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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week Ending December 3, 2009



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

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J: JAW DROPPING VIEWS AND - WITH THE STROKE OF SEVERAL PENS - A GUARANTEE THEY WILL ALWAYS STAY THAT WAY.

AND THE COMMUNITY OF HANA IS STILL IN SHOCK AT THE LOSS OF BELOVED NEIGHBORS BELIEVED TO HAVE WASHED AWAY IN FLASH FLOODS.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, PLUS MORE THAN THREE MILLION POUNDS OF CONCRETE FISH HABITATS ARE BEING ADDED TO A MASSIVE ARTIFICIAL REEF OFF THE SOUTH MAUI SHORE. WE'VE GOT THAT PLUS AN OVER-STUFFED WEEKEND OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN COMING ATTRACTIONS. IT'S ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE. AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN ON A VERY BUSY WEEK IN MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. THEY ARE KIND OF VIEWS THAT BECOME LIFE-LONG MEMORIES. AND NOW THOSE MEMORABLE VIEWS ARE GUARANTEED TO LAST FOR SEVERAL LIFETIMES.

(TURN TO CAM) A HISTORIC EVENT LAST SATURDAY MORNING GUARANTEED THAT NOTHING WILL EVER HAPPEN TO MORE THAN 11,000 ACRES OF PICTURESQUE AND PRECIOUS LAND IN SOUTH MAUI.

(TAKE MCLT-ULUPALAKUA PKG) PICTURESQUE - THE KINDS OF VIEWS THAT ENTICE MILLIONS TO VISIT MAUI. AND IT WILL STAY THAT WAY FOREVER. SATURDAY MORNING, THE SUN BLESSED THE ROLLING HILLS OF ULUPALAKUA RANCH AS A CROWD GATHERED AT THE SEAWATCH RESTAURANT IN WAILE TO MAKE HISTORY. AS MEMBERS OF THE ERDMAN FAMILY ASND OFFICIALS OF THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST SIGNED THE FINAL DOCUMENTS TO PRESERVE MORE THAN 11 THOUSAND ACRES AALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKA. THE AREA WILL CONTINUE - FOR ALL TIME - AS A WORKING RANCH AND WILDLIFE HABITAT. IT'S THE LARGEST EVER VOLUNTARY EASEMENT DONATION EVER IN HAWAI'I.

HERE'S A BIT OF HISTORY THAT LED TO TODAY. A HALF-CENTIRY AGO, WYOMING SURVEYOR AND RANCHER PARDEE ERDMAN WAS HIRED BY LAWRENCE ROCKEFELLER TO SCOUT A SITE FOR A POTENTIAL HOTEL ON A HILLSIDE ON FAR AWAY MAUI IN THE BRAND NEW STATE OF HAWAI'I.

Pardee Erdman, Founder/Chmn, Ulupalakua Ranch

PE01: "Fifty years ago I was out here. We were looking for developoment land. I was taken up to a point where keawe trees had been cleared off of and I looked up and I saw that beautiful green expanse. Little did I know that 50 years later I would be saving it for posterity."

ERDMAN BOUGHT ULUPALAKUA RANCH FROM THE BALDWIN FAMILY IN 1962. SELLING OFF PORTIONS OF THE RANCH TO WAILEA AND MAKENA PAID OFF THE MORTGAGE. THEN CAME THE SEARCH FOR A WAY TO KEEP THE HOME OF RIPENED BREADFRUIT RURAL FOREVER.

PE02: "I had grown up in Wyoming at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains and I had seen them putting all that land into conservation. So I had been trying to find a way to do it. And it was hard to find an organization that would be able to do it until the Maui Coastal Land Trust really got going."

Dale Bonar, Executive Director, Maui Coastal Land Trust.

DB01: "Two years ago Pardee and Sumner Erdman called and said, 'gee, can we get together to talk?' We went up to the ranch and they said, we'd like to put the ranch under protection. Are we in a position to do that? And I said, that's what we do. And they asked how long do I think it would take? I said, how long do you want? They said, as soon as possible."

