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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for January 1, 2009 - "The Top 8 of '08"



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OPEN: 2008 WAS A YEAR OF UNEXPECTED EVENTS - SOME BEAUTIFUL, SOME EXTREMELY SAD. AS WE TAKE A LOOK BACK, IT WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SINGLE OUT JUST ONE - OR EVEN A DOZEN STORIES AS THE YEAR'S MOST IMPORTANT. SO, INSTEAD - MAUI TV NEWS PRESENTS THE TOP EIGHT OF '08 - THE YEAR'S TOP ISSUES - AND THE STORIES THAT GAVE THOSE ISSUES SUCH IMPACT IN ALL OF OUR LIVES.

-------THE ECONOMY-------------

IT'S LIKELY FEW COULD DISAGREE THAT NOTHING AFFECTED US MORE IN 2008 - BOTH PERSONALLY AND AS A COMMUNITY - THAN THE ECONOMY. THE FIRST IN A SUCCESSION OR RAPID-FIRE BLOWS TO THE COUNTY'S ECONOMY CAME THE WEEK OF MARCH 27TH IN THE FORM OF A TERSELY WORDED STATEMENT THAT SIMPLY SAID, "MOLOKAI PROPERTIES LIMITED IS TO SHUT DOWN IT'S OPERATIONS ON MOLOKAI AT THE END OF MARCH." THE MOVE IMMEDIATELY LEFT MORE THAN A HUNDRED WORKERS - SOME OF WHOM HAD BEEN THERE FOR DECADES - OUT OF WORK.

THEN JUST A WEEK LATER CAME THE NEWS THAT, AFTER 65 YEARS IN THE SKIES OVER HAWAII, ALOHA AIRLINES WAS ON FINAL APPROACH FOR THE FINAL TIME. THE RIPPLE EFFECT ALSO TOOK DOWN HIGH-VOLUME ATA AIRLINES AS WELL AS FRONTIER AIRLINES. IN ALL, IN THE SPAN OF A MONTH, THERE WERE 19-HUNDRED PEOPLE OUT OF WORK IN HAWAII - INCLUDING 500 IN MAUI COUNTY - AND THERE WERE 19,000 FEWER AIRLINE SEATS AVAILABLE TO HAWAII FROM THE MAINLAND.

IN MAY, TWO OF HAWAII'S THREE CRUISE SHIPS PULLED OUT FOR GOOD. THEN IN JULY, ANOTHER BOMBSHELL WITH THE LAYOFF OF NEARLY 300 EMPLOYEES AT MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE COMPANY. THE TEAM FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S RAPID RESPONSE TEAM WAS VERY BUSY THIS SUMMER AS THEY RESPONDED TO LAYOFF AFTER LAYOFF.

MEANWHILE, NOT MEASURED IN JOBS OR LIVES - BUT IN INCREMENTS OF NICKELS AND DIMES, MAUI'S GAS PRICES CLIMBED STEADILY THROUGHOUT MUCH OF 2008 TO EARN THE DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF BEING THE HIGHEST AVERAGE IN THE NATION - TOPPING OUT AT NEARLY FIVE DOLLARS A GALLON IN WAILUKU BEFORE THE FREE-FALL THAT HAS THEM NEARLY HALF THAT AMOUNT NOW. STILL, MAUI'S GAS IS THE NATION'S COSTLIEST AT TWO DOLLARS AND 65 CENTS A GALLON - COMPARED TO A DOLLAR-34 IN KANSAS CITY.

ALL YEAR LONG ECONOMISTS EXPLAINED THAT THINGS WERE GETTING TOUGHER, BUT IN NOVEMBER WE LEARNED JUST HOW HARD A MAJOR SECTOR OF MAUI'S ECONOMY WAS BEING HIT. A NEW STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ECONOMIC RESEARCH ORGANIZATION SHOWED THAT CONSTRUCTION JOBS ON MAUI ARE DROPPING AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF SEVENTEEN PERCENT. AND WITH NO LARGE SCALE HOUSING PROJECTS ON THE IMMEDIATE HORIZON, AND LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS NEARING COMPLETION, ECONOMISTS SAY IT COULD BE ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE THE TURNAROUND BEGINS.

