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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending January 28, 2010


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J: THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY CONTINUE. WE'VE GOT THE FINAL NUMBERS FOR 2009. AND THE QUALITY OF HEALTHCARE ON THE WORLD'S FAVORITE ISLAND IS THE FOCUS OF BOTH SIDES IN THIS PROTEST ON MAUI.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK - PLUS THE WAVES HAVE BEEN HUGE LATELY AND IT SURE HAS BEEN WINDY - OR HAS IT? WE'LL CHECK IN WITH AN EXPERT. THOSE STORIES PLUS SPORTS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS FEATURING THE BEACH BOYS AND THE TOKYO STRINGS - ALL THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE VISITED MAUI LAST MONTH. THAT'S MORE THAN ONE AND A THIRD TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE AS LIVE HERE.

(TURN TO CAM) STILL - THOSE NUMBERS ARE DOWN A BIT FOR MAUI - BY ABOUT ONE AND A HALF PERCENT COMPARED TO DECEMBER 2008. OVERALL THE STATE SAW INCREASES IN DECEMBER - A SIGN THAT THE WORST MAY BE OVER.

(TAKE TOURISM NUMBERS PKG) THIS IS WHAT VISITORS TO MAUI COME TO SEE...INCREDIBLE VIEWS. PRISTINE PERSPECTIVES AND VIEWS THAT THEY SEEM TO HAVE ALL TO THEMSELVES. WELL, IN SOME WAYS, THAT'S WHAT MANY GOT IN 2009. THE JUST-RELEASED STATISTICS FOR TOURIST ARRIVALS AND BEHAVIORS FOR LAST YEAR WERE RELEASED THIS WEEK AND, THE FACT IS, THERE WERE A LOT FEWER PEOPLE ON MAUI LAST YEAR THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. AND THAT YEAR BEFORE, 2008, WAS THE TRAGIC YEAR THAT THE NATIONWIDE ECONOMIC CRASH BEGAN AND PEOPLE STARTED TO STOP COMING TO HAWAII.

IN DECEMBER, 165,000 VISITORS CAME TO MAUI; 45 HUNDRED TO MOLOKA'I AND 58 HUNDRED TO LANA'I. THAT'S AN INCREASE FOR THE FIRENDLY ISLE - BUT A DROP FOR MAUI AND LANA'I.

SO, WHERE'S THE GOOD NEWS PART? THE DROP IN DECEMBER WAS JUST 1.5 PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS DECEMBER AND THE SMALLEST COMPARATIVE DROP OF THE YEAR. THE OTHER GOOD NEWS IS THAT PER-PERSON-PER-DAY SPENDING ON MAUI IN DECEMBER WAS IN THE PLUS COLUMN FOR THIS FIRST TIME ALL YEAR.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE BAD NEWS - FOR THE YEAR - MAUI COUNTY WELCOMED JUST A HANDFUL MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE. THE RECORD WAS IN 2007 WHEN TWO AND A QUARTER-MILLION PEOPLE VISITED HERE. THE DIFFERENCE?: THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF MORE THAN SEVEN WEEKS WITHOUT A SINGLE VISITOR. WHILE THAT IDEA MIGHT APPEAL TO SOME - IT WOULD SURELY HALT A HUGE PORTION OF MAUI'S ECONOMIC ENGINE.

BUT, AS WE OFTEN DO AT MAUI TV NEWS, WE LOOK AT THE TRENDS THAT BODE WELL FOR OUR HOME AND THERE ARE SEVERAL. FIRST OF ALL ARRIVALS FROM THE U.S. MAINLAND WERE UP TO ALL THREE ISLANDS IN MAUI COUNTY. THE BREAD AND BUTTER MARKET OF THE WEST COAST WAS UP SHARPLY FOR MAUI COUNTY, AS WERE VISITS FROM JAPAN AND KOREA. AND ARRIVALS FROM THE MAINLAND EAST COAST ALSO SAW GROWTH IN DECEMBER.

