UH collaborates on recording for Hawaiian language version of Disney’s Moana

University of Hawaiʻi
Contact:
Leila Wai Shimokawa, (808) 292-2456
Director of Communications, University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu
Chuck Parker, (808) 492-0597
Associate Director, UH Office of Communications
Posted: Jan 26, 2018

Link to video and sound (details below):  http://bit.ly/2Gksr61

WHAT: The Hawaiian-language version of Moana stars Hawaiʻi native Auli‘i Cravalho. It is being produced by the University of Hawaiʻi Academy for Creative Media (ACM) System in collaboration with Walt Disney Character Voices International. The production involves the collaboration of faculty and staff from three UH campuses.

WHY: Moana is the first Disney picture to be re-recorded in Hawaiian—possibly the first Hollywood blockbuster as well—and Hawaiian will be the 46th language version of Moana. The film will be used as an educational tool to promote the Hawaiian language.

WHO:

  • Auliʻi Cravalho reprises her role as the titular character of the hit Moana.
  • Chris Lee, founder and director of ACM System is the executive producer.
  • Rick Dempsey, SVP Creative, for Disney Character Voices International (DCVI), is overseeing the project for Disney along with DCVI Executive Director Bryan Monroe.
  • Heather Haunani Giugni, a Native Hawaiian filmmaker and cultural specialist for UH West Oʻahu’s ʻUluʻulu, Hawaiʻi’s Moving Image Archive, and Sharla Hanaoka, director of creative media at UH West Oʻahu, are producing and supervising UH West Oʻahu ACM students.
  • UH West Oʻahu cultural specialist Aaron Salā serves as musical director.
  • UH Mānoa Director of the Institute of Hawaiian Language Research Puakea Nogelmeier and his team translated the original script from English to Hawaiian.
  • UH Mānoa Theatre and Dance Kumu Tammy Hailiʻopua Baker oversaw casting and is directing the dialogue.
  • Honolulu Community College MELE recording faculty member Jon Ross is supervising the student recording engineers.
  • UH Mānoa ACM graduate Kaliko Maiʻi is associate producer.
  • Hawaiʻi Five-0 casting directors Rachel Sutton and Brent Anbe assisted on casting.

OTHER FACTS:

  • The premiere is slated for this summer, followed by the distribution of DVDs and Blu-ray discs to educational programs.
  • Twenty-three voice actors from Hawaiʻi were cast for the film.
  • More than 140 people applied to be voice actors in the production.
  • Approximately 100 pages of script and 10,000 words were translated into ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi, a task undertaken by UH Mānoa Director of the Institute of Hawaiian Language Research Puakea Nogelmeier and his team.

VIDEO:  Please credit “Academy for Creative Media West O‘ahu”

B-ROLL:

File 1 (Aulii): 2018.01.22_MeleRec_Moana_VNR_5

CLIP 1: Auliʻi Cravalho, actress, recording (:18)

SOUND

“E Māui, kupua o ka makani me ke kai, ʻo au ʻo Moana no Motunui. E eʻe i koʻu waʻa. ʻAʻole. E eʻe nō i koʻu waʻa. ʻĒ ʻO au ʻo Moana no Motunui. E eʻe nō i koʻu … “

CLIP 2: Interspersed footage of Auli‘i Cravalho in the recording booth and actual clip of Moana “meeting” Maui for the first time (:29)

SOUND

“E Māui, kupua o ka makani me ke kai, ʻo au ʻo Moana no Motunui. E eʻe i koʻu waʻa. ʻAʻole. E eʻe nō i koʻu waʻa. ʻĒ ʻO au ʻo Moana no Motunui. E eʻe nō i koʻu.”

MAUI: “Waʻa! … He waʻa! Hō mai nā Akua i... ʻĀāāā!!!”

CLIP 3: Auliʻi Cravalho with production team (Puakea Nogelmeier, Haili‘opua Baker, and Aaron Salā), going over the script. (:14)

SOUND

“‘A‘ole ‘oe he me‘e noʻu e pūlima ʻia ai kuʻu hoe! I ʻaneʻi au no ka mauli o Te Fiti. E e‘e nō i ko‘u wa‘a, holo pū i ka moana. a e ho‘iho‘i nō!”

CLIP 4: Auliʻi Cravalho singing, “Know Who You Are” in Hawaiian. (:30)

SOUND

“Mau nō naʻe ʻoe. ʻAʻole he ʻino ʻoe ʻIke ʻoe i kou naʻau.”

File 2 (Additional Footage):

CLIP 1: Production staff in the studio (:08)

SOUND: AMBIENT SOUND

CLIP 2: Honolulu CC alum Noah Cronin working on the sound board (:10)

SOUND: AMBIENT SOUND

CLIP 3: Singers recording “We Know the Way” (:09)

SOUND

“A paʻa ē.”

CLIP 4: Sound board dials (:09)

SOUND

“A paʻa ē.”

CLIP 5: Sound board and clip (:09)

SOUND

“A paʻa ē.”

CLIP 6: Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker, voice of Maui (:18)

SOUND

“E, e, he kupua au! Uoki o ho‘opa‘i au iā ‘oe. E pa‘i ‘ia ‘oe? Ho‘opa‘i? . .

.ʻū,ʻū, ū. . . ‘Auhea, ‘a‘ole kēnā he mea mana hoʻokumu ola, he lamakū ʻume i ka make. Inā ahuwale, inā ki‘i ‘ia e nā mea ‘ino.”

CLIP 7: Ryan Kamakakehau Fernandez, voice of Tamatoa (:15)

SOUND

“Ka mauli o Te Fiti. Hiki ʻole ke holo aku! ʻŌ, ua holo. Hoʻopūʻiwa mau mai ana ʻoe.

Hiki ʻole ke holo aku! ʻŌ, ua holo. Hoʻopūʻiwa mau mai ana ʻoe.”

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