Huliau Food & Film Festival
A farm-to-table celebration of local agriculture featuring local chefs and student-produced films
Our 2017 event has been scheduled for August 5th at Sugar Beach Events. More information will be added here in spring 2017. For sponsorship opportunities please click here.
Mahalo to all who attended our 4th annual Huliau Food & Film Festival and to all our sponsors, chefs, musicians and volunteers for making this night possible! With your help we raised over $20,000 for our programs for Maui youth!
About our 2016 event
Our 2016 event was held on Saturday August 6th at the beautiful Sugar Beach Events venue on the beach in north Kihei. This year’s event featured 10 farm-to-table chef stations, an expanded 100% local bar, an impressive array of silent auction items, music by Bentley Kalaway, Joel Katz and George Kahumoku Jr and our annual student film competition featuring event chefs!
Congratulations to 2nd year Huliau filmmaking student Sean Fleetham for winning our event’s student filmmaking competition along with Misophat sushi. You can watch his film and the 5 other student entries in our YouTube playlist below.
Our 2016 student film competition winner was Sean Fleetham with his film featuring Chef Ahren Uyeda of Misophat!
Our best silent auction ever!
Our silent auction this year featured over 100 items donated by local businesses and artists. Mahalo to all who donated! Our silent auction raised over $14,000 this year!
This year’s event featured the beautiful voice of Bentley Kalaway who has performed with us for the past three years as well as Joel Katz and multiple Grammy & Hoku award winning Hawaiian Slack Key artist George Kahumoku Jr!
Our 2016 Event Chefs
Chef Isaac Bancaco
Executive Chef, Andaz Maui at Wailea
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In 2011 Bancaco was honored as the only chef in Travel Age West’s, “Future Faces of Hawaii Tourism” and “Top Young Chefs to Watch” by Hawaii Hospitality. As an active player in supporting Maui’s farms and farmers, Bancaco displays a perfectly balanced menu of locally sourced components at the chic Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
He now flaunts using 85% from the islands top growers, ranchers and fishermen. After securing his first cooking position at the acclaimed Blue Ginger under Ming Tsai, Bancaco competed as Tsai’s sous chef on “Iron Chef America” defeating Bobby Flay in “Kitchen Stadium,” his first defeat on home soil. Born and raised on Maui, Bancaco possesses deep rooted pride in Hawaiʻi’s locally grown and produced goods giving diners a paralleled sense of place and a taste of his island home.
Chef Eric Morrissette
Executive Chef, Fleetwood's on Front St
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Chef Gary Johnson
Hāna Ranch Provisions
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Read Jessica's bio
Chef Kyle Kawakami
Maui Fresh Streatery
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Chef John Cadman
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Now as owner and operator of Pono Pies, John creates delicious sugar, gluten, dairy and GMO-free raw desserts out of as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. His pies are not only delicious but also represent his contribution to eating in a more pono (righteous) way that is both healthy and sustainable.
Chef Ahren Uyeda
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Chef Sabra Ricci
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A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Ricci worked in Paris for Yes Catering Company and later as the consulting chef for Grail Springs Spa in Canada. No stranger to the media, she makes frequent guest appearances locally and nationally, and has been featured on Chelsea Lately, The Today Show, Extra, and Entertainment Tonight, and contributes regularly to About.com, writes a daily column on Chicago Sun-Times: Splash, a monthly column on Tarot.com and AOL Living.
Sabra Ricci, has written three books on her true passion of cooking and her love of astrology in Lobster for Leos, Cookies for Capricorn: An Astrology Lover’s Cookbook, January 2012, St. Martins Press, and Sexy Star Sign Cooking: A Cookbook for Lovers, January 2013, St. Martins Press. Her third book, Dirty, Sexy, Funny Astrology, she collaborated with comedian Jenny McCarthy, just released June 15, 2015. Ricci goes back and forth between her home in upcountry Kula on the island of Maui and Santa Monica, California. She lives with her husband, Ferenc and her cat Olive. In her down time, she enjoys a strong Bikram yoga practice, and traveling the world for her next culinary adventure.
Chef Lee Anderson
Sugar Beach Events
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Chef Rebecca Woodburn-Rist