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J: JOBS...WATER...AND TRANSPORTATION. IT SOUNDS LIKE THE BASIS OF A CANDIDATE'S CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BUT IT WAS JUST A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF MAUI.

HC: SPEAKING OF CANDIDATES, THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL'S SISTER WAS ON MAUI SATURDAY, BUT WAS WHISKED AWAY BEFORE HER SCHEDULED INTERVIEW. WAIT 'TIL YOU FIND OUT WHY.

J: AND THERE WERE LOTS OF POLITICIANS ON HAND AS A FOUR-YEAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FINALLY WENT DOWN HILL - OFFICIALLY.

HC: IN SPORTS, TWO M-I-L TEAMS BATTLED TO GET INTO THE WIN COLUMN THIS WEEK. KALAPANA HAS THE DETAILS ON WHO DID - PLUS HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEKEND'S FOOTBALL ACTION THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND THE 86TH MAUI COUNTY FAIR IS HERE. HOLLY CHUNG HAS DETAILS, PLUS AN AMAZING VARIETY OF FUN THINGS TO SEE AND DO COMING UP IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.

HC: AND I'M HOLLY CHUNG - IN FOR JULIE Y. HISTORY WAS MADE LAST WEEK WHEN A CENTURY-OLD WAY OF DOING BUSINESS WAS ORDERED TO CHANGE.

(Turn to cam) WATER - MORE THAN 12 MILLION GALLONS A DAY - WILL FLOW INTO EAST MAUI STREAMS WHERE IT HASN'T FOR 125 YEARS. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING HAS THE STORY.

(Take water Pkg) THE ISSUE SEEMS SIMPLE ENOUGH - WATER FOR TARO, OTHER FARMING AND WILDLIFE. BUT IT'S WATER THAT HAS BEEN DIVERTED FROM THOSE NEEDS AND, THROUGH AN AMAZING SERIES OF DITCHES AND CATCHMENTS THAT RUN 75 MILES, THAT WATER - SOME 160 MILLION GALLONS A DAY - GOES TO HAWAIIAN COMMERCIAL AND SUGAR TO IRRIGATE 30,000 ACRES OF SUGAR CANE. THE WATER ALSO GOES TO MAUI ELECTRIC FOR HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER AT HALI'IMAILE. AND IT GOES TOMAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE FOR IRRIGATION AS WELL AS SERVING MOST OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WATER CUSTOMERS OF UPCOUNTRY MAUI.

IT'S BEEN THAT WAY FOR 125 YEARS - BUT A HISTORIC DECISION LAST WEEK ON MAUI IS CHANGING THAT - AT LEAST A LITTLE. THE HAWAII STATE WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION, CHAIRED BY DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES CHAIRMAN LAURA THIELEN, HELD A STANDING-ROOM-ONLY MEETING AT THE HAIKU COMMUNITY CENTER LAST WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY TO HEAR TESTIMONY FROM TARO FARMERS AND LAWYERS, RANCHERS AND UNION LEADERS.

THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT IT HAS ALL BECOME PRETTY COMPLICATED. THERE REALLY IS ONE TOPIC: WATER. BUT THERE ARE HYDROLOGICAL UNITS THAT CONTAIN 27 STREAMS WHOSE WATER IS DIVERTED INTO THE EAST MAUI IRRIGATION DITCHES. WHILE HC&S HAD PUSHED FOR THE COMMISSION TO MAKE A RULING ON ALL 27 DITCHES AND WHETHER OR NOT WATER SHOULD BE RETURNED - AND IF SO, HOW MUCH. BUT THE MARATHON SESSION FOCUSED ON FIVE HYDROLOGICAL UNITS - WHICH ACTUALLY CONSIST OF EIGHT STREAMS.

CONFUSED? YOU'RE NOT ALONE. EVEN WITH THE MOUNDS OF DATA COLLECTED SINCE THE CASE WAS FIRST FILED IN 2001 BY THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN LEGAL CORPORATION SEEKING THE RESTORATION OF STREAM FLOWS - VOLUMES HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED. BUT EVEN AFTER SEVEN YEARS AND ALL THAT DATA, COMMISSIONER DONNA KIYOSAKI SAID

Donna Fay Kiyosaki, Water Resource Commissioner

DK01: "...I feel like there needs to be more information and that's why I have issues with the staff's recommendation..."

