Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

Now in its 10th school 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

In our first 9 years we have served youth ages 12-18 from 18 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.

Our Spring 2020 program is currently in progress and not accepting new students. Our fall semester program will begin in September 2020. You can still use the applications buttons to apply any time of year and we will contact you with more information when fall registration begins.

Spring 2020 Program

Students in grades 7-12 will work in teams of 3-4 students to make a short environmental film on a topic of their choice. The films will be shown at our annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival at ʻĪao Theater in Wailuku in May and then entered in film festivals around the world. Films range from documentaries, to claymations, to music videos, and have been selected at film festivals over 140 times.

The program will meet at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului. The program fee is $75 and includes snacks and equipment. Need-based scholarships are available and easy to apply for.

Please see the schedule details below and use the buttons at the right to apply now. Priority admission will be given to NEW students who apply before February 1st. Returning students will be placed on teams with space available throughout the school year.

For questions email or call Malia at (808)757-2100.

Spring 2020 Schedule Details: The first three days are on weekends from 9am-2pm. The dates are February 16th, 17th and 23rd. Those sessions will focus on learning to use the equipment, filming practice activities and discussing potential film topics.

During spring break (March 14th-22nd), each team will schedule 2-4 filming sessions lasting from 4-6 hours. The exact times and hours will depend on their film topic and be agreed upon by each team.

Editing will be finished on a flexible schedule by students anytime before May 8th. Students can expect to schedule 2-3 sessions after school or on weekends, depending on the length of their film. We will work with students to find a few meeting times that do not conflict with other activities.