WITH A DEAL THIS MONUMENTAL, "AS SOON AS POSSIBLE" TOOK TWO YEARS - TWO YEARS TO GUARANTEE THESE VIEWS, THIS LIFESTYLE - AND THE PROMISE THAT WHEN WE, OUR KIDS AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN LOOK UP AT ULUPALAKUA RANCH - WE'LL SEE HILLS AND NOT HOUSES. AMONG THE NOTABLE HISTORIC ASPECTS OF THIS NEW AGREEMENT ARE THE PENDING WIND AND GEOTHERMAL ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROJECTS TENTATIVELY PLANNED FOR THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RANCH - OUT OF THE VIEWSHED.

DB02: "This is the first easement in the United States at this level, having this kind of alternative energy being part of the conservation area there. Of course for Hawai'i and our needs for sustainability, that makes this a pretty high conservation value."

IT MAY BE AN OVERUSED PHRASE, BUT IT CERTAINLY APPLIES THAT THIS IS A WIN-WIN DEAL. THE ERDMANS - LONGTIME STEWARDS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF MAUI NEI - ARE ASSURED THAT LONG AFTER THEY PASS, THE LAND THEY CARED FOR WILL STILL BE CARED FOR AND UNSPOILED. AND THE REST OF US GET TO ENJOY THE RESULTS FOR ALL TIME - THANKS TO THE DILIGGENCE OF THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST.

DB03: "For me, it is just so humbling and appreciative to be in a position of working with people like the Erdmans - people with these kinds of hearts - and being able to help them with their vision. That's where our reward comes from."

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST IS DOING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE OUR AINA FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(LINDQUISTS LOST)(PiP-LINDQUISTS)

J: A COMMUNITY IS HEART-BROKEN. EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND WORDS - THEY JUST DON'T SEEM TO BE SUFFICIENT TO EXPRESS THE GRIEF FELT BY FRIENDS OF A HANA COUPLE MISSING FOR A WEEK AND PRESUMED DEAD.

(FF-CG-VO) CARL AND RAE LINDQUIST WERE LAST SEEN THANKSGIVING NIGHT HAVING DINNER AT THE HOTEL HANA MAUI. THEY LEFT DURING A HEAVY DOWNPOUR AND THEIR 2004 FORD S-U-V IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN WASHED DOWN THE RIVER AT LEAST 200 YARDS FROM ULAINO ROAD WHERE THE COUPLE LIVED FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS.

(ON-CAM) ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNEW THE LINDQUISDTS VERY WELL IS MADGE SCHAEFER WHO SERVES AS CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNOR'S MAUI ADVISORY PANEL - ON WHICH CARL LINDQUIST HAS SERVED FOR YEARS.

(MADGE SOT)

(ON-CAM TAG) WHILE THE OFFICIAL SEARCH FOR THE COUPLE ENDED MONDAY, COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE STILL SEARCHING ON FOOT FOR ANY SIGN OF THE COUPLE BUT, ADMITTEDLY, ANY HOPE NOW IS FOR A RECOVERY MISSION AND NOT A RESCUE. A COMMUNITY SERVICE IS BEING PLANNED TO HONOR THE MEMORIES OF CARL AND RAE LINDQUIST. THE COUPLE - JUST TWO WEEKS BEFORE DISAPPEARING - CELEBRATED THEIR 51ST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. BOTH CARL AND RAE LINDQUIST WERE 75.

(ARTIFICIAL REEF)(PiP-KEAWAKAPU PROJECT)

J: AT FIRST IT MAY SOUND LIKE POLLUTION - OR AT LEAST SOME KIND OF DUMPING. THIS WEEK, SOME 3.3 MILLION POUNDS OF CEMENT BLOCKS ARE BEING DROPPED INTO THE OCEAN OFF OF KEAWAKAPU BEACH IN KIHEI. BUT THE TRUTH IS, IT'S ALL TO ENHANCE NATURE AND HELP CREATE NEW LIFE.

(TAKE KEAWAKAPU PKG) KEAWAKAPU BEACH IN SOUTH MAUI ON A HAZY WEDNESDAY MORNING. UNLESS YOU'VE GOT BINOCULARS - YOU MIGHT NOT NOTICE WHAT'S GOING ON OFFSHORE. BUT FOLKS WHO KNEW ABOUT IT IN ADVANCE - AND THOSE WITH BINOCULARS - SAW WHAT WAS HAPPENING, A BARGE FULL OF CONCRETE FORMS WAS OFFLOADING THEM - ONE AT A TIME, ONTO A DESIGNATED SITE. WHIOLE PERMITERE BOATS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES KEPT BOATERS, DIVER AND PADDLERS OUT OF THE AREA, ONE HAPPY MAN OBSERVED FROM HIS BEACH CHAIR.

