Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the week Beginning October 11, 2007
(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: THE VERDICT IS IN...AND THE SUPERFERRY IS OUT. A MAUI JUDGE RENDERS A MONUMENTAL DECISION.
JY: FINALLY REACHING A TIPPING POINT AFTER THE MOST RECENT BICYCLE FATALITY, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK SHUTS DOWN ALL COMMERCIAL BIKE TOURS UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING AT THE EARLIEST...AND LIKELY A LOT LONGER.
J: BOTH SIDES SPEAK OUT ON THE LAWSUIT FILED TO STOP THE SHUTDOWN OF TRANSIENT VACATION RENTALS IN MAUI COUNTY. AND FORGET A HUNDRED MILLION IN POTENTIAL DAMAGES. THAT COULD JUST BE THE BEGINNING.
JY: IN SPORTS, PROFESIONAL BASEBALL DRAWS CROWDS TO MAEHARA STADIUM, WHILE MAUI'S BASEBALL SUPERSTAR SEES HIS SEASON COME TO AN END. KALAPANA WILL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS IN BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, AND THE BEST-EVER SHOWING FOR MAUI IN THE MOLOKA'I HOE.
J: AND WE'LL ALSO HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FROM ALOHA FESTIVAL EVENTS IN HANA WHILE JULIE Y UPDATES US ON WHERE THE ALII WILL BE NEXT, PLUS THE CELEBRATION OF THE MAIKA'I UKULELE. THAT AND MUCH MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: ALOHA EVERYONE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THIS VERY BUSY WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.
JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. A PACKED HOUSE IN JUDGE JOSEPH CARDOZA'S SECOND CIRCUIT COURTROOM HELD ITS BREATH TUESDAY MORNING, ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE JUDGE'S RULING ON THE SUPERFERRY.
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THE JUDGE RULED. NO INTERISLAND SERVICE UNTIL AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IS COMPLETE. HALF OF THE ROOM GASPED, WHILE THE OTHER HALF BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KINGS HAS THE DETAILS ON WHAT HAPPENED, AND WHAT'S LIKELY TO HAPPEN NEXT.
IT'S A STORY THAT REALLY HAS BECOME A SAGA...A CONTINUING SERIES OF DRAMAS WHERE THE ENDING OF ONE STORY BECOMES THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT. IN THE MOST RECENT EPISODE.
JC01: "The Court will be granting the Plaintiff's motion.
WITH THOSE WORDS, THE EFFORTS OF MAUI ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS WAS REWARDED. SUPERFERRY OFFICIALS ISSUED ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENT - EXPRESSING DISAPPOUINTMENT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII. MAYOR CHAIMAINE TAVARES ALSO MADE A STATEMENT - AGREEING WITH THE COURT'S RULING. ONE OF THOSE ALSO RELIEVED WAS HANNAH BERNARD, THE PLAINTIFF'S VERY FIRST WITNESS.
jc02: "And we need to remember that we are all together in the process."
BUT IN EVERY COURT CASE, THERE ARE WINNERS AND THERE ARE LOSERS. OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE MAUI SUPERFERRY EMPLOYEES HAD HUGS AND TEARS AS THEIR OHANA SEEMS TO BE DISBANDING. OR IS IT?
REMEMBER, THIS IS A SAGA...THE NEXT CHAPTER HAS ALREADY BEGUN. IF HAWAII LAWMAKERS CANT REACH A CONCENSUS TO PASS EMERGENCY LEGISLATION, THE GOVERNOR MAY STEP IN AND TRY TO FORCE THE ISSUE. THAT STORY BRING ANOTHER CHAPTER RIGHT BACK HERE. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(On cam tag) FOR EXTENDED COVERAGE ON THE SUPERFERRY SAGA, INCLUDING COMPLETE AND UNEDIT INTERVIEWS, BE SURE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MAUI-TV-NEWS-DOT-COM.
J: SAYING IT WAS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DECISIONS SHE'S EVER HAD TO MAKE, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK PUT THE BRAKES ON DOWNHILL BICYCLE TOURS THAT ORIGINATE INSIDE THE PARK. HER DECISION, ANNOUNCED ONE WEEK AFTER THE MOST RECENT FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING A BIKE TOUR IN THE PARK, MEANS THERE WON'T BE ANY COMMERCIAL BIKE TOURS IN THE PARK FOR AT LEAST 60 DAYS
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THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE PARK TO BIKE TOUR COMPANIES WAS NOT SENT FROM WASHINGTON D.C., BUT THEY WERE INFORMED THAT THE ACTION WAS ABOUT TO BE TAKEN.
MP01: "This was my decision. We've been concerned about the number of accidents and fatalities - the increase. We've tried more regulation. The bike companies have tried more safety plans. We've done more enforcement. But this last accident was a tipping point for me. I felt it was appropriate to stop. Do the safety stand down and make a determination, 'can we make this activity safer? And if not is this an activity the National Park Service wants to sanction and permit in our park."