SO THE GLASS HALF-FULL VIEW, ACCORDING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY REPORT IS THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY STARTED COMING BACK TO MAUI - AND ALL OF HAWAII. MEANTIME, THE UNSPOILED "ALL-TO YOURLSELF" VISTAS ARE HERE FOR US TO ENJOY.

(ON-CAM TAG) THE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT FROM THE HAWAI'I TOURISM AUTHORITY IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO REVIEW ANYTIME. JUST GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

KAISER-HERE UNITE)(PiP-DEMONSTRATORS)

J: JOB SECURITY. QUALITY OF CARE. BOTH SIDES IN A DEMONSTRATION THURSDAY MORNING ON MAUI WERE AFTER THE SAME THING - BUT GOING ABOUT IT IN VERY DIFFERENT WAYS.

(TAKE KAISER PKG) IF THERE EVER WAS ANYTHING KNOWN AS A "NICE STRIKE," THIS WAS IT. DESPITE THE EDGY FEEL OF THE CHANTS AT THE TWO MAUI KAISER PERMAMNENTE LOCATIONS - IN LESS THAN PERFECT WEATHER, BOTH SIDES SEEMED SYMPATHETIC - ALMOST SENSITIVE - TO THE POSITION OF THE OTHER.

Momi Hai, UNITE HERE Member

MH01: "Today we're having a one-day limited strike. Basically we don't want to interfere with patients being seen. We know their needs need to be met. We love our jobs. We love our patients as well as our community. We want the patients to know that we're out here fighting for our jobs. Job security is very important to us. We need good local jobs to be able to go ahead and help our local community."

Suzann Filleul, BSN, MBA, CNOR, Regional Nurse Executive, KP Hawai'i

SF01: "Well, you know, we planned for this. Everybody pitches in we work together. It is. It's business as usual."

STRIKE ORGANIZERS SAY THAT BETWEEN 170 AND 200 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE DEMONSTRATIONS ON MAUI. OF THAT GROUP, MOST WERE KAISER EMPLOYEES - THE REST WERE LOCAL CITIZENS SYMPATHETIC TO THE CAUSE OF UNITE HERE LOCAL FIVE, ONE OF THE UNIONS REPRESENTING EMPLOYEERS AT MAUI'S TWO CLINICS. KAISER EMPLOYEES 388 PEOPLE ON MAUI AND SINCE MANY OF THOSE WERE ON THE PICKET LINE, THEY HAD TO CALL UP THE RESERVES.

SF02: "I don't have the specific number. But I can tell you we brought in people from the other clinics here on Maui as well as from O'ahu."

KAISER CALLED EVERY PATIENT WHO HAD AN APPOINTMENT TODAY TO TELL THEM THERE MIGHT BE DISRUPTIONS - BUT EVERYONE WAS SO POLITE ABOUT THOSE DISRUPTIONS, THAT THEY WEREN'T EVIDENT. THE FACT REMAINS THAT PATIENT CARE - DESPITE TODAY'S WALKOUT MAY HAVE BEEN SMOOTH - BUT THE NEGOTIATIONS HAVEN'T. IN FACT, KAISER PERMANENTE HAS CALLED IN A FEDERAL MEDIATOR TO ACT AS AN INTERMEDIARY.

MH02: "We really want Kaiser to understand that we work very hard for them and stop giving our jobs away. We need to keep our jobs here on Maui and here in Hawai'i so we can't support the communities in which we live in."

SF03:"We've worked on many issues with Local 5 and resolved almost all of them. We continue to work and bargain in good faith. We have been able to offer our employees wage and benefit enhancements to keep them at the top of the Hawai'i market over the next three years. We honor our employees. In 2009 we were able to preserve jobs when other people didn't have the same opportunities. In 2010, because of the quality of service that we do offer to our members. We hope to grow. We are, actually, growing oujr membership. And when you grow membership, you grow jobs for the peoole of Hawai'i."

