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‘Saving Oneloa’

Help Maui teen filmmaker reach for the stars.

October 18, 2012
Debra Lordan - Editor/General Manager ( , The Maui Weekly

While most 14-year-old boys on Maui are busy surfing and playing video games, Jai Litman is editing his next environmental documentary about Maui's invasive coqui frogs.

This will be the fourth short film the Kihei Charter School student has produced in two years, joining his expos on bottle versus tap water ("Bottle VS Tap"), an exploration of the benefits of electric cars on Maui ("Eco Cars: The Truth About Electric Vehicles") and a history of the efforts to save Makena Beach State Park ("Saving Oneloa").

Litman discovered the joy of filmmaking at the young age of 10, making humorous shorts for YouTube's "Foolish Films."

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Jai Litman

Then, upon moving to Maui, he discovered the Maui Huliau Foundation, where he was introduced to the organization's incredible environmental youth filmmaking program. The foundation's mission and vision is to "promote environmental literacy and leadership among Maui's youth through community-based educational experiences and create and maintain a sustainable Maui by inspiring active, educated and innovative stewardship."

His latest film, "Saving Oneloa," created in collaboration with his good friend, Jason Schwien, has been selected for inclusion in this year's Honolulu International Film Festival at Dole Cannery Theaters on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Jai has been invited to present his film and speak about it and other environmental topics at the festival, and he needs our help.

He needs to raise funds to help get him to Honolulu and two other film festivals that have accepted his "Saving Oneloa" this year.

If you would like to find out more about Jai and help support his passion to make documentaries that matter to inspire others to make a difference for our environment, go to his Website ( and make a donation through PayPal.

As Ghandi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Jai is doing just that by making important environmental documentaries here on Maui to peers--his generation--that they don't have to wait to create positive change.



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