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J: IN A PLACE AS PEACEFUL AND QUIET AS MAUI, 2007 PROVED TO BE ANYTHING BUT. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE YEAR'S TOP STORIES.

H: FROM FIRES TO FLOODS AND FROM HARMONY TO ANGRY DISAGREEMENT, 2007 MARKED A YEAR OF CHANGE.

J: THERE WERE PERSONALITIES LARGER THAN LIFE WHO CAME TO MAUI FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER...AND PERSONALITIES WHO LEFT US FOREVER.

H: IN SPORTS, KALAPANA WILL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND EVERYTHING FROM LAUPER TO LOST PLANET TO LIGHTNING JAKE...HOLLY CHUNG HAS THE WHO, WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN OF THE BEST SHOWS COMING IN THE NEW YEAR IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU. AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.

H: AND I'M HOLLY CHUNG. JULIE Y WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK. AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON WRAPS UP, WE WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON 2007...A YEAR THAT WON'T SOON BE FORGOTTEN.

J: AS WE REVIEWED THE STORIES THAT CAPTURED THE HEADLINES THROUGH 2007, IT WAS TOUGH TO RANK THEM IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE BECAUSE A LOT OF IMPORTANT THINGS HAPPENED LAST YEAR. SO, IN THE INTEREST OF BALANCE AND EQUAL TIME, WE DECIDED TO START AT THE BEGINNING.

H: JANUARY OF 2007 SAW A NEW ADMINISTRATION COME INTO POWER AS MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES WAS SWORN IN.

(TURN TO CAM) ONE OF THE FIRST VISIBLE SIGNS OF HER TERM WAS THE SWIFT REMOVAL OF JUNK CARS. IN FACT, BEFORE THE YEAR WAS HALFWAY THROUGH, MORE THAN 14 MILLION POUNDS OF JUNKED AUTOS WERE COLLECTED, CRUSHED AND SHIPPED OFF THE ISLAND.

J: JANUARY ALSO SAW THE FIRST OF SEVERAL TRAGIC FIRES. ON JANUARY 24TH, A CARELESSLY TOSSED CIGARETTE WAS BELIEVED TO BE THE CAUSE OF A MAJOR FIRE IN THE UPPER KULA RESERVE. THIS DRAMATIC IMAGE, TAKEN FROM THE SLOPES OF KAHOOLAWE GIVES ONLY A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE OF JUST HOW BAD IT WAS. AFTER MORE THAN A WEEK OF FIGHTING FLAMES IN RUGGED TERRAIN, MORE THAN 1000 ACRES OF FOREST AND HALEAKALA WATERSHED LAND WAS DECIMATED BY FLAMES. THE RESERVE REMAINED CLOSED FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS.

H: EARLY HEADLINES FOR THE SUPERFERRY AS THE ALAKAI CAME OUT OF THE SHIPYARD IN ALABAMA WHILE FINISHING TOUCHES WERE ADDED TO THE BARGE BEING COMPLETED ON O'AHU - AND DESTINED FOR MAUI. ALSO IN JANUARY, THE U.S. NAVY WAS GRANTED A TWO-YEAR EXEMPTION BY A FEDERAL JUDGE TO CONTINUE TESTING OF LOW-FREQUENCY SONAR IN WATERS NEAR HAWAII. ON TELEVISION IN JANUARY, MTV'S SHORT-LIVED SERIES "MAUI FEVER" RECEIVED A UNANIMOUS THUMBS DOWN FROM LOCALS FOR PORTRAYING MAUI AS LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR-ROUND SPRING BREAK PARTY TOWN.

J: FEBRUARY SAW THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT STEP BY THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS COMPLAINTS BY UPCOUNTRY RESIDENTS OVER THE VOLUME OF BIKE TOURS COMING DOWN FROM THE SUMMIT OF HALEAKALA. WHILE MOST BIKE TOUR COMPANIES SHORTENED THEIR ROUTES TO END THEIR TOURS ABOVE MAKAWAO, THAT WASN'T ENOUGH. THE COUNTY COUNCIL VOTED TO REQUIRE THAT TOUR OPERATORS INCREASE LIABILITY COVERAGE FROM ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO THREE MILLION.

