Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week of November 27, 2008
(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: A HOMECOMING CELEBRATION FOR MAUI'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AS SHANE VICTORINO IS GREETED, HONORED, PROCLAIMED AND IMMORTALIZED.
JY: AND IT WAS HIGH TECH, HIGH ART AND HIGH EXPECTATIONS AT THE SECOND ANNUAL MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS FEST.
J: AND MEDICAL NEWS IN THE HEADLINES THIS WEEK. A PROMINENT SOUTH MAUI DERMATOLOGIST IS SPREADING THE WORD TO FIGHT SKIN CANCER, WHILE MAUI'S LEAD CSI CONTINUES THE CANCER FIGHT OF HER LIFE – AND SHE NEEDS YOUR HELP.
JY: IN SPORTS, THE BALDWIN BEARS TOOK ON A HERD OF STUBBORN MULES FROM LEILEHUA IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE STATE PLAYOFFS. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: AND HOLLY CHUNG IS HERE WITH THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING LIST OF HOLIDAY FUN THINGS TO SEE AND DO. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, HAU'OLI LA HO'OMAIKAI - HAPPY THANKSGIVING - ON THIS OUR 80TH CONSECUTIVE WEEKLY EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.
JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. THEIR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO IMPROVE THE STANDING OF NATIVE HAWAIIANS IN BUSINESS.
(Turn to cam) AND EVEN IN ECONOMIC TIMES MORE CHALLENGING THAN ANY IN RECENT HISTORY, THIS WEEK THE MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DREW AN UPBEAT CROWD OF ENERGIZED SMALL BUSINESS OPERATORS. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING FILES THIS REPORT.
(TAKE MNHCC PKG) THE PODIUM WAS GRACED BY A STEADY STREAM OF IMPORTANT AND IMPASSIONED PEOPLE. THE AUDIENCE WAS FILLED WITH CONCERNED, EAGER LOCALS WHOSE LIVELIHOODS DEPEND ON SUCCEEDING IN BUSINESS ON MAUI. THE SECOND ANNUAL BUSINESS FEST, PRESENTED BY THE MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS, FEATURED LEADERS - OF THE SPIRITUAL VARIETY, THE CULTURAL VARIETY, THE GOVERNMENT VARIETY, THE ENTERTAINMENT VARIETY, INDUSTRY AND MORE. ATTENDANCE WAS NEARLY DOUBLE WHAT IT WAS IN 2007 - DESPITE THE SOURING ECONOMY. INCOMING CHAMBER PRESIDENT CHUIBBY VICENS EXPLAINED WHY.
Mercer "Chubby" Vicens, Vice President, Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce
CV01: "We know where we're going. We know what we think the needs are for our constituents - who are our clients or our members. You're one of 'em so you know. You've been to some of the meetings. You see what we strive to do. The goal is always to be able to manifest a higher level by native Hawaiian owned businesses and those businesses that are actually Hawaiian at heart."
TOPICS RANGED FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING - TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND MUCH MORE. IN HIS REMARKS, LT. GOVERNOR DUKE AIONA DETAILED WHAT THE STATE IS DOING TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF HAWAIIANS IN BUSINESS. HE ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE SOME 12 HUNDRED NATIVEHAWAIIAN OWNED BUSINESSES ON MAUI - ABOUT 8,000 ACROSS THE STATE - AND THEY SHOULD GET ALL THE HELP THEY NEED BECAUSE - WITH NO HAWAIIANS IN BUSINESS, EVENTUALLY THERE WILL BE NO HAWAIIAN BUSINESS IN HAWAII. THAT'S WHY A CONFERENCE LIKE WAS SO IMPORTANT - AND WHY NEXT YEAR, IT MAY DOUBLE IN SIZE AGAIN. REPORTING FROM THE GRAND WAILEA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(ON-CAM TAG) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE HAWAIIAN - JUST HAWAIIAN AT HEART. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
(MAKENA RESORT) (PiP - Makena resort Crowd)
J: IT HAS BECOME A FAMILIAR SIGHT AT THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL CHAMBERS - WHENEVER THERE IS A DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR SOUTH MAUI - THE ROOM IS GOING TO BE PACKED. LAST WEEK WAS NO EXCEPTION AS TWO DAYS OF STANDING ROOM ONLY CROWDS WATCHED AND LISTENED, AND MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE SIGNED UP TO TESTIFY BOTH FOR AND AGAINST THE PROJECT THAT'S BEEN OUT OF THE HEADLINES FOR NEARLY FOUR YEARS.
BY THE TIME IT WAS OVER, THE COUNCIL'S LAND USE COMMITTEE VOTED 7 TO 2 TO RECOMMEND GIVING MAKENA RESORT THE OK TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR PLANS. THOSE PLANS INCLUDED 41 NEW CONDITIONS - INCLUDING A SUBSTANTIAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPONENT. VOTING AGAINST THE PROJECT WERE COUNCIL MEMBERS MICHELLE ANDERSON AND JOANNE JOHNSON. BUT EVEN ANDERSON - USUALLY AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF DEVELOPMENT - HAD WORDS OF PRAISE FOR THE PROJECT, COMMENDING DEVELOPER EVERETT DOWLING AS A MAN OF INTEGRITY, ADDING THAT FOR A PROJECT THIS MASSIVE, SHE WAS GLAD THE MAN BEHIND IT WAS DOWLING.
