Moana Translation Project: All-Local Hawai‘i Cast


Moana CastKaipulaumakaniolono Baker – MAUI

Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker resides in Kahalu‘u on the island of O‘ahu and is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus. He is currently studying English and Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and is working as an ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi tutor for their Native Hawaiian Student Services. He hopes to serve the Kanaka Maoli community to the best of his ability through the revitalization and reinvigoration of language and culture. Kaipu is honored to have been given the opportunity to perpetuate his culture through the role of Maui.


Keliko Hoe – CHIEF TUI

Keliko Hoe is from Hakipu‘u, O‘ahu and is an alumni of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus. He attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with a B.A. in Hawaiian Language and an M.A. in Religion with a focus on Hawaiian and Polynesian religions. Keliko has taught Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies in the University of Hawaiʻi system since 1996 and is currently a lecturer at Windward Community College. Hawaiian language and culture has been a part of Keliko his whole life and he is excited to play to voice of Chief Tui.



Moana Cast Kamakakēhau Fernandez – TAMATOA

From the island of Maui, Kamakakēhau Fernandez is one of Hawaiʻiʻs newest and most refreshing talents. He is a graduate of the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (Kula Kaiapuni, King Kekaulike High School) and is proud to be a fluent speaker of the Hawaiian language. Kamakakēhau has received numerous awards for his talent; Richard Hoʻopiʻi’s falsetto contest in 2003, The 4th Annual Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search in 2012,  and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner in 2013. Kamaka is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to express his Hawaiian heart and soul as the role of Tamatoa.


Tialynn Kalehua Kawa‘a – GRAMMA TALA

Born and raised on the “Friendly Isle” of Molokaʻi, Kalehua Kawaʻa’s love for ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and performing was evident at a very young age. Her immersion in the Hawaiian Language began in Pūnana Leo o Molokaʻi and Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Kualapuʻu, where she also learned to embrace performing songs and dances in front of a crowd. With the loving encouragement of her ʻohana, she continued to develop her performance skills in Theater at Kapiʻolani Community College. She continued to pursue her education in Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and is currently a Kumu at Ke Kula ʻo Samuel Mānaiakalani Kamakau.