DARRELL TANAKA IS AN AVID FISHERMAN AND AN ADVOCATE FOR FISH, TOO. HE TOLD MAUI TV NEWS WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THE ARTIFICAL REEF AND THE EXPANSION TODAY.

Darrell Tanaka, Fishermen' Advocate

DT02: "I know we haven't had a deployment since 1990. The Saint Anthony's salmon trawler was put out there in - what - '97? It has such great potential - artificial reefs. There's a lot of little hidey-holes and shelves where fish can hide from predators as well as fishermen. The trouble with natural reefs is that they're too flat. There's not enough structure to Maui's natuiral reefs. We need shelves, holes, places for the fish to hide. Whenever you're snorkeling or diving on a natural reef and you find a nice hole, you notice there's a lot of fish there. But for the most part, the reefs on our south shoreare just flat and barren because there's not enough holes for fish to hide in. So, artificial reefs provide those hidey-holes. That's what makes them so good - so different from natural reefs."

THE ARTIFICIAL REEF IS ABOUT A HALF-MILE OFFSHORE FROM THE PARKING LOT OF KEAWAKAPU BEACH IN KIHEI. THE DEPTH IN THE AREA OF SOME 52 ACRES RANGES FROM ABOUT 60 TO ABOUT 120 FEET. THE CEMENT FORMS - AT MORE THAN A TON EACH, WON'T PILE UP - BUT SPREAD OUT OVER ABOUT AN ACRE TO A HEIGHTS FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR OF ABOUT 10-15 FEET...CREATING THOUSANDS OF HIDEY-HOLES. AND, THE ARTIFICIAL REEF IS NOT A FISH SANCTUARY.

DT03: "Absolutely not. The artificial reef is made for fishing. It is designated for fishing. Of course other people use it - SCUBA charters, dive operators - they all come to see the artificial reef because there's a lot of fish there - because there's structure. Without structure, there's no fish."

THE ARTIFICIAL REEF PROGRAM BEGAN IN 1961 TO CREATE THE KIND OF STRUCTURE TANAKA IS TALKING ABOUT. AS THE FISH MATURE, THEY LEAVE THE PROTECTION OF THE ARTIFICIAL REEF TO FORAGE ELSEWHERE ALONG THE COASTLINE. ORIGINALLY, THE MAN-MADE REEFS WERE MADE FROM ALMOST ANYTHING THAT WAS NO LONGER USEFUL ON SHORE - AND THAT'S THE ONLY BAD PART ABOUT THE ORIGINAL PLAN.

DT04: "You know, back in the day they sank cars and tires and that's just wrong. It doesn't belong out there. There's nothing we can do about it now but what we can do is ensure that the material that is placed out there is more natural - in the form of rocks and cement in particular. It doesn't look like a natural reef, of course, but really - when you get out there - you're not looking at the structure really, you're looking at the fish because there's so much. You come to appreciate what an artificial reef provides."

BUT THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE "BEST LAID PLANS" SITUATIONS. IN A LATE DEVELOPMENT THURSDAY, WE LEARNED THAT SOME OF THE CONCRETE FORMS - AS MANY AS 45 OF THEM, MAY HAVE LANDED ON A SMALL PATCH OF LIVING CORAL AT THE EDGE OF THE ARTIFICIAL REEF ZONE. BECAUSE OF THAT, THE DLNR HAS SUSPENDED THE PROJECT AND MUST CONDUCT A THOROUGH REVIEW AND INVESTIGATION TO PREVENT ANY FUTURE OCCURANCES, AND TO RESTORE THE LIVE CORAL ZONE AS MUCH AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. THE DLNR SAYS THE DAMAGE IS MINIMAL - BUT THEIR GOAL IS NO DAMAGE AT ALL. TANAKA SAYS HE REGRESTS THAT ANY LIVE CORAL MAY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED, BUT ADDS THAT THE GREATER GOOD IS SERVED BY WHAT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY.