COUNCILMEMBER MIKE VICTORINO CALLED THE PROJECT A DEFINING MOMENT IN MAUI'S HISTORY, CALLING THE PROJECT A "JUMP START" IN THE AILING ECONOMY THAT DESPERATELY NEEDS JOBS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
UP NEXT FOR THE PROJECT IS THE FIRST AND SECOND READING BY THE FULL COUNCIL. OPPONENTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT SAY THEY'RE NOT GIVING UP - AND PLAN TO TESTIFY AT BOTH OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY TO STOP THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAKENA RESORT. THE DATE HAS NOT OFFICIALLY BEEN SET YET BUT THAT FIRST READING IS ANTICIPATED TO BE DECEMBER 5TH. BUT EVEN BEFORE THAT THE "SAVE MAKENA" GROUP PLANS A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THIS SUNDAY AT ONELOA. FROM 3 TO 5 P.M. THIS SUNDAY, THE GROUP IS PLANNING A FAKE FUNERAL TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THEIR VIEWPOINT. IN THE MEANTIME THEY ARE ENCOURAGING THEIR MEMBERS TO CONTACT THEIR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ASK FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TESTIFY IN ADVANCE OF THE NEXT COUNCIL VOTE.
JY: AFTER TWO DAYS OF GRUELING TESTIMONY, THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL ENJOYED A MUCH LESS CONTROVERSIAL FRIDAY MORNING SESSION. MAUI TV NEWS WAS THERE AS THEY GREETED THEIR GUEST OF HONOR.
(VO) SHANE VICTORINO IS A HOMETOWN HERO. THE 1999 SAINT ANTHONY'S GRADUATE AND HIS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAD WON THE WORLD SERIES. SO, LAST FRIDAY AT THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, THERE WAS MORE THAN JUST BUSINESS ON THE AGENDA. AFTER A FORMAL PROCLAMATION WAS READ - EACH COUNCIL MEMBER EXPRESSED THEIR APPRECIATION - ESPECIALLY THE PROUD PAPA AT THE END DESK. WITH LEI AND HUGS AND A LOTS OF AUTOGRAPHS FOR COUNTY STAFF MEMBERS, WE ASKED HIM IF REALITY WAS SETTING IN YET.
Shane Victorino, World Champion
SV01: "I guess it was a dream and dreams come true - as they say. The rapid pace, I guess - having just three years in the big leagues - it's an honor and I hope to have many more."
ON TUESDAY EVEN MORE HONORS AS VICTORINO GREETED FANS IN FRONT OF THE COUNTY BUILDING AND EXPRESSED HIS THANKS TO THE CROWD FOR THEIR SUPPORT ALL THE WAY ALONG FROM FROM HIS DAYS AS A MULTI-SPORT TROJAN TO A GOLD GLOVE WINNING FLYIN' HAWAIIN IN PHILADELPHIA.
(on-cam tag) IF YOU'RE AMONG THE ULTIMATE SHANE VICTORINO FANS, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION FROM OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
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J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, SHE'S MAUI'S SENIOR CRIMINALIST - FACED WITH INVESTIGATING WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO SAVE HER LIFE. JULIE'S HOPE - WHEN WE COME BACK.
JY: AND AN EXTREMELY POPULAR SOUTH MAUI DERMATOLOGIST IS TRAVELLING THE WORLD TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT A REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF SKIN CANCER. THAT STORY WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
(JULIE'S HOPE)(PiP-JULIE WOOD)
JY: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR DOCTOR TOLD YOU HAD CANCER THAT COULD NOT BE CURED? THAT'S JUST WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SENIOR CRIMINALIST AT THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT. BUT JULIE WOOD IS A FIGHTER AS WELL AS A SCIENTIST AND SHE HAS BEATEN TREMENDOUS ODDS TO NOT ONLY SURVIVE - BUT TO REMAIN ON THE JOB. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING PICKS UP THE STORY FROM THERE.
(TAKE JULIES HOPE PKG) ON TV, THE CSI CRIME LAB IS DARK. DRAMATIC, HIGH TECH AND SEXY. ON MAUI, THE CSI LAB IS SMALL, BRIGHT, HIGH TECH AND - KINDA SEXY. JULIE WOOD IS MAUI'S CHIEF CSI SCIENTIST. SHE DOESN'T HAVE A DEPARTMENT OF 100 LIKE GRISSOM DOES ON THE SHOW - BUT SHE EXPLAINS WHICH ONE WOULD BE HER.
Julie Wood, Maui Police Dept. Senior Criminalist
JW01: "On CSI I would be the person in the lab coat with the goggles on. That would be my function."
UNLIKE THE TV SHOW, HER COAT IS NOT CUSTOM TAILORED ARMANI. BU THE EQUIPMENT AND THE TASKS ARE JUST AS REAL AS THEY ARE ON TV. ALSO - LIKE THE TV SHOW - AS A CRIMINALIST, JULIE EXPLAINS THINGS SCIENTIFICALLY - THEN IN A LANGUAGE YOU AND I CAN UNDERSTAND.
JW02: "I have Mucinous Adenocarcinoma Of The Appendix - so basically, I have cancer of the appendix."
AND THIS IS THE PART OF THIS STORY WHERE THE COMPARISONS END. ON TV, THE DRAMA OF CSI IS COMPELLING - BUT BY THE END OF THE HOUR, THEY USUALLY SOLVE THE MYSTERY AND GET A CONVICTION. BUT THE LIFE AND DEATH DRAMA FOR JULIE WOOD IS TAKING LONGER THAN THAT - AND, AT THIS POINT, NOBODY KNOWS HOW IT WILL END. HER CANCER IS RARE.