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INFRASTRUCTURE IS ONE OF THOSE BIG WORDS THAT CAN EASILY LOSE ITS MEANING UNTIL IT IS APPLIED TO SPECIFIC AREAS OF INFRASTRUCTURE. FOR EXAMPLE: HOUSING. IN 2008, IT WASN'T ALL BAD NEWS FOR MAUI COUNTY. IN JANUARY, 86 HAWAIIAN FAMILIES SAW LIFELONG DREAMS OF HOME OWNERSHIP COME TRUE WITH THE COMPLETION OF THEIR HOMES IN THE WAIEHU KOU 4 SUBDIVISION IN NORTH MAUI. BUT THE NEED IS GREAT, A TOTAL OF 250 FAMILIES APPLIED FOR THOSE HOMES. JUST UP THE ROAD, WORK CONTINUED ON 12 MORE HOMES BEING FINISHED BY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

INFRASTRUCTURE ALSO APPLIES TO HOW WE GET FROM WHERE WE LIVE TO WHERE WE WORK. IN 2008, TWO LONG-AWAITED PROJECTS FINALLY SAW COMPLETION. IN MAY, A SEVEN YEAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AND TRAFFIC HEADACHE WAS FINALLY RELIEVED WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE MOKULELE HIGHWAY WIDENING PROJECT. THE GOOD NEWS WAS THAT MUCH-NEEDED TRAFFIC RELIEF BETWEEN CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI WAS FINALLY A REALITY. THE BAD NEWS WAS THAT IT LEFT 200 SKILLED WORKERS WITHOUT A NEXT PROJECT. THE WORK LASTED A LITTLE LONGER FOR ANOTHER 200 OR SO - UNTIL THE UNTYING OF THE MAILE LEAF LEI TO OPEN THE NEWLY-WIDENED HALEAKALA HIGHWAY. THE FIVE AND A HALF MILE STRETCH FROM HANA HIGHWAY TO PUKALANI COST 32 MILLION DOLLARS AND TOOK JUST MORE THAN FOUR YEARS TO FINISH.

BUT EVEN IF YOU COMBINED THE WORK TIME OF BOTH OF THOSE PROJECTS AND MULTIPLIED IT BY THREE, IT STILL WOULDN'T BE AS LONG AS SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN WAITING TO SEE THE LAHAINA BYPASS BREAK GROUND. WORK ON PHASE ONE OF THE BYPASS WAS ABRUPTLY STOPPED JUST AS IT WAS ABOUT TO START IN AUGUST WHEN PREVIOUSLY UNDISCOVERED ARCHEOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL SITES WERE DISCOVERED IN THE PATH OF THE BYPASS. AFTER MAJOR CHANGES TO THE DESIGN AND SEVERAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS, AND AFTER NEARLY FOUR DECADES, CREWS BEGAN WORK ON THE LAHAINA BYPASS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO.

INFRASTRUCTURE ALSO APPLIES TO OUR COMMUNITY'S HEALTH - AND 2008 BROUGHT TWO VERY DIFFERENT RESULTS FOR PROPOSED HEALTH CARE PROJECTS AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE ISLAND OF MAUI. IN THE FIRST WEEK IN MARCH, AN EIGHT-YEAR EFFORT MADE A HUGE STRIDE WHEN THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVED THE LAND USE APPLICATION TO BUILD AN ACUTE CARE HOSPITAL FACILITY NEAR THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER. IT WAS A MAJOR VICTORY FOR THE SUPPORTERS OF THE 51-MILLION DOLLAR PRIVATE HOSPITAL. BUT THE CAMPAIGN STILL NEEDS A CERTIFICATE OF NEED APPROVED BY THE STATE HEALTH PLANNING DEVELOPMENT AGENCY.