WHAT WILL THE ANALYSIS INCLUDE?
(MP02-a: "We'll be looking at statistics. We've given the bike companies 30 days to give input. We want input - they are the industry."///////We'll look at the data from the accidents, look at the weather, look at the experience of the riders - if they keep this kind of information. What companies were involved - look at all the data and look at the industry. Is there a way to make this ride - this activity - safe in our park."
Phil Feliciano, "Cruiser Phil," SAYS THE PARK SUPERINTENDENT IS ASKING FOR NEW SAFETY PLANS FROM EACH BIKE COMPANY. MEANWHILE, HE'S CONTEMPLATING WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO SURVIVE.
PF01: "Yeah we're looking at alternate ways to keep the business going after the 30 to 60 days. But our immediate plan is to shut down all tours for at least 30 days while we prepare the safety plan that she is asking for."
SOMTHING IS GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE...OR THE STANDDOWN WILL BECOME A PERMANENT BAN. THERE ARE THINGS THAT WON'T CHANGE...LIKE THE ROAD ITSELF.
MP02b: The park
road, it's narrow it's small.It's a historic road that was built in
the ;30s. Very typical of the
THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS SHE HAS NOT YET DECIDED THE OUTCOME - IF SHE KNEW WHAT THAT WAS GOING TO BE SHE WOULD ALREADY HAVE DONE IT. ONE OF THE STEPS IS THE ANALYSIS OF THEIR "cOMMERCIAL sERVICES pLAN," A REVIEW STEP THAT HAS - FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS - TRUNED DOWN EVERY NEW REQUEST FOR COMMERCIAL PERMITS. WHAT THAT MEANS RIGHT NOW IS THAT FIVE OF THE SEVEN BIKE COMPANIES THAT HAVE BEEN BRINGING RIDERS INTO THE PARK CAN NO LONGER DRIVE INTO THE PARK AT ALL. meanwhile, the 60 days IS OPTIMISTIC AT BEST.
MP02c: "I don't want this to drag on - for me for the park - for the bike companies -for the community. I think it will take us 90 to 120 days to do a thorough analysis of that data so I do think it'll be early 2008."
THE PROCESS, IN ADDITION TO BEING THOROUGH, WILL ALSO BE INVOLVED - AND HAS TO BE REVIEWD ALL THE WAY UP TO THE nATIONAL pARK sERVICE HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON. THE PROCESS WILL INCLUDE DATA FROM OTHER NATIONAL PARKS WHERE BIKES ARE POPULAR, OR WHERE ANY ACTIVITY CONSIDERED HIGHER RISK IS AUTHORIZED.
SUPERINTENDENT PARRIS ACKNOLWDGES THAT THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THE PARK BRINGS SOME DANGER, BUT BELIEVES THERE IS A LIMIT.
MP02d: "National Parks, like Haleakala, are inherently dangerous - as is life. I understand that. But again when I sign off a Commercial Use Permit I am - in essence saying 'This is an OK activity to have in our park. This is a risk we think is manageable, and right now I don't think I can say that."
FOR NOW IT'S BETWEEN THE NATIONAL PARK AND THE TOUR COMPANIES. IF TOUR COMPANIES DECIDE TO LAUNCH OUTSIDE HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK THEY'D BE STARTING ON STATE HIGHWAYS...BUT GRAVITY WOULD EVENTUALLY BRING THEM TO THE COUNTY'S ROADS.
MM02: "We are cognizant of the need of survival of the bike tour companies and should they decide to launch elsewhere outside of the national park, we would be interested in where that would happen and how it might impact the neighborhoods that they would be traversing through."
IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT - TO STAY IN BUSINESS, SOME TOUR GROUPS WILL START THEIR RIDES FROM JUST OUTSIDE THE PARK. PHIL POINTS OUT THAT THE GATE DOESN'T FACE THE EAST SO ANY "SUNRISE TOUR" WOULD HAVE MOST OF THE MOUNTAIN BLOCKING THE ACTUAL SUNRISE."
PF02: "Plus if everyone does that you could have 15-20 vans all crowded into one space and you'd have groups coming down one right after the other and I'm not sure I want to add Cruiser Phil to that scenario."
ANOTHER BUSINESS OPTION WOULD BE TO USE THE CRUISER PHIL SHUTTLE VANS AS TOUR VANS. THE PARK SUPERINTENDENT'S ORDER SAYS NO.
PF03: "I don't necessarily think it's fair. I perused our permit - as much as I can - and it presently allows us to put people in our vans to take them to the summit. If, for safety reason we don't think they should be on bicycles, our permit says we can put them in the vans and bring them back down. So it seems unfair that we would be totally banned from going into the national park. I think we should at least have the opportunity to take our visitors into the national park. They're mostly Americans - it's their national park - take them up to the top, let them watch the sunrise or look at the crater if it's during the day and then keep them in the van and exit the park. If safety is of concern for those visitors because they're on bicycles, then we can keep them in the vans. Our permits should allow us to do that."
