nā.naina is a hawaiian word and it has two meanings.
Originally it stands for appearance, view, aspect, panorama, sight, scenery, scene.
By time the word changed a bit in its meaning and found its way into the actual language. Now, written nānaina, it stands for kik View, as in a computer program; scene or scenery, as for a stage production.
(both taken from: Nā Puke Wehewehe ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)

And this is what nanaIna wants to give to media:

  • a new kind of stage for multimedia and
  • a new appearance of interaction with hypermedia.

The basic idea of the nanaIna framework comes from the idea of hypervideo. This means, that objects in a video can be links: able to be activated – ‚clicked‘ – and giving way for more information. Just as we know it from (hyper-)text every day.

But nanaIna is more than a ’simple‘ hypervideo-browser.
nanaIna gives interactivity as we know it from hypertext to all kind of media – text, images and video.

nanaIna does this by NAML, a mark-up language which gives links an own behaviour – links can move, change shape, size and color.