MEANWHILE, ANOTHER HOSPITAL PLAN WAS HEADING IN THE EXACT OPPOSITE DIRECTION. THE PROPOSED 150-BED MALULANI HOSIPTAL IN KIHEI WAS STOPPED DEAD IN ITS TRACKS IN MARCH WHEN THE MAUI HEALTH INITIATIVE TASK FORCE FELL SHORT IN ITS GOAL OF GETTING MAUI LEGISLATORS TO PUSH FOR MORE LOCAL CONTROL OVER WHETHER OR NOT A HOSPITAL IS NEEDED IN A COMMUNITY. THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED ISSUE WAS A HOT TOPIC DURING THIS YEAR'S STATE SENATE RACE BETWEEN INCUMBENT ROZ BAKER AND CHALLENGER JAN SHIELDS.

AT THE END OF 2008 - INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS RETURNED TO THE HEADLINES WITH WORD OF AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO PUMP NEARLY TWO BILLION DOLLARS INTO THE STATE'S ECONOMY BY MEANS OF MAJOR CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS. IN MAUI COUNTY, SOME 270 SEPARATE PROJECTS - RANGING FROM HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS AT KALAUPAPA AND HANA TO THE NEW KIHEI HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRAND NEW SCIENCE BUILDING AT MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE - ARE EXPECTED TO PUMP MORE THAN 300 MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE COUNTY'S ECONOMY.

A-TOSS-B: COMING UP NEXT IN THE TOP EIGHT OF '08, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE HEADLINES AND THE ISSUES THAT AFFECTED OUR LIVES THROUGH NEW LAWS AND DECISIONS HANDED DOWN BY THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL. AND WE'LL LOOK BACK AT 2008 AS PLANS ARE MADE TO ADDRESS MAUI'S ENERGY FUTURE. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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YOU'RE WATCHING A MAUI TV NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: THE TOP EIGHT OF '08. THE EIGHT BIGGEST ISSUES THAT AFFECTED US IN 2008, THROUGH THE STORIES THAT MADE HEADLINES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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STANDING ROOM ONLY WAS A FAMILIAR SITE AT THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL CHAMBERS SEVERAL TIMES IN 2008. CROWDS JAMMED THE GALLERY AND THE PODIUM IN FEBRUARY AS THE FINAL VOTE NEARED FOR THE PROPOSED HONUAULA DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH MAUI. AT ONE POIGNANT MOMENT IN FEBRUARY, HONUAULA REPRESENTATIVE CHARLIE JENCKS ASKED FOR A SHOW OF HANDS IN SUPPORT OF THE PROJECT AND THERE WERE A LOT. A FEW MOMENTS LATER, OPPONENT MARK SHEEHAN OF MAUI TOMORROW ASKED FOR A SHOW OF HANDS OF THOSE AGAINST THE PROJECT FORMERLY KNOWN AS WAILEA 670 - AND THERE WERE A LOT OF THOSE TOO. IN THE END, THE COUNCIL VOTED TO APPROVE HONUAULA - BUT ADDED NEARLY FOUR DOZEN CONDITIONS BEFORE GIVING THEIR OK. HONUAULA WAS APPROVED IN A 5-4 VOTE ON MARCH 19TH.

THE COUNTY COUNCIL, MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES AND COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR JEFF HUNT CAME UNDER FIRE FOR ENFORCING THE EXISTING LAWS ON TRANSIENT VACATION RENTALS. STARTING IN JANUARY, COUNTY STAFF BEGAN NOTIFYING OWNERS OF VACATION RENTALS THAT WERE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW THAT THEY'D BETTER GET THAT WAY OR ELSE. IN APRIL COUNTY COUNCILMEMBER MIKE VICTORINO REQUESTED THAT ENFORCEMENT BE SUSPENDED WHILE PROPERTY OWNERS PREPARED A RESPONSE. A LAWSUIT FILED BY THE MAUI VACATION RENTAL ASSOCIATION FAILED TO HALT ENFORCEMENT. BUT, IN MARCH, COUNCILMEMBER GLADYS BAISA PROPOSED RULES FOR PART OF THE ANSWER BY ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR BED AND BREAKFAST UNITS IN MAUI COUNTY. IN NOVEMBER THE B AND B BILL PASSED FIRST READING AND JUST TWO WEEKS AGO PASSED THE SECOND READING TO BECOME LAW. THE TVR ISSUE IS ON THE AGENDA WHEN THE NEW COUNCIL IS SEATED THIS WEEK.

