Maui’s student filmmakers set to showcase their work

Maui’s student filmmakers will premiere 11 films exploring environmental issues beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at Iao Theater in Wailuku.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The students pitched ideas, planned, directed and edited their film projects in an after-school filmmaking program produced by the Maui Huliau Foundation throughout the 2012-13 school year, according to an announcement.

Students from 13 Maui schools will present their work, including “Eat Local,” a reality-style documentary about seven high school students sustaining themselves on local-only food; “Hawksbills: A Path to Recovery,” a story of the endangered hawksbill sea turtles nesting at Makena; and “Beyond the Kernel,” an animated feature with a dialogue between a genetically modified organism and organic corn.

Pre-show tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for youth under 18 years old. Those tickets can be purchased by going online to or at Native Intelligence at 1980 Main St. in Wailuku.

Tickets at the door cost $15.

Founded by Executive Director Malia Cahill, the Maui Huliau Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental literacy among the leaders of tomorrow in grades 7 through 12.

The program’s students have traveled to film festivals in Honolulu and California. And, through their YouTube channel the student films have received nearly 7,000 hits.

The students expect the site to “blow up” with the upcoming premiere of “Barges,” a spoof of the Macklemore video “Thrift Shop” and featuring rap lyrics by Maui students on the island’s dependence on food shipped from overseas.

Audience members will have an opportunity to learn more about the foundation and eat homemade baked goods sold at the theater’s concessions. Funds raised at the event will support the Huliau Foundation Filmmaking Club in the upcoming school year.

For more information, contact Cahill at 757-2100.