Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

Now in its 9th 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.

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Serving youth from all Maui schools

In our first 7 years we have served youth ages 12-18 from 16 different Maui schools!  Your donations help keep our programs affordable for all students.

Over 100 films on YouTube!

Our YouTube channel now has over 100 student films with over 60,000 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!

The 55 short environmental films produced by our filmmaking program have been selected 97 times in 21 film festivals around the world!  These films include documentaries, claymation films and even music videos.

Apply for our 2018-19 filmmaking programs

You can apply below year-round to be notified when we begin registration for our next program.

New Students Apply Now!

Returning Students Apply Now!

This school year our fall program will only be open to students selected from our summer Huliau Eco-Filmmaking program. We will begin accepting new students again in the spring 2019 semester. You can apply using the button to the left to be added to the list for that program and we will contact you in January. Returning students, please use the button above 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.

About the Filmmaking Club


Photo by Bryan Berkowitz

The HEFC program is a semester-long club open to students ages 12-18 from all Maui schools.  Our program is now in its 8th 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 after school and on weekends at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului or at Maui Preparatory campus for our west side program.  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 100+ 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 which 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.

Making a film requires dedication and flexibility.  During the first 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.  We have a strict attendance policy, especially for the first sessions, and missing a sessions may result in your removal from the program.

Maui Huliau Foundation has partnered with the Hawaiian Canoe Club to host the HEFC program at their classroom in Kahului. Maui Preparatory Academy generously provides space for our spring west side program.

Mahalo to the Hawaiian Canoe Club and Maui Preparatory Academy for providing a home for our HEFC program!

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.

Maui Preparatory Academy is located on Honoapiʻilani Hwy in Nāpili. We meet in one of the classrooms near the basketball court on the upper part of the campus. 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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