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2014 Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival

After-school filmmaking program features students from 13 Maui schools.

May 29, 2014
Maui Weekly

Sponsored by Rising Sun Solar and CDF Engineering, the fourth annual Huliau Youth and Environmental Film Festival will feature students from 13 Maui schools.

Maui youth are taking environmental issues into their own hands using digital video cameras, laptops, and creative and critical thinking.

On Saturday evening, May 31, beginning at 7 p.m., Maui's student filmmakers will premiere seven unique films exploring environmental themes on Maui at the Historic 'Iao Theater in Wailuku.

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“Remember Your Roots” film team (left to right): Kaimana Idica, Tierra Bartolotti and Billy Dean “Hanohano” Meyer

Students pitch, plan, shoot and edit their films at an after-school filmmaking program produced by Maui Huliau Foundation throughout the school year.

Films include "Restoring the Piko," a documentary presenting the history of Kaho'olawe Island's environmental degradation and the county-funded solar installation pursuing sustainability; "The Coralax," a claymation film showing how irresponsible shoreline development can impact our precious reef system; and "Sauronmart: Lord of the Cards," a dramatic comedy inspired by the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy addressing consumerism and how it affects our environmental and social well being.

Other featured films include; "Maui's Axis Deer: Exploring Solutions to a Growing Problem;" "Fleming's Legacy; An Arboretum for Maui;" "Vibrance and Abundance: A Future for Maui's Reefs;" and "Remember Your Roots."

Founded by Executive Director Malia Cahill, Maui Huliau Foundation (MHF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes environmental literacy to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow in grades seven through 12.

"Our program offers students a unique opportunity to use the art of filmmaking to explore environmental issues that concern them," said Cahill. "Our annual film festival is that exciting moment when we finally get to share their stories with the community. With a full house last year, you could really feel that excitement in the theater. Creating a dialogue between young people and their community is one of our goals. Through sharing their films, the students realize that they can have a voice in these issues and that their community is eager to hear them."

Audience members will also have the opportunity to learn more about Maui Huliau Foundation and savor delicious homemade baked goods sold at concessions. Funds raised at this event are used to continue the Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club (HEFC) in the upcoming school year.

"Please join us to support Maui's youth and learn about important environmental issues facing our island," said Cahill.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for youth under 18.

Tickets are on sale now at, Native Intelligence at 1980 Main St. in Wailuku and Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport in Kahului across from Kmart on Dairy Road.

Tickets can also be purchased at the theater box office starting at 6:15 p.m. on the day of the event (tickets have sold out at past events).

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