Huliau Food & Film Festival returns after a two-year hiatus


MHF Food and Film Festival. (8.3.2019) Photo credit Bryan Berkowitz

After a two-year hiatus, the Maui Huliau Foundation, a non-profit organization providing environmental education programs for Maui’s youth, will once again hold its annual celebration to benefit the beachfront venue of Sugar Beach Event in Kīhei. .

The event will feature a six-course farm-to-table meal prepared by local chefs, a selection of short films from Maui Huliau’s young filmmakers, a cash bar run by Sugar Beach Events, and live ukulele music by Nā Hōkū Hanohano. musician Arlie-Avery Asiu.

In addition to sharing student films created during the school year, students also create a film featuring some of the local farms where the ingredients for the farm-to-table meal are grown. Event sponsors include Skyline Hawaiʻi, CDF Engineering, Blue Ginger Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian Paddle Sports and Hawaiian Electric Company.

MHF Food & Film Fest (7.28.18). photo creditBryan Berkowitz

“It is inspiring to see the films presented by our young islanders at the Huliau Food and Film Festival,” said Mahina Martin, Director of Government and Community Affairs for Hawaiian Electric Company, a sponsor of the event, “Seeing the enthusiasm , the talent and compassion that shows in their films makes you believe that our future is in good hands.

A team of talented chefs will serve you fresh, locally inspired small plates and desserts. The volunteer chef team includes John Cadman of Maui Breadfruit Company and Pono Pies, Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events, chef Zach Laidlaw of Hua Momona Farms, Dean Louie of UH Maui College, Maja Liotta of Lilikoi Creations and private chef Carol Wallack.

MHF Food and Film Festival. (7.28.18) Photo credit Bryan Berkowitz

“I’m so happy the Huliau Food and Film Festival is back,” said Lee Anderson, Event Manager and Owner of Sugar Beach Events, “It’s always exciting to see the students and the impact of this fundraiser. funds on their programs, not to mention being surrounded by truly talented chefs and truly delicious food.It’s a fantastic way to support our local farmers and showcase the local ingredients we use every day.

Students filming at Hua Momona Farms. Photo credit Maui Huliau Foundation.

The Huliau Food & Film Festival will be held on Saturday August 6, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There are only a handful of tables left and there will be no ticket sales for the holidays. Event capacity has been reduced this year and guests will be seated outdoors only with members of their own party. Table prices vary by table size and include a six-course meal and on-site parking. Drinks will be available for purchase at the Sugar Beach Events bar.

Reservations can be made online at

All proceeds will benefit the Maui Huliau Foundation’s youth programs, which focus on filmmaking, leadership, zero waste, climate change, āina-based education, careers in conservation, and more Again.


The Maui Huliau Foundation also offers summer programs with its community partners, including a free Makai Exploration Day on July 18 and their Alumni-led Eco-Adventure July 26-29.

For more information on summer programs, visit

Students filming at Hua Momona Farms. Photo credit Maui Huliau Foundation

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