DT01: "You know what's the best part about this is that it's irreversible. Once artificial reef is down - it's made out of concrete - it's gonna' last forever. It's not a decision that can be reversed or a law that can be changed. This something that's going to benefit Maui for many, many years."

(ON-CAM TAG) THE ARTIFICIAL REEF AT KEAWAKAPU IS ONE OF FIVE SUCH ECOSYSTEMS IN THE STATE. THE OTHER FOUR ARE OFFSHORE OF O'AHU. IT'S A FASCINATING AND AMBITIOUS PROGRAM. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: COMING UP ON MAUI TV NEWS, HE WAS ONCE ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEN IN AMERICA. WE CAUGHT UP WITH NEWT GINGRICH LAST WEEK WHEN HE HAD SOME THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE CURRENT MOST POWERFUL MEN AND WOMEN IN AMERICA. AND, THE POWER IS NOW A LOT LESS EXPENSIVE FOR OFFICES AT THE CAMERON CENTER. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)
(NEWT-MAUI)(PiP-NEWT &CALLISTA)

J: "TO TRY MEN’S SOULS" IS THE NAME OF THE NEWEST NOVEL BY FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NEWT GINGRICH. THE ONE-TIME THIRD-MOST-POWERFUL MAN IN AMERICA WAS ON MAUI FRIDAY NIGHT FOR WHAT HAS BECOME A SEMI-ANNUAL TRADITION OF NEW BOOK RELEASES AND BOOK SIGNINGS.

(VO) A CROWD OF NEARLY 150 CRAMMED INTO BORDERS NOT SO MUCH TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEW BOOK- WHICH IS A FASCINATING RETELLING OF WASHINGTON'S CROSSING OF THE DELAWARE - BUT TO SEE IF GINGRICH MIGHT CONSIDER WRITING ANOTHER DOCUMENT ALONG THE LINES OF HIS “CONTRACT WITH AMERICA.” BUT GINGRICH INSISTS HE'S STILL "AUTHOR GINGRICH" AND NOT "CANDIDATE GINGRICH."

Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House

NG01: "I'm not...

(CON'T VO) CALLISTA GINGRICH ALSO SIGNED COPIES OF HER RE-RELEASED VERSION OF NEWT'S ORIGINAL BOOK, "REDISCOVERING GOD IN AMERICA." AND WE ASKED HER WHY THE BOOK WAS REDONE.

Callista Gingrich, Producer, Photographer, Author

CG01: "(SOT)

(ON-CAM TAG) DON'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE THE GINGRICHES BACK ON MAUI NEXT SPRING. THAT'S WHEN NEWT'S NEXT BOOK IS EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR RELEASE.

(CAMERON-PV)(PiP-CameronCrowd-Panels)

J: THE CAMERON CENTER IN WAILUKU HAS LONG BEEN A PLACE WHERE BUSINESS IDEAS HAVE COME TO LIFE, COMMUNITY MEETINGS HAVE MENDED HURT FEELINGS, AND FAMILIES HAVE GOTTEN FRESH STARTS. AND IT'S ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE THE SUN SHINES BRIGHTLY. NOW, THEY'RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT.

(TAKE CAMERON PKG) IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY OVER WAILUKU ON WEDNESDAY AT THE J. WALTER CAMERON CENTER. IT ADDED THE PERFECT TOUCH FOR A BLESSING OF THEIR BRAND NEW PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM. A CROWD OF COMMUNITY LEADERS JOINED MANY OF THE CENTER'S MEMBER AGENCIES TO BLESS THE NEW SYSTEM THAT WILL CUT THEIR ELECTRIC BILL SIGNIFICANTLY.

Cesar Gaxiola, Exec Dir., Cameron center

CG02: "Our current electric bill is about 14,000 dollars permonth. (and how much will it be now in your estimate?) Probabkly down to seven to eight thousand dollars per month."

THERE'S EVEN A ROOF-MOUNTED WEATHER STATION THAT MONITORS CONDITIONS THAT MAY AFFECT THE SYSTEM'S OUTPUT. CESAR GAVE US THE SYSTEM SPECS.

