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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for January 29, 2009



(EDITOR'S NOTE: Anchor scripts are provided for transcript reference to stories covered on Maui TV News. Scripts may contain abbreviations, codes and characters that are for internal production purposes only. Maui TV News apologizes for any misspellings.

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J: REALISTIC. SOMBER. TO THE POINT. THE GOVERNOR'S SEVENTH STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS MONDAY WARNS OF LEAN TIMES STILL TO COME.

HC: AND RIGHT AFTERWARDS, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HIT THE TRAIL IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S NEWEST INITIATIVES.

J: BUT MANY ON MAUI ALSO HIT THE SIDEWALKS IN SUPPORT OF A PROGRAM THAT LOOKS TO BE ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S CHOPPING BLOCK.

HC: IN SPORTS, WITH TWO WEEKS TO GO, THE WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA HAVE A CHANCE TO CAPTURE ALL THREE TOP SPOTS IN M-I-L PADDLING. DID THEY DO IT? KALAPANA HAS THE ANSWER AND HIGHLIGHTS OF SATURDAY'S REGATTA IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND NAJONA ICHIMARU IS HERE WITH THE RUNDOWN TO WONDERFUL WAYS TO CONTINUE TO RING IN THE YEAR OF THE OX. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S ONLY TELEVISION AND INTERNET NEWSCAST.

HC: AND I'M HOLLY CHUNG. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. "THERE'S SIMPLY NO POSSIBLE WAY TO CONTINUE OPERATING AND SPENDING THE WAY WE HAVE."

(Turn to cam) THAT WAS JUST ONE OF THE STERN WARNINGS IN GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE'S SEVENTH STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS THIS WEEK. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING HAS SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.

(TAKE STATE-OF-STATE PKG) IN HER SEVENTH, THEREFORE, NEXT TO LAST STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS, THERE WERE VERY FEW SMILES. IT WAS ALSO A SPEECH MARKED BY THE ABSENCE OF OUTBURSTS OF APPLAUSE. NOT BECAUSE IT WAS A BAD SPEECH, BUT BECAUSE THERE ISN'T MUCH TO CHEER ABOUT.

TERMS LIKE "DAUNTING," CHALLENGING" AND "VULNERABLE" STUCK OUT AS THE GOVERNOR DETAILED THE GRIM ECONOMIC OUTLOOK, THE UPHILL ROAD TO RECOVERY AND THE PRICE HAWAII WILL CONTINUE TO PAY AS LONG WE RELY SO HEAVILY ON FOREIGN FOOD AND OIL.

BUT MONDAY'S SPEECH WAS ALL DOOM AND GLOOM. SHE HAILED THE WORK OF HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES TO NATIVE HAWAIIANS. SHE TOUTED HER NEW CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE, AND SHE TOOK A MOMENT TO REFLECT - WITH APPROPRIATE PRIDE, THE RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF A LOCAL BOY.

Linda Lingle, Governor, State of Hawai'i

LL01: "And, less than a week ago, Hawai‘i’s heart swelled with pride as one of its own, Barack Obama, became the first African American to take the presidential oath of office when he was sworn in as our nation’s 44th president."

THE OVERALL TONE WAS OF DETERMINATION, DECICIVENESS AND ACTION - NOT REACTION, SUMMING UP HER SPEECH AS SIMPLY AS SHE STARTED IT, CLOSING WITH "NOW, LET'S GET TO WORK." FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO READ THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(RECREATION RENAISSANCE) (PiP - WAIANAPANAPA)

J: ONE OF THE TOPICS BROUGHT UP IN THE GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS WAS SOMETHING CALLED THE "RECREATIONAL RENAISSANCE PLAN." AND TO PROVE THAT THE LINGLE-AIONA ADMINSITRATION IS SERIOUS ABOUT FUN, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CAME TO MAUI THIS WEEK TO DRUM UP SUPPORT.

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James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., Lt Gov., State of Hawai'i

Duke01: " It's exactly what it's title is. It's to restore our recreation - both ocean and land - our recreational areas. As you know the Department of Land and Natural Resources is tasked with maintaining our parks and trails. There's about 275 miles of trails that they're responsible for. There's about 54 state parks. Natural area reserves. Of course, when it comes to the ocean, there's small boat harbors and ramps. These are all areas, like I said, that they're tasked with maintaining. This is a 3240-million dollar project over five years. And the exciting part about it is that the funding - there's not going to be any new funds. It's funded through bonds. And the debt will be paid through leases and rents and other frees they're going to develop through this renaissance."

