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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week Ending November 19, 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.

(headlines - vo)

J: THE MAUI FOOD BANK GEARS UP FOR AN ANTICIPATED 30 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF HUNGRY ON MAUI THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

AND, WITH THE MAKAHIKI SEASON COMES THE CHICKEN-SKIN STORY OF A TREE DESTINED TO BECOME A CANOE FOR THIS WEST MAUI LANDMARK.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, PLUS MAUI'S HOME-GROWN ALL-STAR SHANE VICTORINO COMES HOME TO GET MARRIED AND RAISE MONEY FOR HAWAII'S CANCER-STRICKEN KEIKI. IN SPORTS, IT'S TIME FOR STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS FOR BALDWIN AND LAHAINALUNA ALL THIS PLUS COMING ATTRACTIONS AND MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK TO MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. IF YOU KNOW A DOZEN PEOPLE ON MAUI - THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THAT ONE OF THEM IS HUNGRY.

(TURN TO CAM) THIS WEEK AS THE MAUI FOOD BANK GEARS UP FOR THE HOLIDAY CRUNCH - THEY'VE PLANNED WELL FOR THE ANTICIPATED INCREASED IN DEMAND. BUT AS QUICKLY AS NEW SOURCES FOR FOOD AND HELP ARE BECOMING AVAILABLE - THERE ARE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT.

(take food bank pkg) PRECIOUS LITTLE PEOPLE ON A TOUR OF THE MAUI FOOD BANK. IF STATISTICS ARE CORRECT, THEN AT LEAST ONE OF THE CHILDREN ON THIS TOUR COULD GO HUNGRY TONIGHT. HUNGER IS A PROBLEM THAT IS NO LONGER AN US AND THEM ISSUE. IT'S EVERYWHERE. AND THE JOB OF THE MAUI FOOD BANK IS TO TRY - SOMEHOW - TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND.

Richard Yust, Exec. Dir., Maui Food Bank

RY01: "Our current supply is roughly equal to what it was last year. But the demand is up. We have about a 30 percent increase in demand this year over last year."///

THIRTY PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR - AND THAT WAS BEFORE THE MOST RECENT HEADLINES THAT PRESENT AN ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE.

RY02: "We're starting to see a new bump coming with the layoffs at Maui Pine."

THAT'S NOT THE ONLY THING INCREASING. TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEED IN THE WIDELY VARIED SEGMENTS THAT MAKE UP THE COMMUNITY OF MAUI COUNTY, THE MAUI FOOD BANK HAS TO TRY TO KEEP UP WITH THE SHEER VOLUME OF AGENCIES IN NEED.

RY03: " The number is up. Last year about this time, there were about 75 agencies. We're up to about 90 agencies currently and that includes Moloka'i and recently looking at at least one agency on Lana'i."

THAT AGENCY IS THE FEED MY SHEEP ORGANIZATION - WHO WILL BE ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES OF FRIDAY NIGHT'S "STOMP OUT HUNGER" EVENT AT THE WAR MEMORIAL COLISEUM. THE MAUI FOOD BANK HAS A NEW ALLY, HOWEVER, IN THE BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER THAT IS TURNING OUT TO BE A WIN-WIN FOR BOTH LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED AND THE COUNTY'S FARMERS.

RY06: "We have a great collaboration that's happening with Kaiser Permanente Foundation and the Maui Farm Bureau. That kicked off November 16th. That provided funds for us to purchase local Maui-grown produce. And that's long been a dream of the Food Bank is to be able to buy local and support local business, then provide proper nutrition to people who can least afford it."

THERE ARE WAYS WE CAN ALL HELP. HERE ARE JUST A FEW

RY04: "One of the easy ways to give financially is to do it ast any Safeway or Times Supermarket on Maui. And that is the "Check out Hunger." And you see the options here. All you have to do is pull a tab and hand it to the cashier and automatically those funds will come directly to the Maui Food Bank."

OF COURSE THERE ARE THE TRADITIONAL FOOD DRIVE BINS YOU SEE ALL ACROSS MAUI - INCLUDING THIS ONE THAT WAS FILLED AT THE AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK LOCATION AT WAL MART IN KAHULUI.