WHILE THE WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION HAS THE TASK OF OVERSEEING THE 376 STREAMS ACROSS HAWAII THAT SERVE ALL OF THE ISLANDS NEEDS, AND THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INTERESTS THAT MUST BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR HEALTH AND FOR COMMERCE, THE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN GROUP SAID IT'S ACTUALLY NOT ALL THAT COMPLICATED.

Alan Murakami,
Attorney for Native Hawaiian legal Corporation

AM01: "...but the law is very clear. There must be adequate provision, unde rthe statute, for traditional and customary rights, taro growing rights that the Constitution protests. So that has to come first, the balancing comes second."///

IN THE END - THAT DID COME FIRST. BEGINNING SOON - BUT NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR HOW SOON, AT LEAST 12 MILLION GALLONS A DAY WILL BE RETURNED TO THE FIVE HYDROLOGICAL UNITS THAT CONTAIN THE STREAMS LOCALS KNOW AS HONOPOU, HANEHOI AND PUALOA, PI'INA'AU AND PALAUHULU, WAIOKAMILO AND KUALANI AND EAST AND WEST WAILUANUI STREAMS AND THE WAIKANI WATERFALL. AND THAT NUMBER WOULD INCREASE ON DAYS OF ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL AND FROM SPRINGS.

HEARINGS LIKE THIS WOULD BORE SOME PEOPLE TO DEATH. THE LANGUAGE, TECHNICAL TERMINOLOGY AND PROTOCOL HELP THE SYSTEM MOVE FORWARD. IN THE END, BOTH SIDES SAID A HISTORIC VICTORY WAS WON. BUT IT'S LIKELY JUST THE FIRST OF SEVERAL SUCH IMPORTANT DECISIONS - BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL 19 MORE STREAMS IN THE REMAINING EIGHT HYDROLOGICAL UNITS TO BE STUDIED, SCRUTINIZED AND ADJUDICATED, AND HOPEFULLY - THAT WON'T TAKE ANOTHER SEVEN YEARS. FOR MAUI TV NEWS I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) OFFICIALS WITH HAWAIIAN COMMERCIAL AND SUGAR SAID THEY KNEW THE HEARING WAS COMING AND THE ISSUE HAD TO BE ADDRESS, BUT SAY THEY'D LIKE TO SEE SOME CLOSURE ON THE TOPIC. THE RULING AFFECTS ONLY EIGHT STREAMS. THERE IS A TOTAL OF 27 STREAMS FROM WHICH H C & S DIVERTS WATER FOR THEIR CANE FIELDS.

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J: JOBS. A KEY ISSUE IN ANY POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. SURPRISINGLY, ONLY ONE MAUI CANDIDATE SEEMS UPSET THAT - FOR THE SECOND TIME IN JUST MORE THAN A MONTH, A WEST MAUI CONSTRUCTION SITE WAS RAIDED AND - FOR THE SECOND TIME, MORE THAN 20 ILLEGAL ALIENS WERE ARRESTED, WORKING JOBS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN FILLED LOCALLY.

(vo) THE HONUA KAI CONDOMINIUM MAY ONE DAY BE A POPULAR PLACE - AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT DEVELOPERS HOPE. UNFORTUNATELY FOR TGHEM, THOUGH, THE JOB SITE HAS ALREADY BECOME QUITE POPULAR WITH AGENTS FROM THE U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. TEN DAYS AGO THEY RAIDED THE JOB SITE AND ARRESTED 21 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EMPLOYED THERE . TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WERE MEN FROM MEXICO, BRAZIL AND SLOVAKIA.

AND IT WASN'T THE FIRST TIME. ON AUGUST 20TH, 23 UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS WERE ARRESTED - ALL ON THE LEDCOR JOB SITE, BUILDING THE NEW CONDOS AT KA'ANAPALI.