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HAD LOTS MORE TO TELL US, BUT BROADCAST LIMITATIONS DON'T GIVE US TIME IN THIS NEWSCAST. fOR THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH lIEYTENANT GOVERNOR aIONA - INCLUDING DETAILS ON THE rECREATIONAL rENAISSANCE'S FIRST PHASE AT WAIANAPAPA IN EAST MAUI, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK TO RECREATIONAL RENAISSANCE UNDER EXTENDED COVERAGE.

(ON-CAM) THE WORK AT WAIANAPANAPA STATE PARK WILL BEGIN THIS MONDAY. WHILE THERE WILL BE SOME INCOVENIENCES EXPECTED UNTIL THE PROJECT IS FINISHED THIS JULY, NEARLY ALL OF THE PARK'S FACILITIES AND SERVICES WILL REMAIN OPEN. THE OTHER SILVER LINING ASPECT OF THE PROJECT IS THAT WORK WILL BE COMPLETED BY LOCAL CONTRACTORS. GOODFELLOW BROTHER CONSTRUCTION WILL COMPLETE THE HALF-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT.

(HEALTHY START ENDS)(PiP: Healthy Start Demonstrators)

HC: "UNPOPULAR CHOICES." THAT'S HOW THE GOVERNOR DESCRIBED THE STATE'S NEED TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE FUNDING TO SOME PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN DOING GREAT WORK FOR A LONG TIME. ONE OF THOSE PROGRAMS IS "HEALTHY START,' ADMINISTERED BY MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES. THIS WEEK, PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND PROGRAM STAFF HELD A DEMONSTRATION TO TRY TO STOP THE END OF HEALTHY START. MAUI TV NEWS WAS THERE.

(TAKE HEALTHY PKG) ON MONDAY AFTERNOON IN FRONT OF KAHULUI SHOPPING CENTER, THE MOOD WAS ALMOST FESTIVE. DEMONSTRATORS INCLUDED GRADUATES OF THE HEALTHY START PROGRAM - A COUNSELING, WELLNESS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM THAT, FOR NEARLY 25 YEARS, HAS MOLDED HUNDREDS OF STRONG FAMILIES IN MAUI COUNTY. BUT APPARENTLY, NOT ANY MORE.

James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., Lt Gov., State of Hawai'i

Duke01: "We looked at what's essential. And, of course, everything is 'essential,' but this program is voluntary in the sense that participants volunteer to be in this program."

L. Jani Sheppard, CEO, Maui Family Support Services

LS01:"The misconception that the idea that a program is voluntary means that it isn't as intense or worthwhile, - actually the fact that it is voluntary is very important because it shows that people want to be a part of something."

THAT "SOMETHING" HAS BEEN WORKING FOR TWO AND A HALF DECADES. BUT IT HAS NEVER FACED THE CHALLENGE THE ENTIRE STATE IS FACING RIGHT NOW. THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY - INCLUDING SUGGESTIONS FROM BOTH SIDES ON WHERE TO GO FROM HERE. FOR AN IN-DEPTH VERSION OF THIS STORY, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE "HEALTHY START LINK UNDER EXTENDED COVERAGE.

(ON-CAM) IN ADDITION TO LEAVING 180 FAMILIES ON THEIR OWN, THE LOSS OF THE HEALTHY START POROGRAM ON MAUI WOULD ALSO MEAN THE LOSS OF ANYWHERE FROM 25 TO 32 JOBS AT MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES.

(UNEMPLOYMENT)

J: ANDS SPEAKING OF OUT OF JOBS, THE FINAL UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR 2008 CAME OUT THIS WEEK. WHILE THERE WERE NO SURPRISES - THERE WAS NO GOOD NEWS, EITHER.

(FF-CG-VO) OVERALL, THE STATE UNEMPOYMENT RATE FOR DECEMBER CAME OUT TO 5.5 PERCENT - UP A HALF-POINT FROM NOVEMBER'S NUMBER - AND NEARLY DOUBLING THE RATE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

IN MAUI COUNTY, THE NUMBERS TRENDED THE SAME WAY. LIKE ON MOLOKA'I IS STABILIZING - AT LEAST A LITTLE - WITH THEIR ASTRONOMICAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE MODERATING AT LEWAST A LITTE. ALL THREE ISLANDS DOUBLED THE DECEMBER 2007 OUT OF WORK STATISTICS.