CG01: "This is a 100 kilowatt system. And it produces 152,000 kilowatts on an annual basis. We consume - at the center - 540,000, so it's estimated that 25 percxent it's going to be able to produce. There's 486 panels. Before we installed the panels we also did the roof work. You can see the roof all white. That's hydro-stop. It's a coolant for the roof and it reflects the light back. So it helps us both ways - to sale electricity by running less the chiller and also reflecting the light back to the system."

THE ELABORATE SYSTEM ACTUALLY PAID FOR ITSELF THROUGH A POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH GREEN PATH TECHNOLOGIES. THEY BOUGHT AND SUPPLIED ALL THE PANELS AND EQUIPMENT, AND ALL THE LABOR. THEY DO ALL MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADES, AND THEY SELL THE GENERATED POWER TO THE CENTER AT A RATE FAR LESS THAN THE ELECTRIC COMPANY CHARGES

CG03: "Yeah - it costs us nothing. The electricy goes down and we're happy (laughs)."

THE SHARP P-V PANELS WERE MANUFACTURED IN TENNESSEE AND INSTALLED WITH THESE ALUMINUM SPOILERS DESIGNED TO DEFLECT ANY HIGH WINDS, MEANING THE PANELS ACTUALLY GET HEAVIER IN A MAJOR WIND STORM INSTEAD OF BEING AT RISK OF BLOWING AWAY.

THE 20 RESIDENT AGENCIES AT THE CAMERON CENTER HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF LEADING BY EXAMPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND NOW - BY HARNESSING THE POWER FROM THE SUN, THE CAMERON CENTER ITSELF IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF RESPONSIBLE RENEWABLE ENERGY STEWARDSIP TOO.

(ON-CAM TAG) YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE CAMERON CENTER - AND ABOUT THEIR SHINY NEW PHOTO-VOLTAIC POWER SYSTEM BY VISITING MAUITVNEWS-DOT COM. JUST CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(AKD-DREAM TREE) (PiP-DREAM TREE aNGEL)

J: ONE OF THOSE TENANTS AT THE CAMERON CENTER IS A MAUI ORGANIZATION THAT DOES AMAZING THINGS TO HELP BOLSTER THE SPIRITS OF SOME OF MAUI'S NEEDIEST KEIKI BY FULFILLING DREAMS OF CHILDREN IN CRISIS. AND THIS YEAR YOU CAN HELP.

(VO) IN THE MAUI MALL AT THE KAHULUI TOWN AINA O KANE SALES INFORMATION CENTER, LOOK CLOSELY AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE WINDOW. IT'S NO ORDINARY HOLIDAY TREE...IT'S AN ANGEL TREE.

(VO) Darby Gill, Executive Director, A Keiki's Dream

DG01: "Angel Tree has items for our children of A Keiki's Dream to go to them directly throughout the year. It's small items we either put in our 'goodie bags' or for the children to get on their dream day or are part of a child's dream."

Grant Chun, VP, A&B Properties

GC03: "Well, the way it works is on the Angel Tree here at the Aina O Kane sales office there areangels hung on the tree. On each angel there are suggested wish-fulfilling gifts that a donor can select. They can simply make that selection and their contribution and the proceeds will go directly to helping a child in need here in our community."

DG02:" We were fortunate that A&B approached us about being able to do this. We talked about a Christmas giving tree for our children. Since we basically create a Christmas year-round for the dream children in ouir program, we thought it more appropriate to do an Angel Tree since, for A Keiki's Dream we're talking about angels, because we need angels to support us and to help us so it seemed a better fit."

GC01: "We wanted to do something special for A Keiki's Dream this year, and we had this sales center here at The Maui Mall that was perfectly situated to kind of get the message out as far as the needs of kids in our community. We though 'what a perfect opportunity to let our community know about A Keiki's Dream and about the kids'."

GC04: "There's some additional incentive wherein for every five-dollar contribution made for an angel on the tree, a Maui Mall stamp is provided. And as a special, special incentive on December 13 - Sunday - two stamps will be given for every five dollar donation. And of course the stamps go on a littl card which is ebntered into a drawing where there are great prizes for those who have entered."

