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.

UH West Oʻahu’s Creative Media program will manage the project, UH Mānoa will handle translation, casting, and directing, and the film will be re-recorded in Hawaiian at Honolulu Community College’s MELE Studio. Additionally, UH West Oʻahu cultural specialist Aaron Sala will oversee the music translation, UH Mānoa Director of the Institute of Hawaiian Language Research Puakea Nogelmeier and his team will translate the film from English to Hawaiian, and UH Mānoa Theatre & Dance Kumu Tammy Hailiʻopua Baker will help cast and direct the actors. Native Hawaiian filmmaker and cultural specialist for UH West Oʻahu’s ʻUluʻulu, Hawaiʻi’s Moving Image Archive, Heather Haunani Giugni, and Sharla Hanaoka, Director of Creative Media at UH West Oʻahu, are producers of the Hawaiian language-version of Moana.

Casting will be overseen by Rachel Sutton. Fluent Hawaiian language speakers and singers should submit a photo, cell number and a link to a Vimeo or YouTube video of them singing/chanting in HAWAIIAN to Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017. For more information visit