LAST FRIDAY, A SMALL - BUT DETERMINED - BAND OF PROTESTERS SET UP SIGNS AND TOOK POSITIONS DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE JOB SITE.

Kai Nishiki, Protest Organizer

KN01: "We're out here to support our local unions and our local workers of Maui. And we want to bring awareness to developers and multi-national corporations that come and propose large developments and they're going to provide jobs and an infusion of money into our economy and these are the kinds of things that can happen. So we just want to urge lawmakers and the general; public to really keep our corporations and developers accountable to provide the workers with jobs here on Maui and to keep our money here. It's really important to our economy. So we're just out here to support our local unions and our workers of Maui."

THE 90-MINUTE EARLY MORNING PROTEST SESSION ON FRIDAY DREW HONKS AND WAVES FROM PASSING MOTORISTS...AND CAUGHT THE EYE OF WORKERS ON THE GROWING BUILDING.

(ON-CAM) THE HONUA KAI RESORT IS THE LATEST IN LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS GOING UP IN THE KA'ANAPALI AREA. OWNED BY A CANADIAN COMPANY CALLED INTRAWEST, THE 628-UNIT COMPLEX IS DIFFERENT FROM THE NEW NEARBY NEIGHBORS IN THAT THERE ARE NO PLANS TO MAKE IT A TIME-SHARE, BUT RATHER TO KEEP IT AS A CONDOMINIUM COMPLEX

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HC: IT'S BEEN A WEEK SINCE THEY'VE PUT AWAY THE ORANGE CONES MARKING THE REVERSIBLE LANES ALONG HALEAKALA HIGHWAY - AND SO FAR, SO GOOD.

(VO) LAST THURSDAY AFTERNOON WORKERS FROM HAWAIIAN DREDGING, THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY THAT COMPLETED THE PROJECT, JOINED STATE DIGNITARIES TO BLESS THE OPENING OF THE FIVE AND A HALF-MILE SECTION OF HIGHWAY THAT EXTENDS FROM THE HANA HIGHWAY UP TO THE PUKALANI BYPASS. THE PROJECT COST JUST LESS THAN 32 MILLION DOLLARS AND TOOK 49 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

(on-cam) AFTER THE BLESSING AND THE LOOSENING OF THE MAILE LEAF LEI, A FEW BRAVE SOULS BOARDED BICYCLES TO TEST OUT THE FRIENDLINESS OF THE NEW STRETCH OF ROAD TO CYCLISTS.

ALSO AFTER THE BLESSING, TWO TRAFFIC SIGNALS - WHICH HAD BEEN FLASHING YELLOW FOR SEVERAL DAYS - WERE OFFICIALLY ACTIVATED. ONE IS AT THE HALI'IMAILE JUNCTION AND THE OTHER AT KEAHUA ROAD.

AMONG THE IMPROVEMENTS ALONG THE NEW STRETCH OF HIGHWAY IS A RUNAWAY TRUCK ESCAPE RAMP, UPGRADED GUARDRAILS AND - PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, TURNING A NARROW THREE-LANE HIGHWAY INTO A MUCH SAFER FOUR-LANE DIVIDED HIGHWAY.

SINCE THE OPENING, MAUI POLICE HAVE ADDED A VISIBLE PRESENCE ALONG THE HIGHWAY - AND ALONG OTHER MAJOR MAUI ROADWAYS AS WELL, TO MAKE SURE MOTORISTS KNOW THAT - JUST BECAUSE THERE'S MORE ROOM - IT'S NOT OK TO SPEED.

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J: WATER. JOBS, TRANSPORTATION, AND EDUCATION - ALL TOPICS NEAR AND DEAR TO THE HEART OF MAUI VOTERS. THIS WEEKEND, A NOTED SIBLING WAS ON MAUI TO STUMP FOR HER BROTHER, THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

(vo) MAYA SOETORO-NG APPEARED AT THREE EVENTS SATURDAY TO STUMP FOR HER BROTHER, DEMOCRATIC HOPEFUL BARACK OBAMA. SOETORO-NG ADDRESSED A BRUNCH GATHERING EARLY SATURDAY IN KIHEI, THEN ATTENDED A LARGER RALLY AT THE KIHEI CHARTER SCHOOL FOR SOME REMARKS AND A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION. THAT RALLY WAS SCHEDULED FOR 1 UNTIL 3 P;M. - AT WHICH TIME OUR INTERVIEW WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE BEFORE HER 5 P.M. APPEARANCE IN KAHULUI.