ANOTHER STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT TO WRAP UP THE YEAR WAS THE COUNCIL'S FINAL VOTE ON THE PROPOSED MAKENA RESORT. AFTER YEARS OF TESTIMONY, REVISED CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL REVIEWS, THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE PROJECT BY A VOTE OF 5 TO 3. EVENTUALLY, THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE 800 LUXURY HOMES AND BE WORTH AN ESTIMATED SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS. THE 15-YEAR BUILD-OUT WILL ALSO INCLUDE 400 AFFORDABLE HOMES GOING UP IN SOUTH MAUI.

AMONG THE OTHER NOTABLE DECISIONS MADE BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL IN 2008 WAS A BAN ON PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS BEGINNING IN 2011.

THE COUNCIL BID FAREWELL TO TWO PROMINENT MEMBERS THIS YEAR AS TERM LIMITS ENDED THE PUBLIC CAREER - FOR COUNCIL CHAIR RIKI HOKAMA - AT LEAST FOR NOW. AND, TWO-TERM COUNCIL MEMBER MICHELLE ANDERSON IS LEAVING HER SEAT TO ATTEND TO THE NEEDS OF FAMILY MEMBERS.

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2008 WAS CELEBRATED ON AN ONGOING BASIS AS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE REEF. EVENTS AT THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER DREW ATTENTION TO THE FRAGILE NATURE OF THE LIFE THAT SURROUNDS OUR ISLANDS AND FOUND REGULAR, CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP THE OCEAN TOP-OF-MIND.

THE BIGGEST TOP-OF-MIND OCEAN TOPIC OF 2008 - AT LEAST SOMETIMES - WAS THE BATTLE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY. AT THE BEGINNING OF 2008, PROTESTERS REGULARLY MET THE ALAKAI AS IT ENTERED KAHULUI HARBOR UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE COAST GUARD AND MAUI POLICE. BUT BY MARCH IT WAS A DIFFERENT STORY. A PANEL OF STATE LAWMAKERS BOOKED THE BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM FOR WHAT THEY EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 600 PROTESTERS - BUT ONLY ABOUT A DOZEN PEOPLE SHOWED UP. AT YEAR'S END THE SUPERFERRY IS BACK IN COURT AS THE HAWAII STATE SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS THE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ACT 2 - THE LAW THAT ALLOWED THE GIANT ALUMINUM BOAT TO OPERATE WHILE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IS COMPLETED.

ONE OF THE MORE UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES OF THE YEAR WAS THE SAGA OF THE SUPER SUCKER - AN INGENIOUS DEVICE CREATED TO EXTRACT INVASIVE LIMU FROM THE WATERS OFF SOUTH MAUI WITHOUT DISPLACING TONS OF SAND AND POSSIBLY DISTURBING THE NESTING SITES OF THREATENED AND ENDANGERED TURTLES. INITIAL TESTS WERE PROMISING AND THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERING BUILDING AND OPERATING THEIR OWN BASED ON THIS PROTOTYPE.