RY05: "Our current promotion for the whole holiday season is that 'Hunger Never Takes a Holiday.' Obviously what we're trying to do is point out that hunger is a year-round problem. So it's not just the holidays that we need donations, it is year round. But we find that giving is definitely up during the holiday season and we try to provide easy ways for people to donate."

EASY LIKE FILLING UP THE PAPER BAG THAT WAS IN THE SUNDAY PAPER - OR ANY BAG FOR THAT MATTER. SIMPLE BRING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS TO ANY AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, OR TO ANY MAUI COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION ANY TIME OF YEAR.

ANOTHER NEW DEVELOPMENT FOR NEXT YEAR IS THE KIDS' CAFE - WHICH WILL REPLACE PROCESSED AND PRESERVATIVE-LADEN- FOOD WITH NUTRITIOUS, FRESH, LOCALLY PURCHASED AND PREPARED MEALS.

THESE ARE NEW, FRESH AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO ADDRESS THE QUESTION AS OLD AS MANKIND ITSELF: WHAT'S FOR DINNER? OR BREAKFAST? OR LUNCH? MAYBE YOU HAVE AN IDEA. IF SO, RICH AND THE STAFF AT THE MAUI FOOD BANK ARE HUNGRY TO HEAR IT.


(ON-CAM TAG) THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP THE MAUI FOOD BANK - ESPECIALLY DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. AND, IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN NEED - PLEASE REMEMBER HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY. SIMPLY DIAL 2-1-1.

(MAKE A DIFFERENCE)(PiP-CHARMAINE-COUNTY)

J: IT MAY HAVE PASSED WITH MOST OF US NOT NOTICING - BUT "MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY" HAPPENED LATE IN OCTOBER. TO KEEP THE IDEA GOING, THOUGH, MAUI COUNTY PROVIDED 5,000 DOLLARS IN FUNDING TO FIVE COMMUNITY-BUILDING PROJECTS.

(FF-CG-VO) IAO PRE-SCHOOL RECEIVED A THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS. THE GROUNDS RECEIVED NEW RUBBERIZED "MULCH" THAT IS NOT ONLY BUG-RESISTANT, BUT MUCH SAFER FOR KEIKI TO PLAY AROUND. THE SAINT ANTHONY PRE-SCHOOL RECEIVED A THOUSAND DOLLARS TO RE-SOD THEIR PLAYGROUND.

(ON-CAM) THOUSAND-DOLLARS AWARDS WERE ALSO MADE TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO HELP IN THEIR HOME CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, AND TO THE LAHAINA COMPLEX AFTER-SCHOOL TUTOR PROJECT AS WELL AS TO PUNANA LEO O MAUI FOR THE REFINISHING OF THEIR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.

ON "MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY" HERE ON MAUI, 218 VOLUNTEERS PERFORMED MORE THAN 1,000 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE - WITH A RETAIL VALUE OF NEARLY 22,000 DOLLARS - ALL FROM THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEARTS. MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY WAS OCTOBER 24TH. NATIONWIDE, AN ESTIMATED THREE MILLION PEOPLE GOT INVOLVED AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL. TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED NEXT YEAR - OR HOW TO HAVE YOUR ORGANIZATION BECOME ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(HURRICANE SEASON OVER)(PiP-FELICIA MAP)

J: BARRING AN UNFORESEEABLE AND CATACLYSMIC EVENT, THE 2009 HURRICANE SEASON WILL END IN JUST A FEW DAYS. THE REPORT CARD FOR THIS YEAR'S STORM SEASON SHOWS THAT THERE WERE MORE STORMS THAN EXPECTED - BUT NONE THAT POSED A GENUINE THREAT TO HAWAI'I

(FF-CG-VO) THE CLOSEST WAS HURRICANE FELICIA THAT BRUSHED UP AGAINST THE STATE ON AUGUST 10TH BEFORE DISSOLVING AS THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVED ACROSS THE STATE BRINGING MUCH-NEEDED RAIN SHOWERS BUT NO DAMAGING WINDS.