ACROSS THE STATE, KAUAI TOOK THE BIGGEST HIT, SEEING THE DECEMBER RATE OF 7.7 PERCENT OF UNEMPLOYEED WORKERS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TOTALS. HAWAII COUNTY WAS UNCHANGED FROM NOVEMBER - BUT ALSO DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF OUT OF WORK RESIDENTS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE UNEMPLOYEMENT RATE FOR DECEMBER FOR DECMEBER, BOTH IN 2008 AND IN 2007, ARE STILL ABOUT A POUHT AHEAD OF MAUI - AND TWO POINTS WORSE THAN THE STATE OF HAWAII.

(on-cam) WHILE A COUPLE OF CATEGORIES - SPECIFICALLY SERVICE AND LEISURE JOB CATEGORIES ACTUALLY GAINED A FEW JOB OPENINGS IN DECEMBER, OTHER TOOK A BIG HIT. MOST NOTABLE WAS CONSTRUCTION JOBS - AS MORE THAN 900 SLOTS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS DRIED UP IN HAWAII IN DECEMBER OF 2008. THE CATEGORY OF GOVERNMENT JOBS ALSO DROPPED SUIGNIFICANTLY IN DECEMBER, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE RELEASE OF PART-TIME POLL WORKERS FROM THE ELECTION SEASON.

THE STATE'S UNEMPLOYEMENT REPORT CONCLUDED THAT - OVERALL - JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2008 WERE FAILY STAGNANT. THERE WAS A NET GAIN OF ONLY 200 JOBS, STATEWIDE, BETWEEN DECEMBER 2007 AND DECEMBER, 2008.

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HC: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THERE'S A TREND THAT'S GOING UP ON MAUI - ONE THAT POLICE AREN'T TOO HAPPY ABOUT. WE'LL EXPLAIN WHEN WE COME BACK.

J: AND MAUI SHOPPERS HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES AMIDST SOME VERY INTERESTING SIGHTS OF LATE - FROM ART FORMS THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD - TO DINOSAUR POOP MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD. WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT WE SAW WHEN WE COME BACK.

N: AND WE'LL ALSO SHOW YOU A MOTHER AND CHILD BALLET WE CAME UPON WHEN WE WENT TO WATCH CANOE RACING. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(1002 duiS) (PiP-MPD logo)

J: IT'S KIND OF A 'GOOD NEWS-BAD NEWS' SET OF STATISTICS. THE BAD NEWS IS THAT - IN EACH OF THE PAST TWO YEARS, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN A THOUSAND D-U-I ARRESTS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MORE AND MORE DRUNK DRIVERS ARE GETTING CAUGHT.

(VO) Lt. Bobby Hill, Commander- Traffic Section, Maui PD

BH01: "Maui County - we had 1,002 DUI arrests this year - in 2008. Previous year was 1,010 so it was real close."

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 2001, THIS DECADE HAS SEEN THIS NUMBER RISING STEADILY - MORE THAN DOUBLING SINCE THE TURN OF THE MILLENIUM. ENFORCEMENT IS WORKING - BUT THE DEMAND MAY BE HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING UP WITH SUPPLY.

BH02: "It's good that we're actively enforcing. It's scary that there's that many people out there driving drunk. And that's just a fraction oif what's really out there. That's what we catch."

ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST DRUBK DRIVING IS THE TOWERING PRESENCE OF OFFICER NICK KRAU. LAST YEAR HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 300 OF THOSE D-U-I ARRESTS.

Officer Nick Krau, DUI Task Force Maui pd

NK01: "I know I'm out nthere every night giving my 100 percent trying to get impaired drivers off the road. But we realize that we're just getting a fraction of them. There's a lot of them and it's really not that challeging for us to find them on the road - which is scary."

POLICE SAY THEY DON'T WANT VIGILANTE JUSTICE - BUT THEY DO APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH WHEN CITIZENS REPORT SOMEONE THEY THINK MAY BE DRIVING DRUNK. AND THEY DO RESPOND. HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS TO LOOK FOR.