AND SPEAKING OF TURTLES, 2008 WAS A PRETTY GOOD YEAR FOR HONU KEIKI. IN LAHAINA, A GREEN SEA TURTLE KNOWN AS "56-90" FOR THE FLIPPER TAG PLACED ON HER NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO, MADE SEVERAL NESTS AT KAMEHAMEHA IKI PARK. SHE'S BEEN AS RELIABLE AS CLOCKWORK - RETURNING EVERY TWO YEARS SINCE SHE STARTED HER RITUAL IN 2000. IN SOUTH MAUI, ONELOA WAS A VERY BUSY SITE FOR SCIENTISTS AND BIOLOGISTS. TWO HONU EA - ENDANGERED HAWKSBILL TURTLES LAID A TOTAL OF SIX NESTS. THIS COMING OUT PARTY IN AUGUST WAS ONE OF SEVERAL THIS YEAR - FROM WHICH A TOTAL OF SOME 900 HAWKSBILL AND 500 GREEN SEA TURTLE HATCHLINGS MADE IT TO THE SEA.

B-TOSS-C. COMING UP ON THIS MAUI TV NEW SPECIAL REPORT - THE TOP EIGHT OF 08, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK TOWARD THE FUTURE AS MAUI WORKS TO WEAN ITSELF FROM FOREIGN OIL, POWERING THE CHANGE LOCALLY. AND SPEAKING OF CHANGE, IT WAS THE MANTRA OF A HISTORIC ELECTION. ALL THIS AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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ONE OF THE ENERGY STARS OF 2008 WAS THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN OUR GALAXY. IN FEBRUARY THE MAUI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD COMPLEX SWITCHED ON THE POWER FROM THE LARGEST PHOTOVOLTAIC ARRAY YET INSTALLED ON THE ISLAND. WHILE IT WILL GENERATE ONLY ABOUT ONE-FIFTH OF THE POWER THE BUILDING ACTUALLY USES, IT MEANS ABOUT 110,000 BARRELS OF OIL WON'T BE BURNED TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AT MEDB. WE ALSO LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF NET METERING, WHERE - WHEN THE SUN IS UP AND PANELS ARE PUMPING - THE METER RUNS BACKWARDS - A PHENOMENON WHERE THE ELECTRIC COMPANY ACTUALLY PAYS YOU MONEY.

SUN POWER AND WIND POWER WERE AMONG THE PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTED WHEN GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE VISITED MAUI IN FEBRUARY TO TAKE HER FIRST TOUR OF THE KAHEAWA WIND FARM ON KAHALAWAI. WHEN THE CLOUDS PARTED ON THAT BLUSTERY DAY, YOU COULD SEE FOREVER. AT THE ANNUAL MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON, GOVERNOR LINGLE DESCRIBED HAWAII'S VISION OF A MUCH MORE SECURE ENERGY FUTURE BASED ON GATHERING AND PRODUCING OUR POWER LOCALLY. IN HER REMARKS, THE GOVERNOR ALSO REFERRED TO MAUI'S PIONEERING WAVE ENERGY PROJECT PLANNED FOR THE NORTH SHORE. USING JUST THE MOTION OF THE OCEAN, 20 MEGAWATTS OF ENERGY CAN BE PRODUCED WITHOUT IMPORTING A SINGLE BARREL OF OIL.

FROM GREAT TO SMALL - MAUI'S ENERGY FUTURE GOT CLEANER THROUGHOUT 2008. IN JULY, MAUI ELECTRIC SIGNED A DEAL TO DEVELOP A FACILITY THAT WILL GROW IT'S OWN FUEL. MICROALGAE WILL BE HARVESTED TO BE TURNED INTO BIODIESEL TO BE BURNED BY THE MECO GENERATORS TO PRODUCE CLEANER ELECTRIC POWER. THE RESULT - LOWER CARBON EMISSIONS AND LESS IMPORTED OIL.

