“We could not be more excited to offer this unique educational opportunity for students and faculty from multiple UH campuses to work directly with the professionals at Disney Animation and Hawaiʻi’s own Auliʻi Cravalho in bringing Moana to Hawaiʻi in the Hawaiian language,” said Chris Lee, founder and director of the Academy for Creative Media System. “This extraordinary project would not be possible without collaboration between the various programs at UH.”
Managed by the Creative Media program at UH West Oʻahu, faculty members from across the University of Hawaiʻi system will collaborate on behalf of the project.
• Puakea Nogelmeier, professor of Hawaiian Language and executive director of Awaiaulu, a nonprofit organization for Hawaiian-language translation training, will oversee a team of Awaiaulu’s translators.
• Hailiʻōpua Baker, professor of Hawaiian theatre at UH Mānoa’s theatre department will serve as acting director.
• Ethnomusicologist Aaron J. Salā will serve the project as music director.
• The film will be re-recorded in Hawaiian at Honolulu Community College’s MELE Studio and engineered by Jon Ross.
• Heather Giugni, collections specialist and producer for UH West Oʻahu’s ʻUluʻulu, Hawaiʻi’s moving image archive, and Sharla Hanaoka, director of creative media at UH West Oʻahu, are producers of the Hawaiian language-version of Moana, in cooperation with Rick Dempsey, SVP Creative, for Disney Character Voices International.
“There are many great things to highlight about this collaboration,” UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Maenette Benham said. “The movie can be used as a language learning tool, it builds positive motivation and pride for all children and youth to know their cultural moʻolelo, and it speaks to the brilliant collaboration of our faculty and staff across the UH System.”