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6th Annual Huliau Film Festival Farm-to-Table Benefit

July 13, 2018, 9:14 AM HST
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The 6th annual Huliau Film Festival takes place on Saturday July 28th, 2018 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sugar Beach Events oceanfront venue in Kīhei.

The farm-to-table benefit celebration and food-focused film festival is hosted by the nonprofit Maui Huliau Foundation, which offers environmental education programs to Maui youth.

“Maui Huliau Foundation provides the education and leadership that our island needs as we look to address a range of environmental challenges in the future,” said Danny Boren of Skyline Hawaiʻi, the event’s main sponsor. “By focusing their work on Maui’s youth, and developing the next generation of leaders, Maui Huliau is building a community of engaged, talented and ambitious environmentalists. Our company is proud to be supporting Maui Huliau Foundation’s work, which aligns with our values as a company and as Maui residents.”

The event will feature ten chef stations, a cash bar of locally-produced cocktails, beer and wine, live music, a food-themed student film contest and an array of silent auction items including hotel stays and gift certificates to Maui’s top restaurants.

The locally sourced bar will feature signature cocktails with Organic Ocean Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, a selection of Maui Brewing Company’s brews and wines by Maui Wine. Vitali-Tea Kombucha Maui is also providing kombucha made from locally sourced ingredients.


Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-nominated musician Arlie-Avery Asiu will perform live ʻukulele music during the event.


Guests will vote for their favorite short films sharing the stories behind the locally sourced dishes made by event chefs. The films were made by students in grades 7-12 from Maui Huliau’s filmmaking program.

In addition to the student films made for the competition, Maui Huliau Foundation will also screen a couple favorite films from this past year’s filmmaking program including The Ocean:Our Foundation, a recent Maui Film Festival selection.

“Spending time on projects like theses has taught me so much during my time with Maui Huliau Foundation,” said Lahaina Intermediate School 8th grader, Kaʻimi Kaleleiki.  As a second year Huliau student, Kaleleiki said, “I can’t begin to explain the amazing and exciting adventures I’ve had with this program. The time I spent working with the chefs participating in the food and film festival has taught me a lot about the importance of growing organic, local food. It has also taught me that things cooked with fresh local ingredients taste way better.”


Top chefs on Maui including Isaac Bancaco of Andaz Maui at Wailea, John Cadman of Pono Pies, Eric Morrissette of Fleetwoods on Front St, Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events, Gary Johnson of Hāna Ranch, Kyle Kawakami of Maui Fresh Streatery, Dean Louie of Maui Collegeʻs culinary program, Maja Liotta of Līlīkoi Creations, and private chefs Molly Reeder and Carol Wallack will serve fresh, locally inspired small plates and desserts.

“Sustainable agriculture is my passion,” said Executive Chef Eric Morrissette of Fleetwoods on Front Street. “It is one of the first thoughts that go into every dish at Fleetwoods. We are very active in the community promoting what sustainable means and how it benefits us all.”

“We enjoyed working with Huliau students Amia and Kaʻimi on their film,” said Chef de Cuisine Zach Laidlaw of Fleetwoods on Front Street. “They did a great job filming and directing and I can’t wait to see the final product on the 28th. It is a great learning experience for them to learn about local agriculture and the restaurant industry.”

The Huliau Food & Film Festival is open to guests 21 and over only. Tickets are $95 in advance ($110 at the door) including access to all chef stations and one complimentary drink.  Tickets are available to purchase online.

All proceeds benefit environmental education programs for youth on Maui including: the Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club; alumni-organized summer programs; Huliau Outdoor Leadership Council; the new Huliau Climate Literacy Project; and the Huliau Green Events program.

Event sponsors include: Skyline Hawaiʻi, Pacific Biodiesel, Blue Ginger Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian Paddle Sports, CDF Engineering and Maui Electric Company.

Executive Chef Eric Morrissette of Fleetwoods on Front Street

Maui Huliau Foundation Food & Film Festival 2017 Sugar Beach Events. PC: Berkowitz

Executive Chef Eric Morrissette of Fleetwoods on Front Street

Chef John Cadman of Pono Pies

Executive Chef Eric Morrissette of Fleetwoods on Front Street

Chef Dean Louie of Maui Collegeʻs culinary program.

Chef John Cadman of Pono Pies

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