Huliau Food & Film Festival
A farm-to-table celebration of local agriculture featuring local chefs and student-produced films
Student Film Competition
Each year our filmmaking students ages 12-18 work with event chefs and local farms to make short films. Guests vote on their favorite film at the event and the students are presented with an award. While the event is still 21 & over, this year our students will be able to attend in person for the first time to present their films and receive their award. Below are some photos of this yearʻs students working on their films.
Mahalo to all who attended our 6th annual event and to all the chefs and sponsors who made it possible. Together we raised over $40,000 for our 2018-19 school year programs!
Our Huliau Food & Film Festival is a farm-to-table celebration of local agriculture featuring local chefs and student-produced films. Our sixth annual festival took place at Sugar Beach Events beautiful oceanfront venue in north Kihei. The event features ten chef-run farm-to-table stations, and cash bar of 100% locally-produced cocktails, beer and wine. Guests enjoy live music, a silent auction and a food-themed student film contest. Event admission is $95, or $110 at the door, and includes access to all chef stations and one complimentary drink from the bar. All funds raised benefit Maui Huliau Foundation’s environmental education programs for Maui youth. Our 2018 Huliau Food & Film Festival raised over $42,000 for Huliau programs. Our 2018 was proudly sponsored by Skyline Hawaiʻi, Pacific BioDiesel, Blue Ginger Hawaiʻi, CDF Engineering, Hawaiian Paddle Sports and Maui Electric Company. The date for our 2019 event will be announced in early 2019. For sponsorship information click here.
Congratulations to Huliau students Troy Lau and Natalia Polinskey for winning our 2018 student film contest for their film featuring Chef Dean Louie.
2018 Event Promo Video
Ukulele by Arlie-Avery Asiu
In addition to our student films, this year’s event will feature ʻukulele music by Arlie-Avery Asiu! Arlie plays regularly on Maui with local artists such as Wille K and also teaches ʻukulele lessons. He began composing music at age 9 and has had multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano, in 2017 for “ʻUkulele…Off the Couch” and in 2018 for “My Dog Has Fleas”.
His music incorporates jazz, rock, and Hawaiian sounds. His instrumental songs blend ‘ukulele with cello, bass, saxophone, various drums and—in true Hawai‘i style—a rubber slippah. Arlie’s enthusiasm shines through in his refreshingly upbeat music. He prefers fancy finger picking over strumming and loves to experiment with unusual tunings. He doesn’t play it safe—he stretches himself artistically. For more information visit Arlieʻs website.
“A new experience has arrived with this great project, undeniably unique in every way! When the norm gets challenging, you can bet Arlie Asiu has created a more needed refreshing sound for the ‘ukulele! TOTALLY AWESOME ‘UKULELE!!!”- Uncle Willie K
Our 2018 Event Chefs
Chef Dean Louie
Maui Culinary Academy
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Chef Lee Anderson
Sugar Beach Events
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Chef Zach Laidlaw
Chef de Cuisine, Fleetwood's on Front St
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With a degree in both Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, this love took him all over the work cooking in Chicago, the Caribbean, Australia, and Maui, Hawaii where he landed the Sous Chef position at Fleetwood’s on Front St. Zach loves watching people take that first bite of food and smile with joy. He knows that this industry will keep pushing him to learn and grow. In or out of the kitchen he will never stop spreading his mantra; peace, love and happiness. “As a chef here on Maui at Fleetwoods on Front St., we strive for the best ingredients by supporting our local farmers and agriculture. Having access to the freshest product provides a foundation to create memorable experiences”
Chef Gary Johnson
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Chef Kyle Kawakami
Maui Fresh Streatery
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Chef Isaac Bancaco
Executive Chef, Andaz Maui at Wailea
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In 2011 Bancaco was honored as the only chef in Travel Age West’s, “Future Faces of Hawaii Tourism” and “Top Young Chefs to Watch” by Hawaii Hospitality. As an active player in supporting Maui’s farms and farmers, Bancaco displays a perfectly balanced menu of locally sourced components at the chic Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
He now flaunts using 85% from the islands top growers, ranchers and fishermen. After securing his first cooking position at the acclaimed Blue Ginger under Ming Tsai, Bancaco competed as Tsai’s sous chef on “Iron Chef America” defeating Bobby Flay in “Kitchen Stadium,” his first defeat on home soil. Born and raised on Maui, Bancaco possesses deep rooted pride in Hawaiʻi’s locally grown and produced goods giving diners a paralleled sense of place and a taste of his island home.
Chef Maja Liotta
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Chef John Cadman
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Now as owner and operator of Pono Pies, John creates delicious sugar, gluten, dairy and GMO-free raw desserts out of as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. His pies are not only delicious but also represent his contribution to eating in a more pono (righteous) way that is both healthy and sustainable.
Chef Eric Morrissette
Executive Chef, Fleetwood's on Front St
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Chef Carol Wallack
Former Exec Chef & Owner of Sola Restaurant in Chicago
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Chef Molly Reeder
Private Pastry Chef