Aloha! NBC News reports students of every accredited Hawaiian school will be gifted the Hawaiian language version of the 2016 film “Moana” as the holiday season rolls around.
According to Chris Lee, the director and founder of the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media (ACM), the ACM will be providing free copies of “Moana” to students from pre-K to the college level.. ACM announced in 2017 that the Hawaiian language version of the Oscar-nominated would be produced and used as an educational tool after the native language was almost extinct in the 1970s.
Roughly 10,000 words were translated for the new version by ACM students, faculty, and staff along with the help of native Hawaiian speakers and educators. Two of the original voices, Auli’i Cravahlo and Nicole Scherzinger, reprised their roles alongside several new local speakers and entertainers.
Cravahlo said at the premiere of the new version of the film in June, “It is amazing to know that our language will be heard again around the world and to know that we are dang proud of it too.”
Recorded in more than 40 languages, NBC noted that “Moana” has made history for featuring Disney’s first Polynesian princess. The Hawaiian language version of the film is the first time a Disney movie has been recreated in the Hawaiian language.
Source: NBC News
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