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Auli’i Cravalho is the voice of Moana, right, and Dwayne Johnson is the demigod Maui in the Disney computer-animated hit movie, “Moana.”

Hawaii’s Auli‘i Cravalho will reprise her role as the titular character of the 2016 animated hit movie “Moana” in a Hawaiian-language version, a collaboration between Walt Disney Studios and the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media.

Casting for additional Hawaiian-speaking roles will begin in the next few weeks, according to a news release from UH-West Oahu. Disney already made versions of the Polynesian-themed film in Tahitian and Maori languages.

UH’s Academy for Creative Media system is funding and coordinating the project.

Plans call for distributing the redubbed “Moana” to schools throughout the state as a Hawaiian-language educational tool, the release said.

Casting will be overseen by Rachel Sutton. Fluent Hawaiian-language speakers and singers should submit a photo, cell phone number and link to a Vimeo or YouTube video of them singing/chanting in Hawaiian to acms@hawaii.edu. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 17.

Info: acmsystem.hawaii.edu/moana-dubbing-project-casting/

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