Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

Now finishing its 11th year, our filmmaking club is our longest-running program. The program teaches students about filmmaking and the environment, and then assists them in making short films ranging from documentaries to music videos.

Serving youth from all Maui schools

We have served youth ages 12-18 from over 20 different schools on Maui and Molokaʻi!  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 70 short environmental films produced by our filmmaking program have been selected 160 times in 26 film festivals around the world!  These films include documentaries, claymation films and even music videos.

Fall 2021 Program

As we enter our 12th year, our Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club will again be working with teams of Maui students in grades 7-12 to create short environmental films throughout fall semester. While the 2020-21 school year focused on virtual huakaʻi films, in the 2021-22 school year, we will again be allowing students to chose their own film topics and styles. Our fall program will follow a hybrid format with some intro and pre-production sessions held on zoom, and all filming sessions in person following current COVID protocols.

Fall 2021 Schedule Details

There will be three mandatory intro classes for all students:

  • August 26th 4-5:30pm (Zoom)
  • September 2nd 4-5:30pm (Zoom)
  • September 6th 9am-12pm Labor Day (in-person at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului)

In these classes, we will give an overview of the program and share potential film topic ideas. We will also teach basic framing, composition and filmmaking skills. Between the first two sessions, students will be given a short home work assignment to practice filming on their phone and to propose a film idea. The in-person session on September 6th will focus on hands-on filming practice with our DSLR cameras.

Once teams are formed, each team of 3-4 students will then set their own custom schedule for pre-production, filming and editing from September-December. The time commitment will vary depending on the film topic chosen. However, students can generally expect to schedule 2-4 virtual planning sessions (1.5-2 hours long), 2-3 in-person filming sessions (4-6 hours long), and approximately 3-6 hours of editing at home using our equipment (virtual instruction  provided).

 The program fee of $75 covers all instruction and equipment use. Need-based scholarships are available and can be applied for during the application process. For questions please contact us at or (808)757-2100.