(ON-CAM) IN ALL, FORECASTERS PREDICTED SIX STORMS WOULD THREATEN THE STATE. AS IT TURNS OUT THERE WERE SEVEN MAJOR LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS THAT CAME THROUGH OR NEAR US - WITH MOST OF THE RAINFALL FOCUSING ON ISLANDS OUTSIDE OF MAUI COUNTY. WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE HEIGHT OF THE SEASON IN LATE JUNE AND EARLY JULY SAW NO STORMS AT ALL IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC. AUGUST WAS THE BUSIEST MONTH WITH HURRICANE FELICIA, TROPICAL STORM MAKA, HURRICANE GUILLERMO, TROPICAL STORM HILDA AND TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO-C THAT DEVELOPED HERE IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC. IN SEPTEMBER, HURRICANE NEKI DEVELOPED SOUTH OF THE ISLANDS BEFORE POSING A THREAT TO THE NORTHWEST HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE SEASON APPROACHING IS SACRED TO HAWAIIANS. WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A MOVING MAKAHIKI EVENT IN THE MAKING - AND TELL YOU OF A PROPHESY THAT FORETOLD OF THE DAY ONE TREE WOULD BECOME A CANOE. AND WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A CHILLING EVENT WHERE THE ARTISTS HAD TO BEAT THE CLOCK - AND THE HEAT. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(KBH-MAKAHIKI)

J: OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, THEY'VE EARNED THEIR REPUTATION AS "HAWAII'S MOST HAWAIIAN HOTEL," BUT THIS YEAR, WHILE PREPARING FOR MAKAHIKI, THE KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL MAY HAVE OUTDONE ITSELF.

(TAKE KBH-MAKAHIKI PKG) TRADITION AND CEREMONY ARE NOT ONLY BREATH-TAKING EXPERIENCES TO WITNESS IN HAWAI'I - THEY ARE ALSO THE LIVING LINK TO THE PAST OF THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE. AS WE ENTER THE SEASON OF HARVEST, REST AND THANKS - KNOWN AS MAKAHIKI, THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT OF THE KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL HELD A BLESSING SATURDAY MORNING ON THE GROUNDS OF THE HOTEL. THE BLESSING INCLUDED THE DEDICATION OF A MAJOR HO'OKUPU, OR GIFT, THAT WILL INVOLVE THE ENTIRE HOTEL STAFF. IT MAY NOT LOOK MUCH LIKE A CANOE YET, BUT THIS TREE HAS A PRECIOUS HISTORY THAT LED EVERYONE HERE ON THIS DAY.

Makalapua Kanuha, Hawaiian Resource Culture Advisor, KBH)

MK01: " This family - the Lindsey family - that lives in Honolua Bay has graciously allowed us to have this kumula'au - this tree - and we have officially named it Ka'ilila'au, after their eldest son who has passed away."

AT SATURDAY'S CEREMONY, HOTEL GENERAL MANAGER MIKE DESCRIBED TO THE CROWD A CHALLENGE PRESENTED TO HIM BY KEEAUMOKU KAPU. THE CHALLENGE WAS THAT EVERY EMPLOYEE AND EVERY DEPARTMENT DEDICATE AN EFFORT TO CREATE A GIFT FOR THE MAKAHIKI CELEBRATION. IN THE PAST EACH DEPARTMENT HAS CREATED THEIR OWN GIFTS - THIS YEAR ALL 200 PLUS STAFF MEMBERS WILL WORK TO MAKE THIS TREE INTO A CANOE.

THE TREE, ITSELF HAS A TOUCHING STORY. NEARLY TWENTY YEARS AGO, A SMALL ALBICIA TREE GREW ON THE LINDSEY PROPERTY DEEP IN THE HONOKOHAU VALLEY. THEIR FAMILY'S OLDEST SON CONVINCED HIS FATHER TO LET THE TREE GROW BECAUSE ONE DAY IT SHOULD BECOME A BEAUTIFUL CANOE. SADLY, THEIR SON, THEN-14 YEAR OLD KA'ILILA'AU LINDSEY DIED IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. NOW, 14 YEARS LATER, THE FAMILY ALLOWED THE HOTEL STAFF TO TAKE THE TREE WITH A SIMPLE REQUEST - THAT THE CANOE BE NAMED FOR THEIR SON.