DESPITE HOW NICE EVERYONE WAS, THE EVIDENT FACT IS THAT THE FEDERAL MEDIATOR'S JOB IS NOT FINISHED.

(ON-CAM TAG) KAISER PERMANENTE IS THE STATE'S LARGEST HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION - OR HMO - AND CARES FOR ABOUT 40 PERCENT OF THE RESIDENT POPULATION OF MAUI.

(STATE OF THE STATE)(PiP-GOV. LINGLE)

J: IN HER EIGHTH AND FINAL STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS ON MONDAY, GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE SURPRISED MANY IN THE AUDIENCE BY NOT DOING WHAT SO MANY OF HER PREDECESSORS HAVE DONE. THAT IS, RATHER THAN TRUMPETING HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN A SWAN SONG, THE GOVERNOR INSTEAD FOCUSED FORWARDS AND PROPOSED A LAUNDRY LIST OF PROPOSALS AIMED AT RESTARTING THE STATE'S ECONOMY.

(VO) ONE OF THE LEAST HERALDED BUT MAJOR POINTS IN THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSALS WAS THE INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESS THAT ADD NEW WORKERS. THERE'S A STATE TAX CREDIT FOR COMPANIES THAT HIRE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. THE PLAN HAS TWO MAJOR ECONOMIC IMPACTS. FIRST: IT REDUCES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON UNEMPLOYMENT - THUS THE AMOUNT THE STATE IS PAY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. SECOND, IT KEEPS THE JOBS IN HAWAI'I BY EMPLOYING WORKERS ALREADY HERE, BUT CURRENTLY JOBLESS - RATHER THAN JUST OFFERING A TAX CREDIT THAT COULD FLOOD OUR SHORES WITH JOBSEEKERS FROM THE MAINLAND.

(ON-CAM) THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSALS ALSO INCLUDED A VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR THE UNEMPLOYED, GIVING THEM ADDITIONAL SKILLS THAT COULD COME IN HANDY WHEN A WIDER VARIETY OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES OPEN UP. AND SHE PROPOSED A 10 PERCENT TAX CREDIT FOR HOTELS AND RESORTS TO RENOVATE SOONER THAN LATER - AN INCENTIVE THAT WOULD CREATE JOBS IN THE SEVERELY CRIPPLED CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WHILE IMPROVING FACILITIES FOR WHEN THE TOURISM NUMBERS SWELL AGAIN - WHICH EVERYONE KNOWS THEY WILL.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, HE'S MAUI'S MOST RECOGNIZED WEATHER EXPERT AND TV WEATHERMAN. WE'LL GET GLENN JAMES' TAKE ON THE VOG, EL NINO AND WHAT SOME THINK IS A PARTICULARLY WINDY WINTER. AND WE'LL HAVE DETAILS ON A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD CHANGE THE WAY THE SETTLEMENT OF KALAUPAPA IS MANAGED. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

J: MORE THAN 25 FEET OF RAIN FELL ON KAUAI'S MOUNT WAIALEALE LAST YEAR. THAT'S LESS THAN THREE-QUARTERS OF WHAT A NORMAL ANNUAL AMOUNT WOULD BE. ON MAUI, WEST WAILUAIKI RECEIVED MORE THAN 18 FEET OF RAIN OVER THE YEAR.

(VO) THAT WAS ENOUGH TO SEND THIS CLIFFSIDE SLIDING DOWN AND ACROSS -AND CLOSING HANA HIGHWAY NOT ONCE - BUT TWICE LAST YEAR. MEANWHILE, THE REST OF MAUI ENDURED ANOTHER ABNORMALLY DRY YEAR IN 2009 - BUT MAUI'S GLENN JAMES THE SENIOR WEATHER ANALYST AT THE PACIFIC DISASTER CENTER IN KIHEI SAYS THAT THE WEATHER FACTOR HE'S ASKED THE MOST ABOUT IS VOG.