NK02: "Of course someone - that obvious person who is weaving across the road., running red lights, crossing left of the center line. Those are all huge indicators."

OFFICER KRAU ALSO SAYS CARS SUDDENLY SPEEEDING UP OR SLOWING DOWN FOR NO APPARENT REASON - OR PASSING ERATTICALLY. THOSE ARE ALL THINGS TO WATCH FOR BECAUSE THEY'RE PROBABLY NOT WATCHING OUT FOR YOU. AND HE HAS A MESSAGE, TO ADD.

NKO3:" There's always another way to get home - not to have to drive drunk; and there's no good that's going to come out of it."

(ON-CAM TAG) THE BOTTOM LINE, AS LIEUTENANT HILL ALWAYS SAYS - IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT. WHILE DRUNK DRIVERS ARE GETTING ANY SMARTER OR BETTER AT WHAT THEY DO - POLICE ARE GETTING MUCH BETTER AT SPOTTING DRUNK DRIVERS - AND STOPPING THEM.

(SHOPPING FINDS)(PiP-Sand Mandala)

HC: UNLESS YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR, PART OF THE FUN OF GOING SHOPPING IS COMING ACROSS THINGS YOU JUST COULD NEVER FIND ANYWHERE ELSE. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING TAKES US TO TWO SHOPS ON MAUI WITH TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND TREASURES.

(TAKE SHOPPING PKG) IN A CROWDED STORE SPACE AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER EARLIER THIS MONTH, THERE WAS A MIXTURE OF CULTURES AND HISTORY - ANCIENT AND MODERN. AS THE IMAGE OF A SMILING BHUDDA OFFERS BLESSINGS, AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE DALAI LLAMA ARE OFFERED ON DVD IN HIGH DEFINITION, SPECTATORS ARE STUNNED AT THE EXQUISITE DETAIL OF THIS SAND MANDALA, A SCULPTURE WHERE EVERY COLORED GRAIN OF SAND IS INDIVIDUALLY AND CAREFULLY LAID IN PLACE TO CREATE AN OFFERING OF PEACE.

Llama Lopen Jampa Sopa, Master, Dzongkar Choede Monastery; Dawa, Tibetan living on Maui

LLama01: "It took five days to finish this mandala (llama) Llama has been creating sand mandalas for 25 years and it took 20 hours to make this."

THIS IS A MEDICINE BHUDDA - ONE OF ABOUT 15 DIFFERENT MANADALA DESIGNS. IT TOOK FIVE MONKS A TOTAL OF 20 HOURS TO CREATE THIS MASTERPIECE - A ARRANGEMENT DESIGNED TO EXPRESS BLESSINGS OF HEALING, HARMONY AND PEACE. IT'S AN EXQUISITE ARTISTIC EXPRESSION, A LENGTHY OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS AND MEDITATE AND A REMINDER OF THE DEDICATION OF THESE TIBETAN MONKS.

THE DAY AFTER THIS EXHIBITION WAS COMPLETE, THE SAND WAS BLESSED, SWEPT INTO PILES AND DISTRIBUTED TO ALL PRESENT TO OFFER HEALING.

THE PRESENCE OF THESE MONKS IS A WORLDWIDE OUTREACH AND A FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO UNDERWRITE THE WORK OF THEIR MONASTERY AT GURUPURA IN SOUTH INDIA. SALES AND DONATIONS HELP SUPPORT THEIR RELIGIOUS EFFORTS AND THE SHELTERING OF REFUGEES, WORKS THAT DATE BACK MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES. A WORK LIKE THIS IS PRACTICALLY FORBIDDEN IN PUBLIC IN TIBET AND THE MONKS SAID THEY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR FAITH AND MESSAGES OF GOODWILL FREELY WITH THE APPRECIATEIVE PUBLIC ON MAUI.

BUT THIS WASN'T THE ONLY ANCIENT AND UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE ON OUR ISLAND LATELY. ACROSS MAUI A WEEK LATER, AT THE TOPAZ GALLERY IN KIHEI, THERE WAS A BRILLIANT DISPLAY OF GEMS ON SALE - FROM SPARKLING TOPAZ, TO GLIMMERING PEARLS TO...DINOSAUR POOP?