ANOTHER SMALL STEP FOR MAUI'S ENERGY FUTURE BECAME A CURIOUS A PROMINENT NEW FEATURE ON THE WALL ABOVE THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER, THESE FIVE SMALL-FOOTPRINT TURBINES START GENERATING POWER WITH A BREEZE OF JUST FIVE MILES PER HOUR - WHICH, IN MA'ALAEA, IS CONSIDERED CALM. INSIDE THE OCEAN CENTER, VISITORS CAN EVEN SEE HOW MUCH POWER THE TURBINES ARE GENERATING AT THIS USER-FRIENDLY INFORMATION SCREEN. NOT ONLY IS THE TOTALLY GREEN PROJECT HYPNOTIZING TO JUST WATCH, BUT GENERAL MANAGER KATE ZOLEZZI SAYS THEY'RE ALREADY SAVING THOUSANDS ON THEIR ELECTRIC BILL - AND THE SYSTEM WILL PAY FOR ITSELF IN JUST THREE YEARS.

AND MAUI'S ENERGY YEAR WRAPPED UP WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE FIRST OF A FLEET OF ALL-ELECTRIC TRUCKS TO BE ADDED TO THE MAUI ELECTRIC LINEUP. PART OF WHAT MAKES THE PHOENIX ELECTRIC TRUCK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ELECTRIC CARS IS THE FACT THAT IT DOESN'T LOOK, FEEL OR RUN LIKE A GOLF CART. BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IS WHAT'S INSIDE AND UNDERNEATH. THE STORAGE SYSTEM EMPLOYED IN THE PHOENIX BATTERIES IS NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN STORE A GREAT DEAL OF POWER. HOW MUCH? WELL, THE TRUCKS' BATTERIES CAN BE POWERED UP OVERNIGHT - WHEN IT'S THE WINDIEST UP THE HILL, AND THE POWER STORED CAN BE ENOUGH TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A HOME OR BUSINESS DURING THE DAY.

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IN A YEAR WITH A HISTORIC PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON THE HORIZON, THE MANTRA WAS "CHANGE." IN MAUI COUNTY, 2008 DID START DIFFERENTLY FROM OTHER ELECTION YEARS. THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IN FEBRUARY WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. RECORD NUMBERS OF DEMOCRATS TURNED OUT ACROSS THE STATE - INCLUDING HERE AT THE BALDWIN CAFETERIA. MORE THAN 5,000 VOTERS TURNED OUT AT THE MAUI CAUCUSES - AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE STATEWIDE TOTAL IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION, AND THE STATE WIDE TOTAL SWELLED TO MORE THAN 37,000.

OVER THE SUMMER, CANDIDATE FORUMS WERE EVERYWHERE AND - IT SEEMED - ALL THE TIME. THERE WERE LOTS OF NEW FACES ON THE STAGES, PLUS ALL THE INCUMBENTS - ALL PREACHING CHANGE. BUT, WHEN THE PRIMARY ELECTION CAME AROUND IN SEPTEMBER - THINGS DIDN'T CHANGE. FIRST, VOTER TURNOUT WAS ONLY 25 PERCENT OF THE MORE THAN 84,000 REGISTERED VOTERS. AND THOSE WHO DID VOTE - DIDN'T CHANGE. THE ONLY CONTESTED SEAT IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION WAS THE RACE FOR THE EIGHTH DISTRICT IN THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. INCUMBENT JOE SOUKI NARROWLY TURNED BACK THE CHALLENGE FROM TASHA KAMA BY JUST 200 VOTES - AND BY JUST 38 VOTES IN THE HOME DISTRICT OF WAILUKU.

AS CAMPAIGNING REACHED A FEVERED PITCH IN OCTOBER, TEMPERS FLARED AT A KIHEI DEBATE BETWEEN INCUMBENT ROZ BAKER AND CHALLENGER JAN SHIELDS OVER THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE OF A HOSPITAL FOR SOUTH MAUI.