(VO) Glenn James, Sr. Weather Analyst, Pacific Disaster Center

GJ03: "And there's a lot of it. I was just looking at a satellite image - a visible satellite image - a hi res satellite image, one kilometer, and you can see in that satellite imagerey, you can see the plume. You can see the SO2, and all the stuff that comes out of those vents. You can see where it's going and - depending on the wind direction that you have that day. But the swath has kind of gone to the northwest of Maui County - it's kind of been blown awa a bit compared to the last couple of days."

THAT WAS TUESDAY AFTERNOON WHEN THE VIEW TOWARD MOLOKINI WAS STILL OBSCURED BY VOG, BUT TURNING AROUND AND LOOKING UP - THE SUMMIT OF HALEAKALA WAS ALMOST CRYSTAL CLEAR. AND IT'S CONFUSING THAT - EVEN WHEN IT'S WINDY - THE VOG STILL PERMEATES THE ATMOSPHERE. AND ON THE TOPIC OF WIND - MANY ARE SAYING THIS IS THE WINDIEST WINTER THEY CAN RECALL. JAMES DISAGREES.

GJ01: "No. Actually, it;'s not a particularly windy year. Usually - with El Nino - which is what we're dealing with now - we have a lack of tradewinds during an El Nino year. So we have a high pressure ridge that's pushed down across the Hawaiian Islands by these cold fronts that come our way. These cold fronts have been extremely dry this time so we've been having very much a drought situation on our hands."

BUT - HE ADDS - THE STORMS AT THE HEART OF THOSE COLD FRONTS HAVE HAD A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON OUR SHORES.

GJ02:"El Nino is famous for its incredibly deep gale and storm low pressure areas in the far north of the Pacific with the tails of those cold fronts sweeping down and bringing us just a little bit of rainfall. But the "parent lows" of those cold fronts are really getting deep and powerful and they're way away from us - a thound, couple thousand miles away. So that strong wind blowing on the ocean surface is what sends us these large to extra large northwest swells."///

(ON-CAM TAG) AS GLENN MENTIONED, THE WINDS HAVE BEEN LIGHTER THAN NORMAL. IN DECEMBER WE USUALLY HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 15 DAYS WHEN THE TRADEWINDS BLOW. LAST MONTH THE TRADES ONLY BLEW ON SIX DAYS OUT OF THE ENTIRE MONTH.

(KALAUPAPA MGT CHANGE)(PiP-KALAUPAPA)

J: AS TIME MARCHES ON, SOMEDAY THERE WILL BE NO MORE PATIENTS BEING TREATED FOR HANSEN'S DISEASE AT KALAUPAPA ON THE NORTH SHORE OF MOLOKA'I. STATE SENATOR J. KALANI ENGLISH SAYS THERE SHOULD BE A PLAN IN PLACE FOR WHEN THAT HAPPENS.

(TAKE VO) THE REMOTE PENINSULA WHERE SAINT DAMIEN CARED FOR THE LEPERS 130 YEARS AGO IS NOW MANAGED UNDER THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. SENATOR ENGLISH'S PROPOSAL WOULD PUT THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SETTLEMENT UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS.

(ON-CAM) ENGLISH IS SUBMITTING HIS BILL TO THE LEGISLATURE THIS WEEK IN HONOLULU. HE SAYS THE STATE SHOULD PREPARE FOR MORE VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD INTERESTED IN THE HISTORICAL, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT PART OF THE ISLAND OF MOLOKA'I.

(PLANE DIVERT)(PiP-UNITED AIR TAIL)

J: ONE PLANELOAD OF PASSENGERS TRYING TO LEAVE MAUI FOR SAN FRANCISCO ON SUNDAY GOT A BUMPY DETOUR AND AN EXTRA NIGHT IN HAWAI'I.