H: AFTER THE POLIPOLI WILDFIRE IN JANUARY, CREWS WERE AGAIN STRETCHED THIN AS SUSPICIOUS FIRES ERUPTED ABOVE UALAPUE ON MOLOKAI AND ABOVE LAHAINA TOWN. MEANWHILE, MAUI MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES VISITED WITH EAST MAUI RESIDENTS STILL TRAPPED - BOTH LITERALLY AND FINANCIALLY BY THE EFFECTS OF THE EARTHQUAKES THAT OCCURRED JUST FOUR MONTHS EARLIER.

J: ALSO IN FEBRUARY, THE MAUI COUNTY SALARY COMMISSION EXAMINED THE PAY RATES AFFECTING THE COUNTY'S TOP OFFICIALS, AND RECOMMENDED RAISES FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNTY COUNCIL THAT WOULD MAKE THEM THE HIGHEST-PAID IN THE STATE. AND SPEAKING OF BIG BUCKS, IN FEBRUARY OF 2007 THE MAKENA RESORT WAS SOLD BY THE SEIBU GROUP FROM JAPAN TO A HUI OF LOCAL INVESTORS LED BY EVERETT DOWLING FOR 575 MILLION DOLLARS.

H: FEBRUARY WAS ALSO THE MONTH THE FIRST STEP WAS TAKEN BY MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES AND THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF TRANSIENT VACATION RENTALS, AS A BILL WAS INTRODUCED TO REGULATE MOST VACATION RENTALS ACROSS THE COUNTY. AND IN FEBRUARY, MAUI MUSIC LEGENDS GEORGE KAHUMOKU JUNIOR AND RICHARD HO'OPI'I BROUGHT HOME MAUI'S FIRST EVER GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST HAWAIIAN MUSIC ALBUM.

J: IN LATE FEBRUARY AND EARLY MARCH, A SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS - INCLUDING OPEN MEETINGS WITH STATE LEGISLATORS - RESULTED IN CALLS BY SEVERAL GROUPS TO REQUIRE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS BE COMPLETE BEFORE THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO COME TO MAUI. AS DEBATES ON THAT ISSUE HEATED UP, ANOTHER CONTENTIOUS ISSUE BECAME LAW. ON MARCH 8TH, GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE SIGNED LEGISLATION BANNING THE USE OF LAY GILL NETS IN ALMOST ALL OF HAWAII'S NEAR-SHORE WATERS. AND, IN MARCH, AFTER THE REPORTED COLLISION BETWEEN A LANAI EXPEDITIONS FERRY AND A HUMPBACK WHALE, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS WARNED THAT THE SUPERFERRY MIGHT BE AN EVEN BIGGER THREAT TO THE GIANT MAMMALS.

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H: COMING UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, AS WE CONTINUE OUR LOOK BACK AT 2007, IT WASN'T ALL CALAMITY AND UNREST. IN FACT, THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE EVENT OF WORLDWIDE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE THAT TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE ON MAUI.

J: AND WE'LL REMEMBER A FEW OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT US LAST YEAR, LEAVING THEIR INDELIBLE MARKS ON LIFE AND THE LANDSCAPE OF MAUI NEI. THAT AND MORE WHEN WE COME BACK.

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J: AFTER MANY MONTHS OF MEETINGS, PLANNING AND A GOOD DEAL OF EXPENSE, THE "PEOPLE UNITED IN SUPPORT OF A SECOND HOSPITAL" - OR PUSSH - SAW THEIR DREAMS TAKE A SEVERE BLOW WHEN THE STATE CERTIFICATE OF NEED FOR THE PROPOSED MALULANI FACILITY IN SOUTH MAUI WAS DENIED IN MARCH. APPEALS ACROSS THE NEXT THREE MONTHS FAILED TO CHANGE THE MINDS OF THE STATE PANEL - ON OA'HU - CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF DECIDING WHERE AND WHEN NEW HOSPITALS SHOULD BE BUILT. THE KEY ARCHITECT OF THE MALULANI PROPOSAL, DR. RON KWON, ANNOUNCED LATE IN THE YEAR THAT HE PLANNED TO CLOSE HIS MAUI PRACTICE AND ACCEPT A POSITION WITH THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE.