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, AT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 60 AND 84 MILLION YEARS OLD, SPECIEMNS LIKE THIS ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THESE ANCIENT FINDS - AND THESE SPARKLING STONES ARE THE TREAUSRES OF GEMOLOGIST AND ADVENTURER GARY BOWERSOX. THEY'RE GETTING EVEN HARDER TO FIND - AND TO GET TO - THAN EVER BEFORE IN OUR VOLATILE WORLD.

Gary Bowersox, Explorer/gemologist

GB01: "Absolutely. Especially now with the politics in Afghanistan. Before, the gems were primarily taken to Pakistan and shipped out of there. Now it's basically illegal to ship out of Afghanistan at this time so, until that gets settled, there are going to be very few legal jems shipped out of Afghanistan."

IN 2001 - LITERALLY WEEKS BEFORE THE TRAGEDY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH, BOWERSOX RELEASED A DOCUMENTARY OF ONE OF HIS TRIPS TO AFGHANISTAN ACROSS THE LAST 38 YEARS. IT HAS ALL THE CLOUDY AND MYSTERIOUS SCENES YOU MIGHT IMAGINE - AND THE DRAMA OF THE CHARACTERS WHO MAKE UP THE POPULATION - A POPULATION THAT MOST BELIEVE INCLUDES THE WORLD'S MOST WANTED TERRORIST, OSAMA BIN LADEN.

GB03: "Um, he was at a restaurant, sitting at the next table next to me.

THIS WAS, OF COURSE, YEARS BEFORE THE ATTACKS ON THE U.S. - WHEN BIN LADEN WAS ACTUALLY A U.S. ALLY. THE LIFE BOWERSOX LEADS IS FASCINATING. HE LIVES PART OF THE YEAR TEACHING MINING AND EPLORATION TO LOCALS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF AFGHANISTAN. THE REST OF THE YEAR HE'S BACK IN THE U.S. SELLING PORTIONS OF HIS DISCOVERIES AT GEM SHOWS LIKE THIS ONE AT TOPAZ. NOT LONG AGO, HE EXPANDED INTO THE WORLD OF REALLY ANCIENT STONES,...AND OTHER PETRIFIED GOODIES.

GB04: "About 10 years ago I got into dinosaur poop and eggs and things. In fact this year for Christmas my wife even got poop - but it was a nice red one with diamonds around it."

BOWERSOX SAYS HE WILL GO BACK TO AFGHANISTAN - AS SOON AS HE CAN, AND, THANKS TO A HAWAII ROTARY PROJECT, HE'LL BE TAKING MORE WITH HIM THAN JUST HIS PICK AX.

GB02: "We're taking school books and school supplies to the children who live up in the mountains where I've been working for the last 38 years. They're printed in their language and in English, and we get them for 47 cents in China."

HE'LL ALSO BE TAKING EYEGLASSES WITH HIM - SUPPLIED BY THE KAMEHAMEHA AND LIONS CLUBS OF HONOLULU.

THERE ARE FASCINATING PEOPLE TO MEET - AND AMAZING STORIES TO HEAR FROM PLACES A WORLD AWAY, AND THOUSANDS - EVEN MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO. AND THEY CAN BE DISCOVERED - JUST BY SHOPPING ON A WEEKEND ON MAUI. REPORTING FROM KIHEI FOR MAUITVNEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXPLORATIONS OF GARY BOWERSOX - OR HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE MONKS OF GURUPURA, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

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J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, IT'S A GOOD YEAR TO BE A WARRIOR. KALAPANA IS UP NEXT WITH THE STORY OF A BUDDING DYNASTY IN M-I-L CANOE RACING. HE'S GOT HIGHLIGHTS AND MUCH MORE UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

HC: THEN, NAJONA ICHIMARU WILL BE HERE TO DO HER BEST TO KEEP YOU UP WITH ALL THE WAYS TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE OX. SHE'S GOT IT ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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K: IT MAY BE THE "YEAR OF THE OX," BUT IT'S NOT A BAD YEAR TO BE A WARRIOR, EITHER!

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M KALAPANA.

WITH JUST ONE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE CANOE REGATTA TO GO, THE WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI ARE ON THE VERGE OF A CLEAN SWEEP. IN FACT, AT LAST WEEK'S RACE, THEY CLINCHED TWO OUT OF THREE OF THE LEAGUE'S VARSITY TITLES.