JW03: "Very rare. Only about one in 10 million people. And of that 10 million, I have an extremely rare cell type."
AND IF THAT ISN'T CRUEL ENOUGH - HERE'S WHEN SHE GOT THE NEWS
JW04: "On Valentine's Day 2006."
WITH ONLY A TINY FRACTION OF ALL CANCER PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM THIS RARE CANCER, TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE ALSO EXTREMELY RARE. IN FACT, AT FIRST DOCTORS TOLD HER THERE WERE NO TREATMENTS - THAT SHE SHOULD PUT HER AFFAIRS IN ORDER AND SAY HER GOODBYES. AS A SCIENTIST - SHE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THAT ANSWER AND PURSUED TREATMENT ON THE MAINLAND THAT INCLUDED MORE SURGERY AND A PROCESS CALLED HEATED CHEMOTHERAPY - WHICH WAS HORRIBLE TO ENDURE - BUT PREFERRABLE TO THE ALTERNATIVE.
JW05: "Even an ther time of the surgery they had already scheduled me for intraveneous chemotherapy - so I knew I had a long road ahead of me."
AND - AS A SCIENTIST - SHE ALSO HAD A MUCH CLEARER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING THAN MOST OTHER PEOPLE WOULD.
JW06: "My philosophy in life has always been that 'knowledge is power' thing, right? Which serves a purpose to a point. Unfortunately, there's things that sometimes you can't do anything about. And then - emotionally - that became kind of challenging."
HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY SUPPORTED HER AS BEST THEY COULD.
JW07: "I asked them to filter any information for prognosis because I didn't want to know at that time. Emotionally I wasn't coping very well because I knew the prognosis wasn't very good - but I didn't want to see any numbers. And so they filtered everything for me. They would send documents to me and say 'read up until page four - but don't read paragraph two.' Or they would cut it out and fax it to me. That helped keep my emotional state a little higher. Then, eventually, as I got more effective at coping, I was able to deal with some of those harder numbers and face the music, so to speak."
JULIE'S WORLD IS BASED IN FACTS - NUMBERS, DETAILS, SCIENCE AND REALITY. BUT JULIE'S LIFE IS MUCH BIGGER THAN THAT - THAT'S WHERE JULIE'S HOPE COMES IN. SHE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE INITIAL - FINAL DECREE. SO SHE PUSHED HER INSURANCE COMPANY, MORTGAGED HER HOUSE, PAID FOR THE TREATMENT UP FRONT AND TRAVELLED TO THE EAST COAST FOR WHAT WAS INITIALLY DECLARED EXPERIMENTAL BY HER INSURANCE COMPANY. IT HAS A LONG NAME, BUT OFFERED THE CHANCE TO SURVIVE FAR BEYOND THE INITIAL TWO TO THREE MONTHS HER DOCTOR ON O'AHU TOLD HER SHE HAD.
JW08: "Some people that have been treated with that have survived up to 20 years - which looked a lot better than three months without treatment."
JULIE SAID IT TOOK ABOUT THREE MONTHS OF RECOVERY FROM THE TREATMENT BEFORE SHE FELT STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE ON THE INSURANCE COMPANY. SHE COLLECTED THE E3VIDENCE, SUBMITTED HER FINDINGS AND WON HER CASE. THE INSURANCE COMPANY PAID FOR HER TREATMENT. BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, TOOK IT OFF THE EXPERIMENTAL LIST FOR ANYONE ELSE FACING WHAT JULIE IS FACING.
JW09: "So now that treatment is available to other people here in Hawai'i. I feel good about that. It was a hard fight for me but I'm hoping that I did some good for other people in that fight."
WHERE THIS CANCER COMES FROM - NOBODY KNOWS. JULIE'S RESEARCH SHOWED THAT IT HAPPENS TO ALL ETHNICITIES, AGES AND SEXES. IT DOESN'T HAPPEN MORE IN THE NORTH OR SOUTH - AND ISN'T CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO THE CHEMICALS USED IN HER SCIENTIFIC WORK.
AFTER THE SURGERY AND CHEMOTHERAPY, HER CANCER WENT INTO REMISSION - UNTIL ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO. ANOTHER ROUND OF CHEMO HAS STABILIZED HER CONDITION - BUT THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY GOOD NEWS. NOW, JULIE'S HOPE LIES HALF A WORD AWAY - IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, FOR ANOTHER TREATMENT STILL CONSIDERED EXPERIMENTAL IN THE U.S. - A THERAPY THAT HARVESTS HEALTHY CELLS FROM HER BODY. SCIENTISTS ISOLATE THE CELLS THAT RECOGNIZE THE CANCER INVADERS AND ALLOW THEM TO REPLICATE EN MASSE. THEN THE HEALTHY CELLS ARE REINSERTED VIA A REGULAR BLOOD TRANSFUSION, AND HER OWN IMMUNE SYSTEM BEGINS TO FIGHT THE INVADING CANCER CELLS. IT'SD CALLED ADOPTIVE IMMUNOTHERAPY
JW10: "...which is a completely different way to treat cancer. It has nothing to do with surgery or chemotherapy or radiation. It's an idea that's been around for a long time but technology has not allowed us to implement it."///
JULIE SAYS THAT EARLY STUDIES HAVE SHOWN 16 OUT OF 16 POSITIVE RESPONSES IN PATIENTS TREATED THIS WAY. STILL, CLINICAL TRIALS AND RED TAPE WILL LIKELY KEEP THE TREATMENT OUT OF THE U.S. FOR YEARS. AGAIN - BEYOND HER OWN SURVIVAL - JULIE'S HOPE IS THAT BY GOING THROUGH THE TREATMENT HERSELF, IT, TOO, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO OTHERS IN AMERICA WHO NEED IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.
