Huliau Youth Leaders

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About Huliau Youth Leaders

Huliau Youth Leaders is an environmental leadership group open to students in grades 9-12 from all Maui schools.  In the 2014-15 school year we are reinventing Huliau Youth Leaders to make participation more flexible and encourage students to work with various environmental organizations and community groups on the environmental issues that impact our island.

Students, please read below for program details before registering.  The program will officially launch in August 2014 and we will hold an orientation meeting in August.  Environmental organizations, please use the button in the side bar to submit any opportunities you may have to involve youth ages 14-18 in your work.  We will then contact you for further details. To see Huliau Youth Leaders work from past years click here.

Why join Huliau Youth Leaders?

Huliau Youth Leaders is a way for students interested in environmental issues to learn more by working directly with environmental organizations and community leaders.  It is a hands-on way to explore work in the environmental field that you may be interested in such as watershed protection, sustainable agriculture and marine sciences.  By doing this you can also build experience in the environmental field for your college application or job resume.  You can also potentially earn community service credits with your school or incorporate your work into a school project.  Huliau Youth Leaders is also an opportunity to meet students from other schools interested in similar issues and collaborate on projects.

How it works

Huliau Youth Leaders is open to any Maui youth in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18).  If you are a middle school student wanting to participate in service projects please check out our Hui Laulima service trips.


1. Register

After you read the information below, you may use one of the “Apply Now” buttons to register and receive an email to get you started.  You will then receive monthly emails beginning in August about opportunities to earn “Huliau points”.  You CANNOT earn points for any work done before you register.  The program will officially launch in August 2014 and that is when we will begin monthly emails and hold an orientation meeting.

2. Look for volunteer opportunities and projects that interest you

By the end of July a list of participating organizations will be added to this website.  In August we will begin sending monthly emails to all registered students about opportunities to help with environmental projects and events throughout the island and current projects being worked on by other students.  Updates will also be posted in our Facebook group.  If you want to earn Huliau points for a project not on our list please contact us BEFORE participating so we can have it approved.

3. Get involved

After you register on this site, you can volunteer as little or as much as you want throughout the school year.  There is no minimum number of projects that you have to participate in.  You just read the monthly emails and decide what interests you.  You can work all year with one organization or participate in single service days with many organizations.  Or you can plan your own environmental projects and possibly work with other students.  The more involved you get the more Huliau points you earn.  Please see below for descriptions of three categories you may earn points in.

4. Submit your work to receive Huliau points

After completing a service project or event you can apply to receive “Huliau points” for your participation by clicking on the Huliau points button below and filling out a short online form.  You must claim points within one month of completing a service day or project.  For longer projects you may wait until you have completed the entire project.  We will contact you via email to let you know how many points you have earned.  Please see below for general guidelines on how points are calculated.

5. Be recognized & rewarded for your work!

Students earning the most points in the three categories and overall will be recognized for their work at our annual film festival at the end of the school year.  Our filmmaking students will be doing short film projects to highlight the Youth Leaders work throughout the year.  Maui Huliau will also organize a few special trips and fun opportunities throughout the year for students who have earned a certain number of Huliau points.

Student Volunteer Opportunities & Projects

Huliau Youth Leaders projects are organized into three basic categories: Education, Service and Outreach/Activism.  To earn Huliau points all projects that you work on must be reported directly to Maui Huliau Foundation via this website, even though most of the volunteer work you will do will be for other organizations.


You can earn Huliau points in the Education category by attending a community event, speech or short non-credit course on an environmental topic and submitting to us a one page reflection on what you learned.  We will share events like this in our monthly emails or you can get an event approved by us before you attend.  Students who have been in our filmmaking program may also earn extra points by filming the event and editing their footage (if the event coordinator wants the event to be filmed).  The number of points earned will be determined by Maui Huliau based on the hours involved and the content.


Many of the projects listed below fall into the Service category and involve directly helping various organizations with projects such as invasive species removal, planting native species, working in community gardens, loʻi restoration, fishpond restoration, fence repair, water quality monitoring, beach clean-ups and much more!  Points are roughly based on hours worked which will be verified by our contacts in participating organizations.


This category allows you to earn points by working independently or with other Huliau Youth Leaders students on environmental projects.  You can participate in a current youth-led project listed below or propose your own and we will help you get other students involved if needed.  This is the category where Maui Huliau will provide the most assistance including helping students communicate online and coordinating student meetings at the Hawaiian Canoe Club as needed.  Some of our partner organizations may also propose projects relating to their cause that they would like students to work on.

Students Register Now! 

By registering you will automatically receive monthly emails on opportunities for Huliau Youth Leaders.  However, you may also  join our Facebook group to get updates and share projects with other Youth Leaders.

Community Project List Coming Soon!

During June and July 2014 we are working with partner organizations and Huliau students to create a list of environmental education and service opportunities for youth ages 14-18.  By the end of July we will add a list of participating organizations here to this website and further details on projects will be sent to registered students.  Environmental organizations, please use the button in the side bar to submit opportunities for students and projects you need help with.  Students may register at anytime and we will we host an orientation meeting near the end of August.

Huliau Youth Leaders Student-Led Projects

Student-led environmental projects managed directly by Maui Huliau will be added here by August.  Most of these projects will earn points in the Outreach/Activism category and be directed by a core group of Huliau students.  One of our first projects involves helping raise awareness about single-use plastics and marine debris via media projects and outreach to local businesses and schools.  Students may also earn points during late July and early August by participating as a student filmmaker for our Huliau Food & Film Festival or by participating in a Hui Laulima service day organized by Maui Huliau.

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