Moana: He Mana ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Moana: He Mana ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Following in the achievement of Tahitian and Maori dubbing of the Disney feature, Moana, a Hawaiian version has been released this Summer of 2018! ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is the 46th language version of Moana, and will be used as an educational tool to promote the Hawaiian language. In this ʻŌiwiTV news piece, we hear from the actors and Hawaiian language experts who worked on the dubbing process about their translation, transmission, and presentation of Moana ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, and what this accomplishment means for Hawaiian language awareness and normalization.

About the production:
The Hawaiian-language version of Moana 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.

ʻŌiwi TV reaches across generations, socio-economic statuses, and geographic locations as the sole media venue where the Hawaiian language, culture and perspective thrive. Through Digital Channel 326, ʻŌiwi TV reaches over 220,000 households across the entire State via Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s network. Through its website, mobile, and social media venues, ʻŌiwi TV is reaching Hawaiians everywhere and engaging a generation of Hawaiians that expect to access anything and everything from anywhere at anytime.


  1. Kani 6 years ago

    Aloha,,, mahalo for the video about the moana hawaiian language version.. I am deeply interested in this being offered to the public on dvd.. I understand, right now, it is being given to the immersion schools for children only.. but for the rest of us, no longer in school , personally, I would love to have the olelo version in my collection. I am a hawaiian at heart who truly loves the islands and its culture.. If you can do anything to help convince the powers that be to distribute this for sale to the public, it would be greatly appreciated !

  2. Kalani Kanahele 6 years ago

    I live in Alaska and before I moved to Alaska I taught at Punana Leo o Ko’olauloa on O’ahu. I would love to have a DVD of Moana in ‘olelo Hawaii. If there is a cost please let me know. I would be happy to purchase one. Mahalo for the kokua.

  3. Mildred Giacometto 6 years ago

    I hope sometime soon this version of the movie gets to be offered to the public for sale, I would love to have a DVD. I also hope that other movies and shows get to have the language change to Hawaiian

  4. Raynette Samuelson 6 years ago

    I would love to purchase a DVD should it become available we live in North Dakota

  5. Leah Akana 6 years ago

    Would love to have this version in my home. I hope it becomes available for purchase!

  6. LYNELLE L OKUHARA 6 years ago

    I am learning the Hawaiian language along with my granddaughters as they attend Ke Kula o ‘Ehunuikaimalino. I am still a haumana but the granddaughters are fluent in the Hawaiian language. I would dearly love to be able to purchase copies of the Moana Olelo version. Please consider making it available to the public. what a great way to perpetuate the beautiful language of our islands.

  7. Numela Makinano 6 years ago

    Aloha kākou,
    E like me nā manaʻo ʻē aʻe, e hiki ana ke kūʻai i kēia kiʻi ʻoniʻoni ma ka hale kūʻai a i ʻole ma kekahi wahi? Nui koʻu pīhoihoi e ʻike i kēia kiʻi ʻoniʻoni ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi i mea e kaʻana like ai me koʻu ʻohana.

    Mahalo nui loa!

  8. Kuulei 5 years ago

    I would love to go on a list for the notification of the ability to purchase of this DVD!


  9. AHCP 5 years ago

    We would like to screen this film to the community at Anaina Hou Community Park- please let us know how to make this happen.

    Anaina Hou team

  10. Claire 5 years ago

    We also would love to purchase a copy. We have been studying Olelo Hawaiian for a few years and would enjoy it to share with the other classes here in Seattle.


  11. malia quiocho 5 years ago

    It was said to be sent to all accredited schools in Hawai’i but we did not receive it. Is there some way to order the DVD directly?

  12. Семён 4 years ago

    I also would like to watch this version somehow. Please let me know, if there is a ability to buy a DVD. From Russia, with love!

  13. Lisa Rodrigues 4 years ago

    Has there been any announcement regarding making this available for purchase?Our Librarian has been very reluctant to let anyone borrow it.

  14. Mauna Burgess 3 years ago

    He aha ke kumu e hana i kēia papahana inā ʻaʻole hiki iaʻu ke ʻoka i ia kiʻi ʻoniʻoni no koʻu ʻohana? Aūe, kaumaha koʻu maka i ka nele o kākou i ke kumuwaiwai ʻole e aʻo ai kā kākou keiki. Pehea kākou e noi i ka hoʻokuluma ʻia ʻana i kēia kiʻi ʻoniʻoni i ka lehulehu? Mahalo!

  15. Cordelia 3 years ago

    My family is from Hawaii. My son and I are trying to learn hawaiian. Please let me know if there is a way to purchase this.

  16. Jerrica Kila 2 years ago

    Is there a way to purchase this I would love to have it for myself and my keiki

  17. Makana 8 months ago

    Why is this not available for the public use? I have searched everywhere on the internet and every interlibrary loan I could. It’s frustrating that the hawaiian people have to fight so hard for access to any resources in their own language… even ones that already exist.

  18. Yannie 5 months ago

    Adding my name to the list of people that would love access to this to show it’s still relevant and there is user base that’d be happy to pay for this and future projects to be released to the mainstream.

  19. Alicia 3 months ago

    Thanks for the video, it’s a great project and amazing work! 🤩
    I think I’m not the only one cause I saw the list of people before me asking for the public version but I would love to be able to watch the movie in Hawaiian!
    It’s a great way for learning the language and making people curious about the culture. Would it be possible to at least have it available on Disney + or something similar so we can enjoy this beautiful language ?

    I’m not Hawaïen, I’m from Switzerland but I’ve always was passionate by this culture and native language and I started to learn it a few months ago but it’s so difficult to learn it without real audio resources…

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