Kaluoka'hina - The Enchanted Reef

Director, producer, writer: Peter Popp

Kaluoka´hina the Enchanted Reef is a classic in the world of fulldome film production. The first fulldome film with a plot ever. This film essentially influenced the making of 360° films.


An exciting story about a coral reef and its diverse inhabitants. A colorful and intriguing fulldome adventure that is devoted to the protection of oceans.

The vastness of our planet’s oceans holds unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is KALUOKA`HINA – The Enchanted Reef whose magic protects it from being discovered by humans. Kaluoka’hina’s colorful

inhabitants have thus always lived in peace… until the volcano erupts and the spell is broken. Now it’s up to the young sawfish JAKE and his paranoid pal SHORTY to restore the magic of Kaluoka’hina. Their only lead: the ancient legend that tells of touching the moon. But how is a fish supposed to touch the moon? This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever: the

quest to save their beloved reef. Uniting an intriguing plot about an endangered reef together with lovable and quirky characters, as well as an environmental cause, “Kaluoka’hina – The Enchanted Reef” is an instructive adventure, packed with humor, sprinkled with conservationism, as well as educational flavor: a treat for the entire family.


Jake is the too-cool guy, moved only by the thought of winning Lilly’s affections. He tolerates Shorty (who loves him for it) but only really warms up to him while the two struggle to save their reef from destruction. He only becomes aware of this change of heart himself after Shorty gets sucked into a tanker’s propeller. Jake loses his cool and realizes the importance of heartfelt friendship. Together they proceed to solve Cassandra’s riddle and save the reef.

Shorty is a neurotic fish tormented by memories of the open ocean unprotected by the magic reef, where he was hunted by nets, lured by baited hooks and ultimately fell victim to a ship’s screw. This trauma has left his right fin mutilated, his side scarred and his sense of orientation in disarray. He’s finally found a home in the enchanted reef and can’t stop telling everyone he meets (and Jake every time he meets him) how wonderful a reprieve the reef is, and how horrific the outside world is. After Jake is volunteered to visit the wise Cassandra, Shorty is compelled to accompany his only true friend on this dangerous adventure, and so he swallows his fear and heads out into the dangerous unknown by convincing himself that Jake is in dire need of his protection.

Lilly is the young belle of the reef. She has an eye on Jake and volunteers him for the dangerous adventure of saving the reef.

Movie Info

A pioneer work of SOFTMACHINE: The first fulldome program ever with a plot. Combines education with an adventurous story. The concern of the program: raise awareness for the ocean habitat. 4.5 Mio. people saw the film in more than 400 planetariums or fulldome theaters around the world until today. And the topic of the project is getting more relevant in the future.

Format: fulldome / fulldome omnidiretional 3D / flat screen 2D & 3D / 4K

Ocean / coral reef / environmental care

Genre: Edutainment – education & entertainment / animation

coral reef / bioluminescence / under water volcanos / deep sea / kelp forests / influence of the moon: high and low tide

A spell protects the coral reef: nature should not need a spell to survive.

Omni-directional stereoscopic 3D in the dome

The fulldome film is also produced in omnidirectional stereoscopic fulldome 3D. Omnidirectional means the stereoscopic 3D effect can be experienced on any spot around the dome. In order to realize this high-end fulldome 3D effect, we developed and programmed software and optimized production processes.



For licensing of “Kaluoka’hina – The Enchanted Reef” please contact:

REEF Distribution GmbH
Rambergstr. 5
80799 Munich

Available languages:
Arabic, Azerbaijan, Burmesisch, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Croatian, Dutch, English, English (school version), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (BRA & POR), Romanian, Russian, Spanish (Europe), Spanish (Mexican), Swedish, Turkish, Thai

Animation, 4K, fulldome 2D and fulldome omnidirectional stereoscopic 3D, flat screen 2D and stereoscopic 3D.