Huliau Green Events
Reduce waste at your event while supporting environmental education for Maui’s youth!
Finding creative and fun ways to reduce waste has been the focus of many Maui Huliau student-led projects such as #Sporkitup and Foam Free Future (now Ocean Friendly Restaurants). These projects have led our students to create inspiring films and attend international youth summits on marine plastic pollution. In 2016 we launched our Huliau Zero Waste Events program using zero waste stations at large events to divert 65-86% of event waste from the landfill. In 2017, with the help Maui County’s Office of Economic Development we rebranded and expanded this program as Huliau Green Events. In addition to zero waste stations, we offer a comprehensive consulting service for event planners wanting to reduce the negative environment impacts of their event.
Why Zero Waste?
We are fortunate to have so many great events on Maui that bring our community together in positive ways. However, sometimes these great events can have a very negative impact on our island by sending a lot of waste to our landfills. Plastic waste which does not decompose is especially harmful and is ending up in our oceans in alarming quantities. At previous events we have been able to rdivert over 80% of waste from the landfill to be recycled and composted! Zero-waste events also educate the public about the importance of reducing our collective impact. Your event can be part of the solution! Watch the short film below about our first year and how the program began.
Example Zero Waste Report
We weigh the various types of waste produced at each event and provide you with a report to share with event planners, vendors and attendees!
What We Provide
We work with event organizers and vendors to create a customized zero-waste plan that will work for your event. This may include helping vendors order eco-friendly food service products, attending event planning meetings and getting your team excited about working together to green your event.
Zero Waste Stations
We provide all bins, educational signs and staffing for each station to ensure that items are disposed of properly. These stations also serve as education stations for event guests where our students and volunteers can explain how their waste is diverted from the landfill.
With our goal being to divert over 80% of waste from the landfill, there are no overflowing dumpsters to deal with after your event. We take food scraps and compostable food ware to local farms, recyclables to recycling centers and provide you with a report about where it all went! See our example report below.
Core Components of Zero Waste Event Planning
Reuse whenever possible is nearly always the most eco-friendly option. For large events we often use our reusable bamboo sporks from our students’ #Sporkitup project which guests can then take with them to use in place of disposable plastic utensils. We also incorporate reuse into our practices by using reusable bag liners for our recycling containers to reduce the number of plastic trash bags used.
We work with local suppliers and your food vendors to source affordable compostable products! Click here to see a pricing spreadsheet of compostable products available at local suppliers. We also work closely with Sustainable Island Products who provides only certified compostable products at an affordable price. Click here for example pricing on their commonly used products and here for a full catalog of compostable products by WorldCentric.
We help educate event coordinators, vendors and attendees about zero-waste practices and why they are important. To us diverting as much waste as possible from the landfill is a fun and exciting challenge and our goal is to share this enthusiasm with your team and guests in a fun and professional way!
About Maui Huliau Foundation
Maui Huliau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to promote environmental literacy and leadership among Maui’s youth. Our largest program is our Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club. Over the past 7 years, hundreds of students from 16 schools on Maui have created more than 60 short environmental films from documentaries to music videos. These films have been selected more than 100 times in festivals around the world and have won multiple awards. Our other programs include Huliau Outdoor Leadership Council, Huliau Climate Literacy Program our annual Haleakalā backpacking trip, and alumni-run summer camps. Through our unique hands-on programs, we seek to educate and empower Maui 12-18 year-olds to become future stewards of our natural environment.