IT HAPPENED ON UNITED FLIGHT 34 AFTER IT TOOK OFF ROM KAHULUI AIRPORT SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE BOEING 777 RAN INTO A STORM AND WAS FORCED TO FLY AT A SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER ALTITUDE THAN THE NORMAL FLIGHT PATH. AFTER ABOUT TWO HOURS IN THE AIR, THE PILOT TURNED THE PLANE AROUND AND HEADED BACK TO THE ISLANDS. THE REASON? FLYING THAT LOW BURNS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE FUEL AND THERE WAS A RISK OF NOT MAKING IT ALL THE WAY ON WHAT THEY HAD. THE PLANE LANDED SUNDAY EVENING IN HONOLULU AND COULDN'T TAKE OFF AGAIN UNTIL MONDAY MORNING BECAUSE THE FLIGHT CREW HAD TO BE SHIFTED. THE ORIGINAL CREW HAD REACHED THEIR MAXIMUM HOURS FOR THE WEEK. THE PLAN LANDED IN SAN FRANCISCO ABOUT 20 HOURS BEHIND SCHEDULE.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, TWO MAUI MEN IN A SELDOM-SEEN SPORT AROUND HERE ARE VYING FOR JOBS IN EUROPE. AND, IT'S ART IN A MILLION DIFFERENT WAYS ON MAUI. DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS QUICKLY - HERE'S AN INTERNATIONAL MIX IF THERE EVER WAS ONE. TWO MAUI RUGBY STARS ARE VYING FOR A JOB ON A TEAM IN ENGLAND...CALLED THE IRISH! ANDRE MALAUFU IS A CENTER WITH THE CENTRAL MAUI WARRIORS AND PILI TAUFA IS A WING WITH THE WEST MAUI SPARTANS. BOTH MEN ARE IN LONDON TRYING OUT FOR THE SQUAD THAT WILL PLAY THROUGHOUT EUROPE THIS YEAR AND NEXT. GOOD LUCK TO THEM BOTH.

WHILE CHINESE NEW YEARS IS STILL A FEW WEEKS AWAY, IT'S TIME FOR YOUR KEIKI TO GET IN THE SPIRIT. THE "YEAR OF THE DRAGON" IS BEING CELEBRATED - IN ADVANCE - BY MAUI THING IN WAILUKU. YOU CAN STOP BY THE STORE BETWEEN NOW AND WEDNESDAY AND ENTER YOUR CHILD'S MOST CREATIVE EXPRESSION REPRESENTING THE YEAR OF THE TIGER. THERE ARE LOTS OF PRIZES AND THE ENTRIES WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT MAUI THING NEXT WEEK DURING THE MONTHLY FIRST FRIDAY FESTIVITIES IN WAILUKU.

AND MORE THAN TWO DOZEN GROWN-UPS HAVE ALREADY EXPRESSED THEIR ARTISTIC FEELINGS - ABOUT HAWAI'I. IT'S "A CELEBRATION OF HAWAI'I 2010" AT THE VIEWPOINTS GALLERY ON BALDWIN AVENUE IN MAKAWAO. ADMISSION IS FREE. THE GALLERY IS OPEN EVERY DAY AND THE SHOW RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 16TH. COME SEE HOW LOCAL AND FAR-AWAY ARTISTS HAVE CAPTURED THE CULTURE, THE PEOPLE AND THE HEART OF HAWAI'I THROUGH PAINT, WOOD, CERAMIC, STONE AND MANY OTHER MEDIA. YOU'LL FIND ALL THE DETAILS ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

THE SECOND MAUI ART GLASS EXPO IS ALSO FREE AND OPEN DAILY NOW THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY AT THE WAILEA MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA. THE DISPLAY IS OPEN FROM 8 A.M. TO 10 P.M. EVERY DAY. THERE'S NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION AND THERE'S VALIDATED SELF-PARKING AVAILABLE.

IF IT'S TOTALLY NATURAL TOTALLY LOCAL BEAUTY THAT YOU'RE INTO, THEN THIS SATURDAY IS FOR YOU. IT'S THE NATIVE PLANT SALE AT MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS IN WAILUKU. FROM NINE UNTIL NOON SATURDAY YOU CAN BROWSE A HUGE SELECTION OF LOCAL PLANTS INCLUDING BANANA AND TARO VARIETIES, OHIA, FERNS, MOUNTAIN APPLE AND MANY MORE. PARKING IS PLENTIFUL AND FREE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET IN THE WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM PARKING LOT.