TWO WEEKS AGO, WITH THE PROCESSION AND TRADITION BEFITTING THE SELECTION OF A TREE FOR A CANOE, KIMO LINDSEY MADE THE CEREMONIAL FIRST CUT WITH A KO'I. THE MODERN TOOLS WERE EMPLOYED TO PREPARE TO FELL A 60-FOOT TREE WHILE TRYING TO PROTECT THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPING.

BEFORE IT IS FINISHED AND LAUNCHED NEXT FEBRUARY, KA'ILILA'U WILL BE TOUCHED AND WORKED ON BY EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE STAFF AT KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL, AS THE ENTIRE KBH 'OHANA CREATES THIS HO'OKUPU - OR GIFTS - FOR THE MAKAHIKI CELEBRATION. IT'S NOT IN THEIR JOB DESCRIPTION - IT'S IN THEIR HEARTS.

MK02: "It's called Ke Kula o' Po'okela. Po'okela means excellence or striving for excellence and everything that we do here at our hotel in these classes - our employees are empowered with information that will enhance the visitors' experience. ///That's why we're known throughout the world as being Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel is that this is done from within - within our na'au."

THE EFFORT TOWARD PERPETUATING HAWAIIAN CULTURE GOES BEYOND BEING SECOND NATURE - IT BECOMES AUTOMATIC. A CLASSIC EXAMPLE WAS MONDAY WHEN THE TREE CAME DOWN ACROSS THE ONLY ROAD IN HONOKOHAU VALLEY - SUDDENLY THE ENTIRE HOTEL STAFF THAT WAS THERE TO WITNESS THE TREE FELLING BECAME TREE DEBRIS REMOVAL EXPERTS. NO ONE HAD TO BE ASKED OR ORDERED - IT JUST HAPPENED.

MK03: "By what we do here with our employees - it kinda' gets out into the community, so our Hawaiian community has no problem coming out awen we call - when we give the kahea - and it's because of Mr. White, who is our general manager that we're allowed to do what we basically do."

THRILLING MOMENTS ON THAT MONDAY LED TO THE UNVEILING OF THE LOG AT SATURDAY'S MAKAHIKI BLESSING. THE CIRCLE OF LIFE FROM A BOY'S PROPHESY - TO THE HEART AND SOUL OF OF HIS GIVING FAMILY - TO THE DEDICATED SPIRIT AND KOKUA OF AN ENTIRE HOTEL STAFF. KAI'ILA'AU WILL LIVE FOREVER IN THE HEARST AND MINDS OF ALL WHO WITNESSED THESE PRECIOUS EVENTS.

(ON-CAM TAG) THE CANOE - OR WA'A - WILL BE UNDER CONSTRUCTION THROUGHOUT THE SEASON OF MAKAHIKI AND WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE END OF FEBRUARY. WE'LL FOLLOW THE PROGRESS FOR YOU AND BE THERE WHEN KA'ILILA'AU IS LAUNCHED INTO THE SEA.

(CHAINSAW ICE SCULPTURE) (PiP-ICE SCULPTURE)

J: THE COMPETITION WAS HEATED - BUT THE MEDIUM WAS FROZEN. THE ANNUAL BATTLE IN HAWAII'S ONLY ICE SCULPTING CONTEST HEATED UP SUNDAY AT LAHAINA CANNERY MALL AND, WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER, SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT HAD NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

(VO) THIS WAS THE ACTION ON SATURDAY AS COMPETITORS PUT ON AN EXHIBITION – AND LEARNED SEVERAL THINGS: MOST NOTABLY THAT DESPITE THE FACT THAT LAHAINA CANNERY MALL IS AIR CONDITIONED, THEY STILL HAVE TO WORK QUICKLY BECAUSE ICE MELTS FAST. LAST MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS AND THEY WERE READY TO GO - WHILE THE ANXIOUS MALL DREW - WHO KNEW THEY HAD PLENTY TO MOP UP - STOOD BY AS RIVETED AS THE SPECTATORS AT THE WORKS OF ART UNFOLDING BEFORE THEM.