(ON-CAM TAG) REMEMBER, BY MAKING YOUR DONATION AND HELPING FULFILL A KEIKI'S DREAM ON THAT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, YOU CAN ALSO AS MUCH AS DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN GREAT PRIZES AT THE MAUI MALL'S STAMP DAY. FOR DETAILS ON THAT DEAL, AS WELL AS ON THE MARVELOUS WORK DONE BY A KEIKI'S DREAM, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WHOA! 'TIS IT EVER THE SEASON. A COMPREHENSIVE RUNDOWN OF THIS WEEK'S FESTIVE THINGS TO SEE AND DO WHEN MAUI TV NEWS COMES BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: J: TIS THE SEASON - THAT STARTS THE SEASON OF GIVING, CELEBRATING AND PARTYING. THERE ARE SEVERAL VERY COOL - AND VERY MAUI - WAYS TO CELEBRATE OUR COMMUNITY THIS HOLIDAY. THE WAILEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION STARTED EARLY THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE SANTA WITH SOME MUCH-NEEDED KOKUA WITH THEIR ANNUAL KEIKI KALIKIMAKA TOY DRIVE. THE ASSOCIATION IS PARTNERING WITH THE FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN'S JUSTICE CENTER TO COLLECT NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS FOR VERY DESERVING GIRLS AND BOYS. LOOK FOR THE BRIGHT RED CHIMNEY DROP-OFF BOXES AT THE WAILEA FIRE STATION, THE SHOPS AT WAILEA, THE WAILEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION OFFICE AT THE HOTEL WAILEA - AND AT THE WAILEA GOLD AND EMERALD COURSE CLUBHOUSE AS WELL AS THE WAILEA OLD BLUE CLUBHOUSE. YOU CAN MAKE YOUR DONATIONS FROM NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 23RD.

HOW ABOUT "DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF 'OHIA?" WHAT COULD BE MORE HAWAIIAN THAN A CHRISTMAS TREE THAT GREW UP HERE? FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE MAUI PERMACULTURE GROUP IS OFFERING LIVE, POTTED, INDIGENOUS TREE SPECIES BETWEEN 3 AND 10 FEET TALL. THIS YEAR YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM OHI'A LEHUA, HA'O AND KULUI TREES. PRICES RANGE FROM 50 TO 100 DOLLARS - AND THAT INCLUDES FREE DELIVERY ON MAUI. FOR MORE INFORMATION - OR TO PLACE YOUR ORDER, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

"ANNIE," THE ELABORATE CO-PRODUCTION OF MAUI ON-STAGE AND THE MAUI ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS IS IN IT'S SECOND WEEK AT THE HISTORIC IAO THEATER. NOW 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.

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IS A HOMECOMING OF SORTS FOR HAWAII'S OWN JOHN CRUZ. THE GIFTED SINGER- AND SONGWRITER HAS BEEN TOURING THE MAINLAND FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS AND HE'S BRINGING HIS SHOW TO THE MC COY STUDIO THEATER AT THE MACC FOR ONE PERFORMANCE FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7-30. TICKETS ARE 32 DOLLARS.

THIS WEEKEND MAY BE THE SEASON'S PEAK OF HOLIDAY FAIRS AND CHRISTMAS BAZARRS. ONE OF THE ANNUAL FAVORITES IS THE HOLIDAY FAIRE AT HALEAKALA WALDORF SCHOOL. THIS ALL-DAY FAMILY FUN EVENT SATURDAY FEATURES AMAZING MUSIC FROM THE LIKES OF PAT SIMMONS OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS TO FANTASTIC LOCAL BANDS; ALONG WITH AMAZING FOOD, CRAFTS AND A FRESH FARMERS MARKET. THE EVENT RUNS FROM 9 TO 4 AND ADMISSION IS JUST THREE DOLLARS. KEIKI UNDER 12 ARE ADMITTED FREE. THE SCHOOL GROUNDS ARE ON LOWER KULA ROAD ACROSS FROM THE KULA POST OFFICE. FOR MORE DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THERE'S ANOTHER UPCOUNTRY HOLIDAY SEASON EVENT. THE KING KEKAULIKE GRADUATION CLASS OF 2010 IS HOLDING A FUNDRAISER FROM 7 A.M. TO 3 P.M. IN THE NA ALII CAFETERIA ON THE KING K CAMPUS. IT'S POSSIBLY THE BIGGEST GARAGE SALE IN UPCOUNTRY MAUI YOU MIGHT FIND THIS YEAR - AND ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO FUND A SAFE AND SOBER GRADUATION FOR THE SENIORS.