(on-cam) INSTEAD, HOWEVER, THE KIHEI RALLY ENDED ABOUT 40 MINUTES EARLY. CAMPAIGN REPRESENTATIVES DECLINED TO SAY WHY, ONLY THAT PRE-ARRANGED INTERVIEWS WITH MAUI TV NEWS, AKAKU AND KGMB-NINE WERE NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHEN PRESSED FURTHER, A CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL TOLD ME, QUOTE - "THERE WAS A THREAT. SHE FELT THREATENED." -UNQUOTE. FORTUNATELY NO INCIDENT OCCURRED, AND SHE MADE HER NEXT APPEARANCE TWO AND A HALF HOURS LATER IN KAHULUI.

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HC: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, BIG MONEY IS IN THE NEWS. THE FIRST-EVER START-TO-FINISH PURSUIT OF AN ILLEGAL VACATION RENTAL RESULTS IN A HEFTY FINE FOR THE PROPERTY OWNER.

J: AND VACATIONERS ARE COMING IN EVER-DECREASING NUMBERS TO HAWAII. AND WHEN THEY GET HERE, THEY'RE SPENDING LESS. DETAILS UP NEXT.

HC: AND THERE WAS A VICTORY IN COURT THIS WEEK FOR A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION TRYING TO STAY IN BUSINESS. WE'LL HAVE THE STORY FOR YOU WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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J: ALL OF THE ELEMENTS SEEM TO BE IN PLACE: AN OUT-OF-STATE OWNER. AN ILLEGAL VACATION RENTAL THAT REFUSED THE ORDER TO CEASE DOING BUSINESS. AND REGULAR COMPLAINTS FROM NEARBY RESIDENTS. WE'RE NOW LEARNING THAT THE FIRST-EVER MAJOR CRACKDOWN CASE RESULTED IN A HEFTY FINE. AND NOW THE HOUSE IS FOR SALE.

(vo) WHEN TIM AND STEPHANIE RAGER BOUGHT THIS HOUSE IN KEONIKAI HEIGHTS IN DECEMBER, 2005, THEY NEVER MOVED IN. INSTEAD, IT WAS QUICKLY CONVERTED TO AN UNSUPERVISED VACATION RENTAL. THEY NEVER APPLIED FOR THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT REQUIRED TO RUN SUCH A BUSINESS. AFTER SEVERAL COMPLAINTS BY THE NEIGHBORS OF LOUD PARTIES AND LATE NIGHT ACTIVITY, THEN THE CRACKDOWN ON TEMPORARY VACATION RENTALS LAST YEAR, THE COUNTY'S ENFORCEMENT EFFORT FOCUSED ON THIS CASE.

(ON-CAM) THE OUTCOME: LAST WEEK, AT A COUNTY BOARD OF VARIANCES AND APPEALS MEETING, PROPERTY OWNER STEPHANIE RAGER'S PAYMENT OF A 35-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE THAT HADE BEEN LEVIED IN JULY BECAME PUBLIC. BASED ON THE COUNTY'S ZONING LAWS, THE FINES COULD HAVE MOUNTED TO AS MUCH AS 214-THOUSAND DOLLARS, BUT THEY PARTIES SETTLED AT AN AMOUNT COUNTY OFFICIALS SAID WAS FAIR, SEVERE ENOUGH AND ONE THAT SENDS THE MESSAGE THAT THE COUNTY IS SERIOUS.

INCIDENTALLY, THE TEMPORARY VACATION RENTAL WAS ALSO IN VIOLATION OF THE KEONIKAI HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD RESTRICTIONS - BUT THE OWNERS IGNORED THAT AS WELL. AND NOW IT CAN BE YOURS AT THE ASKING PRICE OF 849 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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HC: WHILE THE NATION HAS BEEN LOOKING TO THE CAPITOL FOR ANSWERS TO THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC CRISIS, HAWAII'S ECONOMIC DOWNTURN CONTINUES TO TURN EVEN MORE DOWNWARD.