(FF-CG-CON'T VO) ON SUNDAY, JAPANESE ARTIST TOSHINORI SATO WOWED THE JUDGED WITH HIS FROZEN MERMAID AND HER UNDERWATER FRIENDS WHILE MAUI ICE ARTIST DARREN HO SCULPTED AN EAGLE ATOP AN ICY SPIRE. WHEN IT WAS ALL SAID AND DONE, THE THREE INDEPENDENT JUDGES DID SOMETHING THAT HAD NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE - THEY HAD A TIE FOR FIRST PLACE. RATHER THAN SPLIT THEIR VOTE WITH SOME KIND OF TIE BREAKER AND AWARD THE THOUSAND DOLLAR FIRST PRIZE TO ONE ARTIST AND 500 DOLLARS TO SECOND PLACE THEY DECLARED BOTH MEN CO-CHAMPIONS AND AWARDED EACH OF THEM 1000 DOLLARS.

(ON-CAM). BOTH OF THEIR NAMES WILL ALSO APPEAR ON THE PERPETUAL TROPHY AS UNPRECEDENTED CO-CHAMPIONS. THIS WAS SATO'S FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE LAHAINA EVENT - WHILE MAUI'S DARREN HO HAS WON IT FIVE TIMES - DATING BACK TO 1993. IN ADDITION TO THE TWO TOP AWARDS, THE ARTISTS CHOSE ONE WINNER AS THEIR PICK FOR "THE CARVERS' CHOICE." THAT 100-DOLLAR PRIZE WENT TO JAPAN'S HIDEO FUJIYAMA WHO OPTED TO DONATE HIS PRIZE TO A MAUI CHARITY.

(SHANE-BACK HOME)(PiP-SHANE VICTORINO)

J: SPEAKING OF HOMETOWN CHARITIES - THIS WEEKEND MAUI'S LOCAL SUPERSTAR, SHANE VICTORINO, IS BRINGING A FEW FRIENDS TO PLAY AROUND TO HELP SOME OF HAWAII'S MOST PRECIOUS KEIKI.

THE LINE-UP OF PLAYERS IN THE SHANE VICTORINO CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC AT THE MAKENA BEACH AND GOLF RESORT THIS SATURDAY READS LIKE AN ALL-STAR ROSTER. IT INCLUDES PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES TEAMMATES RYAN HOWARD AND JOE BLANTON ALONG WITH OTHER BASEBALL GREATS INCLUDING NEW YORK YANKEE'S CHAD GAUDIN AND KILA KA'AIHUE OF THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS. GOLF PRO CHAD FUJIKAWA WILL BE THERE ALONG WITH LOCAL WATERMEN ARCHIE KALEPA AND LAIRD HAMILTON.

(VO) WE CAUGHT UP WITH SHANE BRIEFLY THIS WEEK - WHICH HAS BEEN KIND OF A BUSY ONE CONSIDERING HE HAD JUST FINISHED THE WORLD SERIES, RECEIVED HIS SECOND GOLD GLOVE AND - OF YEAH - HE GOT MARRIED LAST WEEKEND.

(Shane Victorino, All-Star, Newlywed)

SV01: "The honeymoon's right now. Actually we're going on a cruise in January on the Caribbean - which is actually a Phillies cruise. We'll get to use that as our honeymoon and a little down time to relax spend a little quality time together then."

WITH TWO WORLD SERIES EXPERIENCES, TWO GOLDEN GLOVES, A QUADRUPLE DOUBLE - AND THE LOU GEHRIG AWARD FOR HIS OFF THE FIELD WORK, VICTORINO EXPLAINED HOW HE KEEPS FROM GETTING COMPLACENT.