MEANWHILE, ACROSS THE ISLAND - NOT TO BE OUTDONE ARE THE LUNAS. IT'S THE ANNUAL HULI HULI CHICKEN SALE TO BENEFIT LAHAINALUNA ATHLETICS. JUST FOLLOW YOUR NOSE TO THE FIRST HAWAIIAN BANK LAHAINA BRANCH BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 11 A.M. AND PICK UP SOME DELECTABLE MOA - ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE.

SPEAKING OF GREAT CAUSES - THE ANNUAL LOKAHI GIVING PROJECT COMES TO THE AZEKA SHOPPING CENTER IN KIHEI THIS SATURDAY. FROM 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. JUSTIN CRUZ FROM KHON-2 WILL BE JOINED BY A CONTINUOUS STRING OF ENTERTAINERS - ALL TO ATTRACT YOU TO THE SHOPPING CENTER TO DONATE MONEY AND GIFTS FOR CHILDREN AND NEEDY FAMILIES.

JUST UP THE STREET IN KIHEI SATURDAY AFTERNOON IT'S A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT PI'ILANI VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER. BETWEEN THREE AND 5 P.M,. BRING YOUR KEIKI TO MEET AND HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN WITH SANTA CLAUS WHILE YOU ENJOY THE LIVE MUSIC OF ULUWEHI GUERRERO. THERE WILL BE PRIZES - INCLUDING DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES.

OR - FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ON A HOLIDAY SATURDAY, WHY NOT EXPERIENCE 'DA RUSH? IT'S THE ANNUAL YEAR-END FLOW-RIDER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MAUI'S ONLY WAVE MACHINE - ACROSS FROM LULU'S ON ALAHELE STREET IN KIHEI. IF YOU'RE UP TO COMPETE - REGISTRATION IS 30 DOLLARS ON SATURDAY. PRACTICE STARTS AT 9 AND THE COMPETITION - WHICH IS A RUSH JUST TO WATCH - KICKS OFF AT 10 A.M.

THIS WEEKEND AT THE MACC, THE ANNUAL HOMAGE TO TCHAIKOVSKY TAKES OVER THE CASTLE THEATER ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. BALLET HAWAII'S "THE NUTCRACKER" FILLS THE STAGE WITH SCORES OF DANCERS - INCLUDING MANY FROM MAUI FOR TWO PERFORMANCES. SHOW TIMES ARE SATURDAY AT 7-30 P.M. AND SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. TICKETS RANGE FROM 30 TO 50 DOLLARS, WITH DISCOUNTS FOR KEIKI UNDER 12.

HERE'S SOMETHING GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU FEEL A LITTLE OLD: THIS YEAR MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEBUT OF "THE BRADY BUNCH." THIS WEEKEND, MARCIA BRADY HERSELF WILL BE ON MAUI MAKING THREE APPEARANCES FOR HER FAVORITE CAUSE - BEST BUDDIES. YOU CAN MEET MARCIA - KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS MAUREEN MCCORMICK - AT BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC IN THE MAUI MARKETPLACE SATURDAY AT NOON. OR, IF YOU'RE BUSY AT ONE OF THE HOLIDAY FAIRS ON THAT DAY, YOU CAN ALSO MEET HER AT THE BORDER'S STORE IN THE QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER THIS SUNDAY AT NOON. MAUREEN WILL BE AUTOGRAPHING HER NEW BOOK TITLED - "HERE'S THE STORY." ALL THE PROCEEDS FROM BOOK SALES ARE BEING DONATED TO BEST BUDDIES. YOU CAN ALSO MEET MAUREEN AT LONGHIS' RESTAURANT IN THE SHOPS AT WAILEA SUNDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN 4 AND 7 P.M. TO GET ALL THOSE DATES AND TIMES AGAIN - OR TO LEARN ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE SERVICE THE BEST BUDDIES PROGRAM PROVIDES, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT IS THE MAJOR EXTRAVAGANZA FUNDRAISER FOR MAUI PREPARATORY ACADEMY. THE JINGLE BELL BALL, NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR, IS A FUNDRAISER THAT HELPS SUPPORT NEARLY FORTY PERCENT OF THE ACADEMY'S STUDENTS FINANCIALLY. FROM 6 UNTIL 11 P.M. AT THE RITZ-CARLTON KAPALUA RESORT, ENJOY AN EVENING OF LAVISH FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT, ALONG WITH LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS. TICKETS A 200 DOLLARS PER PERSON AND A PORTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

