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 5 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

  5. Leah Akana 4 months ago

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

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