Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

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Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

Now in its 7th school year, our filmmaking club is our largest and most popular program.  In our semester-long program, we teach new students about filmmaking and the environment, and then assist them in making a short film on a topic they choose.  Our returning students work more independently on films covering current community issues and on student-led film and activism projects.

Serving youth from all Maui schools

In our first six years we have served youth ages 12-18 from 15 different Maui schools!  Your donations help keep our programs affordable for all students.

Over 70 films on YouTube!

Our YouTube channel now has over 70 student films with nearly 50,000 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!

Our student films have been selected over 60 times at 12 film festivals around the world!  These films include documentaries, claymation films and even music videos.

Our spring 2017 west side program is now full!

This special program is open to students in grades 7-12 from all schools but priority will be given to residents of west side communities. Our returning students will continue to meet at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului and we will begin new student classes at that location in Fall 2017.

The application deadline has passed and the program is now full but you may still fill out the application below to be added to the waiting list. Students from other parts of the island may also use the form to be notified when we begin registration for our fall 2017 program at Hawaiian Canoe Club.

New Students Apply Now!

Returning students, please use the button below to apply.  Depending on your experience level and availability we will let you know which projects you can work on or add you to a new student team if space is available.

Returning Students Apply Now!

Schedule details for spring 2017 west side program

This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change once the student group is selected.  Please note that all sessions are required and all schedule concerns should be discussed with us in advance.

Email for questions.

Instructional days 9-4pm:  Saturday February 18th & Sunday February 19th, Saturday March 4th and Saturday March 11th

Filming days:  Filming schedules and locations will be set by individual teams according to the topic chosen.  The majority of filming takes places during public school spring break March 18th-27th. Each team usually schedules 3-4 half day filming sessions during this time and often a final session at some point in April.

Editing days:  Each student will sign up for a 2.5 hour editing session during each of the following Saturdays: April 1st, 8th, 14th & 15th These dates are subject to change and additional days may be added in early May if a team has not completed their film.

First ever west side program!

Maui Huliau is excited to announce our first ever program on the west side of Maui. Over the years we have gotten many requests from youth in Lahaina and other west side communities who are unable to attend our after school filmmaking program at Hawaiian Canoe Club.  Therefore for one semester we are offering our new student program in a condensed format at the Maui Preparatory Academy campus in Napili.  This program is open to students from all schools with preference given to west side residents.

About the Filmmaking Club


Photo by Bryan Berkowitz

The HEFC program is a semester-long after school club open to students ages 12-18 from all Maui schools.   Our program is now in its 7th school year and serves 12-16 students per semester.  We typically accept up to 8 students into our regular film teams and 4-8 returning students into our advanced teams.  The program meets mostly Mondays after school at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului.  Students work in film teams of 3-4 students.  Each film team will also schedule off-site filming sessions throughout the island.

Maui Huliau Foundation staff assist students in investigating environmental or conservation- related issues affecting their community.  The students conduct research, plan a storyline, film in different locations around the island, and turn what they learn into short film.  At the end of the school year, students will help plan our annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival, where their films will be shown.  After the festival, we also help students enter their films in different national film festivals.  You can see the 70+ short environmental films our students have produced on our YouTube channel.  Many of these films have been selected at film festivals around the world!

The application process:

1. Fill out an application on-line above.

2. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is reviewed.

3. A Maui Huliau Foundation representative will contact you to let you know that registration for the program is beginning.  They will assist you in filing out the proper registration forms and waivers.  They will also help you determine if you should enroll in the MEO transportation program, and if so, assist you with enrollment.

Program fee is $75 per semester for regular film team students.  This includes snacks, a Huliau T-shirt, equipment use and most off-site filming transportation.  Need-based scholarships are available.  To apply for assistance, simply check that option on your application form and we will get back to you with further instructions.

Club hours are from 3:00- 5:15pm every Tuesday (except holidays) throughout the semester for new students in our regular program.  Film teams needing extra time may also come on occasional other days as needed.  For the last month of program students take turns editing their film and only come in every other week.  In addition, each film team will schedule approximately 3-8 off-site filming sessions during school break (fall or spring), weekends and/or after school.

Making a film requires dedication and flexibility.  During the first 5 weeks, you may also have weekly “homework” assignment (usually taking about an hour) to work on pre-production of your film.  You must be on-island and available to film for at least part of fall or spring break.  You also may have a few meetings with your group on other days after school that are not Tuesdays.  We have a strict attendance policy, especially for the first six sessions, and missing more then two club sessions may result in your removal from the program.

Please see details above for the spring 2017 west side condensed program to be held at Maui Preparatory campus in Napili.

Maui Huliau Foundation has partnered with the Hawaiian Canoe Club to host the HEFC program at their classroom in Kahului. Maui Economic Opportunity’s Youth Transportation service provides free transportation to and from the canoe club from public schools throughout the island!

Mahalo to the Hawaiian Canoe Club for providing a home for our HEFC program!

To learn more about HCC visit their website.

Hawaiian Canoe Club is located in Hoaloha Park on the water along Kahului harbor between First Hawaiian Bank and Maui Seaside Hotel.  To get there you turn off the ocean side of Ka’ahumanu Ave where the Akamai Motors lot is (across from Kahului Shopping Center) and go past it to the public parking area.  Our classroom is up the stairs on the Wailuku side of the blue building.  For a Google map link click here.


For regular Monday and Tuesday club sessions, MEO youth transportation drops students at the Hawaiian canoe club between 2:45 & 3:30pm and picks them up at 5:30pm. Students who arrive by 3:30pm with their own transportation and can stay until at least 5:15pm are also welcome to participate. Contact us if you have any questions.

Students can also use the Maui Bus and walk across to the Hawaiian Canoe Club from Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center.

Questions? Contact us here.

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Current & Past Semester Student Projects

Want to see examples of film projects for both regular and advanced teams?  Click on any project below to read more about that film.