Schools in Hawaii to receive Hawaiian-language version of Disney's 'Moana'
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Schools in Hawaii will receive a Hawaiian-language version of Disney’s hit 2016 film “Moana,” in an effort to spread fluency in the language.

The University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media (ACM) will distribute a free copy of the DVD to all accredited schools from pre-K to college, according to NBC News.

“A lot of people don’t realize that the language was almost extinct in the '70s,” said Chris Lee, director and founder of ACM. “We hope this can help in continuing to broaden the fluency in the language.”


ACM developed a dubbed Hawaiian-language version of the film in 2017, translating about 10,000 words and using two of the movie’s original voice actors in addition to local speakers and entertainers, NBC reported.

It is the first time that a Disney movie has been dubbed in the language, according to NBC News.

Auli‘i Cravalho, who voiced Moana, reprised her role in the Hawaiian version.

“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,” she said at the premiere.

“Moana" was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature Film.