THE CSI LAB AT THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PRETTY CRAMPED - SO IT HELPS THAT JULIE AND CRIMINALIST DIANA CUSTER GET ALONG WELL. DIANA HAS KNOWN JULIE FOR MANY YEARS, BUT ONLY LAST YEAR GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH HER.
Diana Custer, MPD Criminalist
DC01: "This was the job I wanted to do when I was here 10 years ago. It was really a dream come tru for me to come back into the lab and be able to work under Julie and learn from her."///
DIANA'S BACKGROUND IN IMMUNOLOGY WAS PIQUED WHEN SHE LEARNED ABOUT THE SWEDISH TREATMENT, AND SHE - TOO - DELVED INTO HOW IT WORKS.
DC02: "We have a saying from a fellow scientist: 'Don't overlook the obvious.' And the treatment in Sweden is really the obvious treatment for cancer."///
DC03:"///As soon as I heard about it as a friend I was passionate and, as a scientist, double passionate asnd triply passionate after watching someone go through chemotherapy."
WORKING IN SUCH CLOSE QUARTERS WITH HER FRIEND AND MENTOR AND WATCHING HER GO THROUGH THE RAVAGES OF BOTH THE DISEASE - AND THE CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT - DEVOTING HER LIFE TO JULIE'S HOPE WAS A NO-BRAINER FOR DIANA. SINCE JULY, THE FUNDRAISING EFFORTS HAVE BEEN NON-STOP, AND THE RESULTS INDUCE CHICKEN SKIN. A CANDY JAR AT THE DEPARTMENT'S INTAKE WINDOW DOWNSTAIRS, A FOOD AND WINE PAIRING AT THE GRAND WAILEA, A RUMMAGE SALE, ONLINE DONATIONS AND THE SALES OF VERY COOL "JULIE'S HOPE" POLO SHIRTS. ATLANTIS SUBMARINES DONATES SUNDAY PROCEEDS TO JULIE'S HOPE AS WELL. ALL OF THESE EFFORTS HAVE ADDED UP TO MORE THAN HALF OF THE AMOUNT THEY'LL NEED TO SEND JULIE WOOD TO STOCKHOLM - AND THAT'S A LOT. THE GOAL IS 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND AS OF THIS WEEK, THEY'VE RAISED 111 THOUSAND OF THAT MOUNT. TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING ALONE WILL COST NEARLY 90 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THEY'RE OPEN TO FUND RAISING IDEAS - AND, COULD REALLY BENEFIT FROM AN ANGEL STEPPING UP FROM ONE OF THE AIRLINES THAT TRAVELS BETWEEN HONOLULU AND STOCKHOLM.
DC04: "There's unique people in the world that are very rare. You only meet a few of them in your life and Julie's definitely one of those people. She's been that for me from day one."
AND DIANA WILL STAY WITH JULIE THROUGH IT ALL. THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT, TOO - MOSTLY IN MONEY - BUT IN OTHER WAYS, TOO. BY HELPING JULIE YOU MAY BE HELPING COUNTLESS OTHERS BY SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS OF BRINGING THIS ADVANCED AND PROMISING TREATMENT TO THE U.S. AS JULIE PUTS IT, "IT'S TIME FOR THE SCIENCTIST TO BECOME THE GUINEA PIG."
JW11. "I would really like people to understand that I'm not just doing this for myself. When it first started it was kind of about that but as I've been working I've been realizing how important it is to help other people. I really feel strongly and passionate about getting well and then working toward getting that therapy here for others. It's very important to me.
REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JULIE'S HOPE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP, YOU CAN GO DIRECTLY TO HER WEBSITE AT JULIESHOPE-DOT-COM. TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO JULIE'S HOPE IN PERSON, YOU CAN DROP BY ANY BRANCH OF THE BANK OF HAWAII.
J: ONE OF THE MOST COMMON - AND MOST PREVENTABLE FORMS OF CANCER IN THE WORLD IS SKIN CANCER. AND ON AN ISLAND LIKE MAUI - WHERE SUN WORSHIP IS PART OF THE PACKAGE, ONE DERMATOLOGIST IS SHEDDING NEW LIGHT ON THE FIGHT AGAINST SKIN CANCER.
(VO) HOW CAN YOU LIVE ON MAUI AND NOT BE OUT IN THE SUN? AND - WHILE VISITOR NUMBERS MAY BE WAY DOWN IN 2008, STILL THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO COME TO MAUI MOSTLY COME HERE TO DO THIS. AFTER ALL, HOW CAN YOU GO HOME FROM YOUR MAUI VACATION WITHOUT THE HEALTHY GLOW OF A MAUI SUNTAN.