EVEN THOUGH HE'S
ON THE LOSING END OF THIS DECISION, PHIL SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S
IN NOVEMBER 2005, THE NUMBER OF BIKE TOUR VANS ALLOWED INTO THE PARK DAILY WAS CUT FROM 35 TO 19. SO THERE ARE ACTUALLY FEWER FOLKS BARRELING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.
STARTING YESTERDAY, SEVERAL COMPANIES HAVE SIMPLY MOVED THEIR START POINT TO JUST BELOW THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK. CRUISER PHIL'S EMPLOYEES WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, BUT WILL LIKELY BE LOOKING FOR BETTER-PAYING ALTERNATIVES. IF AND WHEN THIS GETS RESOLVED, HE HOPES THEY'LL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN.
JIM FOSBINDER REPRESENTS FIVE OF THE SEVEN AFFECTED BIKE TOUR COMPANIES., REPRESENTING AN ESTIMATED 95 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL DOWNHILL BUSINESS. HE SAYS THAT THE ACCIDENTS - WHILE TRAGIC - ARE IN LINE WITH THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.
JF01: "But the statistics here, as near as I can tell and it's early in my investigation - will actually show that the incidence of serious injury or fatality is about the same as the national average for bicycling."
HE'S CONCERNED THAT BIKING IS BEING SINGLED OUT - NOTING THAT AFTER A RECENT TRAGIC AUTO ACCIDENT THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF THREE FRENCH TOURISTS, NO ONE SPOKE UP ABOUT BANNING RENTAL CARS OR FOREIGN DRIVERS.
JF02: "You have to look at all safety questions in proportion to all other activities. Because if all of us just sit around all day on our couch and punch the TV remote, it's true we're not going to die from a sporting event or active activity, but it's not going to do much for our life span."
IN THIS CASE, FOSBINDER ISN'T BEING CALLED UPON TO FILE A SUIT - BUT TO USE HIS ANALYSIS EXPERTISE FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE.
JF03: "I'm going through the statistics. I'm interviewing riders who have been on the rides. I'm interviewing drivers. I'm talking to pretty much anyone who will talk to me to see what can be done to make it safer."
SAFER, UNDER THE STAND DOWN MEANS SHORTER...BY ELIMINATING THE 10 OR SO MILES FROM THE SUMMIT OF HALEAKALA TO THE GATE. IT'S AN INDUSTRY THAT'S ALWAYS GONE DOWNHILL...NOW IT JUST GOES DOWNHILL A LITTLE LESS. REPORTING FROM KULA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING
(on-cam tag) LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE STATE LAST SESSION GIVE THE COUNTY JURISDICTION OVER COMMERCIAL BIKE TOURS ON STATE HIGHWAYS, BUT THE COUNTY SAYS IT HAS NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO TAKE ANY ACTION BEYOND THAT TAKEN BY THE NATIONAL PARK.
JY: IT ALL STARTED AS A SLEEPY LITTLE COTTAGE INDUSTRY - ONE THAT USED ACTUAL SLEEPY LITTLE COTTAGES. NOW THE TEMPORARY VACATION RENATL ISSUE HAS EXPLODED INTO A CONTROVERSEY THAT HAS THE ENTIRE WORLD WATCHING. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING BRINGS US UP TO DATE.
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THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE...THE TOURIST BUSINESS IS GETTING SOFTER. MAUI HASN'T GROWN IN THE AWARENESS OF POTENTIAL VACATIONERS FOR A WHILE.
Pauline Frommer, Frommer's Travel Guides -
PF01: "I think people are seeing Maui as an increasingly expensive destination and that's why things were pretty much flat last year for Hawaii."
PAULINE FROMMER'S TRAVEL GUIDES ARE BEING UPDATED. SHE'S ON MAUI DOING HER RESEARCH.
PF02: "My series is about alternative accommodations - budget travel for adults - not backpackers and so I'm always looking for places where people can go and have an authentic experience to really see what life is like in Hawaii and to my mind that's the B&Bs on this island. You're staying with a local. You're staying in house often filled with wonderful pieces of Hawaiiana. These are not the places you want to be shutting down if you can help it."
BUT VACATION RENTALS ON MAUI ARE BEING SHUT DOWN. AND THE MAUI VACATION RENTAL ASSOCIATION HAS FILED A LAWSUIT TO STOP THAT. THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED ON SEPTEMBER 28TH AND, EVEN THOUGH THE DOCUMENT BECAME INSTANTLY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET, THE COUNTY WAS NOT SERVED FOR ANOTHER FIVE DAYS. IT'S NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE COUNTY'S ATTORNEYS
Mahina Martin, Maui Co. PIO
MM01: "So it's in their hands and I cannot provide much more of a comment than that. We think it's very unfortunate that it's in that realm. We have grave concerns over it. Whatever course we'll take will pan out shortly. We hope to be addressing that sometime soon - this year."