(vo) OUT TO HANAKO'O - CANOE - BEACH FOR SATURDAY MORNING'S COMPETITION. - A COMPETITION THAT SAW A MUCH-IMPROVED LANAI JUNIOR VARITY BOYS CREW CLAIM VICTORY. IN THE J-V MIXED EVENT, KING KEKAULIKE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE AHEAD OF A TIPPY KAMEHAMEHA CREW WHO SURGES...OH! …NO…, HULI! THEY STILL TOOK SECOND PLACE.

MOVING ON TO THE VARSITY RACES IN THE BOYS’ HALF-MILE AND IT'S A CLEAN AND POWERFUL START. INTO THE SOUTH TURN AND IT LOOKS LIKE COLLISION IS IMMINENT - BUT IT'S JUST AN OPTICAL ILLUSION AS THE WARRIORS ARE THE FIRST BACK ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY. IN THE HOME STRETCH, THE MOLOKAI FARMERS ARE GIVING THE WARRIORS ALL THEY HAVE. IN THE END, THOUGH, IT'S KAMEHAMEHA BY TWO BOAT-LENGTHS OVER THE FARMERS. HANA TOOK THIRD AND BALDWIN - FOURTH. WITH THE WIN, THE WARRIORS CLAIM THE M-I-L BOYS VARSITY PADDLING TITLE FOR THE YEAR.

THE NEXT SHOT AT GREATNESS FOR THE WARRIORS CAME FOR THE LADIES - IN THE FAR CANOE. AFTER A GOOD START, IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A SWEEP. AT THE TURN, THOUGH, IT WAS NA ALII OUT IN FRONT. DOWN THE STRETCH IN THIS HEAT, KING KEKAULIKE WIDENS THEIR LEAD. THE LADIES OF NA ALII WIN IT EASILY, WITH BALDWIN EDGING HANA FOR SECOND. THE LADY WARRIORS CAME IN A DISTANT FOURTH. SO THEY'LL HAVE TO TRY AGAIN THIS WEEK TO CLINCH THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP.

IN THE MIXED VARSITY - I'M NOT SURE WHY, BUT THAT'S MAUI HIGH IN THE CLOSEST LANE - STARTING ABOUT A HALF-CANOE BACK. IT'S A STRONG START FOR EVERYONE, BUT AT THE TURN, THE WARRIORS BEGIN TO PULL AWAY. AT THE END - THAT'S JUST WHAT THEY DID AS THE KAMEHAMEHA MIXED CREW CLINCHES THE M-I-L LEAGUE TITLE. LAHAINALUNA CAME IN SECOND IN THIS HEAT AND A STRONG FINISH BY MAUI GIVES THE SABERS THIRD PLACE.

(FF-CG-VO) THE MIXED CREW VICTORY FROM KAMEHAMEHA'S THIRD STRAIGHT WIN GIVES THEM THE TITLE. SAINT ANTHONY'S TOOK SECOND IN THE REGATTA AND LAHAINALUNA FINISHED THIRD.

FOR THE BOYS, IT WAS A BIG FINISH FOR THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. THEIR UPCOUNTRY RIVALS FROM KING KEKEAULIKE TOOK SECOND AND THE FARMERS OF MOLOKA'I CAPTURED THIRD.

FOR THE VARSITY GIRLS, THE CLEAN SWEEP WAS NOT TO BE. THE LADY BEARS OF BALDWIN WON THE DAY. THE LADIES OF LAHAINALUNA CAME IN SECOND.

(ON-CAM) THAT MEANS THAT THIS WEEKEND'S FINAL M-I-L REGATTA WILL BE THE LAST CHANCE TO FOR A WARRIOR HAT TRICK. THAT EVENT WILL BE HELD AT HANAKAO'O - CANOE - BEACH PARK IN LAHAINA. BUT WAIT - AS THEY SAY - THERE'S MORE HIGH SCHOOL OUTRIGGER RACING. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS THE HAWAII HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OUTRIGGER CANOE RACING WILL BE HELD ON MAUI. THAT EVENT IS COMING UP FEBRUARY 7TH - ALSO AT HANAKAO'O - CANOE - BEACH.

AND IT'S ALSO GOOD TO BE A WARRIOR ON THE SOCCER FIELD. SATURDAY'S WIN BY THE LADIES OF KAMEHAMEHA OVER BALDWIN HIGH NOT ONLY GIVES THEM A GOOD SHOT AT A STATE BERTH, BUT A REAL GOOD CHANCE AT THE OUTRIGHT M-I-L TITLE.