(vo) TOTAL EXPENDITURES BY VISITORS WHO ARRIVED BY AIR IN JULY OF THIS YEAR DECREASED FIVE PER CENT TO A TOTAL OF SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR. FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, ALONE, SPENDING WAS DOWN NEARLY FIFTEEN PERCENT.

(FF-CG-VO) ACCORDING TO A NEW STATE TOURISM SPENDING REPORT, THE DECLINE WAS CAUSED BY LOWER DAILY SPENDING AND A 13-POINT-SEVEN PERCENT DROP IN VISITOR ARRIVALS.

THE LONE BRIGHT SPOT IN THE REPORT WAS ARRIVALS FROM CANADA - WHICH WERE UP 15-POINT-SIX PERCENT COMPARED TO JULY, 2007. ARRIVALS FROM ALL OTHER MAJOR AREAS WERE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY WITH THE LARGEST DECREASE COMING IN ARRIVALS FROM THE WEST COAST.

(ON-CAM) STATE TOURISM DIRECTOR MARSHA WEINERT SAID THE LOSSES WERE DUE TO A NUMBER OF FACTORS, FROM THE UNCERTAIN ECONOMY, TO HIGHER GAS PRICES AND AIRFARES AND - NOTABLY - FROM THE LOSS OF TWO CRUISE SHIPS SERVING THE ISLANDS. LOSSES IN VISITOR REVENUE FROM LOSING CRUISE SHIP TRAFFIC WAS THE REASON FOR 83 PERCENT OF THE DIP IN BUSINESS ON KAUAI. ON THE BIG ISLAND, CRUISE BUSINESS LOSSES ACCOUNTED FOR 65 PERCENT OF THEIR OVERALL INDUSTRY DECLINE. ON MAUI IT WAS 46 PERCENT AND ON O'AHU 45 PERCENT.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, WEINERT'S REPORT SAID VISITOR NUMBERS CONTINUE TO BUILD FROM KOREA AND CHINA. ALSO, AMONG THE FIVE MAJOR ISLANDS, MAUI SAW THE GREATEST INCREASE IN VISITORS FROM CANADA.

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J: IT'S BEEN A FIXTURE ON MAUI TELEVISION FOR 20 YEARS. AND, ON THE EVE OF POSSIBLY LOSING IT'S CONTROL OF THE FRANCHISE, AKAKU: MAUI COMMUNITY TELEVISION HAS WON A SIGNIFICANT VICTORY IN COURT.

(FF-CG-VO) ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, SECOND CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE JOEL AUGUST RULED IN FAVOR OF AKAKU AND AGAINST STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK BENNET. IN THAT CASE, AKAKU HELD THAT BENNET'S LEGAL OPINION NEEDED TO BE PUBLIC RECORD. IT WAS BENNET'S LEGAL OPINION LETTER IN 2005 TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, OR DCCA, - THAT LED TO THE COMPETITIVE BID PROCESS BEING OPENED TO ALLOW OTHER ENTITIES TO TRY TO RUN MAUI'S COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION.

(ON-CAM) HOWEVER, BENNET HAS HELD ALL ALONG THAT - THE LETTER IS PROTECTED BY ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE - EVEN THOUGH BOTH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS ARE STATE AGENCIES AND, AS SUCH, SUBJECT TO PUBLIC REVIEW.

IN JUDGE AUGUST'S OPINION, ISSUED LATE MONDAY, BENNET MUST MAKE KNOWN THE FACTS IN HIS LETTER THAT SHOW HOW THE DCCA HAS THE LEGAL STANDING TO OPEN THE OPERATION OF COMMUNITY ACCESS TV TO A COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS.

THERE ARE STILL PUBLIC HEARINGS PLANNED ACROSS THE STATE ON THE COMPETITIVE BID PROCESS, AND THERE WAS NO WORD MONDAY ON WHETHER EITHER SIDE WOULD TRY TO POSTPONE THOSE PUBLIC HEARINGS IN LIGHT OF THE JUDGE'S RULING - TO HAVE MORE TIME TO PREPARE THEIR RESPONSES.

