Students to premiere environmental films

Student filmmakers will premiere seven films exploring environmental themes on Maui at the historic Iao Theater in Wailuku on Saturday as part of the 2014 Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the films will screen from 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Rising Sun Solar and CDF Engineering, the fourth annual Huliau Youth and Environmental Film Festival will feature students from 13 Maui schools. Films include “Restoring the Piko,” a documentary presenting the history of Kahoolawe’s environmental degradation and the county-funded solar installation pursuing sustainability; “The Coralax,” a claymation film showing how irresponsible shoreline development can impact our precious reef system; and “Sauronmart: Lord of the Cards,” a dramatic comedy inspired by the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy addressing consumerism and how it affects our environmental and social well being.

Founded by Executive Director Malia Cahill, Maui Huliau Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental literacy in grades 7 to 12.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to learn more about Maui Huliau Foundation and purchase home-made baked goods.

Funds raised at this event will be used to continue the Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club in the upcoming school year, according to a news release.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for persons 18 years old and younger. Tickets are on sale now at and at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main St.

Tickets can also be purchased at the theater box office starting at 6:15 p.m. Saturday if still available.