WAILUKU ATTORNEY JIM FOSBINDER FILED THE SUIT ON BEHALF OF THE MVRA. THEY'VE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR ABOUT 6 OR 7 WEEKS.
JF01: "The vacation industry here has been promoted, recommended, encouraged. The County of Maui has spent money to advertise the vacation rental business for many years. However, the new mayor - to, I think, everybody's surprise - decided shortly after she took office to shut it all down."
ACCORDING TO FOSBINDER, THE MAYOR'S FIRST REASON WAS TO CREATE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUT THEN CHANGED THAT REASON TO THE PROTECTION OF THE RURAL CHARACTER AND SAFETY OF NEIGHBORHOODS.
JF02: "I think that's absolutely outrageous because there's not a shred of evidence that a vacation rental occupants are more likely to be dangerous to you or your family than anyone else on the island."
ASKED IF THE ACT OF FILING WOULD SLOW OR STOP THE COUNTY'S SHUTTING DOWN OF ILLEGAL VACATION RENTALS, MARTIN SAYS
MM02: "Just because the lawsuit has been filed does not prevent us from continuing operations. Only the court can determine that if they pursue any form of an injunction against the County. That is certainly their right to do so."
JF04: "We will be submitting papers shortly that will ask for an actual preliminary injunction. Typically, there would be a hearing on that some time in the next couple of months."
MEANWHILE, AS THE SHUTDOWNS CONTINUE, THERE'S NO NEW LEGISLATION PENDING - YET. THE COUNTY'S PLANNING COMMISSION TOOK NO ACTION ON ANY OF THE FIVE PROPOSALS PRESENTED TO THEM TUESDAY. AND WHILE TIME IS DEFINITELY MONEY, THE LAWSUIT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY CLAIM FOR DAMAGES...
JF05: "No that's not the issue at the moment. I do believe that, down the road if the County sticks to this policy, that someone will file a lawsuit seeking damages. And if you use the mayor's number of 1,100 people who have gone into this business on the County's recommendation and encouragement, it's easy to imagine how each could come up with $100,000 a year in damages. And given that in Hawaii often litigation like this takes over 10 years to resolve, you're talking about a potential damage claim of over a billion dollars."
FOSBINDER CLEARED THE AIR ON WHETHER THE LAWSUIT IS TO STOP SOMETHING OR CHANGE SOMETHING.
JF03: "The whole point of the lawsuit is the County told people - not only to their face but in writing - and it wasn't just one person it was many people and it wasn't just for one year but for many years. And they kept saying the law will be changed. Don't worry about it."
IT IS LIKELY THAT THE BIG ISLAND AND KAUAI WILL BE KEEPING AN EYE ON THIS LAWSUIT BECAUSE THEY FACE THE POTENTIAL INDUSTRY DISRUPTION THERE AS WELL. IN ADDITION TO THE FROMMER'S TRAVEL GUIDE, ANOTHER WELL-KNOWN PUBLICATION IS ALSO TAKING NOTICE.
dd01: "I think 'Conde Nast Traveler - which voted Maui Best Island in the World several years in a row has an article coming out in November expressing concern that families that had made reservations and had non-refundable airfare for the holidays that are basically being told they are out of luck."
MAJOR RESORT OCCUPANCY RATES ARE HIGH, BUT THERE'S STILL ROOM. IN SORT OF A HAVES VERSUS HAVE-NOTS, THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE STAYING IN MAJOR RESORTS, BUT THEY'RE SPENDING MORE. ROOM RATES IN WAILEA ARE EDGING UP AND OVER $500 A NIGHT.
PF03: "That's probably good news for the hotel owners but not for the restaurant owners or shop owners because when you get prices that high you drive away the independent budget-minded travelers that are going to go to the local restaurants rather than just staying on the resort that's owned by that multi-national corporation. You're going to be getting the travelers who really are interested in the culture rather than just coming here to lie on a beach."
WITH NATIONAL AND WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY, THE PEOPLE CONTACTING THE MVRA DON'T SEEM TO ENJOY THE SENSE OF BEING "UNINVITED."
DD02: "We've had emails from families that have been planning vacations for over a year that were going to bring people here for a family reunion and are accustomed to staying in a private home - don't want to be in a developed area or a resort area. A lot of them are feeling like visitors aren't welcome in neighborhoods and are not supposed to mix with residents but are supposed to stay in some type of 'golden ghetto' as somebody called it , so yeah, I think our reputation is being hurt, but is it irreversible? I mean with the passage of time, lots of things can be reversed."
IN THE RECENT PASSAGE OF TIME, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME HUGE ISSUES. THIS LAWSUIT...THE SUPERFERRY DENIAL...THE SHUTTING DOWN OF BIKE TOURS INSIDE HALEAKALA.
