Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Museum present Ua Ao Kaiwiʻula: Celebrating ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Wayfinding and Culture

May 23, 2018


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Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Museum present Ua Ao Kaiwiʻula:

Celebrating ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Wayfinding and Culture

Free event to feature Hana hou screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi

Honolulu – (May 23, 2018) – Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Museum will host Ua Ao Kaiwiʻula: Celebrating ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Wayfinding and Culture on the museum’s Great Lawn.

The free event on Saturday, June 23 from 4-9 p.m. will showcase early education organizations, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Kula Hawaiʻi and others. Families can explore museum exhibits, including a last chance to view Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging exhibit in the J. Long Gallery (closes June 24). Food will be available for purchase and live entertainment will include performances by keiki from ʻAha Pūnana Leo schools, Nā Kula Kaiapuni and Hawaiian Charter Schools. Arts and crafts by Paʻi Foundation will also be available for purchase.

Culminating the evening will be a hana hou and final public screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi featuring the voice of Hawaiʻi’s own Auliʻi Cravalho.

“Ua Ao Kaiwiʻula is about connections to our past and how they inform our present and future,” said KS Kona, Oʻahu Regional Director Hailama Farden. “We are honored to partner with Bishop Museum to educate, celebrate and inspire keiki and families through Hawaiian language, history and this place – Kaiwiʻula, where Kamehameha Schools first began, and is now the site of our beloved Bishop Museum.”

“Bishop Museum is a place for community to gather and share, to learn and grow. We are thrilled to be working with Kamehameha Schools to bring keiki, mākua and kūpuna together in celebration of language and culture,” said Melanie Y. Ide, President & Chief Executive Officer, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.

The first Hollywood blockbuster to be translated into ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, The Hawaiian Language Version of Moana was locally produced by the University of Hawaiʻi Academy for Creative Media System; faculty, students and staff from Awaiaulu, a non-profit organization for Hawaiian-language translation training; UH-Mānoa’s Theatre Department; Honolulu Community College’s MELE Studio; UH West Oʻahu; and Disney Animation’s Character Voices International.

The film stars a host of talented performers including: Cravalho, reprising her role as Moana; UH Mānoa student Christopher Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker as Māui; World-renowned recording artist and Wai‘anae native Nicole Scherzinger as Sina; Kelikokauaikekai Hoe as Aliʻi Tui; Kalehuapuakeʻula Kawaʻa as Puna Tala; Kamakakēhau Fernandez as Tamatoa; and 24 locally cast ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi speaking actors and singers.

“We’re excited to have a Hawaiian language version of Moana. In this Ke Au Hawaiʻi (Year of the Hawaiian), it demonstrates that ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi lives, and we want to create more opportunities to increase exposure to the language, ʻIke Hawaiʻi and Nohona Hawaiʻi,” said Farden.

Tickets are limited for this free event through the KS Facebook event page.

Attendees are encouraged to carpool, take a taxi, Uber or Lyft. Parking will be available at Bishop Museum, Kapālama Elementary School and Damien High School.


About Kamehameha Schools Founded in 1887 by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the Kamehameha Schools (KS) is a private, educational, charitable Native Hawaiian trust committed to improving the capability and wellbeing of our people through education. Income generated from its endowment portfolio of Hawai`i commercial real estate and other diverse investments funds more than 96 percent of KS’ educational mission. Kamehameha Schools embarked in 2015 on a bold, exciting voyage that envisions, in one generation, a thriving Lāhui in which learners achieve postsecondary educational success, enabling good life and career choices. Grounded in Christian and Hawaiian values, learners will be leaders who contribute to their communities both locally and globally. At the heart of this new journey are those who share this vision to ensure that all Native Hawaiians have the opportunity to succeed. Strong community collaborations, donor participation and key state, national and international partnerships are vital to creating the means to propel learners onto knowledge and career paths of their choice. For more information, visit www.ksbe.edu.

About Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s mission is to inspire our community and visitors through the exploration and celebration of the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. The Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a royal descendant of King Kamehameha I. Today, the Museum thrives as an educational center for the community and is widely regarded as the world’s premier institution for Hawaiian and Pacific content. Its vast collections of more than 25 million objects represent nine disciplines and include more than 22 million biological specimens, 77,000 cultural objects, 115,000 historical publications, and one million photographs, films, works of art, audio recordings, and manuscripts. These collections tell the stories of the cultures and biodiversity of Hawai‘i and the Pacific as well as the proud legacy of scholarly research spanning more than 125 years. Bishop Museum proudly serves more than 200,000 visitors each year, including 20,000 children on school visits. To learn more about the Museum’s research, collections, exhibits, and programs, visit www.BishopMuseum.org, follow @BishopMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, become a fan of Bishop Museum on Facebook, visit Bishop Museum’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/BishopMuseum, or call (808) 847-3511. Bishop Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

About the Academy for Creative Media System The Academy for Creative Media System (ACMS), engages all of the campuses within the University of Hawaii system and works collaboratively across the system, drawing upon programs, faculty and students system-wide. ACMS is fulfilling its mission by supporting complementary creative media programs at all ten campuses. The programs teach the 21st century skills at the nexus of evolving technology, art, storytelling and content creation that students need, not just in the media field, but across all industries. ACM System is part of the UH System’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. For more information visit www.acmsystem.hawaii.edu.

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