Skins 5.0 – He Au Hou was a three-week intensive workshop teaching how to make videogames from within a kanaka maoli cultural context. The workshop took place from 17 July to 6 August, 2017, at Haāula ‘Īnana in Honolulu, and was a collaboration between the Montreal-based Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) and the Hawaii-based Kanaeokana.
“He Au Hou” means “a new world” in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, and the workshop provided haumāna support to envision sustainable new worlds for Hawaiian moʻolelo and values to populate and then gave them the skills necessary to bring them into being. In the final five days of the workshop, the participants created He Ao Hau (“a new day”), Hawaiian-language game based on an original story and set in a universe filled with Hawaiian stories and traditions. Participants shared stories from their culture and learned everything from coding to graphics to voice acting.
Download the game and immerse yourself in the new world that these haumāna have imagined.
Download the schedule and complete syllabus from the workshop. The individual lesson plans also exist as Google Docs; contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like access. You are free to use all of this material. All we ask is that you acknowledge that you got them from us, and send us some pictures!
See here for more information on the entire Skins series.