MM03: "Maui is a crossroads where so much of our history and small towns and lives and families and neighborhoods where everyone knew each other. And we've just had this influx of commerce and businesses that see the benefits of conducting business here in our county. So on the one hand it's a wonderful opportunity and on the other hand we need to find that balance for our residents who don't want it to grow so quickly - so rapidly, and all of the effects on that."
THIS IS A COMPLICATED STORY WITH NO EASY SOLUTION. FOR IN-DEPTH COVERAGE AND ADDITIONAL INTERVUEWS AND INSIGHTS, BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE LINK FROM OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.
(ON-cam tag) FOR EXTENDED COVERAGE ON THIS HOT TOPIC, BE SURE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO "VACATION RENTAL LAWSUIT."
J: COMING UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, HIGH TECHNOLOGY ON MAUI - AND HOW ONE COMPANY HAS PLANS TO CLEAN UP THE WORLD, ONE BREATH AT A TIME. AND YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED AT JUST HOW SIMPLE THEIR REVOLUTIONARY IDEA REALLY IS.
JY: THE RAINS HAVE BEEN FALLING...AND WATER CONSUMPTION HAS BEEN DROPPING...BUT THERE HASN'T BEEN ENOUGH OF EITHER. PLUS, THE COUNTY WATER DEPARTMENT HAS A NEW PROBLEM ON ITS HANDS.
J: AND A LITTLE LATER, THE RAIN STOPPED LONG ENOUGH FOR THE ROYAL COURT TO BE INTRODUCED AND GREETED AS ALOHA FESTIVALS KICKED OFF IN HANA LAST WEEK. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
JY: PERHAPS WHEN YOU THINK OF WORLD-CHANGING, HIGH TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGHS IN SCIENCE, MAUI MAY NOT BE THE FIRST PLACE THAT COMES TO MIND. WELL, THINK AGAIN. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING INTRODUCES US TO A MAUI COMPANY THAT IS WORKING TOWARD A WORLD WHERE WE CAN ALL BREATH EASIER.
(take Peletex pkg)JR-VO-"It's an optical particle counter. It's a state of the art particle counter. It measures to point-one microns."
POINT ONE MICRONS. THAT'S TINY - REALLY TINY. BUT THAT'S BIG IN THE WORLD OF NANOTECHNOLOGY - A WORLD BEING HELPED ALONG BY A MAUI COMPANY THAT IS WORKING TO MAKE THE AIR IN THAT WORLD - AND OURS CLEANER.
JR'Pearl. "Welcome to the Peletex scientific laboratory. This is what we call the 'Pearl of the Pacific.' This is where we do our testing." PELETEX incorporated IS A MAUI HIGH TECH BUSINESS RECENTLY HONORED IN THE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION 2007 AWARDS BY WALL STREET JOURNAL. OF 800 SUBMISSIONS, PELETEX WON RUNNER-UP.
Jeff Reiss, CEO, Peletex
JR01: "They were looking for technology that was not just a minor improvement over an existing technology, but they were looking for breakthrough technologies, fundamental new technologies. We were a runner-up in the environment categotry."
WHILE THAT, IN AND OF ITSELF SOUNDS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE, HERE'S WHO THEY WERE COMPETING AGAINST.
JR02: "Xerox, Siemens International, Abbot Laboratories, Los Alamos Laboratories. Right up there among the rest of 'em was Peletex, Inc., from Hawaii."
REISS ACKNOWLEDGES THAT - WHEN THE LIST OF TOP-OF-MIND HIGH TECH LABORATORIES COMES UP...MAUI LIKELY ISN'T AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. BUT HIS COMPANY'S SUCCESS IS PROOF THAT GREAT IDEAS CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE.
HE'S NOT ALONE. THERE'S A GROWING GROUP OF THOSE INSIDE AND INTERESTED IN THE WORLD OF HIGH TECH ON MAUI. REISS SPOKE TO A GROUP OF INDUSTRY OBSERVERS AND BUSINESSPEOPLE LAST WEEK DURING A CONTINUING SERIES OF PRESENTATIONS BY LEADING HAWAII INNOVATORS CALLED TECH OHANA.
Steve Perkins, Program Direct, MEDB
SP01: "Tech Ohana is a program we've had for about five years.It's a networking event for those in the tech community that either work there or support it, or are interested in things that are happening in science and technology on Maui."
TECHOHANA IS ON THE WEB AT TECHOHANA.COM. THE GROUP MEETS ABOUT EVERY OTHER MONTH...AND THE EXPERIENCE HAS PROVEN FRUITFUL.
SP02: "We've had people that have found jobs here. Contracts. Partners."
SOME PEOPLE ATTEND JUST TO SEE WHAT'S NEW AND AMAZINGLY COOL. SO, WHAT IS IT THAT PELETEX DOES THAT IS SO REVOLUTIONARY.