George Martin, MD, Dermatologist
GM06: "There is no safe tan. And basically when you see a tanned skin, you know that person has been exposed to enough ultraviolet light to cause skin cancer."///
MAUI DERMATOLOGIST DOCTOR GEORGE MARTIN HAS SEEN AND TREATED HIS SHARE OF SKIN CANCERS FOR MANY YEARS. HE WAS DRAWN TO MAUI BY THE ALLURE OF THE SEA, THE SURF AND, BECAUSE OF HIS CHOSEN PROFESSION - THE SUN. AND YOU COMBINE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF SUN, AND YOU GET A LARGE AT-RISK POPULATION. AT RISK FOR SKIN CANCER AND PRE-CANCERS.
GM04: "Pre-cancers pretty much dominate among fair-skinned individuals who spend a lifetime in the sun. I've seen it in patients as early as their early 20s. "///
AND DOCTOR MARTIN HAS TREATED A MELANOMA PATIENT WHO WAS JUST EIGHT YEARS OLD. IDENTIFYING YOUR RISK FACTOR FOR SKIN CANCER EARLY IS CRUCIAL. CAUGHT EARLY, BASAL CELL CANCERS CAN BE REMOVED WITH AN 80 TO 90 PERCENT RECOVERY RATE. AND DETECTED EARLY, EVEN SQUAMOUS CELL AND MELANOMA - THE DEADLIEST FORM OF SKIN CANCER - CAN BE STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS.
STILL, PEOPLE WILL TEMPT FATE BECAUSE IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU, RIGHT? WELL, IT'S HAPPENING MORE THAN EVER.
GM05: "Yeah, what we've found in the United States - and throughout the world actually among populations of caucasians who live in sunny areas, that the incidence of these actenic keretoses is increasing at the rate of three to five percent over the last decade. That's epidemic.
YES, EPIDEMIC. AND THE INCREASE IN NUMBERS HAS LED DOCTORS TO INCREASE THEIR EFFORTS TOWARD FIGHTING THEM. DOCTORS LIKE MARTIN HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT THERE IS ALMOST NEVER JUST ONE POTENTIALLY CANCEROUS SPOT - BUT USUALLY MANY OF THEM. THE LIQUID NITROGEN TREATMENT DATES BACK TO THE 1950S. AND THE TOPICAL CHEMO THERAPHY HAS BEEN IN USE FOR ABOUT HALF THAT LONG. IT WORKS - BUT THE ISOLATION AND DISCOMFORT ARE JUST NOT PRACTICAL FOR MOST PEOPLE. NOW THERE'S A TREATMENT THAT'S COMPLETELY REVOLUTIONARY AND COMPLETELY GREEN - OR IN THIS CASE - BLUE.
GM01: "We're one of the innovators of a new theaterapy that was introduced in the United States about four or five years ago. It's called PhotoDynamic Therapy. PhotoDynamic Theatery is a treatment where we apply a liquid to the skin to treat pre-cancerous lesions. And we activate that liquid with a special light - a blue light. And it results in the destruction of the pre-cancerous lesions."
BEFORE THIS NON-INVASINCE PROCESS, THERE HAVE BEEN TWO SKIN CANCER TREATMENTS USED AROUND THE WORLD.
GM02: "Here to fore and for decades we've been treating pre-cancerous lesions with nitrogen - liquid nitrogen. And we use a squirt bottle and a Q-tip and we would freeze these little precancers off the face/////
GM02-b "...And, over time, pre-cancers would mount on the face and it became impossible to freeze tens or even hundreds off the face, we started resorting to the use of special creams and these creams were topical chemo-therapeutic agens that you basically apply once or twice a day for a couple of weeks and they would destroy the pre-cancers.///and in doing so, the skin looked pretty...pretty bad.///
BAD ENOUGH THAT MOST PATIENTS WOULD HAVE TO LIMIT OR ELIMINATE BEING SEEN IN PUBLIC UNTIL THE HARSE CHEMICALS DID THEIR JOB - WHICH COULD TAKE UP TO A MONTH. SCIENTISTS LIKE MARTIN KNEW THERE HAD TO BE A BETTER WAY. WHILE RESEARCHING POSSIBLE NEW TREATMENTS, THEY DISCOVERED SOMETHING TROUBLING ABOUT WHAT THEY THOUGHT WERE JUST PRE-CANCEROUS ROUGH SPOTS ON THE SKIN.
GM03: "So what's happened over the past few years that we've recognized that what we calling "pre-cancerous," that actenic keratosis is not a pre-cancer. It's actually the earliest form of squamous cell cancer - which, in ints most invasive form kills about 3,000 people every year in the United States."
AGE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. REGULAR CHECKUPS AND EARLY DETECTION - AT ANY AGE - OF ANY KIND OF SKIN CANCER ENSURES THE BEST ODDS OF TREATING IT, AND SURVIVING IT. BUT DOCTOR MARTIN ISN'T OUT TO SIMPLY SCARE ANYONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN CAUGHT FOR A MOMENT IN THE SUN - OR EVEN HAD A BAD SUNBURN OR TWO.
GM07: "But that alone is not enough to drive a cell to skin cancer. There has to be constant promotion - or a promoter - that takes that mutated cell - that mutated DNA - and promotes it into a skin cancer."
THE COMMON FACTOR IN ALL THE DECADES OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INTO SKIN CANCER CAUSES AND TREATMENT:
GM07b: "Sunlight is the only carcinogen - and we can think of the sun light as a carcingen - that is both initiator and promoter."
