Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

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Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

Now in its 8th 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 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 77 times in 21 film festivals around the world!  These films include documentaries, claymation films and even music videos.

Fall 2017 filmmaking club applications now open!

Join us for our 8th year of the Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club beginning September 3rd! Please see schedule details below.

New Students Apply Now!

Returning Students Apply Now!

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. Returning students will have an initial meeting September 5th 3:15-5:15pm and the participate in two 9am-4pm pre-production sessions on September 10th and September 25th at the same time as the new students. After that you will meet Tuesdays 3:15-5:15pm as needed to prepare for filming during fall break.

Schedule details for fall 2017 condensed program (new students)

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. All sessions take place at Hawaiian Canoe Club unless otherwise noted.

Email for questions.

Instructional days 9-4pm:  Sunday September 3rd , Monday September 4th (Labor Day), Sunday September 10th & Sunday September 24th

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 fall break October 7th-15th. Each team usually schedules 3-4 half day filming sessions during this time and often a final session at some point in early November.

Editing days:  Each student will edit approximately every other week after-school from 3-5:15pm during November and the first week of December (usually around 4 sessions each). Days are flexible and will be set by each team. There will be a final session for all students on December 12th.

New condensed fall program!

Following the success of west side program in spring 2017 which was offered in a “condensed” format, our fall 2017 Kahului program based at Hawaiian Canoe Club will follow a similar schedule.  The program will begin with four day-long sessions on Sunday and Labor Day. It will then move into filming (during and around fall break) and after-school editing sessions in November as with previous programs. Please see the detailed program schedule.

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.  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 $125 per semester for new students and $75 for returning 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.


Please see the above schedule details for new fall 2017 students. Club hours from returning students 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 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.

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.