Moana Hawaiian Language Translation Project – Casting Call



The award-winning star of Walt Disney Animation Studios Moana, Native Hawaiian Auli‘i Cravalho, reprises her role as the titular character of the hit feature for the Hawaiian language version. Casting for additional roles within the Hawaiian language version, which is being created by the University of Hawai‘i in collaboration with Walt Disney Studios, will begin in the next few weeks.

The University of Hawaiʻi’s Academy for Creative Media System is funding and coordinating this collaborative project – with the goal of sharing the film for educational purposes in Hawai‘i and beyond.

Managed by the Creative Media program at the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu, faculty members from across the University of Hawaiʻi system will collaborate on behalf of the project.  Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, professor of Hawaiian Language and Executive Director of Awaiaulu, a community non-profit organization that deals in Hawaiian-language translation, will oversee a team of translators made up of current and former students at UH-Mānoa’s Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language; 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; filmmaker and collections specialist for UHWO’s ‘Uluʻulu, Hawaiʻi’s moving image archive Heather Giugni and Sharla Hanaoka, Director of Creative Media at UHWO, are producers of this project, in cooperation with Rick Dempsey, SVP Creative, for Disney Character Voices International. Kaliko Maii is an Associate Producer. Casting will be overseen by Rachel Sutton.

Casting will be overseen by Rachel Sutton. Fluent Hawaiian language speakers and singers should submit the following to Deadline for submissions is October XX, 2017. :

1) Photo
2) Cell number
3) Link to Vimeo or YouTube video
4) Video should include:
– Introduction in Hawaiian
– List of previous acting experience in Hawaiian
– Explanation of why they want to be in the production in Hawaiian
– A sample of singing/chanting in Hawaiian.