JR04: "Ours is a fundamental breakthrough in air filtration. It's the first breakthrough in over 50 years./// All the other advances in air filtration have been improvements to existing known technologies or accomodations to technologies to accomplish specialties like air filtration.///Ours is called the Aqueous Froth Air Filter. It utilizes a froth as the filter surface so, as you can imagine, it's always changing, always renewing itself. In it's advanced form it utilizes a process that nature uses to filter the air by creating a rain drop."
USING THIS NATURAL CLEANSING PROCESS CAN CLEAN THE AIR IN YOUR HOME, OR IN COMMON ENCLOSED PLACES LIKE OFFICES, HOTELS, AIRPLANES - EVEN TO CLEAN INTRODUCED CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCES FROM THE AIR. AND THERE'S EVEN MORE.
JR05: "Actually one of the most exciting applications is for air pollution control on industrial power plants and other operations."
SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY - MANAGED TO THE MICRON - ENGINEERED IN A PLACE WHERE FRESH AIR IS ALL THE INSPIRATION THEY NEED. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(ON-CAM) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PELETEX INCORPORATED, AND ABOUT MAUI'S HIGH TECH COMMUNITY - FOLLOW THE LINK TO TECH OHANA THROUGH OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.
J: LAST WEEK'S CALL FOR A VOLUNTARY REDUCTION IN WATER USE BY 10 PER CENT FOR CUSTOMERS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI SAW SOME SUCCESS. BUT IT ALSO SAW SOME HARD-TO-EXPLAIN WASTE.
(vo) STEADY SHOWERS FALLING OVER THE WATERSHED AREAS OF UPCOUNTRY MAUI AND OVER KAHALAWAI WILL HELP DOWN THE ROAD, BUT THE CUTBACKS ARE NEEDED NOW. LAST WEEK, BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY DIRECTOR JEFF ENG REPORTED THAT SOME CUSTOMERS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI ARE ACTUALLY INCREASING WATER USE NOW...SO THAT IF A MANDATORY CUTBACK IS NEEDED, CUTTING BACK FROM A HIGHER AVERAGE WATER USE WILL BE EASIER TO ACCOMODATE.
ENG ADDED THAT THE MOVE IS NOT ONLY WASTEFUL, BUT EXPENSIVE AND USELESS SINCE THE NUMBERS HE IS ANALYZING COVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. MEANWHILE, WATER CONSUMPTION NUMBERS FOR LAST WEEK ARE DOWN - PARTICULARLY FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI...BUT NEED TO DROP EVEN MORE.
(ON CAM) AT THE BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY'S NEXT MEETING ON OCTOBER 25TH, THEY WILL SEE HOW WELL CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI ARE DOING TOWARD THE VOLUNTARY 10 PER CENT REDUCTION IN WATER CONSUMPTION. IF IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THE BOARD WILL MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATION AND THEN IT'S UP TO THE MAYOR OR THE COUNTY COUNCIL TO TAKE ACTION.
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JY: WE'RE NUMBER EIGHT! KAHUILUI AIRPORT RANKED EIGHTH AMONG THE NATION'S 296 AIRPORTS FOR ON-TIME ARRIVALS ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
(vo) THE REPORT SAYS PLANES LAND AT KAHULUI AIRPORT ON TIME MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE TIME. AS FAR AS DEPARTURES GO, WE'RE NUMBER 10 WITH ABOUT 92 PER CENT OF PLANES LEAVING ON TIME. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS SAY THE WEATHER MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH - PLUS THE ABSENSE OF NEARBY MAJOR CITIES WHERE DELAYS HAVE TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECTS. THEY ALSO CREDIT HAWAII'S TWO OLDEST AND LARGEST AIR CARRIERS, HAWAIIAN AND ALOHA, FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO ON-TIME SERVICE.
(on-cam) IN FACT, ALL FIVE OF HAWAII'S MAJOR AIRPORTS MADE IT INTO THE TOP-10 IN ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE EFFICIENCY. HILO AIRPORT HAS THE BEST ARRIVAL EFFICIENY IN THE NATION, AND COMES IN A CLOSE SECOND IN ON-TIME DEPARTURES.
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J: COMING UP NEXT IN SPORTS, ONE MAUI MAJOR LEAGUER IS HANGING UP HIS GLOVE FOR THIS SEASON, BUT PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL IS JUST GETTING STARTED IN HAWAII. KALAPANA HAS HIGHLIGHTS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
JY: AND I'LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THAT WITH THE RUNDOWN OF THIS WEEKEND'S ALOHA FESTIVAL EVENTS ON MAUI AND DETAILS ON LOTS OF OTHER FUN THINGS, TOO IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M, KALAPANA. THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ARE DONE FOR THE SEASON BUT THEY SURE CAN'T BLAME SHANE. HIS SOLO HOME RUN IN THE SEVENTH INNING SATURDAY NIGHT WAS THE ONLY SCORE THE PHILLIES COULD MUSTER AS THEY WERE SWEPT BY THE COLORADO ROCKIES WHO MOVE ON THE THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHANMPIONSHIP SERIES AGAINST THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS.