SV02: "Uh, you can't. I think that's why I always enjoy coming back home and getting rooted again - getting back to your grass roots. Realizing where I come from. The opportunity that I do have to be a role model - to be somebody that kids look up to: that always keeps me grounded. You never get complacent in this game because there's always somebody that's trying to take your job. You know, I was that guy trying to take somebody's job so I know that when I get there I need to work hard every day 'cuz somebody's trying to take my job. You kbow, you never get complacent. I just want to try to keep getting better, working hard and trying to be the best player I can be."

THE BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR SECURITY REASONS, AND THE FACT THAT RYAN HOWARD - IN THE LIGHT BLUE SHIRT - MAY BE A BASEBALL ALL-STAR - BUT HE'S A ROOKIE GOLFER. STILL HE DOESN'T MIND PUTTING IT OUT THERE WITH SHANE TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER-STRICKEN CHILDREN.


(ON-CAM) THE TOURNAMENT STARTS AT NOON THIS SATURDAY AND ALL THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE HAWAIIAN CHILDREN'S CANCER FOUNDATION. LAST YEAR'S INAUGURAL EVENT RAISED 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THE GOAL IS TO REACH 120 THOUSAND DOLLARS THIS YEAR. IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE HAWAII CHILDREN'S CANCER FOUNDATION, ABOUT THIS SATURDAY'S TOURNAMENT - OR ABOUT THE SKYROCKETING CAREER OF MAUI'S OWN SHANE VICTORINO, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS - THIS TIME IT'S FOR ALL THE MARBLES AS MAUI'S TWO BEST FOOTBALL TEAMS FACE THE BEST OF THE REST OF HAWAI'I. AND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, - CAN YOU BELIEVE THANKSGIVING IS ALMOST HERE? IDEAS, EVENTS AND MORE ARE JUST AHEAD ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(C-BLOCK)

J: TAKING A QUICK LOOK AT SPORTS, THIS WEEKEND STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS BEGIN FOR THE HAWAII HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. FRIDAY NIGHT IN DIVISION ONE, THE THIRD-SEEDED BALDWIN BEARS WILL HOST THE LEILEHUA MULES IN A REMATCH OF LAST YEAR'S FIRST-ROUND GAME. KICKOFF IS SET FOR 6 P.M. AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM. AND FRIDAY NIGHT LAHAINALUNA TRAVELS TO AIEA TO TAKE ON AIEA IN THE FIRST ROUND OF DIVISION TWO PLAYOFFS.

AND OF COURSE NEXT WEEK IS THE ANNUAL TREAT FOR BASKETBALL FANATICS - BOTH LOCALS AND VISITORS - WHEN THE E-A- SPORTS INVITATIONAL TAKES OVER THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER - AS WELL AS ESPN. THE TOURNAMENT RUNS MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

THIS WEEKEND IS THE FINAL FORMAL RACING EVENT AT MAUI RACEWAY PARK. FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS, GET SET TO SEE, HEAR AND FEEL THE POWER AND SPEED OF LOCAL DRAGSTERS WHO RIP UP THE QUARTER-MILE. GATES OPEN AT FOUR AND THE JUNIOR DRAGS START THE ACTION OFF BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS. MAUI RACEWAY IS OFF MOKULELE HIGHWAY BY THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY.

IF YOUR TASTES ARE MORE REFINED AND YOU'RE GETTING INTO THE HOLIDAY - SLASH - GIVING MOOD, THEN FRIDAY NIGHT YOU'LL WANT TO ATTEND THE THIRD ANNUAL WAILEA WINE EVENT. IT'S A BENEFIT FOR THE HUI NO'EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER AND THIS YEAR IT'S AT THE BEAUTIFUL HOTEL WAILEA - FORMERLY THE DIAMOND RESORT. FROM 5-30 UNTIL 8-30, ENJOY MARVELOUS AND RARE WINES, DELECTABLE TASTE TREATS AND SEE LIMITED EDITION HUI PRESS PRINTS SELECTED JUST FOR THIS EVENT. TICKETS ARE 125 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

FRIDAY NIGHT WILL ALSO FEATURE THE RARE EXPERIENCE OF LISTENING TO ONE OF THE 100 BEST GUITAR PLAYERS OF ALL TIME. RICHARD THOMPSON WILL PRESENT A CONCERT IN THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER AT 7-30. TICKETS ARE JUST 35 DOLLARS.

