancestry. Her own maternal grandfather was adopted, and it is not clear what his biological ancestry was.

Jason is married to actress Lisa Bonet, with whom he has two children.

Jason’s paternal grandfather was Louis Kuulei Momoa, Jr. (the son of Louis Kuulei Momoa and Jennie/Jenny Kini Malaya). Jason’s grandfather Louis was born in Hawaii. Jason’s great-grandfather Louis was the son of Leonard Puakanui Momoa and Julia Kuuianao Kaluna. Jennie was the daughter of Johnny Malaya and Sarah Williams.

Jason’s paternal grandmother was named Phyllis Rose Leilani Kaeo.

Jason’s maternal grandfather is Delaine William Lemke (the son of Erich Albert Nicholas Lemke and Edna Anna Vohs). Delaine was born in Iowa. Erich was born in Iowa, to German parents, Peter Lemke and Wilhelmina Feige. Edna was also born in Iowa, also to German parents, from Holstein, Wilhelm F. Vohs and Dorothy “Dora” Marie Grutmacher Schroeder.

Jason’s maternal grandmother is Mabel L. Hoult (the daughter of Louis Smith Hoult and Edith Mae Wenzel). Mabel was born in Iowa. Louis was adopted by George C. Hoult and Fannie Doyle, who was born in Ireland; Louis was the biological son of George Sinkey. Edith was the daughter of John Adam Wenzel, who was born in Illinois, to German parents, and of Emma Susan Ritzhaupt, who was born in Iowa, to German parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Jason Momoa – http://www.geni.com

Jason’s paternal grandfather, Louis Kuulei Momoa, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Jason’s paternal great-grandmother, Jennie/Jenny Kini Malaya, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jason’s maternal great-grandparents, Erich Albert Nicholas Lemke and Edna Anna Vohs, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jason’s maternal great-grandmother, Edna Anna Vohs, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituaries of Jason’s maternal great-grandparents, Louis Smith Hoult and Edith Mae Wenzel – http://www.findagrave.com

Jason’s maternal great-grandmother, Edith Mae Wenzel, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Hill July 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

He’s way taller than both his parents.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 11:51 pm

What about Neanderthal?

visokozen October 13, 2015 at 10:38 pm

No way neanderthals are blond with blue or green eyes.

xxswingyxx January 6, 2016 at 3:46 pm

nope, false. Northern European Neanderthals had blonde hair and blue eyes, there were also southern Neanderthals and Asian Neanderthals. modern day east Asians have 20-30% of Neanderthal DNA than Europeans

Kimmel May 15, 2016 at 8:45 pm
M May 31, 2015 at 6:57 am

He seems arrogant.

Check7t August 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

He used to look Mongoloid influenced when he was younger due to his Polynesian heritage — however nowadays he just looks like a white guy with weird eyes.

When he was younger:




AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 7:04 am


AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

Sh1t I swear I’m going to kill my phone! I meant to say I love mixed MEN.

Amazonian December 18, 2013 at 6:23 am

Mostly European looking..with some make over he can pass as full Euro

Tyler Durden July 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

I’d like some of what you’re smoking. He looks much closer to polies in body type and skull size. Most Europeans are not this robust. The majority are narrow skulled compared to Polynesians. Same deal with Roman Reigns. Most Italians are nowhere near as thick as him.

Racial Realist March 8, 2018 at 12:11 pm

No, not at all. the flared nostrils, thick lips, and thick wooly hair are all characteristic of Pacific Islanders, his physicality, thick skin, high cheekbones, eyebrow shape, narrow eyes, and robust and sloped forehead are also all Pacific Islander features.
The only European features he has is the narrowness of his nose and the light eyes.

andrew November 7, 2013 at 7:12 am

this guy looks mainly Caucasian though

Racial Realist March 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm

No he doesn’t. He is immediately recognizable as non-white.
Pretty much everyone commenting around the Conan reboot noted his skin colour and ethnic appearance at a glance.

nnnnn September 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

He’s married with Lisa Bonet, the ex of Lenny Krawitz, he even
looks like Krawitz

sarahle September 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

not at all. i’m a huge lenny kravitz fan and i can assure he does not look like him :D

BRAZIL February 28, 2012 at 12:01 am


kahokoshamrockdon February 28, 2012 at 12:50 am

obviously. he’s biracial

, February 28, 2012 at 1:34 am

who said he was?do people here just sprout out random crap for no reason?

nnnnn September 28, 2012 at 12:32 am

What? And I thouht, he’s white.lol

nawai8989 February 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

hawaiians are decendents from the marquesas islands not samoa….i know im pure hawaiian

Tyrone February 24, 2012 at 1:20 am

Im Samoan But i always knew Hawaiians wernt from SAMOA. But if you think about it the Marquesan people came from samoa but thats what im just saying. But no matter becoz we are all polynesian brothers and sisters cheehoo

SAMOANHALFHAWAIIAN February 16, 2012 at 7:52 am

King kamehemeha was samoan and yeah hawaiians descended from samoa! The true native hawaiians know that! …just these hawaiian half bloods that deny cuz they’re so mixed in bloodlinessmh!

