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Auliʻi Cravalho

Christopher Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker

Cast members of the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi-version of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, including Auliʻi Cravalho, walked the blue carpet for its premiere at World Oceans Day on June 10 at Ko Olina Resort.

The movie stars Cravalho as Moana, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Christopher Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker as Maui, Waiʻanae’s Nicole Scherzinger as Sina, Kelikokauaikekai Hoe as Aliʻi Tui, Kalehuapuakeʻula Kawaʻa as Puna Tala, Kamakakehau Fernandez as Tamatoa and 24 locally cast ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi speaking actors and singers.

This is the first time a Disney picture has been re-recorded in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. The movie, a collaboration of five UH programs, is spearheaded by the Academy for Creative Media System and was recorded at the sound studio of Honolulu Community College’s Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program.

Moana cast on stage


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  1. Do you happen to know if/when the Hawaiian language version will be available to the public? via movie theaters, online, for purchase, etc.? Dying to see it! Mahalo

    1. Aloha Kuulei,

      Unfortunately the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version of Moana is not for sale. According to UH West Oʻahu, the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version of Disney’s Moana was produced exclusively for educational purposes and not for sale or theatrical distribution. The finished film will be distributed for free by UH to schools within the islands to encourage students to learn our native language.

      UH News staff

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