POINT MADE: YOU GET SKIN CANCER FROM THE SUN. WHILE THAT'S NOT A REVELEATION TO MOST PEOPLE, TREATING THE EARLY FORMS OF SKIN WITH LIGHT IS REVOLUTIONARY - AND IT'S ORGANIC. THE LIQUID APPLIED TO THE AFFECTED AREA - KNOWN AS A-L-L, ALREADY EXISTS IN US.
GM08: "It's a naturally occuring molecule. It's found in blood cells in your body and many other cells in your body. We take that molecule and - in high concentrations we apply it to the skin. And we find is that skin absorbs it. And what is most interesting is that precancerous lesions, actenic keretoses and skin cancers absorb it preferentially over normal skin. So, when the skin cancer, or precancerous cells absorbs the ALA, it becomes a very light sensitive molecule. We take advantage of that. We shine a blue light on the molecule and it results in a photo-toxic reaction. It releases free radicals and it blows up the cells which concentrate that liquid. We call it Photo Dynamic Therapy."
IT NOT ONLY ALL HAPPENS WITHIN THE TIME OF AN OFFICE VISIT - BUT, UNLIKE OLDER TREATMENTS - IT DOESN'T LEAVE A MARK.
GM09: "We have never seen a scar with Photo Dynamic Therapy. And when I discuss this with my colleagues around the world, none of us has ever seen scarring as a result of Photo Dynamic Therapy."
AN ORGANIC COMPOUND, TREATMENT IN A SINGLE DAY AND NO SCARRING. IT'S AN IDEA THAT A DERMATOLOGIST DREAMS ABOUT - AND THAT'S WHY DOCTOR MARTIN IS TRAVELLING THE WORLD - TO TELL AS MANY PEOLE AS WILL LISTEN - THAT THIS DREAM HAS COME TRUE.
GM10: "We've been in Korea, we've been in Boston. I'm headed off to Israel to speak and I'm getting to do a road trip across trhe United States lecturing at various universities and teaching centers."
AND THE EFFECTS OF PHOTO DYNAMIC THERAPY ARE WIDE RANGING - AS IT IS NOW BEING USED TO TREAT SEVERE ACNE AND OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS - AGAIN WITH NO HARSH CHEMICALS OR SCARRING. THE P-D-T MACHINE AT DOCTOR MARTIN'S KIHEI CLINIC IS ONE OF TWO ON THE ISLAND. THERE ARE ONE OR TWO ON O'AHU - BUT HIS MISSION IS TO SEE THEM IN USE EVERYWHERE. RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE ABOUT 12 HUNDRED P-D-T UNITS IN USE ACROSS THE NATION.
STILL, PEOPLE LIKELY WON'T STOP WORSHIPPING THE SUN. BUT, DOCTOR MARTIN HOPES - THOSE WHO HAVE SHIED AWAY FROM GETTING A SKIN CHECKUP FOR FEAR OF GOING UNDER THE KNIFE - WILL SEE THE LIGHT.
GM11: "Well, when we were using liquid nitrogen we'd tell our patients that we want to destroy these actenic keretoses, we'd tell them it was better to freeze than to cut. Now what we're telling them is that it's all about the liquid and the light as opposed to the scalpel."
(On-cam tag) IF YOU'RE A PATIENT OF DOCTOR MARTIN - AND MANY OF US ARE - YOU KNOW HE NOT ONLY WORKS AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT, BUT HE'S ALSO EXTREMELY BUSY. ON TOP OF HANDLING A BURGEONING CASELOAD OF PATIENTS, TRAVELLING THE WORLD TO SPEAK ABOUT THE FIGHT AGAINST THE SPREAD OF SKIN CANCER - AND FINDING TIME TO SURF AND ROW EVERY CHANCE HE GETS - HE'S ALSO FOUND THE TIME TO DEVELOP HIS OWN UNIQUE FORMULA OF SUN BLOCK. AND HE'S HOSTING A WORLD DERMATOLOGY SYMPOSIUM IN JANUARY IN WAILEA. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT P-D-T, THE SUNBLOCK AND DOC MARTIN, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
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JY: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, GOING INTO THE STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS, THE BALDWIN BEARS WERE RANKED HIGHER - BUT IT WAS THE MULES OF LEILEHUA WHO KICKED HARDER. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: THEN HOLLY CHUNG WILL BE HERE WITH THE RUNDOWN OF CLASSIC ANNUAL FAVORITE EVENTS - INCLUDING THE STORY OF A BOY WHO REALLY WANTS A BB GUN FOR CHRISTMAS. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
K: IT STARTED PRETTY UGLY - AND DIDN’T GET ANY PRETTIER.
ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M KALAPANA. LAST FRIDAY NIGHT'S MATCHUP BETWEEN THE PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN BALDWIN BEARS AND THE STATE DEFENDING CHAMPION LEILEHUA MULES STARTED OUT LIKE MANY FIGURED IT WOULD - BUT ENDED THE WAY MOST LOCALS HOPED IT WOULDN'T.
(vo) THE 2008 SEASON WAS ON THE LINE FOR THE BALDWIN BEARS - ESPECIALLY FOR THE 27 SENIORS ON THE SQUAD. FOR THEM, TONIGHT WAS DO OR DIE. LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE FOR THE FUTURE - MORE THAN HALF OF THE VARSITY BEAR SQUAD WILL RETURN IN 2009. BUT THE '08 BEARS ARE LEAVING THEIR MARK ON THE FIELD.