TO READ MORE, INCLUDING THE ENTIRE DECISION BY JUDGE AUGUST, GO TO MAUI TVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.

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HC: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, TWO M-I-L FOOTBALL TEAMS WENT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT'S MATCH LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DUEL BETWEEN THE SABERS AND NA ALII UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: THEN HOLLY WILL BE BACK WITH ALL THE FAIR FACTS YOU NEED, ALONG WITH A CHANCE TO MEET ROYALTY ON MOLOKA'I AND SEND YOUR KIDS TO SLEEP WITH THE SHARKS. SHE'S GOT IT ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN WE COME BACK.


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K: IN FOOTBALL, SOMEBODY'S GOTTA WIN AND SOMEBODY'S GOTTA LOSE. PRETTY PROFOUND STUFF, HUH?

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

FRIDAY NIGHT'S MATCHUP IN MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE FOOTBALL PITTED TWO TEAMS WHO HAVE YET TO NOTCH A WIN AS THE MAUI HIGH SABERS TREKKED TO PUKALANI TO FACE NA ALII OF KING KEKAULIKE.

(vo) JUST JUDGING BY TONNAGE, IT LOOKED LIKE MAUI HIGH HAD THE ADVANTAGE WITH AN APPARENT ENDLESS CREW OF PLAYERS COMPARED TO KING K'S CROWD. IN FACT, THIS YEAR'S NA ALII TEAM IS THE SMALLEST IN THE LEAGUE WITH ONLY 34 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER.

BUT, WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS, THERE ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH NA ALII TO GET THE JOB DONE. WATCH AS KING K'S NUMBER 7 CORRY ROY TIPTOES UNTIL THE BALL IS SNAPPED THEN FORCES SABER Q-B JORDAN INAMASU OUT OF THE POCKET AND ONTO THE TURF. THE SABERS TRY SOME RAZZLE-DAZZLE WITH THE OPTION PASS. - INAMASU TO AUSTIN PIERMAN WHO LAUNCHES A ROCKET TO A WIDE OPEN TRAVIS FUKUSHIMA WHO JUST CAN'T GET THE HANDLE...AND GETS ROLLED, TOO.

HEADING THE OTHER WAY, NA ALII HAD LITTLE TROUBLE MOVING THE BALL ON THE GROUND AS ARONNE SANTOS HANDS THE BALL TO TAYLOR RODRIGUES - WHO WEAVES HIS WAY FOR 16 BEFORE CORY MUKAIHATA DRIVES HIM OUT OF BOUNDS.

SAME COMBINATION TWO PLAYS LATER. THIS TIME RODRIGUES GOES RIGHT FOR SEVEN BEFORE MUKAIHATA PUTS THE KA-TOOSH! ON HIM. OOH IS RIGHT! THAT TAKES RODRIGUES OUT UNTIL THE RINGING STOPPED, BUT NA ALII DIDN'T. SANTOS HANDS TO EDRIAN DELA CRUZ WHO SHOWS POWER AND DETERMINATION AS HE DRAGS A FEW SABERS TO THE 17. KING K'S FIRST PASS OF THE NIGHT AND SANTOS IS ON THE MONEY TO CASEY MURAYAMA ON THE SEVEN.

FIRST AND GOAL AND SANTOS HANDS IT TO KAPO'O PI'ENA WHO MAKES IT LOOK EASY AS HE DRIVES IN FOR THE SCORE. THE EXTRA POINT IS GOOD, NA ALII DRAW FIRST BLOOD AND THE FIRST VICTORY SONG OF THE EVENING.

IT WAS A RUGGED NIGHT FOR THE SABERS AS - FIRST - INAMASU LOSES THE HANDLE ON THIS, THEN LOSES SIGHT OF IT AS NA ALII'S ELVIS MATAGI PLOPS ON IT. THEN ON THE VERY NEXT PLAY SANTOS AIRS IT OUT TO MURAYAMA WHO CATCHES IT WITH ROOM TO SPARE.