H: THE WORD "FIRE" WAS IN THE HEADLINES AN AWFUL LOT IN 2007, BUT AT LEAST ONCE IT WAS GOOD NEWS. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, A WOMAN WAS NAMED TO THE ELITE RESCUE SQUAD OF THE MAUI FIRE DEPARTMENT. LANI GOMES, A SIX YEAR VETERAN OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALLY JOINED THE SQUAD IN MARCH. BUT IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE FIRES ERUPTED IN THE HEADLINES AGAIN. SUSPICIOUS FIRES AT THE E-K-O COMPOST FACILITY AT THE CENTRAL MAUI LANDFILL IN APRIL; ABOVE UKUMEHAME ON MAY FIRST AND AT A METAL SCRAP YARD IN MAY WERE FOLLOWED BY ARSON-SUSPECTED BLAZES AT BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL AND AT MAUI HIGH SCHOOL - ALSO IN MAY.

J: THE AIR TOUR INDUSTRY IN HAWAII WAS JOLTED BY TWO FATAL HELICOPTER CRASHES WITHIN THREE DAYS ON EACH OTHER ON KAUAI. THEN, ON MAUI IN APRIL, A TOUR HELICOPTER SUFFERED A HARD LANDING IN MAKAWAO AT THE HOME OF CELEBRITY CHEF BEV GANNON. FORTUNATELY, THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN THAT CASE.

H: IN APRIL OF 2007, ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST BELOVED SPIRITUAL LEADERS MADE HIS FIRST VISIT TO MAUI. HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA FINALLY FOUND TIME IN HIS WORLDWIDE SCHEDULE OF COMMITMENTS TO GRANT A 12-YEAR OLD REQUEST TO VISIT THE VALLEY ISLE. DURING TWO DAYS OF STADIUM-FILLING CROWDS AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM, THE MESSAGES OF PEACE, HOPE AND ACCEPTANCE WERE LOVINGLY AND GRACIOUSLY GIVEN, AND RECEIVED BY APPRECIATIVE MAUI AUDIENCES AND FOLLOWERS WHO TRAVELLED FROM THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY TO HEAR THE MESSAGE OF THE DALAI LAMA.

J: ANOTHER FIRST IN MAY OF 2007 AS THE FIRST EVER NON-HAWAIIAN GRADUATE OF KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS COMPLETED HIS STUDIES THERE. KALANI ROSELL GRADUATED WITH HONORS, MARKING FOUR YEARS OF NOT ONLY SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENTS, BUT ATHLETIC ACCOLADES AS WELL. ROSELL EXCELLED ON THE KAMEHAMEHA CROSS COUNTRY AND SWIM TEAMS, AND WAS VICTORIOUS IN THE ANNUAL MAUI ROUGH-WATER SWIM ACROSS THE CHANNEL BETWEEN LAHAINA AND LANAI. ROSELL ALSO LEFT HIS MARK ON MAUI IN THE ARTISTIC WORLD, STARRING REGULARLY WITH THE MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, THEN STUDYING AT THE JOFFREY SCHOOL OF BALLET ON SCHOLARSHIPS DURING THE SUMMERS. AFTER GRADUATION FROM KAMEHAMEHA, ROSSELL ACCEPTED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND YALE UNIVERSITY TO STUDY INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING. HE TURNED DOWN SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS FROM GEORGIA TECH AND FROM M-I-T.

H: THE SUMMER OF 2007 MARKED THE END OF AN ERA AS MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE CEASED THEIR CANNING OPERATION. GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES GREW UP IN THE SHADOW OF THE CANNERY BUT WORLDWIDE COMPETITION CAUSE MAUI LAND AND PINE TO SHUT DOWN THEIR CANNING OPERATION, AND FOCUS, INSTEAD, ON THEIR FRESH PINEAPPLE BUSINESS.

J: IT HAD BEEN A HALF-YEAR SINCE THE MAJOR FIRES HAD DEVASTATED THE KULA RESERVE. IN FACT, THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES HAD ANNOUNCED JULY FIRST AS THE DATE THE TRAILS AND CABINS OF THE WILDERNESS WOULD REOPEN. AND IT HAD BEEN SEVERAL WEEKS SINCE SMALLER FIRES HAD TOUCHED CENTRAL MAUI AND MOLOKAI. THEN, ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 27TH, A BACKHOE STRUCK A POWER LINE ABOVE OLOWALU THAT SET OFF A MASSIVE BRUSH FIRE THAT BURNED DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES ON MAUI'S WEST SIDE. IN ALL MORE THAN 26-HUNDRED ACRES WERE BLACKENED BY THE FIRES THAT - SEVERAL TIMES - COMPLETELY ISOLATED WEST MAUI WITH THE CLOSURE OF HONOAPI'ILANI HIGHWAY BECAUSE OF WIND-WHIPPED FLAMES AND SMOKE.