THEN, ON SUNDAY, WE GET BACK INTO HOLIDAY FAIR MODE WITH THE ANNUAL FAIRE AT KEAWALA'I. THE HISTORIC OLD CHURCH AT MAKENA LANDING WILL HOLD THEIR CHRISTMAS FAIR SUNDAY MORNING FROM 8-30 UNTIL 10. YOU'LL FIND GIFT IDEAS, DECORATIONS, A BAKE SALE AND NATIVE PLANT SALE. ADMISSION IS FREE.

ALSO ON SUNDAY - FROM 9 UNTIL 4 - IT'S A "HOLIDAY IN KIHEI" AT MAUI'S OWN GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR AT THE KIHEI COMMUNITY CENTER ON LIPOA STREET. ADMISSION IS JUST A DOLLAR AND KEIKI UNDER 12 ARE ADMITTED FREE.

MEANWHILE ON SUNDAY, UPCOUNTRY MAUI WILL SINE WHEN "ULUPALAKUA SPARKLES." FROM 10 UNTIL FOUR, ENJOY LIVE MUSIC - INCLUDING SLACK KEY MASTER JEFF PETERSON. YOU CAN BROWSE CUSTOM DECORATED HOLIDAY WREATHS AND ARRANGEMENTS AND TAKE IN A HOW-TO DEMONSTRATION ON SPARKLING WINE. CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM FOR MORE DETAILS.

NEXT MONDAY NIGHT IT'S THE ANNUAL DORIS TODD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT ON THE CENTER STAGE AT THE MAUI MALL IN KAHULUI. THE FREE FAMILY EVENT BEGINS AT 6 P.M.

NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT THE MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL HOLD IT'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY. STARTING AT 5-30 IN THE M-E-O AUDITORIUM ON MAHALANI STREET, GET TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO TALK STORY, WIN SOME PRIZES, ENJOY ONO FOOD AND LISTEN TO A FEW WORDS FROM GUEST SPEAKER AND HONOLULU MAYOR MUFI HANNEMAN. ADMISSION IS JUST 20 DOLLARS PER PERSON AND YOU'RE ALSO ASKED TO BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATION FOR THE MAUI FOOD BANK.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT FRIDAY, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT GOING ON. IT'S THE ANNUAL MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARTY. FROM 5-30 UNTIL 9-30 AT THE WESTIN MAUI HOTEL IN KA'ANAPALI, GET TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE ELSE IN SMALL BUSINESS ON MAUI TO CELEBRATE ALL THE GOOD THERE IS IN DOING BUSINESS ON MAUI. TICKETS ARE 39 DOLLARS PER PERSON.

AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WILL BE ON MAUI NEXT FRIDAY TO THROW HIS OWN HOLIDAY BASH. FROM 5-30 UNTIL 8-30 AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION, MEET LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JAMES R. "DUKE" AIONA IN PERSON, AND HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT UP AND COMING CANDIDATES AND THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS. THERE WILL BE A DINNER BUFFET, MUSIC AND A SILENT AUCTION AND ADMISSION IS JUST 45 DOLLARS PER PERSON.

ALSO NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT, LOCAL LIVING LEGEND KRIS KRISTOFFERSON WILL BE BRINGING BACK MEMORIES TO THE MACC - AND SUPPLYING SOME NEW ONES FROM HIS UPCOMING C-D, "CLOSER TO THE BONE." THE 7-30 P.M. SHOW ON DECEMBER 11TH IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC IS A BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT HANA HIGH SCHOOL AND HANA ATHLETICS.

FOR DETAILS ON THAT CONCERT, THE TWO ELTON JOHN SHOWS IN HONOLULU NEXT MONTH 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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J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S SHOW. BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT CAN WATCH MAUI TV NEWS ANYTIME - FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD - ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM, AND ANY TIME, ACROSS THE STATE OF HAWAII ON OCEANIC DIGITAL CHANNEL 953 ON NEWS ON DEMAND.

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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