FIRST QUARTER ACTION AND MULES QUARTERBACK ANDREW MANLEY HAD PLENTY OF TIME AND SPACE TO HIT A WIDE OPEN DILLON PAU'U FOR ELEVEN YARDS AND A FIRST DOWN. THEN THEY DISPLAYED THEIR RUNNING PROWESS ON THIS TOSS TO RICO NEWMAN WHO REVERSES, THEN SCAMPERS FOR 10 MORE BEFORE A SCORE-SAVING TACKLE BY BALDWIN'S MANA ROSA.
BUT ON THE NEXT PLAY - ROSA, AND A FEW FRIENDS PROUDLY DECLARE TO LEILEHUA'S DOMINIC MUNOZ-"NOT IN MY HOUSE" AS MUNOZ IS TRAPPED FOR A BIG LOSS. MULES GAIN IT RIGHT BACK - AND THEN SOME WHEN MANLEY CONNECTS WITH KAMANA AKAGI - RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE OF BALDWIN'S KAWIKA GRACE.
THREE PLAYS LATER IT LOOKS LIKE BALDWIN'S TEVITA MALAFU'S GOT MANLEY FOR A LOSS. INSTEAD THE STUBBORN MULE BREAKS AWAY AND THROWS A PERFECT STRIKE TO RICO NEWMAN FOR 21 YARDS AND THE GAME'S FIRST SCORE.
BEARS TURN - OR IS IT? ON THE KICKOFF, THE BALL BOUNCES OFF ONE OF THE UP-MEN BUT TAKES A BEAR BOUNCE AS MIKIE WEBB FALLS ON IT WAY BACK AT THE 10 YARD LINE. YOU COULD TELL IT WAS A CASE OF NERVES AS BUT WILHELM-IOANE'S PASS TO MIKIE WEBB GOT LOST IN TRAFFIC ON THE LEFT SIDE - THEN FELL SHORT TO AARON ROSS ON THE RIGHT SIDE...THEN OUT OF ROSS' REACH ON THE LEFT. THEN AS IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH, PUNTING FROM THEIR OWN GOAL LINE, THE BALL ONLY TRAVELED 16 YARDS. OUCH.
IT ONLY TOOK THE MULES ONE PLAY TO CAPITALIZE. AGAIN, MANLEY IS ALMOST TAKEN OUT - BUT SLIPS OUT AND HITS AKAGI WHO KEEPS IT AWAY FROM KAWIKA GRACE FOR THE LEILEHUA SCORE - MUCH TO THE DELIGHT OF A SIZEABLE HERD OF MULE FANS WHO MADE THE TRIP OVER ON THE SUPERFERRY, ARRIVING JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE GAME. THE EXTRA POINT WAS GOOD AND WITH LESS THAN HALF OF THE FIRST QUARTER GONE, MULES LEAD IT 14-ZIP.
BEARS GO THREE AND OUT AGAIN AND WHEN THE MULES GET IT AGAIN, THEY GO AFTER KAWIKA GRACE - WHO THIS TIME DRAWS THE PENALTY FOR PASS INTERFERENCE - GRANTING AN ADDITIONAL 15 YARDS FOR LEILEHUA. FIVE PLAYS LATER, MULES Q-B MANLEY DROPS A SCREEN PASS TO RICO NEWMAN WHO BEATS MIKIE WEBB TO THE CORNER FOR ANOTHER MULE SCORE. THAT MADE IT 21 TO NOTHING.
BALDWIN'S FIRST SCORING TRY WAS A 34-YARD FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT BY C.J. SANTOS A FEW MOMENTS LATER AND IT WAS PERFECT - JAZZING THE BEARS FAITHFUL. BUT WAIT - NOT SO PERFECT - AS AN ILLEGAL PROCEDURE CALL AGAINST BALDWIN MADE HIM TRY IT AGAIN FROM THE 39 AND THIS TIME...NOT SO GOOD.
SECOND QUARTER ACTION NOW AND THE BEARS MARCHED NICELY DOWN FIELD. HERE, THOUGH, BUTA WILHELM-IOANE DOES A LITTLE MARCHING OF HIS OWN BEFORE BEING MAULED BY A COUPLE OF MULES. IT TAKES HIM A MOMENT TO UNCRUMPLE - BUT BUTA BOUNCES BACK WITH A QUICK TOSS TO RO WILSON FOR BALDWIN'S FIRST T-D.
ON THE MULES' NEXT POSSESSION, BALDWIN'S KAWIKA GRACE WAS FRUSTRATED AGAIN AS MANLEY'S PASS TO PAU'U WAS JUST OUT OF GRACE'S REACH - AND THE MULES SCORE AGAIN.
WITH A 28 TO SEVEN LEAD, THE HALF-TIME AIR SHOW WAS PROVIDED BY AN APPARENTLY LOST U'AU KANI THAT CRUISED THE STADIUM FOR MUCH OF THE REST OF THE GAME. EACH TEAM SCORED ONCE IN THE SECOND HALF WITH THE MULES EMERGING VICTORIOUS, 34 TO 15.
(ON-CAM) UP NEXT FOR THE MULES: KAHUKU, UP NEXT FOR THE BEARS: 2009. BUT IT'S NOT OVER FOR THE M-I-L. THIS WEEKEND, DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU'RE WATCHING THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS, LAHAINALUNA FACES RADFORD IN THE STATE DIVISION TWO SEMI-FINAL. WE'LL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU NEXT WEEK.
