Sample creations from Maui's best chefs while supporting environmental education

Posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at 7:45pm

Sugar Beach

There’s nothing better than tasting creations from Maui’s finest chefs while gazing at the sun setting over the ocean. This weekend you can do all — while you raise money for environmental education programs for the island’s youth.

The Maui Huliau Foundation is putting on its seventh annual Huliau Food & Film Festival, a farm-to-table celebration of local agriculture featuring local chefs and student-produced films. The oceanfront event will take place this Saturday, Aug. 3 at Sugar Beach Events’ stunning North Kihei venue. And it’s already so popular that the event’s organizers have already been forced to expand capacity.

You’ll spend the evening sampling from chef-run farm-to-table stations while listening to live music by Arlie Asiu Music. Some of the nearly dozen chefs showcasing their work include Chef Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events; Chef Alvin Savella of Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at Grand Wailea; Chef Dean Louie of UH Maui College; and Chef Gary Johnson of Sea Salt Maui.

There’ll be a cash bar of 100 percent locally-produced cocktails, beer and wine for guests to sip while they watch student-produced films and make bids in the silent auction. Tickets are $95 or $115 at the door, which includes access to features chef stations and two complimentary drinks.

A student film from 2017's festival.

All of the money raised will benefit the nonprofit’s environmental education programs. Last year, the festival raised more than $42,000.

Founded in 2010, the Maui Huliau Foundation has a mission to “promote environmental literacy and leadership among Maui’s youth through community-based educational experiences.” All of their programs are designed to educate Maui’s future generations on how to care for and protect the ‘aina, from its student filmmaking club to backpacking trips to Huliau Outdoor Leadership Council.

One of its newest programs is the Huliau Climate Literacy Project, which partners with science teachers to integrate hands-on climate literacy activities into their curriculum. The nonprofit also puts on summer programs, which include activities like hiking, swimming, working in a loʻi (taro patch), farming and tree planting.

A student film from 2017's festival.



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