Huliau Food & Film FestivalA farm-to-table celebration of local agriculture featuring local chefs and student-produced films
Our Huliau Food & Film Festival is back!
After a two year pause, our annual benefit dinner is back on August 6th at Sugar Beach Event’s beautiful oceanfront venue in Kīhei. This year’s event will feature a multi-course farm-to-table meal, student films, live music and more! More event details will be added here in May. We look forward to celebrating with you all again!
Past year event photos above by Bryan Berkowitz
Our Chef Team
Our 2022 Huliau Food & Film Festival will feature a six course farm-to-table meal prepared by a team of talented chefs who have generously volunteered their services to raise funds for our programs. The list of chefs will be updated in May.
Chef Zach Sato
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Chef Eric Morrissette
Executive Chef, Fleetwood's on Front St
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Chef Maja Liotta
Private Chef, Lilikoi Creations
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Upon graduating from college in 1996, she ignored the nudge to pursue culinary. The Liotta ‘ohana made Maui home 7 years ago and their first home was on an organic farm in Keokea. It wasn’t long before Maja was offered the unique opportunity to work as a chef for a private concierge to discerning clientele and her business grew from there through word of mouth.
Maja’s passion is creating diverse and healthful meals for residents, friends, family and visitors to the islands. In 2017, she added her Culinary funshop, “Chiffonade and Sizzle” to her offerings as well as promotes clean eating and culinary instruction for local school aged children across the island for various organizations including Haiku School, Kihei Youth Center, The Blue Zones Project and Hawaii Tech Academy. She is also a regularly featured food writer and recipe contributor for Maui Family Magazine.
Chef Maja graciously embraces alternative diet requests, especially plant based/vegan and gluten free. When she isn’t cooking professionally, Maja enjoys Maui’s splendor and loves to surf and travel with her ‘ohana.
Chef Courtney Walter
Sugar Beach Events
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Today, Chef Courtney spearheads the culinary mission at Sugar Beach Events, turning everyday ingredients into unforgettable bites.
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 Zach Laidlaw
Hua Momona Farms
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Maui is where he landed the Chef de Cuisine position at Fleetwood’s on Front St. for two years working next to Chef Eric Morrissette. He currently is the Executive Chef for Hua Momona Farms, West Maui. Chef Zach is known for developing unique flavors and his stunning presentation. He creates memorable dining experiences true to the farm to table movement. “It’s very fulfilling to create a modern dish with the vegetables you just grew/harvested yourself”. He loves to further educate himself with self-sustainability and creating exquisite desserts for fun. Food is Medicine.