THEN CAME THE HISTORIC NOVEMBER ELECTION - AND CHANGE DID HAPPEN ON A NATIONAL SCALE AS AMERICA ELECTED THE FIRST-EVER AFRICAN AMERICAN TO THE NATION'S TOP JOB. BARACK OBAMA WAS ALSO THE FIRST-EVER HAWAII-BORN CITIZEN TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT - BACK IN MAUI COUNTY - AGAIN CHANGE DIDN'T HAPPEN. NOT ONLY WAS EVERY INCUMBENT FOR EVERY SEAT WHO SOUGHT RE-ELECTION RE-ELECTED, BUT THE TWO VACANT SEATS ON THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL WERE FILLED BY MEN WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY SERVED ON THE COUNCIL. BUT BOTH OF THOSE BATTLES CONTINUED AFTER THE ELECTION, AS LANAI COUNCILMEMBER ELECT SOL KAHO'OHALAHALA HAD HIS RESIDENCY DISPUTED BY CHALLENGER JOHN ORNELLAS - IN A CASE THAT WENT ALL THE WAY TO THE HAWAII SUPREME COURT BEFORE HIS RESIDENCY WAS LEGITIMIZED. IN THE OTHER RACE, CONTROVERSY STILL SWIRLS OVER THE ELECTION OF WAYNE NISHIKI TO THE SOUTH MAUI SEAT ON THE COUNCIL. NISHIKI FAILED TO FILE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES PRIOR TO THE ELECTION SHOWING HE HAD RECEIVED A PERSONAL LOAN FROM DEVELOPER EVERETT DOWLING IN 2005. OPPONENTS SAY NISHIKI WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ELECTED IF THE VOTING PUBLIC WAS AWARE OF THE FACT. WHILE THE BOARD OF ETHICS HAS RULED THAT NISHIKI CAN ASSUME THE ELECTED SEAT AT THE INAUGURATION THIS WEEK, SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF NISHIKI CONTINUE TO WAGE A WAR OF WORDS IN THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGES OF THE MAUI NEWS.

C-TOSS-D. COMING UP ON THIS MAUI TV NEW SPECIAL REPORT - THE TOP EIGHT OF 08, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE EVENTS THAT MADE HEADLINES IN 2008 THAT DON'T NECESSARILY FALL UNDER THE HEADINGS OF "ISSUES." AND WE'LL ALSO SAY ALOHA TO SOME DEARLY LOVED LOCALS WHO HELPED MAKE MAUI A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. THIS AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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BUT - IN ANY YEAR, THERE ARE EVENTS THAT GRAB OUR ATTENTION - BUT DON'T FALL INTO DEFINABLE CATEGORIES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN JANUARY, MOLOKINI WAS CLOSED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECENT MEMORY AS STATE AND FEDERAL DEMOLITION CREWS PLANNED TO DETONATE SOME 300 POUNDS OF UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE THAT HAD LANDED ON THE TINY ISLET AFTER GUNNERY TARGET PRACTICE SHOOTERS OVERSHOT THE ISLAND OF KAHOOLAWE ACROSS 50 YEARS OF TARGET PRACTICE. IT TOOK SEVERAL ATTEMPTS BUT FINALLY, IT HAPPENED WITH NO FANFARE - AT A TIME WHEN NO CAMERAS WERE WATCHING.

ALSO IN JANUARY, A SIGHT SEEN ABOUT ONCE EACH DECADE AS THE SUMMIT OF HALEAKA WAS BLANKETED WITH SNOW. THE SUN CAME UP ON JANUARY 29TH TO REVEAL A PICTURESQUE WINTER WONDERLAND WHEN VIEWED FROM SEA LEVEL. UP CLOSE, HOWEVER, IT WAS A MUCH FROSTIER SETTING AS WERT SNOW, ICE AND SLUSH CLOSED THE SUMMIT FOR TWO DAYS.

IN MAY, ON THE HEELS OF THE LOSS OF JOBS AT ALOHA AIRLINES AND MOLOKAI RANCH, CAME THE LOSS OF RISE FROM GROCERY STORE SHELVES. OR AT LEAST, THAT'S WHAT THE HEADLINES SAID. ON MAUI, STORES QUICKLY SET LIMITS OF THE AMOUNT OF RICE CUSTOMERS COULD PURCHASE - BUT THE SUPPLY MORE THAN MET THE DEMAND. WORLDWIDE, THERE WAS A RICE SHORTAGE - PRIMARILY BASED ON DWINDLING SUPPLIES IN THE PHILIPPINES AND BANGLADESH. BUT HAWAII GETS ITS RICE FROM CALIFORNIA - WHERE THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE.

