Young Maui filmmakers honored

A team of four high school students from Maui Huliau Foundation’s youth filmmaking program recently won the Silver Award for their film submission to the 2018 Ocean Awareness Contest.

Sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, the Boston-based nonprofit created the contest to teach teenagers about issues facing local waterways and global oceans and to empower teenagers to speak up for the places and create positive change for the planet, according to a news release.

The winning students were Natalia Polinskey, a senior at Haleakala Waldorf High School; Chloe Chin, a junior at Maui Preparatory Academy; Ka’imi Kaleleiki, an 8th-grader at Lahaina Intermediate; and Amia Datts-Voluntad, a home-schooled 8th-grader.

They won for their film, “The Ocean: Our Foundation,” which was selected from more than 1,700 Senior Division entries from around the world.

The film features three local ocean advocates, Ekolu Lindsey from Polanui Hiu, a Community Managed Makai Area; Paige Alms, a champion surfer; and Lily Solano, director of education at the Maui Ocean Center.

The film has been selected for the Maui Film Festival, Wild & Scenic Film Festival in California, Youth Lens Film Festival in Canada and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. It was also recently included in the World Whale Film Festival in Wailuku.

The students participated in last year’s Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club, a semester long program that assists youths in grades 7-12 in making short films on environmental topics.