IRONICALLY - THE ONE SPORT WHERE KAMEHAMEHA HAS BEEN KING FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS - ISN'T LOOKING LIKE THEIR STRONGEST THIS YEAR. IN BASKETBALL, THE TWO-TIME DIVISION ONE CHAMPS FROM KAMEHAMEHA LOST TWO IN A ROW LAST WEEKEND TO A SURGING SET OF SABERS FROM MAUI HIGH. BOTH TEAMS ARE TWO AND FOUR IN DIVISION ONE.

AND, QUICKLY BEFORE WE GO, CONGRATULATIONS TO ELISE DOW OF LAHAINA. SHE WAS THE TOP FINISHER IN SUNDAY'S INAUGURAL RUNNING OF THE MAUI OCEANFRONT MARATHON - AN EVENT THAT WAS MADE AN EXTRA MILE LONGER AFTER AN EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BLOCKED THE ROUTE WITH DOWNED POWER LINES. THE OVERALL WINNER WAS CHUCK ENGLE FROM DUBLIN, OHIO, WITH A WINNING TIME OF TWO HOURS, 45 MINUTES AND 23 SECONDS. THE TOP WOMEN'S FINISHER WAS VIVIEN LIM FROM GREAT NECK NEW YORK - WHO FINISHED IN THREE-38-04.

THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S NAJONA ICHIMARU WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.


(Coming Attractions)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

N: HAPPY 4707! OR MAYBE HAPPY 4706! POSSIBLY, HAPPY 4646! WELL, IN ANY CASE, KUNG HEE FAT CHOY!

ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M NAJONA ICHIMARU WITH THIS WEEK'S BUSY RUNDOWN OF FUN, EXCITING AND ENTERTAINING THINGS TO DO TO RING IN CHINESE NEW YEAR.

THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE HOLIDAYS. LION DANCES, TEA CEREMONIES, A NOODLES FOR LONG LIFE ARE ALL PART OF THE FESTIVAL OF LANTERNS. THIS WEEK, THE CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR OF THE OX WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED WITH TWO MAJOR CELEBRATIONS. FRIDAY MORNING THE COUNTY OF MAUI WILL CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR WITH A LION DANCE AND MARTIAL ARTS EXHIBITION IN FRONT OF THE COUNTY BUILDING STARTING AT 9 A.M. IF IT'S ANYTHING LIKE LAST YEAR, GET SET TO WATCH MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES GET CHASED BY THE LION - A LOT - UNTIL SHE FINALLY FEEDS HIM MONEY AND RICE.

SATURDAY NIGHT THERE'S A MAJOR CELEBRATION OF CHINESE NEW YEAR IN KIHEI. BEGINNING AT 7 P.M. IN FRONT OF TOPAZ GOLDSMITH AND GALLERY IN THE DOLPHIN PLAZA, THERE WILL BE A COLORFUL LION DANCE BY BEN SEN AU AND HIS SHAOLIN ARTS STUDENTS. THERE WILL BE TOYS AND NOISEMAKERS FOR THE KIDS AND - IN HONOR OF THE LIFE OF MAMA SOO - THERE WILL BE POTSTICKERS AND NOODLES FOR EVERYONE - POTSTICKERS FOR PROSPERITY - AND NOODLES FOR A LONG LIFE. BOTH EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - BUT PARKING IS EXPECTED TO BE AT A PREMIUM, SO PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY.

INCIDENTALLY, CHINESE TRADITION HAS NOT ALWAYS NUMBERED EACH NEW YEAR - WHICH IS WHY THIS NEW YEAR COULD BE ONE OF THREE MOSTLY-RELIED-UPON DATES: 4706, 4707 OR 4646. FOR THE RUNDOWN ON OTHER LION DANCES AND CHINESE NEW YEARS CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES, GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THERE'S LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT WRAPPING UP THIS WEEKEND AT THE STEPPINGSTONE PLAYHOUSE IN THE QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER. "SLEEPING BEAUTY" IS A FRACTURED FAIRYTALE BASED ON THE BROTHER'S GRIMM CLASSIC. AN ALL-STAR LOCAL CAST PUTS ON A NEW SPIN ON AN OLD SPINNING WHEEL TALE. SHOW TIMES ARE 7 O’CLOCK THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, THEN THREE SHOWS SATURDAY AT NOON, 3 AND 7 P.M. "SLEEPING BEAUTY" WAKES UP FOR GOOD AFTER SUNDAY'S PERFORMANCES AT NOON AND 3 P.M. TICKETS ARE 8-50 AND THE PLAY IS SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.