H: JUST AFTER THAT BLAZE BEGAN, WHILE CREWS WERE STILL MOPPING UP, THE KULA RESERVE WAS SET TO REOPEN TO HIKERS AND CAMPERS. BUT ON JULY FIRST, SMOKE AGAIN ROSE FROM THE BURNED AREAS AS UNDERGROUND HOT SPOTS FLARED UP IN THE ROOT SYSTEMS OF OLD GROWTH TIMBER. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY CLOSED THE RESERVE UNTIL HEAVY EQUIPMENT COULD COME IN AND DIG OUT THE LAST OF THE HOT SPOTS.

J: ANOTHER OF THE HOT SPOTS OF THE SUMMER OF 0-7 WAS APPROACHING ON THE EASTERN HORIZON. THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY MADE THE CROSS IN LATE JUNE THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL, THEN ACROSS THE PACIFIC TO HONOLULU HARBOR. WHILE LAWMAKERS, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS AND HARBOR OFFICIALS LOOKED TOWARD AN UNDEFINED FUTURE FOR THE ALAKAI, THE SHIP ITSELF SAT FOR A WHILE. MECHANICAL ISSUES DELAYED THE PLANNED JULY STARTUP FOR THE 350-FOOT ALUMINUM CATAMARAN. MAUI GOT IT'S FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE SPERFERRY IN LATE JULY WHEN ALAKAI MADE HER FIRST TEST RUNS TO KAHULUI HARBOR.

H: THE SUMMER OF 2007 WAS A TUMULTUOUS TIME FOR RECENTLY APPOINTED CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR GEN IINUMA. ON THE HEELS OF THE OCTOBER '06 EARTHQUAKE, THE POLIPOLI FIRE, THEN OLOWALU FIRE, THE END OF JULY BROUGHT THE SPECTER OF A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT KIND OF POTENTIAL DEVASTATION. HURRICANE FLOSSIE SLOWLY AND STEADILY BUILT IN STRENGTH AND MOMENTUM - NOT TO MENTION UN PREDICTABILITY AS IT SWUNG WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE BIG ISLAND, ON A PATH THAT COULD RAKE THE ENTIRE STATE OF HAWAII. FORTUNATELY, THE ENTIRE STATE GOT TO BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF AS THE STORM COMPLETELY FIZZLED OUT LESS THAN 200 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HILO.

J: THERE WAS A STORM OF CONTROVERSY THAT HAD BEEN BREWING FOR A WHILE, THEN MAUI FULL-FORCE IN JULY WHEN THE COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED THAT HIS DEPARTMENT - ON ORDERS FROM THE MAYOR - WOULD BEGIN SHUTTING DOWN ALL VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES DEEMED ILLEGAL. WHILE WORD OF A LAWSUIT TO PREVENT THE CLOSURES BEGAN TO SPREAD, THE COUNTY ANNOUNCED THAT ALL NON-COMPLIANT VACATION RENTALS - AN ESTIMATED 11-HUNDRED UNITS - MUST CLOSE THEIR DOORS BY JANUARY FIRST.

H: LATE SUMMER IN MAUI COUNTY WAS AN ANXIOUS TIME FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. DEBATE WAS HOTTER THAN EVER ON THE PROPOSED HONUA'ULA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH MAUI AS THE COUNTY COUNCIL HEARD MORE THAN 50 HOURS OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY. MEANWHILE, THERE WAS SPREADING WORD OF LAWSUITS TO STOP THE SUPERFERRY AND TO STOP THE CLOSURE OF TRANSIENT VACATION RENTALS. THOSE LAWSUITS WERE FILED AND BY EARLY FALL, ALL EYES WERE ON THE MAUI COURTS.

J: A SUIT FILED THAT WOULD FORCE THE SUPERFERRY TO FILE AN EIS BEFORE COMMENCING OPERATIONS WAS ORIGINALLY UPHELD BY A MAUI JUDGE. MEANWHILE A LAWSUIT TO PREVENT THE COUNTY OF FROM SHUTTING DOWN VACATION RENTALS SUGGESTED POTENTIAL DAMAGES IN THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WHILE THE COURTS WERE THE FOCUS OF DISSENTERS HERE ON MAUI, ON KAUAI SUPERFERRY OPPONENTS TOOK MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS, AND TOOK TO THE WATER TO PREVENT THE VESSEL FROM ENTERING NAWILIWILI HARBOR. AND, AS IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH TO FILL THE HEADLINES, A TRAGIC AND FATAL BICYCLE TOUR ACCIDENT IN FRONT OF PARK HEADQUARTERS, RESULTED IN THE BANNING OF ALL BIKE TOURS FROM HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK FOR AT LEAST 60 DAYS. THAT BAN HAS SINCE BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL SOMETIME THIS YEAR.