AFTER THREE AND OUT NA ALII WIND UP WITH THE BALL ON THE MAUI HIGH 21. AND IT'S PI'ENA AGAIN - THIS TIME FOR 21 YARDS AND THE SCORE. SPEAKING OF 21, THAT'S THE SCORE WITH FIVE MINUTES STILL LEFT IN THE FIRST QUARTER. AFTER THE ENSUING KICKOFF, SABER QUINCY BEDOYA-WHITE IS INJURED - AND THAT'S JUST KINDA' HOW MAUI HIGH'S NIGHT WENT.

(ON-CAM) BOTH TEAMS SCORED LATE IN THE SECOND QUARTER BUT THE NIGHT BELONGED TO THE HOME TEAM AS KING KEKAULIKE WENT ON TO WIN THIS ONE 35 TO 14.

(FF-CG-VO) SATURDAY NIGHT'S GAME IN WAILUKU WAS A ROMP FOR THE WARRIORS AS THEY SOUNDLY TROUNCED THE TROJANS 56 TO 14.

THE LOSS KEEPS THE TROJANS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DIVISION TWO STANDINGS. KAMEHAMEHA IS PLAYING 500 BALL AND LAHAINALUNA IS UNDEFEATED. IN DIVISION ONE, SAME STANDINGS - DIFFERENT TEAMS AS THE BEARS ARE UNDEFEATED, KINK KEKAULIKE IS ONE AND ONE AND MAUI HIGH IS OH AND TWO.

(ON-CAM) AND REMEMBER, THERE'S NO FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND AS M-I-L TEAMS TAKE A BREAK FOR THE MAUI COUNTY FAIR. THE MARQUIS MATCHUP NEXT WEEKEND WILL FEATURE THE WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI AGAINST LAHAINALUNA SATURDAY NIGHT AT WAR MEMORIAL.

AND IT'S A FOUR-PEAT FOR A MOSTLY MAUI CREW AS TEAM BRADLEY WON THIS YEAR'S NA WAHINE O KE KAI LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACE IN RECORD TIME. THE AMAZING LADIES COMPLETED 41 MILES IN FIVE HOURS, 22 MINUTES AND FIVE SECONDS. ALSO FINISHING WELL IN THE 50-BOAT FIELD, HAWAIIAN'S OPEN CREW FINISHED 10TH WITH A TIME OF FIVE HOURS, 46 MINUTES AND SEVEN SECONDS.

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. IF YOUR TEAM HAS TRYOUTS OR A BIG GAME COMING UP AND YOU'D LIKE SOME COVERAGE, SEND THE INFORMATION - AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE - TO SPORTS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT COM AND WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO GET A FILM CREW TO CAPTURE THE ACTION. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.

(Coming Attractions)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

HC: IT'S TIME TO HOLLER AT THE FAIR, SALUTE THE ROYAL COURT ON MOLOKA'I AND CAMP OUT AT THE AQUARIUM.

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M HOLLY CHUNG WITH THE RUNDOWN ON THE MOST FUN AND EYE-OPENING THINGS TO SEE AND DO OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

IT'S TIME FOR THE 86TH CONSECUTIVE OPPORTUNITY TO GET STUCK AT THE TOP OF THE FERRIS WHEEL TO SEE IF YOU CAN SEE YOUR HOUSE FROM THERE. THE MAUI COUNTY FAIR RUNS ALL THIS WEEKEND. GAMES, RIDES, EXHIBITS AND AMAZING FOOD - THEY'RE ALL AT THE FAIR - AND YOU SHOULD BE, TOO. THE MAUI COUNTY FAIR RUNS UNTIL MIDNIGHT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND UNTIL 11 P.M. SUNDAY AT THE WAR MEMORIAL COMPLEX IN WAILUKU. ADMISSION IS JUST FIVE DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND TWO DOLLARS FOR KEIKI, AGES FIVE TO ELEVEN. KEIKI UNDER FOUR ARE FREE.