MOVING ON NOW TO ANOTHER OVERSTUFFED SATURDAY, WE PRESENT - IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, SEVERAL OPTIONS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. LIKE THE 22ND ANNUAL KULA SCHOOL HARVEST FESTIVAL. THE FREE FAMILY FUN EVENT FEATURES ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES, ALONG WITH KULA FLOWERS, A SILENT AUCTION, A COUNTRY STORE, UPCOUNTRY PRODUCE AND SPECIALTY FOOD BOOTHS FEATURING UPCOUNTRY RESTAURANTS. YOU CAN'T MISS IT - KULA SCHOOL IS ON KULA HIGHWAY. THE FESTIVAL STARTS AT 9.

MEANWHILE, ON THE GREAT LAWN AT MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, THERE'S A FUNDRAISER THAT PROMISES A LOT OF FUN. THE PA PA'ANI O NA KEIKI IS A HUI ORGANIZING TO CREATE A PLAYGROUND FOR THE CHILDREN AT HARBOR LIGHTS. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT MCC FROM 10 TO 6 EACH DAY, THERE WILL BE GAMES, A KEIKI ENTERTAINMENT ZONE, FOOD, CRAFTS AND LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS. YOU'LL FIND MORE DETAILS BY CLICKING COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

SATURDAY NIGHT UPCOUNTRY, IT'S THE REVERSE ORIGAMI FILM FESTIVAL AT SEABURY HALL. IT'S A LOCAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURING LOCAL FILM MAKERS INCLUDING DEAN FLECK NANCY SKRIMSTAD AND MATTHEW ROBINSON. FOR JUST FOUR DOLLARS, ENJOY THE ARTISTIC WORKS OF LOCAL FILMMAKERS AND YOU'LL HAVE A GREAT TIME WHILE SUPPORTING THE WORKS OF THE SEABURY HALL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. THE FESTIVAL RUNS STARTS AT 5 P.M.

OR, IF YOU FEEL LIKE TRAVELING JUST PARTWAY UPCOUNTRY, GET SET FOR A HOLIDAY TREAT AT THE MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH. THE STATELY OLD CHAPEL WILL HOST THE PRECIOUS SOUNDS OF THE SUZUKI MAUI HOLIDAY CONCERT. THE EVENT FEATURES LOCAL PERFORMERS FROM 6 TO 16 YEARS OF AGE PERFORMING HOLIDAY AND CLASSICAL FAVORITES INCLUDING VIVALDI'S WINTER AND HANDEL'S MESSIAH. TICKETS ARE JUST 15 DOLLARS AND ALL KEIKI ACCOMPANIED BY ADULTS ARE ADMITTED FREE. THE CONCERT STARTS AT 7-30 SATURDAY NIGHT.

ANOTHER CONCERT ALSO STARTS AT 7-30 SATURDAY NIGHT. IT'S CECILIO AND KAPONO IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC. FRIENDS, GOODNIGHT AND GOOD MORNING - ALL YOUR C & K FAVORITES ARE ON THE PLAYLIST. FOR THE SHOW SATURDAY NIGHT.

THEN COMES SUNDAY MORNING, A CHANCE TO GET SOME EXERCISE - AND THERE ARE TWO MAJOR LEAGUE HEART-STARTERS FOR YOU. SUNDAY WILL BRING THE INAUGURAL RUNNING OF THE WAR MEMORIAL MARATHON - ONE OF THE FEW MARATHONS WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE FINISH LINE FROM THE STARTING LINE...MORE THAN A HUNDRED TIMES! THE COURSE IS THE WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM TRACK AND IT TAKES A LITTLE MORE THAN 105 LAPS TO RUN 26-POINT-TWO MILES. THE FILED IS LIMITED TO JUST 100 RUNNERS. THE ENTRY FEE IS 100 DOLLARS AND ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT KIHEI CHARTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS. THE STARTING GUN GOES OFF AT 6 A.M.

