Huliau Leadership Council

The Huliau Leadership Council is open to students in grades 9-12 from all Maui County schools who have an interest in environmental leadership. Members meet twice a month to plan service projects and other environmental leadership projects.

About our 2022-2023 School Year Program

Our 2022-2023 leadership council will hold a mix of virtual and in-person meetings twice per month on the first and third Wednesday of the month from September until May. The program will have its first meeting on Wednesday September 7th from 4:30-6pm. Some meetings involve virtual guest speakers on topics related to environmental issues or in-person mini field trips to different sites around Maui.

In addition to monthly meetings, the council will also plan two student workdays per semester to assist with sustainability projects in the community. These may include projects such as beach cleanups, tree plantings, and farm or loʻi workdays.

The council will also work on other environmental student-led projects and events throughout the year. In the past, these have included public outreach about reducing plastic pollution and helping organize a youth climate strike event. See some examples of last year’s projects below. Updates on the program will be posted here throughout the school year.

Students entering grades 9-12 are welcome to apply for this free program using the button to the right and our staff will contact you with more details.

Additional program details: The first two regular meetings in September (the 7th and 21st) will be on Zoom. The first in-person service project will be on International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17th from 8:30-1pm and will include a beach clean-up, orientation activities, and lunch. During these September meetings, the council members will make decisions together such as the dates for the three other service projects and the first in-person monthly meeting. Towards the end of the school year, those students who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to help plan a 2-3 day inter-island trip with the support of our staff, with most costs covered by Maui Huliau.

2022-2023 Leadership Council Projects & Photos

Below are some of the projects and events that the leadership council has hosted during the 2022-2023 school year.

September 2022 ♦ Huliau Leadership Council Orientation and International Coastal Cleanup


International Coastal Cleanup 2022 hosted by Huliau Leadership Council was a success! Students removed trash from Kahului Harbor and sorted the debris according to the type of trash. After the beach cleanup, the council participated in activities including paddling in a 6-man outrigger canoe and discussed environmental issues they are interested in investigating. We’re excited to see what the council accomplishes this year!


Mahalo Hawaiian Canoe Club for the opportunity to get our students out in the water to paddle! It was the first time for most of them!

October 2022 ♦ Introduction to Scuba with Extended Horizons


Our leadership council was invited to join Extended Horizons for an introductory scuba lesson. During their visit, they practiced basic scuba diving skills and learned about the importance of maintaining healthy reef ecosystems.

October 2022♦ Waikamoi Hike


Our Huliau Leadership Council visited The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve. While hiking the boardwalk, they learned about the importance of native forests and about the native plant and animal species that populate the preserve. Mahalo Kim Thayer for co-leading the hike and The Nature Conservancy for the opportunity to visit this important, pristine ecosystem on Maui

November 2022 ♦ Maui Disposal’s Materials Recovery Facility


The Huliau Leadership Council visited Maui Disposal’s Materials Recovery Facility this past November. We got to see how things like cans, bottles, and cardboard are sorted, packed, and shipped out and gained some insight into what is and isn’t recyclable. Mahalo nui Maui Disposal for having us!

Our Huliau Leadership Council students created Instagram posters as part of our  #EyesonCOP26 social-media campaign encouraging world leaders at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow to take meaningful action on climate change. You can check out all their posters and other climate-related art and projects on our new “climate conversations” page.