ALWAYS LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, THE 2008 "HOUSE OF THE SUN" SOLAR TOUR IS THIS SATURDAY. IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO VISIT PROPERTIES THAT USE SOLAR ELECTRIC AND SOLAR WATER HEATING TO CUT THEIR ENERGY BILLS AND HELP SAVE THE PLANET. THERE ARE TWO THREE-HOUR TOURS - ONE AT 9 A.M. AND ONE AT 1 P.M. - STARTING IN HAIKU. THE TOUR IS FREE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS -DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO GIVE BACK TO THE AINA IN WEST MAUI. THE HONOKOWAI VALLEY RESTORATION PROJECT GIVES VISITORS AND LOCALS A CHANCE TO ENTER LAND USUALLY OFF-LIMITS TO THE PUBLIC TO TOUR ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES, REMOVE INVASIVE PLANTS AND PLANT NATIVE ONES. KUPUNA ED LINDSEY IS YOUR GUIDE ON THIS FREE ADVENTURE THAT RUNS FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THEN, JUST ACROSS THE MOLOKA'I CHANNEL BEGINNING AT 4 P.M., THE 50TH ANNUAL FESTIVALS OF ALOHA ROYAL COURT INSTALLMENT WILL GET UNDERWAY. THERE WILL ONOLICIOUS LOCAL FOOD, THE CHANCE TO TALK STORY WITH THE LOCALS AND ENJOY AN HOME GROWN HO'OLAULE'A. ADMISSION IS FREE AND THE EVENT RUNS FROM 4 UNTIL 10:30 P.M. AT THE MITCHELL PAU'OLE COMMUNITY CENTER IN KAUNAKAKAI.

WITH THE GENERAL ELECTION BARELY FIVE WEEKS AWAY, CANDIDATE FORUMS ARE THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT WHO IS BEST SUITED TO REPRESENT YOU. THERE ARE TWO CANDIDATE FORUMS COMING UP THIS WEEK ON MAUI. THIS TUESDAY EVENING, STARTING AT 6 P.M., THE KULA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD ITS CANDIDATE FORUM THEN, NEXT THURSDAY, THE MAUI NON-PROFIT DIRECTORS COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM WILL BE HELD FROM 11:30 A.M. TO 2 P.M. IN THE EDUCATION CENTER AT MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AT 99 MAHALANI STREET IN WAILUKU. THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE FOR EITHER EVENT.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEKEND, FRIDAY NIGHT IS THE ANNUAL "CREEPY SLEEPOVER" AT THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER. KEIKI IN GRADES THREE THROUGH EIGHT ARE INVITED TO A "SPOOKIFIED" NIGHT AT THE AQUARIUM...IF THEY DARE! AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS WILL BE AN AFTER-HOURS NIGHTTIME ADVENTURE TOUR OF THE LIVING REEF EXHIBIT, USING RED FLASHLIGHTS. THERE WILL BE A MAD SCIENTIST, GHOST STORY TIME AND FEATURE MOVIE WITH FREE SNACKS. AT 11 P.M. - IT'S LIGHTS OUT AND TIME TO SLEEP WITH THE SHARKS. THE COST IS 60 DOLLARS PER CHILD. VISIT MAUI TV NEWS AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR MORE DETAILS.

ALSO NEXT WEEKEND ARE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ENTERTAINING EVENTS AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. FRIDAY AT 7:30 IN THE CASTLE THEATER, STYX WILL PERFORM IN CONCERT. THEN SATURDAY NIGHT, THE MACC PRESENTS ANOTHER IN THE HAWAI'I MAOLI SERIES WHEN KAHEKILI TAKES OVER THE CASTLE THEATER STAGE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE SHOWS, EVENTS - AND MORE - GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S REPORT. I'M HOLLY CHUNG. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS, RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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HC: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM. THERE YOU'LL FIND LINKS TO BREAKING NEWS, TRANSCRIPTS OF EVERY EDITION OF OUR SHOW, AND 24-7 PLAYBACK OF THIS AND OUR FOUR MOST RECENT EDITIONS OF MAUI TV NEWS

J: YOU’LL ALSO FIND COMMUNITY LINKS, SPECIAL REPORTS, COMING ATTRACTIONS AND LOTS MORE. SO PLEASE, CHECK US OUT, WON'T YOU, AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. AND, UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

HC: ALOHA

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