Mana Foods Is Proud To Support Various Local Non-Profit Organizations Through Our Bag Credit Program, And During The Month Of June 2016 We’ll Be Raising Money For Maui Huliau Foundation (A Local 501(C)(3) Non-Profit).
Every month, Mana Foods donates to different organizations. It’s really easy: whenever you bring your own grocery bag to Mana Foods, you receive a bag credit of $0.05. You can donate this or take it off your bill. We felt inspired to dedicate the month of June to Maui Huliau Foundation and hope the following inspires you as well!
Maui Huliau Foundation was founded in 2010 by Malia Cahill with a mission to promote environmental literacy and leadership among Maui’s youth through community-based educational experiences.
“My hope is that we can help build a new generation of young leaders who understand the environmental issues we're facing, and have the skills and inspiration to work together towards innovative solutions. It’s all about empowering them to realize that they can make a difference and that it can be a very rewarding and exciting experience to work together on innovative solutions.” -Cahill
Maui Huliau’s largest program is Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club, which over the past 6 years has involved hundreds of students from 16 schools on Maui in creating more than 40 short environmental films from documentaries to music videos. These films have been selected more than 50 times in festivals around the world and have won multiple awards.
Other Programs By Maui Huliau Foundation Include:
- Huliau Youth Leaders Student-Led Environmental Projects
“Our core vision is to create and maintain a sustainable Maui by inspiring active, educated, and innovative stewardship. Through our unique hands-on programs, we seek to educate and empower Maui's 12-18 year-olds to become future stewards of our natural environment.
In the past couple of years this has really begun to happen with our Alumni-Led Summer Program and our students taking a leading role in statewide projects like Ocean Friendly Restaurants. The Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and Johnson ʻOhana Foundation started by Jack and Kim Johnson have been important partners in these efforts. We’re so fortunate to have people like Jack and Kim in our Hawaiʻi community, who understand how critical environmental education is in shaping our islands’ long term environmental health, and work to empower schools and organizations, like Maui Huliau Foundation.” -Cahill
“The funds raised through Mana Foods Bag Credit program during the month of June 2016, are so incredibly appreciated, and will be added to our student-managed "Huliau Youth Leaders" budget that our leadership students and alumni can use to help launch and fund their on-going youth led projects. Past projects have included Ocean Friendly Restaurants, #Sporkitup and the Eat Local Project.” -Cahill
Upcoming Events By Maui Huliau Foundation:
June 4th at The ʻĪao Theater - The 6th annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival. This event will showcase the 8 most recent films made by our Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club students.
July 12-15th - The alumni-led summer program Huliau Eco-Adventure summer camp.
August 6th at the beautiful Sugar Beach Events venue on the beach in north Kihei - The 4th annual Huliau Food & Film Festival - This annual farm-to-table benefit dinner features incredible food from local chefs and the showing of student-produced films. We were honored to have Mana Foods as a main sponsor in our first year to help us launch this event.
“There’s a true shift happening on Maui right now that’s very exciting, and more people are working together to show what’s possible in terms of sustainability and quality of life in Hawaii. In the past 6 years I’ve met farmers, conservationists, chefs, teachers, business owners and other community leaders who are working together on innovative solutions, and who have generously shared their time and passion with our students. Engaging youth in sharing these stories with the larger community has been an amazing experience for me personally and has shaped many of my students into the amazing young leaders they are becoming today.” -Cahill