AND OF COURSE THE OTHER BIG SPORTS HAPPENING ON MAUI THIS WEEK IS THE E-A SPORTS INVITATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GOING ON AT THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER. EIGHT TEAMS, INCLUDING THREE IN THE TOP-10 ARE HERE FOR THE ANNUAL ESPN-LIVE BROADCAST. AND, AT A TIME WHEN OTHER BIG TOURNAMENTS MIGHT BE FAILING COMES WORD THAT THE E-A WILL BE IN LAHAINA FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.
HC: IT MUST BE THE HOLIDAY SEASON BECAUSE IT SURE IS GETTING BUSY!
ALOHA EVERYONE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING. I'M HOLLY CHUNG WITH THE RUNDOWN ON A JAM-PACKED WEEK OF EVENTS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS.
FIRST, AS YOU TRY TO FIND THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT "LOCAL" OR "LOCAL AT HEART," THEN YOU'LL FIND SOME GREAT IDEAS AT THE ANNUAL MADE IN MAUI TRADE SHOW ALL DAY SATURDAY AT THE QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER. LOOK FOR THE MADE IN MAUI LOGO WHILE YOU'RE SHOPPING.
STARTING SATURDAY - AND CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAYS, BIG BROTHER-BIG SISTERS OF MAUI COUNTY WILL BE BUILDING A GINGERBREAD HOUSE VILLAGE IN THE LOBBY OF THE GRAND WAILEA RESORT AND SPA. YOUR COMPANY, FAMILY OR JUST -YOU - CAN SPONSOR AND CREATE YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO BENEFIT THE WORK OF BIG BROTHER - BIG SISTERS OF MAUI COUNTY.
SATURDAY IS A VERY BUSY DAY. ALL DAY, THERE'S A FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT TAKING PLACE ON THE GROUNDS OF THE BAILEY HOUSE MUSEUM IN WAILUKU. IT'S THE EIGHTH ANNUAL CONCERT AND BENEFIT TITLED "E HO'OLU ALOHA - TO GROW IN LOVE." IT'S MUSIC, CULTURE, FOOD AND FUN - ALL TO BENEFIT THE MAUI HISTORICAL SOCIETY. AMONG THE STARS THAT DAY WILL BE LEI'OHU RYDER, UNCLE RICHARD HO'OPI'I AND ULUWEHI GUERRERO. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE, AND 15 DOLLARS AT THE GATE - AND THE ADMISSION PRICE IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT - THE HALI'IMAILE GENERAL STORE TURNS 20 THIS WEEK. THE FIRST-EVER "ART AND SOUL" BENEFIT WILL COINCIDE WITH THE CELEBRATION AT BEV GANNON'S UPCOUNTRY RESTAURANT WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO THE HUI NO'EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER. FABULOUS FOOD, WINE AND SPIRITS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN AUCTION AND MUSIC FROM SPECIAL GUESTS KENNY RANKIN AND FULTON TASHOMBE. TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE 125 DOLLARS - OF WHICH 100 IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
BUT WAIT - YOU HAVE STILL ANOTHER CHOICE FOR YOUR POST-TURKEY-DAY SATURDAY NIGHT. CELEBRATE "PEACE ON EARTH IN THE GLAD SEASON OF HARP AND SONG" IN THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. THIS HOLIDAY TREAT FEATURES THE MAUI CHORAL ARTS "HARPESTRA," THE MAUI CONCERT CHORUS AND - SHOULD YOU BE IN THE MOOD - PRE-CONCERT WASSAIL IN THE COURTYARD AT THE MACC. DOORS OPEN AT 6-30 AND THE CONCERT STARTS AT 7. TICKETS ARE 25 AND 10 DOLLARS. AND - IF YOU JUST CAN'T DECIDE WHICH EVENT TO TAKE IN SATURDAY NIGHT- NO WORRIES. THERE IS ANOTHER PERFORMANCE OF "PEACE ON EARTH IN THE GLAD SEASON OF HARP AND SONG" SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 2 AT THE MACC.
AND IF YOUR TASTES RANGE FROM THE HARP TO THE BANJO - GET SET TO ENJOY THE WORLD'S PREMIERE BANJO PLAYER WHEN BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES TAKE TO THE STAGE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 5 IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MACC. DESCRIBED AS A "ZESTY FUSION OF MUSIC," GET SET TO HEAR THINGS YOU DIDN'T THINK COULD HAPPEN ON A BANJO. TICKETS ARE 35, 25 AND 12 DOLLARS.
ON A MUCH MORE SOLEMN NOTE,
WORLD AIDS DAY WILL BE REMEMBERED ON MONDAY, DECEMBER FIRST IN KIHEI.
THE MAUI AIDS FOUNDATION WILL HOLD A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL TO REMEMBER THOSE
WHO HAVE PASSED - AND TO JOIN IN UNITY IN HOPES FOR A CURE. THE VIGIL
WILL BEGIN JUST BEFORE SUNSET - STARTING AT 5:30 MONDAY AT THE KALAMA
PARK IN KIHEI.
FOR DETAILS ON ALL THESE SHOWS AND EVENTS, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND IF THERE'S A SPECIAL EVENT YOU'RE PLANNING FOR THIS HOLIDAY OR THE NEW YEAR, LET US HELP YOU SPREAD THE WORD. SEND THE INFORMATION - AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE - TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S REPORT. I'M HOLLY CHUNG. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS, RIGHT AFTER THIS.
JY: BEFORE WE GO, WE JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO WISH YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING. HAU'OLI LA HO'OMAIKA'I.
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