BUT BASEBALL MADE A MAJOR COMEBACK ON MAUI THIS WEEK AS HAWAII WINTER BASEBALL BROUGHT SIX REALLY FUN GAMES TO MAUI'S MAEHARA STADIUM - AND WITH IT THE CROWDS - AND WITH THEM - THE MESSAGE THAT MAUI WANTS ITS STINGRAYS BACK! THE MAUI STINGRAYS PROFESSIONAL MINOR LEAGUE TEAM PLAYED ON MAUI FROM 1993 UNTIL 1997. THE WORD FROM THE HAWAII WINTER BASEBALL LEAGUE: WE'LL SEE.
(vo) MEANWHILE, CROWDS AVERAGING AROUND A THOUSAND PER GAME CAME OUT TO SEE THE FOUR O'AHU TEAMS...AND TO HAVE A LITTLE EXTRA FUN BETWEEN INNINGS. ONE TREAT THURSDAY NIGHT WAS THE CHANCE TO SEE WHAT A SIX-MILLION DOLLAR MAN LOOKS LIKE. CATCHER MATT WEITERS OF THE HONOLULU SHARKS SIGNED WITH THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES IN JUNE AND RECEIVED A SIX MILLION DOLLAR SIGNING BONUS. THAT'S NOT HIS SALARY, THAT'S JUST UP FRONT CHANGE TO MAKE SURE HE'LL SHOW UP.
THAT WOULD MAKE THIS ABOUT A 30-THOUSAND DOLLAR TOSS...AND THIS WOULD BE A 50-GRAND JOG...A HIGH-FIVE GRAND "ATTA BOY"...AND SO ON. ON THE MOUND FOR THE NORTH SHORE HONU WAS BUD NORRIS WHO FANNED THE SIDE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIRST AS EASY AS ONE...TWO...THREE (pauses, please). THE CROWD WAS INTO THE GAME...AND THEY GOT TO SEE WHAT A SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN CAN DO WHEN WEITERS SENT A BULLET OVER THE HEAD OF HONU LEFT FIELDER FOR AN R-B-I-DOUBLE. HE'S BIG! SO REMEMBER THAT NAME.
BUT MY FAVORITE PLAY OF THE NIGHT WAS A FOUL BALL THAT BOUNCED RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR CAMERA AND INTO THE BAT BOY'S HANDS IN THE SHARKS DUGOUT. WHEN A YOUNG FAN ASKED FOR THE BALL...HE GOT IT...AND ALONG WITH IT A MEMORY HE'LL PROBABLY KEEP FOREVER. THAT'S WHAT KEEPS FANS COMING OUT TO THE OLD BALL GAME.
(on-cam) IN EIGHT TO 10-FOOT SEAS, SHELL VAA OF TAHITI DEFENDED THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IN THE 55TH ANNUAL MOLOKA'I HOE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACE SUNDAY ACROSS THE KAIWI CHANNEL. THEY SMASHED LAST YEAR'S TIME WITH A RECORD SETTING FOUR HOURS 40 MINUTES AND 22.5 SECONDS - A FULL SIX MINUTES FASTER THAN LAST YEAR! MAUI TEAMS DID THEMSELVES PROUD AS HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB NUMBER ONE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE IN FOURTH PLACE OVERALL AND COMPLETED THE GREULING 41-MILE TREK IN UNDER FIVE HOURS. HAWAIIAN NUMBER TWO FINISHED 20TH, KIHEI CAME IN 39TH OVERALL AND HAWAIIAN NUMBER 3 FINISHED IN 40TH PLACE. A RECORD 111 CREWS TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR'S MOLOKA'I HOE.
NOW THAT THE COUNTY FAIR BREAK IS PAST, M-I-L FOOTBALL TEAMS PICKED UP RIGHT WHERE THEY LEFT OFF...UNLESS YOU HAPPEN TO BE A PASSING TEAM THAT IS FORCED TO RUN. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE BALDWIN BEARS HEADED TO PUKALANI TO TAKE ON THE WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI.
(vo) BEARS' BALL AS JORDAN GHELLE HANDS OFF TO KAINALU GARSO FOR A NICE GAIN. BUT WHEN HELLE TRIES A PASS...FIREBALL SKYLER CABACUNGAN DOES A LOT OF RUNNING...BUT FOR ONLY ABOUT A THREE-YARD PICKUP. BEARS GO FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN BUT THE WARRIORS HOLD IN THIS ALL-DEFENSE FIRST QUARTER. ON THE NEXT SERIES, WARRIORS QUARTERBACK BRYAN PALI PITCHES TO KELONI KAMALANI FOR FIVE YARDS.
