2019 Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival

A scene from “Moloka‘i Aina Momona: Na Huaka‘i o ‘O Hina I Ka Malama,” which will be screened during the Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival in the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Photos courtesy Maui Huliau Foundation

The ninth annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival premieres 10 short environmental films beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku.

This environmental education nonprofit instructs youth from 14 different schools in Maui County to pitch, plan, shoot and edit their films at an after-school filmmaking program coordinated by MHF throughout the school year.

Included in this year’s offerings are documentary films from the new Huliau youth filmmaking programs in Hana and on Molokai.

Executive Director Malia Cahill said she is excited to share new youth films created in partnership with youth organizations in Hana and on Molokai.

“We have a great mix of different film styles and creative stories from across Maui Nui,” she added.

“Growing Our Future” is a short documentary featuring interviews with Hana youth as they learn about traditional agriculture in Wailua and launch a student-run business growing hydroponic lettuce.

Funds raised from the festival will be used to support the program in the 2019-20 school year.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at discounted prices at Native Intelligence in Wailuku, Lost on Maui in Paia or at www.mauihuliaufoundation.org/festival. You can also find updates and a Facebook event on its various social media sites @mauihuliau.

Huliau Youth Environmental

Film Festival Program

May 19th 2019

A scene from “Bring Your Own” illustrates the fight against plastic pollution.

Opening presentation, 6 p.m., by Malia Cahill and the Huliau Outdoor Leadership Council.

“Plastic Addiction,” 6:15 p.m.

Created in an anti-drug PSA format, our leadership students address our modern addiction to plastic. This film was originally presented at an international youth summit on plastic pollution. By Taylor Redman, Kiana Liu, Lehua Jimenez, Christine Davis and Sebastian Byhre.

” ‘Aina Pulapula,” 6:20 p.m.

This short documentary shares the story of Molokai homesteader Bobby Alcain and his views on growing food and his hopes for Molokai’s future. This film was created through our recent partnership with ‘Ohana Learning Alliance by students who frequently visit Uncle Bobby’s farm for their “papa mahiai,” or “farming class.” By Virtuous Ka’ahanui, Miracle Ka’ahanui, Kahula Kahokuloa, Kamele Kahokuloa and Mykal Kahinu.

A scene from “ ‘Aina Pulapula”

“Sea Creature Complaints,” 6:25 p.m.

Featuring direct interviews with sea creatures about the current state of our oceans, this claymation film details problems including pollution, noise from ocean vessels and climate change impacts. By Dane Ottman and Matt Golin.

“Kids Speak on Plastic Pollution,” 6:30 p.m.

What do kids think about the growing problem of plastic pollution? Students explore young people’s perspectives on plastic pollution causes, impacts and solutions through interviews with Maui kids ages 5 through 10. By Hokuaoka’ale Gilman, Kailani Ibanez and Mikaela Lagasca.

“Growing Our Future,” 6:40 p.m.

In partnership with Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike’s project-based learning cohort at Hana School, this short documentary features interviews with Hana youth as they learn about traditional agriculture in Wailua and launch a student-run business growing hydroponic lettuce. By Jesiah Malaikini, Huaka Park, Ire Pu-Akina and Nakualakuhikuhi Kanakaole-Park.

Intermission, 6:45 p.m.

Huliau Green Events presentation, 6:55 p.m.

Huliau Green Events Program Director Ashley O’Colmain, shares some highlights of this year’s zero waste efforts. Intern Sanoma Boynton presents her waste audit findings and potential waste reduction solutions for public schools.

“Bring Your Own,” 7:05 p.m. (previously named “Hydroflask”)

Inspired by the popular OMI song, “Cheerleader,” this musical parody is set to a student-written song and highlights the importance of “bringing your own” in the fight against plastic pollution. By Maura Smith, Anuhea Hale, Kiana Haugg and Bianca Haugg.

“Moloka’i ‘Aina Momona: Na Huaka’i o ‘O Hina I Ka Malama,” 7:10 p.m.

Join the Hawaiian Language Immersion program at Moloka’i High School as they travel to special places, learn about Molokai’s abundant resources and perpetuate the ways of the Molokai kupuna. They work in the loi kalo of Halawa and Waialua valleys, work to restore Kahina Pohaku fishpond and gather fish for their graduation ceremony. By Kauiwai Poepoe Mollena, ‘Ioane Sibayan and the haumana of O Hina I Ka Malama immersion program.

“Remember,” 7:20 p.m.

In this short theatrical film, three generations of women reflect on the beauty of their island home and the changes they see taking place in their natural environment. By Chloe Chin, Tess Chin and Ka’imi Kaleleiki.

“Green Gone,” 7:25 p.m.

This infomercial parody pokes fun at the overuse of pesticides and herbicides and the psychology used to market them. By Keanu Frith, Tess Moretti-Hill, Gabriel Jeffers and Mahea Dunn.

“Washing Ashore,” 7:30 p.m.

Featuring interviews with local experts, this short film documents a study of marine plastics being conducted in remote areas of Maui’s northeast coast, and what it may tell us about the sources of plastic pollution and potential solutions. By Kiana Liu and Taylor Redman.


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