H: NOVEMBER WAS A MONTH OF MAJOR DECISIONS. IN A MATTER OF WEEKS FOLLOWING A JUDGE'S RULING THAT SHUT DOWN THE SUPERFERRY, AN ENTIRELY NEW LAW WAS WRITTEN TO OVERRIDE THE DECISION AND SERVICE WAS READY TO START AGAIN - WHEN THE SEA ITSELF RIPPED THE SUPERFERRY BARGE FROM ITS MOORING. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THAT THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COUNTY TO PREVENT THE CLOSURE OF VACATION RENTALS WAS WITHOUT STANDING - MEANING HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO DISMISS ALMOST ALL OF THE CHARGES. AND THAT MEANS THE FUTURE OF VACATION RENTALS ON MAUI IS UNCERTAIN AT BEST. AND IN NOVEMBER, AFTER MONTHS OF DEBATE AND YEARS OF HAGGLING, THE COUNTY COUNCIL’S LAND USE COMMITTEE VOTED TO APPROVE THE HONUA-ULA SUBDIVISION, A PROJECT THAT WAS DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT THAN THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL OF MORE THAN A DECADE EARLIER.

J: AND THEN CAME THE RAINS. A MAJOR KONA STORM SLAMMED THE ENTIRE STATE OF HAWAII - BUT NOWHERE WAS IT WORSE THAN IT WAS ON MAUI. IN A THREE DAY SPAN IN DECEMBER, FLOODING AND MUD SLIDES DESTROYED ONE UPCOUNTRY HOME COMPLETELY, SEVERELY DAMAGED SEVERAL OTHERS, AND LEFT THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER, WATER AND TELEPHONE SERVICE. JUST THIS WEEK STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE BEGINNING TO OFFER HELP TO FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES MOST AFFECTED BY THE POWERFUL SYSTEM.

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H: TO SUMMARIZE, 2007 WAS A NEWSWORTHY YEAR, WITH DOZENS OF MAJOR EVENTS WE WON'T SOON FORGET.

J: 2007 WAS ALSO THE YEAR THAT MAUI SAID GOODBYE TO SOME DEARLY LOVED AND IRREPLACEABLE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS, GREAT AND SMALL WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

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K: ALOHA EVERYONE. WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M KALAPANA, AND - IN CASE NOBODY'S SAID IT TO YOU YET - MAY THE NEW YEAR AHEAD BE FILLED WITH GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP. KEEPING WITH OUR THEME OF LOOKING BACK ON NOTABLE GOOD TIMES AND GREAT SCORES, HERE ARE SOME OF THE SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS FROM MAUI IN 2007.

IN JANUARY, VIJAY SINGH STOOD IN THE GLOW OF THE KAPALUA SUNSET FOR THE FIRST TIME AS THE WINNER OF THE MERCEDES CHAMPIONSHIP. HIS 14-UNDER PAR 278 ALSO PUTS HIM IN THE FAVORITE POSITION TO REPEAT WHEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO MAUI THIS WEEKEND. ALSO IN GOLF AND ALSO IN JANUARY, THE WENDY'S SKINS GAME MADE IT'S FINAL APPEARANCE AT WAILEA. JACK NICKLAUS AND TOM WATSON WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH NINE SKINS - FOR A TOTAL OF 320-THOUSAND DOLLARS. GARY PLAYER AND JAY HAAS FINISHED SECOND, CLAIMING SIX SKINS AND 290-GRAND.

IN FEBRUARY, BALDWIN'S NICOLE ALCONCEL PITCHED A SHUTOUT AS THE LADY BEARS CLINCHED THE HAWAII STATE DIVISION ONE SOFTBALL TITLE. AND, AS IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, SHE ALSO HIT THE TWO RUN HOMER THAT SEALED THE DEAL. AND, IN THE SAME MONTH, MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC SWIMMING WAS DOMINATED BY LAHAINALUNA'S JACK POPE WHO SET AN M-I-L RECORD IN THE BOYS 200 YARD FREESTYLE. WHILE BALDWIN'S JENNIFER CAHILL SET A RECORD IN THE GIRLS 500-YARD FREESTYLE.