LIVING SUSTAINABLY IS THE LOFTY-YET ATTAINABLE GOAL OF THE GROUP SOUTH MAUI SUSTAINABILITY. THIS SATURDAY THEY’RE PLANNING A FUNDRAISER CALLED THE "SOUTH MAUI PARADE OF PONDS." FOR A 10-DOLLAR FEE, YOU'LL GET A MAP AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO TEN SOUTH MAUI HOMES WITH UNIQUE WATER FEATURES THAT MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF RESOURCES AND SPACE - WHILE EMPLOYING ONLY RECIRCULATING WATER. PROCEEDS BENEFIT SOUTH MAUI SUSTAINABILITY - A GROUP DEDICATED TO BRINGING THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH MAUI TOGETHER ON ISSUES OF SUSTAINABILITY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

WITH LOCALS THAT TIP THE SCALES AT MORE THAN 40 TONS APIECE, YOU NEED AN ENTIRE MONTH TO CELEBRATE THEIR ANNUAL MIGRATION. THAT'S WHY PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION HAS DESIGNATED THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY AS "THE MAUI WHALE FESTIVAL." EVENTS INCLUDE A RUN FOR THE WHALES, PARADE OF WHALES - AND, THE ANNUAL FAVORITE, WHALE DAY AT KIHEI'S KALAMA PARK ON FEBRUARY 21ST - FEATURING THE TALENTS OF JOHN CRUZ, GEORGE KAHUMOKU JUNIOR, WILLIE K, MARTY DREAD AND MORE. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UPCOMING KOHOLA FESTIVITIES - OR TO FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

ARE YOU A WOMAN IN BUSINESS? THEN YOU'RE INVITED TO A FREE EVENT THIS TUESDAY HOSTED BY THE MAUI WOMEN'S BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE. THE EVENT IS DESIGNED TO BRING TOGETHER WOMEN INTERESTED IN BUILDING A STRONG AND VIBRANT BUSINESS COMMUNITY WHILE OFFERING SUPPORT FOR EACH OTHERS' SUCCESS. THE FIRST OF THE QUARTERLY SESSIONS IS SET FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD FROM 4 UNTIL 5:30 AT THE MAUI COUNTY BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER. FOR YOUR FREE REGISTRATION, CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT THURSDAY, THE DOWLING COMPANY'S FOCUS GREEN SERIES CONTINUES AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. THIS WEEK, EMMY AWARD WINNING TELEVISION STAR JEFF CORWIN TAKES THE STAGE AT THE CASTLE THEATER AT 6 P.M. TO RECOUNT HIS TRAVELS OF THE WORLD IN CORWIN'S QUEST TO BRING ATTENTION TO ENDANGERED SPECIES AND ECOSYSTEMS - ALL WITH HIS TRADEMARK CORWIN HUMOR. TICKETS ARE JUST 5 DOLLARS - WITH PROCEEDS BENEFITTING THE HAWAII NATURE CENTER. STUDENTS WITH VALID STUDENT ID ARE ADMITTED FREE.

FOR DETAILS ON ALL THESE EVENTS AND MORE, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S REPORT. I'M NAJONA ICHIMARU. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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J: AS WE LEAVE YOU THIS WEEK - FEBRUARY BRINGS THE HEIGHT OF WHALE SEASON TO MAUI'S WATERS, SO WE LEAVE YOU WITH A VERY ENTERTAINING DISPLAY BY A MOTHER AND CALF WHO PUT ON QUITE A SHOW JUST OFFSHORE DURING LAST SATURDAY'S CANOE REGATTA IN LAHAINA.

HC: BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE'D LIKE TO MAKE YOU AN OFFER. MAUI TV NEWS IS LOOKING FOR A QUALIFIED ADVERTISING SALESPERSON TO JOIN OUR TEAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO SUBMIT YOUR RESUME, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK FOR JOB OPENINGS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU NEXT WEEK. UNTIL THEN, ALOHA.

J: ALOHA.

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