IT'S A MOVING WORK OF ART THAT OFFERS SOMETHING NEW AND INSPIRING EVERY TIME YOU SEE IT. I'M TALKING ABOUT MAUI'S ORIGINAL MASTERPIECE, 'ULALENA. IT STARS TWO OF OUR MAUI TV NEWS REPORTERS, KALAPANA AND HOLLY CHUNG. AND NOW THERE'S A CHANCE YOU COULD BE A STAR, TOO. THIS SATURDAY ULALENA IS HOLDING OPEN AUDITIONS FROM ONE UNTIL THREE AT MAUI THEATER IN LAHAINA. OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS COME ALONG LESS THAN ONCE A YEAR SO HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO BECOME PART OF MAUI'S MOST INCREDIBLE DRAMATIC ORIGINAL PRODUCTION. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE A LIVING AT BEING CREATIVE? ART MAUI HAS ASSEMBLED A PANEL OF EXPERTS FOR A FREE PANEL DISCUSSION TITLED "A LIVING BY ART." FIVE PANELISTS WILL BE THERE TO DESCRIBE THEIR "AHA" MOMENT WHEN THEY DISCOVERED THAT THEIR TALENTS COULD YIELD PROFITS. THE ART MAUI SYMPOSIUM WILL BE HELD IN THE HAYNES CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL C ENTER THIS SATURDAY STARTING AT 2 P.M.

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MACC IT'S THE LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL TO HOLO MAI PELE. IT'S HOLO MAI PELE- KI'IAKA - KA WAHINEPO'AIMOKU. AT 7-30 SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE CASTLE THEATER. IT'S THE MUSICAL DRAMA TELLING OF THE JOURNEY QUEST OF HI'IAKAIKAPOLIOPELE FROM ISLAND TO ISLAND. TICKETS RANGE FROM 12 TO 40 DOLLARS - HALF-PRICE FOR KEIKI.

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE ADRENALINE RUSH OF SNOWBOARDING, SKATEBOARDING MARTIAL ARTS AND VIDEO GAMES JUST DON'T DO IT FOR YOU ANYMORE? YOU BECOME A JULLIARD-TRAINED CLASSICAL PIANIST LIKE ALPIN HONG. SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 5 IN THE CASTLE THEATER, COME SEE ALPIN HONG IN CONCERT AND SEE WHAT YOUTHFUL ENERGY MIXED WITH BEETHOVEN SOUNDS LIKE. TICKETS RANGE FROM 12 TO 32 DOLLARS.

THEN SUNDAY NIGHT FOR DINNER - HOW ABOUT DENNY'S IN THE MAUI MALL? THAT'S THE SCENE FOR THE 2010 PROJECT COMPASSION FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE IN WAILUKU. BETWEEN 4 AND 9 P.M. 20 PERCENT OF YOUR DINNER TAB AND 100 PERCENT OF YOUR TIPS WILL GO TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAMS OF PROJECT COMPASSION - AND YOUR SERVERS WILL INCLUDE SOME FAMILIAR FACES FROM THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL AND ROTARY CLUB OF VALLEY ISLE SUNSET.