Tyrone February 24, 2012 at 1:22 am

Umm have you done your research??? only the noble aliis of Hawaii can trace their ancestry back to Samoa but overall they came from the Marquesas who came from Samoa…. DUrrr

Steven Thomson January 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

First of all… it is believed that the Samoans were the first to occupy Hawaii. According to the accounts of King Kalakaua – King Kamehameha was also a descendant of Pili who traveled from Samoa.

Second…. The first queen of Samoa was the daughter of Lavea Ulufanua Sese’e (a Samoan Warrior) and his own niece Tilafaiga the twin sister of Taema. The story states that the two girls swam from Fiji to Samoa without names. Thats why their names come from the rubbish floating past them while they were swimming back to Samoa. The first Samoa Queen was Nafanua (She too was a warrior like her father). The story was funny because no-one knew that their war leader was a woman until her titi lauti (skirt) fell off. She fought, conquer and unite Samoa for the first time.
The story of the malie-toa malo-tau is much much recent for your infomation

P January 20, 2012 at 5:59 am

actually hawaiian and samoan are the same race, pacific islander with decent from asia which would classify you as a branch of mongoloid. the adaptation of being larger, than say, a southeast asian is due to isolation on a location with an over adequate amount of sunlight, vegitation, and food.

Tyrone February 24, 2012 at 1:25 am

Omlyf what is this Mongloid, Caucasoid BS man. We are all HUMAN BEINGS for goodness sakes. Your making it sound like we are all aliens living on different planets yet we all live on earth. Stop with all this CLASSIFYING GEEEEEEEEEEEzzzzzz

notional November 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Pacific Islanders are a separate race entirely, they aren’t asians

ethnic November 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Their dna is quite similar as they migrated from asia relatively recently.

andrew November 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

Yeah, they’re Mongoloid/Asian, but way taller, bigger and brown-skinned

cyra January 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

He is hot! Conan the Barbarian the best!!!! ibd like to meet him in person, and have a photo with me and him! gosh he is my crush!

Milan December 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

he rly looks like he is mixed, im guessing his height doesnt come from his islander side tho. he is freakishly tall.

am.samoan December 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Momoa is a samoan last name…

Tyrone February 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

Its a Polynesian Last Name. Even Maoris of New Zealand, Cook Islands and Tahiti have those names too

am.samoan December 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Momoa is a samoan last name. I don’t know how he got the last name Momoa??? just wondering…

samoana December 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Hawaiian n samoan are two different races…when kamehameha arrived in hawaii there wer already people living there, hawaiians..whether kamehameha was samoan or not, does not mean that hawaiians n samoans are the same..Kamehameha became king because he was able to unite the islands…that being said, “aloha to you all!” Im from Samoa n i truly believe that was just a joke didnt really think people believed in it..if you look at polynesian as a whole, they all have similar customs…if you go by studies, samoa n tonga are considered the cradle of polynesia. u r what u r when u r born where u stay…everybody born in hawaii are hawaiians…when u go kanaka maoli, thats different..jus like if you were born in america, ur an american..please dont put down other races, there are native hawaiians among us…im samoan, but i dont deny the fact that the first queen of samoa was half tongan..but jus bcuz she was doesnt mean im half tongan.

ceasar December 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

pinos get out of hawaii

breanna garcias September 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

im so highly upset because hes with lisa bonet and like she so freakin old and he so new and fresh ….boo hoo

breanna garcias September 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

im highly upset .this fine ass guy is with lisa bonet like she is so old now and he is neww new

True hawaiian August 22, 2011 at 12:31 am

Hawaiian is Samoan, why don’t these fake half Hawaiians accept they from Samoa!!! Datgurhl, your right kamehameha was Samoan!!!

dahtGIRL August 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

umm excuse me but hawaiian and samoan are very different.but to school you native hawaiian is native samoan. kamehameha IS samoan.. so there aint no native hawaiians Living anymore kuz they either filipino or puerto rican aha jkay but fo’reaLz tho’ tai lava fa la ia bye bye;)

Sillau October 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I heard that,my uncle(who is samoan)said that kamehameha was actually samoan,if you actually compare the two cultures,they are very similar.And yeah,i get tired of non native hawaiians(who are probably just filipino or portuguese or whatever)be claiming they hawaiian & stuff,they are probably confusing people like the tourists,thinking hawaiians/polynesians look asian,when they dont.

moondanz July 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Anonymiss how do you know he’s a samoan???

hapakamoagurl July 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

He is gonna b in a movie playing the main character “Conan:the barbarian”he was on the show on HBO called”Game of Thrones” nd did an astounding performance in it(for wat i saw on utube nd alot of people can agree)…it helped him land the role of Conan.Im glad for the success he is getting nd hope he will make a name for himself nd start doing more action roles nd etc.Love Lisa Bonet…she is beautiful nd glad to still c them together nd there beautiful two kids aswell. :)

Anonymiss September 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

He’s really Samoan but changed it to Hawaiin because it’s easier.

clark kent August 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

what a lovely mix! i can’t wait to see what his and Lisa Bonet’s baby looks like when it grows up.

lexi August 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

Thanks for the correction. I read on some site about his full ethnicity, but couldn’t find it.

ethnic August 25, 2010 at 8:15 am

no problem lexi, thanks

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