SECOND QUARTER ACTION AND IT WAS ALMOST A TRIP THE OTHER WAY FOR BALDWIN'S PACUBAS GANNON. AND THIS IS NOT AN INSTANT REPLAY...IT WAS THE NEXT PLAY BUT IT WAS GANNON'S SECOND CHANCE...YES? MAYBE? NO! BALDWIN GATHERED THEIR WITS, THOUGH AND WON IT LATE, RUNNING THEIR WAY TO A 14-12 WIN OVER KAMEHAMEHA.
(ff-cg-vo) THE OTHER BIG GAME LAST WEEKEND PITTED THE TRAOJANS AGAINST MAUI HIGH...EACH TEAM WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE. IN THE END IT WAS THE TROJANS FIRST WIN IN 23 M-I-L TRIES, DEFEATING THE SABRES 44-14. THIS WEEK THE LUNAS HOST THE SABRES ON FRIDAY NIGHT. SATURDAY THE WARRIORS VISIT NA ALII AND THE TROJANS HOST BALDWIN AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM.
(ONCAM) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS THIS WEEK. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. LET US KNOW - AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR TEAM'S UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS. SEND YOUR NOTICES TO "SPORTS-AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM" AND WE'LL DO OUR VERY BEST TO GET A FILM CREW OUT TO COVER YOUR GAME. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S JULIE Y WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.
JY: ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO "COMING ATTRACTIONS" ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JULIE Y. WITH SOME FUN EVENTS COMING UP AROUND MAUI.
STARTING AT THE MAUI ARTS AND AND CULTURAL CENTER, THIS WEEKEND IT'S THE SECOND ANNUAL STARBUCKS UKULELE FESTIVAL AT THE A& B AMPHITHEATER ON SUNDAY, FEATURING SOME OF THE ISLANDS FINEST UKULELE PLAYERS. THIS EVENT IS FREE SO BRING ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND TREAT THEM TO A MOST RELAXING AND ENJOYABLE AFTERNOON. THE FESTIVAL RUNS FROM 2-6PM.
THEN THURSDAY AND
FRIDAY, THE 18TH AND 19TH AT THE MACC, KUMU KAHUA THEATER PRESENTS "ALA
WAI" A PIDGEN COMEDY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF LOCAL CHARACTERS THAT
IM SURE WILL REMIND YOU OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW. THIS ALL HAPPENS AT THE
MCCOY STUDIO THEATER AT 7:30PM, TICKETS ARE $20 AND JUST TO LET YOU
KNOW, THE PLAY USES SOME ADULT LANGUAGE.
STILL MORE ON SATURDAY THE 20TH THE CASTLE THEATER HOSTS MOHALA MAI 2006 KUMU HULA NAPUA GREIG AND KAHULU MALUO-HUBER WITH HALAU NA LEI KAUMAKA O UKA PRESENT HULA KAHIKO, HULA AUWANA, OLI AND MELE. SPECIAL GUEST NA HOKU HANOHANO WINNERS NA PALAPALAI. DONíT MISS IT, SONG, DANCE, CULTURE IN ONE PACKAGE! TICKETS ARE $30.00. FOLLOW THE LINK THROUGH OUR WEBSITE
LOOKING DOWN THE
ROAD. THE MAUI CULINARY ACADEMY PRESENTS THE 11TH ANNUAL NOBLE GRAPE
FESTIVAL AT THE FAIRMONT KEALANI. JOIN MAUI'S TOP CHEFS ALONG WITH FEATURE
CHEFS STANTON HO, CORPORATE EXECUTIVE CHEF, CHOCOLATES A LA CARTE AND
SHIRLEY FONG-TORRES, WOK WIZ CHINATOW TOURS AND COOKING CENTER, TRAVEL
AND FOOD WRITER AND BOOK AUTHOR AS THEY PRESENT A CHINESE THEMED MENU
ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 27TH FROM 6-9PM. TICKETS ARE $150.00. RESERVATIONS
ARE REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED SO CALL 984-3261. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT
AND SUPPORT CULINARY EDUCATION ON MAUI, MAUI SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACADEMY
STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ACADEMY FACULTY. IT'S
AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY GREAT FOOD AND WINE WHILE SUPP0RTING THE MAUI
JY: AND FINALLY THIS WEEK, ALOHA FESTIVALS ON MAUI KICKED OFF THIS PAST WEEKEND. WE'LL TAKE YOU THERE TO SEE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS MOST HAWAIIAN CELEBRATION.
J: BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT US AT OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-COM. THERE YOU'LL FIND ARCHIVED PLAYBACK OF OUR MOST RECENT NEWSCASTS, EXPANDED COVERAGE OF STORIES ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW, LINKS TO BREAKING NEWS STORIES, AND MORE
JY: YOU'LL ALSO FIND TRANSCRIPTS OF EVERY EDITION OF OUR SHOW, AND DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS FOR STORIES WE SHOULD COVER ON MAUI TV NEWS. SO PLEASE, CHECK US OUT AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.