OR - IF YOU'D LIKE TO TRAVEL FURTHER AND SEE A BIT MORE SCENERY, HOW ABOUT THE MAUI CENTURY BIKE RIDE? THIS YEAR THERE ARE 25, 50, 75 AND 100-MILE ROUTES PLANNED. A BARBEQUE LUNCH WILL FOLLOW THE EVENT THAT BEGINS AT MAULAKA BEACH SUNDAY MORNING AT 6-30. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EITHER OF THESE EVENTS, GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

IF YOU LIKE GOING IN CIRCLES, HAVE A SENSE OF RHYTHM, ADVENTURE AND A TOUCH OF INTERNATIONAL FLAIR, THEN HOW ABOUT ISRAELI FOLK DANCING? IT'S FREE AND THEY'LL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. ENJOY THE CLASSES SUNDAYS AT GRACE CHURCH IN KULA FROM 4 TO 6 P.M. AND EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT FROM 6 TO 8 P.M. AT THE JEWISH CONGREGATION OF MAUI SYNAGOGUE IN KIHEI.

LOOKING AHEAD OF COURSE NEXT THURSDAY IS THANKSGIVING. IN ADDITION TO BEING A STATE AND FEDERAL HOLIDAY, AND AN EXCUSE TO OVER-INDULGE AT THE DINNER TABLE, IT'S ALSO YOUR CHANCE TO BENEFIT THE MAUI FOOD BANK AND YOUR WAISTLINE. THE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY TROT "GUESS YOUR TIME" FUN RUN FEATURES A 16 MILE RUN STARTING AT 7 A.M. AND AN 8-MILE RUN STARTING AT 8 A.M. THE RUNS ARE NOT TIMED -HENCE THE "GUESS YOUR TIME" ASPECT OF THE EVENT. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO BRING CANNED AND NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS TO BE DONATED TO THE MAUI FOOD BANK. START EARLY. DO SOME GOOD FOR YOUR COMMUNITY - AND BUILD AN APPETITE.

THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING, NEWT GINGRICH WILL BE BACK ON MAUI TO AUTOGRAPH COPIES OF HIS LATEST BOOK, "TO TRY MEN’S SOULS." AS AN ADDED BONUS, NEWT'S WIFE, CALLISTA, WILL ALSO BE SIGNING COPIES OF HER BOOK "REDISCOVERING GOD IN AMERICA" THAT FEATURES SOME OF HER BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK. IT ALL HAPPENS AT 6-30 NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT AT BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC IN THE MAUI MARKETPLACE.

AND, NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT IS THE OPENING OF "ANNIE," THE ELABORATE CO-PRODUCTION OF MAUI ON-STAGE AND THE MAUI ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. FROM NOVEMBER 27TH THROUGH DECEMBER 13TH, ANNIE WILL PLAY AT THE IAO THEATER AT 7-30 P.M. ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AND AT 3 P.M. ON SUNDAYS. TICKETS RANGE FROM 15 TO 20 DOLLARS FOR THIS HEART-WARMING HOLIDAY CLASSIC AND THE PRICE CAN DROP AS LOW AS FIVE DOLLARS WITH THE DONATION OF TWO CANS OF FOOD FOR THE MAUI FOOD BANK.

THERE ARE SOME NOTABLE SHOWS COMING UP IN DECEMBER - INCLUDING JOHN CRUZ IN CONCERT AT THE MACC ON DECEMBER FOURTH. AND IT WAS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT ELTON JOHN WILL COME TO HAWAII IN JANUARY. TICKETS FOR HIS HONOLULU APPEARANCE AT THE BLAIDSDELL ARENA ON JANUARY SIXTH GO ON SALE THIS SATURDAY.

FOR DETAILS ON THAT CONCERT AS WELL AS EVERYTHING WE'VE MENTIONED THIS WEEK - AND, YES, EVEN 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.

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YOU CAN ALSO CATCH OUR WEEKLY REPORTS EVERY FRIDAY ON THE 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.

MAHALO HOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

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