Hawaiian Language Version of “Moana” to be Distributed to Schools Across State for Educational Purposes

Moana continues to have an impact on the Hawaiian culture.

The Hawaiian language version of the movie will be given for free to every accredited school on the islands.

Chris Lee, the director and founder of the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media (ACM) , said ACM will be providing free copies of the DVD to schools, from pre-K to college level.

“A lot of people don’t realize that the language was almost extinct in the ’70s. We hope this can help in continuing to broaden the fluency in the language.”

Chris Lee, Dir. and founder of Hawaii’s ACM


ACM students, faculty and staff, along with native Hawaiian speakers and educators, translated roughly 10,000 words for the new version that was recorded between January and March. Two of the film’s original voice actors, star Auli‘i Cravalho and Nicole Scherzinger, reprised their roles as Moana and Sina respectively.

“It is amazing to know that our language will be heard again around the world and to know that we are dang proud of it too,” Cravalho said at the premiere of the new version in June.

Moana has been recorded in more than 40 languages, including Tahitian. The Hawaiian language version of Moana is the first time a Disney film has been been dubbed in Hawaiian.

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