MARCH OF 2007 WAS VERY GOOD TO MAUI ALUMNI WHO WENT ON TO GREATNESS ON THE MAINLAND. CAL-IRVINE'S CHELSEA NAGATA, A BALDWIN GRADUATE, PLACED EIGHTH IN THE NC-DOUBLE-A SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS, EARNING ALL-AMERICAN HONORS. MEANWHILE, SEABURY GRAD RANDALL TOM WON HIS FINAL IN THE MEN’S BUTTERFLY AT THE SAME EVENT.

APRIL SAW THE SURPRISE RESIGNATION OF JIMMY MORIMOTO AS THE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT BALDWIN - AFTER GOING UNBEATEN IN THE M-I-L. HE WAS REPLACED BY LONGTIME ASSISTANT COACH A.J. ROLOOS. IN LADIES GOLF, MAUI HIGH'S ELYSE OKADA WON HER THIRD STRAIGHT M-I-L GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP.

IN MAY, BALDWIN'S JUNE ANN LUSK SET TWO M-I-L RECORDS IN THE 100-METER HURDLES AND THE 300-METER HURDLES, AND WENT ON TO WIN THE LONG JUMP AS WELL. AND BALDWIN'S JOEY AMASCUA SET AN M-I-L RECORD IN THE BOYS 15-HUNDRED METER RACE.

JUNE SAW SAINT ANTHONY GRAD SHANE VICTORINO HONORED WITH HIS OWN BOBBLE HEAD AS THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES OUTFIELDER ENJOYED A 14-GAME HITTING STREAK. ALSO IN JUNE, BALDWIN ALUM KURT SUZUKI WAS CALLED UP TO THE MAJORS AS BACKUP CATCHER FOR THE OAKLAND A'S. JUST A FEW WEEKS LATER HE GOT THE STARTING JOB. CLOSER TO HOME, KAI BARGER OF HAIKU WON THE HAWAII AMATEUR SURFING ASSOCIATION OPEN MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP ON O'AHU.

JULY OF OH-SEVEN BROUGHT THE 23RD STRAIGHT MAUI COUNTY HAWAIIAN CANOE ASSOCIATION TITLE TO HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB. ALSO IN JULY, HAIKU'S MATT PRITCHARD CAPTURED THE PRO DIVISION TITLE AT THE HAWAII STATE WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT KANAHA BEACH PARK. KARLA AGUERA CLAIMED THE WOMEN'S OPEN TITLE AT THE EVENT.

IN AUGUST, HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB'S INCREDIBLE STREAK CONTINUED - AS THEY CLAIMED THEIR SEVENTH STRAIGHT STATE PADDLING CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE STATE RACES IN HANALEI BAY ON KAUAI. ALSO IN AUGUST, THE TROJANS FOOTBALL TEAM DEFEATED A TEAM FROM FORT MCMURRAY CANADA, ENDING A THREE-YEAR, 21-GAME WINLESS STREAK.

IN SEPTEMBER, JACOB ROTICH WON HIS FOURTH STRAIGHT MAUI MARATHON. ALSO IN SEPTEMBER, MOLOKAI GRAD KIMO VON OELHOFFEN SIGNED WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES - MARKING HIS 14TH YEAR IN THE N-F-L.

OCTOBER SAW THE TROJANS WIN THEIR SECOND GAME OF THE YEAR, AS THEY DEFEATED THE SABERS OF MAUI HIGH 44-14. ALSO IN OCTOBER, UNBEATEN STREAKS CONTINUED FOR BALDWIN HIGH IN FOOTBALL AND IN VOLLEYBALL FOR THE LADIES OF SEABURY HALL.

NOVEMBER WAS BITTERSWEET AS LAHAINALUNA FELL IN THE STATE FOOTBALL DIVISION TWO FINALS TO IOLANI, AND SEABURY HALL LADIES LOST IN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS TO HAWAII BAPTIST ACADEMY. MEANWHILE, MAUI HIGH'S JUDD SATO PROVED TO BE THE WORLD'S STRONGEST IN THE 16-AND 17-YEAR OLD CATEGORY WHEN HE BENCH-PRESSED 330 AND A HALF POUNDS AT A COMPETITION IN CALIFORNIA.