IN AUGUST - A DECADES LONG APPETITE WAS FINALLY MET WITH THE OPENING OF MAUI'S FIRST ZIPPY'S RESTAURANT. THE O'AHU CHAIN OPENED IT'S FIRST MAUI LOCATION TO A STEADY STREAM OF CUSTOMERS FOR BOTH THE DINING ROOM, TAKE-OUT AND THOSE FAMOUS NAPOLEON BAKERY TREATS.

ALSO IN AUGUST, FIRES CAME DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO MILLION-DOLLAR HOMES IN MAUI MEADOWS AND RIGHT UP TO THE BACK FENCE AT THE NEW WAILEA FIRE STATION. THE AIR ONE CHOPPER MADE DRAMATIC PASSES TO A SWIMMING POOL ON THE NORTH END OF MAUI MEADOWS TO GRAB WATER TO DOUSE THE LEADING EDGE OF THE FLAMES JUST YARDS AWAY FROM THE HOMES. THE FIRE WAS STARTED BY TEENAGERS PLAYING WITH LEFTOVER FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS.

AND 2008 WAS THE END OF AN ERA - OF SORTS - AS LICENSE PLATES ISSUED ON MAUI STOPPED STARTING WITH THE LETTER M. TRUE, THE M COMBINATIONS HAD BEEN USED UP, BUT - ALL ALONG, MAUI COUNTY WAS WORKING ON THE L AND M SERIES - WITH M STANDING FOR MAUI AND MOLOKAI AND L FOR LANA'I. FROM NO ON - UNTIL THE DESIGN CHANGES AND THE WHOLE PROCESS STARTS AGAIN, ALL NEW PLATES ISSUED IN MAUI COUNTY WILL START WITH THE LETTER L.

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IN 2008, WE ALSO BID A FINAL ALOHA TO SOME CHERISHED MEMBERS OF THE MAUI COMMUNITY.

Greg Everett - 12/22/41 - 3/3/2008
Winona Beamer – 8/15/23 – 4/10/08
Woodbridge “Woody” Parker - 1/5/12 – 4/16/08
Tom Elkins – 4/26/31 – 4/29/08
John Keola Lake – 10/11/37 – 5/14/08
Eugene Kanakaole – 5/11/89 – 6/11/08
Bob Nakasone - 3/8/40 - 12/7/2008
Richard Marks - 8/1/1929 - 12/9/2008
Rene Sylva - 1/27/29 - 12/28/08

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MANY WILL LOOK BACK AT 2008 AS THE YEAR THE ECONOMY WENT STRAIGHT DOWN THE TUBES ACROSS THE GLOBE, AND WITH IT THOUSANDS OF ECONOMY-BOOSTING TOURIST VISITS, AND WITH THOSE, HUNDREDS OF LOST JOBS IN MAUI COUNTY. BUT, LOOKING BACK, THERE WAS MUCH TO CELEBRATE - A MAUI NATIVE SON HAD WON THE WORLD SERIES, A HAWAII NATIVE SON HAD BECOME PRESIDENT, AND HUNDREDS OF HONU KEIKI SET OUT ON THEIR OWN LIFELONG JOURNEYS OF DISCOVERY.

WITH 2008 IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, IT'S TIME TO LOOK AHEAD TO THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF 2009. AND MAUI TV NEWS WILL BE THERE TO CHRONICLE IT ALL AS WE CONTINUE TO DEVOTE OUR RESOURCES TO DEVOTING COVERAGE TO THE STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. FROM ALL OF US AT MAUI TV NEWS, HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU. I'M JEFF KING.

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