MONDAY IS FEBRUARY FIRST - THE BEGINNING OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THERE WILL BE EDUCATION DISPLAYS AND EVENTS ACROSS MAUI - STARTING WITH THE FIFTH ANNUAL EXHIBIT AT THE WAILUKU PUBLIC LIBRARY. AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE FEATURED AMONG THE DISPLAY OF AFRICAN ARTIFACTS, JEWELRY, MASKS AND CRAFTS. AND THIS YEAR THERE'S A 10-FOOT LONG BANNER FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS IN TRIBUTE TO THE REVEREND DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR. THE EXHIBIT IS OPEN EVERY DAY THAT THE LIBRARY IS OPEN AND IT'S FREE. THE SCHEDULE IS A LITTLE TRICKY, THOUGH, BECAUSE OF FURLOUGH DAYS SO - FOR DAYS AND TIMES THAT THE LIBRARY IS OPEN, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT, FOUR MUSICIANS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE MACC TO PERFORM AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT QUARTETS. THE TOKYO STRING QUARTET WILL PLAY ONE SHOW IN THE CASTLE THEATER STARTING AT 7-30 P.M. YOU CAN CHECK THEM OUT ON YOUTUBE, THEN GET YOUR TICKETS FOR AN AMAZING SHOW. PRICES RANGE FROM 12 TO 37 DOLLARS.

IF THE TOKYO STRING QUARTER MIGHT BE COMPARED TO THE FINEST SUSHI, THEN NEXT WEEKEND’S MUSICAL TREAT IS PROBABLY MORE LIKE LOCO MOCO. THE AIR FORCE BAND WILL PLAY THEIR ROMP OF HITS FROM THE 50S THROUGH TODAY AT A CONCERT IN WHALER'S VILLAGE IN KA’ANAPALI. THE BAND PLAYS FROM SIX TO 8 P.M. IT'S FREE AND CONCERT GOERS WILL GET VALIDATED FREE PARKING. YOU'LL FIND THE DETAILS ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW. ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES WILL DELIVER HER "STATE OF THE COUNTY" ADDRESS IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON HIGH STREET IN WAILUKU. HER REMARKS BEGIN AT 10 A.M. YOU CAN BE THERE IN PERSON, OR WATCH IT LIVE ON AKAKU - MAUI COMMUNITY TELEVISION OR HEAR IT LIVE ON KNUI RADIO.

THE NEXT NIGHT, ON THE GREAT LAWN AT THE MACC - SURFER GIRL, 409 - THE CAR NOT THE CLEANSER - GOOD VIBRATIONS, WOULDN'T IT BE NICE, YEAH - IT'S THE BEACH BOYS IN CONCERT. AND THE GREAT THING ABOUT THEIR CONCERT IS THAT THE SONGS ARE SO SHORT YOU GET TO HEAR DOZENS OF THEM. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW THROUGH ALL OF THE USUAL MACC OUTLETS.

AND DON'T FORGET THAT FEBRUARY 14TH IS VALENTINE'S DAY AS WELL AS CHINESE NEW YEARS. THERE ARE BIG TIME VALENTINE'S DAY EVENTS PLANNED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF MAUI AND THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER. FOR DETAILS, GO TO THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

IN FACT, FOR DETAILS ON ALL THESE EVENTS AND MORE - GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. THAT'S A LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

(D Block)

(CENTER UP)

J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT CAN WATCH MAUI TV NEWS ANYTIME - FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD - ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM, AND ANY TIME, ACROSS THE STATE OF HAWAII ON OCEANIC DIGITAL CHANNEL 953 ON NEWS ON DEMAND.

YOU CAN ALSO CATCH OUR WEEKLY REPORTS EVERY FRIDAY WITH JAI CUNNINGHAM AND OLENA HEU ON KHON-2'S "WAKE UP 2-DAY" BETWEEN 5 AND 8 A.M. AND MAUI TV NEWS IS ON THE RADIO. EVERY WEEKDAY AFTERNOON ON 11-10 AM – KAOI RADIO, WE PROVIDE THE LOCAL NEWS AT ONE MINUTE BEFORE THE HOURS OF 3, 4, 5 AND 6 P.M.

AND ALL THAT IS IN ADDITION TO REGULAR DAILY ONGOING UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS.COM. MAUI TV NEWS IS A CONSISTENT SOURCE OF BALANCED NEWS COVERAGE OF IMPORTANT STORIES IN MAUI COUNTY. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TO ADVERTISING YOUR BUSINESS ON MAUI TV NEWS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA KAKOU.

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