AND, WRAPPING THINGS UP, DECEMBER SAW KUAU SURFING STAR IAN WALSH MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE SEMI-FINALS AT THE O'NEILL WORLD CUP AT SUNSET BEACH. AND, BALDWIN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN SEAN TESORO ACCEPTED A SCHOLARSHIP TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR NEVADA-LAS VEGAS.

(on-cam) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR 2007. HERE'S HOPING 2008 BRINGS US EVEN MORE GREAT HIGHLIGHTS. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.


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HC: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO “COMING ATTRACTIONS” ON MAUI TV NEWS. I’M HOLLY CHUNG, WITH A FUN AND EXCITING LINEUP OF EVENTS HERE ON MAUI THAT CELEBRATES THE NEW YEAR AND ALL THE GREAT THINGS YET TO COME.

CYNDI LAUPER IS PROUD TO SHOW HER TRUE COLORS AND HER ORIGINAL SOUND THAT IS BOTH TIMELESS AND CONTEMPORARY. THIS GIRL JUST WANTS TO HAVE FUN, AT THE MACC’S CASTLE THEATER, ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 4TH, AT 7:30 PM. TICKETS ARE 75, 65, AND 55 DOLLARS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EVENTS AT THE MACC, FOLLOW THE LINK FROM OUR WEBSITE, AT MAUITVNEWS.COM.

A MUSICAL, A COMEDY, AND A DRAMA, ALL IN ONE, FAMILY LAUNDRY, SHARES THE STORY OF A HAWAIIAN OHANA AND THEIR STRUGGLE WITH A FAMILY MEMBER’S ALCHOHOLISM. THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE OF WAILUKU PRESENTS FAMILY LAUNDRY AT THE IAO THEATER ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 4TH AND 5TH, AT 7:30 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

A YOUNG MAN IS SENT TO JAPAN TO REVITALIZE EUROPE’S SILK TRADE, AND SHARES A SENSUAL LOVE AFFAIR WITH AN INTOXICATINGLY BEAUTIFUL CONCUBINE. PRESENTED BY THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL, SILK PLAYS AT THE MACC’S CASTLE THEATER ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9TH AT 5 AND 7:30 PM. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL, FOLLOW THE LINK FROM OUR WEBSITE, AT MAUITVNEWS.COM.

CONSIDERED A LIVING LEGEND OF HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR, AND SHOWING OFF AN AMAZING VOCAL RANGE, LED KAAPANA, WILL BE HONORING MAUI WITH HIS TALENTS AND KOLOHE STYLE CHARM. JOIN LED AND HOST GEORGE KAHUMOKU, JR. AT THE MASTERS OF HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR CONCERT SERIES AT THE NAPILI KAI BEACH RESORT, ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9TH, AT 7:30 PM. TICKETS ARE 45 DOLLARS.

COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN WILL BE DROPPING OUT OF THE OZONE IN HIS HOT ROD LINCOLN TO PLAY THE MACC’S CASTLE THEATER. RELIVE THE SUMMER OF LOVE WITH COMMANDER CODY ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10TH AT 7:30 PM, WITH A DANCE FLOOR PROVIDED. TICKETS ARE 45, 40, AND 35 DOLLARS.

JUMP INTO PLAYGROUND, THE WORLD’S LARGEST ACTION SPORTS FILM THAT DAZZLES WITH ELECTRIFYING WINTER SPORTS FOOTAGE AND INCREDIBLE CINEMATOGRAPHY. CATCH THIS EXTREME SPORTS EXPERIENCE AT THE MACC’S CASTLE THEATER, ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH, AT 7:30 PM. TICKETS ARE 12 DOLLARS.

UKULELE VIRTUOSO, JAKE SHIMABUKURO, IS ON A MISSION TO PROVE THE UKULELE AN UNTAPPED SOURCE OF MUSIC, WITH UNLIMITED POTENTIAL. JOIN JAKE AT THE MACC’S CASTLE THEATER, ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 12TH, AT 7:30 PM. TICKETS ARE 45, 35, AND 10 DOLLARS.

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H: AND FINALLY THIS WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH SOME SURFING ACTION FROM THE NORTH SHORE. THE 18TH ANNUAL HO'OKIPA SURF CLASSIC LAST WEEKEND BROUGHT OUT THE BEST AND BRAVEST TO FACE BIG WAVES AND CHOPPY CONDITIONS IN PURSUIT OF A GRAND PRIZE OF ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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H: AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

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