Why donate to Maui Huliau?

A Community-Based Non-Profit

Maui Huliau is a small community-based non-profit working to promote environmental literacy and leadership among Maui’s youth through our unique filmmaking, activism and service projects.

Serving youth from all Maui schools

In our first eight years we have served youth ages 12-18 from 18 different Maui schools!  Your donations help keep our programs affordable for all students.

Over 100 films on YouTube!

Our YouTube channel now has over 100 student films with over 60,000 views!  They empower the voices of Maui’s youth to educate our community and visitors about how they can help protect our island’s environment.

Award winning films!

The 60 plus short environmental films produced by our filmmaking program have been selected 116 times in 23 film festivals around the world! These films include documentaries, claymation films and even music videos.

Mahalo to everyone who donated to our #GivingTuesday matching challenge! After the $2,000 match from the Bendon Family Foundation, we were able to raise almost $5,000 in less than one week! We now have just over $5,000 left to raise before December 31st to reach the $10,000 we need for next year’s programs.

Please donate what you can to help us meet this challenge and expand our programs in 2019. You can donate using the button to the right or visit our Facebook Fundraiser here.

Help us reach our goal!

Olimometer 2.52

About our Programs for Maui Youth

Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

Now in its 9th school year, our filmmaking club has involved hundreds of students from 18 schools on Maui in creating more than 60 short environmental films from documentaries to music videos. These films have been selected more than 100 times in festivals around the world and have won multiple awards!

Huliau Outdoor Leadership Council

The Huliau Outdoor Leadership Council is our newest program launched in the 2017-18 school year. This year’s council members are in grades 11-12 and come from 5 different Maui schools. They meet monthly to plan overnight programs, service projects and other environmental leadership projects open to students in grades 7-12.

Huliau Eco-Adventure Program

One of our most exciting program developments in the past two years is our alumni-led Huliau Eco-Adventure. In the summer of 2015 two alumni from our 2013 Maui Eat Local Project designed a summer leadership program for high school students. In 2016 they expanded the program to serve 30 middle school students and involved the high school participants in leading the program! The program is now run each summer by college-age alumnae of our programs.

Huliau Green Events

Huliau Green Events is one of our newest programs launched in 2016. Our staff and students work with large events to divert over 80% of waste from the landfill by staffing zero waste stations, replacing single-use plastic, composting and recycling. Make your next event zero waste!

Huliau Climate Literacy Project

The Huliau Climate Literacy Project is our newest program launched in fall 2017! The mission of the project is to work with science teachers in grades 7-12 to integrate hands-on climate literacy activities into their curriculum in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards. In the 2018-19 school year we plan to serve over 600 students.

Other programs

Our other programs for Maui youth include our annual 4 day backpacking trip through Haleakalā crater and our student-led “plastic free projects” such as #Sporkitup and Ocean Friendly Restaurants.