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J: LIFE-SAVING DIALYSIS TREATMENT ON MAUI - IT'S THE SUBJECT A SIMMERING BATTLE BETWEEN PROVIDERS. WE'LL HEAR FROM BOTH SIDES. AND, MAUI'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS HAPPENING...BUT AT TWO DIFFERENT SPEEDS. WE'LL EXPLAIN.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS - PLUS - IS IT THE BEST BANANA BREAD IN THE WORLD? WE TRAVELED TO KEANAE TO FIND OUT IN THIS WEEK'S GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL! REPORT.

IN SPORTS, THE LADIES OF LAHAINALUNA AND BALDWIN TRADE VICTORIES IN TWO DIFFERENT SPORTS. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES-BROWN VISITS WITH A FEW GHOSTS AND GIVES US HIS TAKE ON A HOLIDAY CLASSIC AT THE IAO THEATER. ALL THAT PLUS COMING ATTRACTIONS AND MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING AND YOU'RE WATCHING MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST - IN HIGH DEFINITION. DIALYSIS SAVES LIVES. WE AT MAUI TV NEWS HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE DEVELOPMENTS AND EXPANSION OF DIALYSIS SERVICES IN MAUI COUNTY FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WELL, THERE'S A NEW CHAPTER IN THE STORY - AND IT'S NOT REALLY A PLEASANT ONE.

(TAKE DIALYSIS PKG) DIALYSIS IS A NECESSARY EVIL IN THE LIVES OF FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN HAWAI'I. IN FACT, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE NEEDING THE BLOOD CLEANSING OF DIALYSIS HAS GROWN STADILY IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. THREE YEARS AGO LIBERTY DIALYSIS TOOK OVER THE MAUI SERVICES PREVIOUS OFFERED BY SAINT FRANCIS DIALYSIS. THEY OPENED A LARGE NEW FACILITY ON MAUI LANI PARKWAY. THEN THE COMPANY PIONEERED SOMETHING REVOLUTIONARY - COMMUNITY DIALYSIS. OPENING HALE POMAIKAI IN HANA- THE FIRST RURAL COMMUNITY-BASED DIALYSIS FACILITY IN THE NATION.

BUT IN MAY, LAST YEAR, KAISER PERMANENTE FILED FOR A CERTIFICATE OF NEED WITH THE STATE TO ADD A SECOND DIALYSIS PROVIDER UNDER THEIR DIRECTION. RAINBOW DIALYSIS WOULD BE A DELAWARE CORPOERATION THAT WOULD ALLOW KAISER TO OFFER THE SERVICE AT THEIR WAILUKU CLINIC. BUT THEY POINT OUT - IT'S NOT BECAUSE PATIENTS HERE ARE BEING DEPRIVED.

George Talbot, MD,Physician in Charge KP Maui

GT01: "They're not being deprived of the service but we want to integrate it into our services model here at Wailuku Clinic."

KAISER OFFICIALS TOLD MAUI TV NEWS THEY'RE NOT SIMPLY TRYING TO COMPETE WITH LIBERTY. IN FACT, LIBERTY DIALYSIS PROVIDES THE DIALYSIS SERVICES THAT KAISER PATIENTS NEED. BUT IT'S GETTING EXPENSIVE.

GT02: "It's mainly a quality issue and a fiscal one. We look at all our outsisde services in the region - any region - and when we the spend is so much, then we bring it into our system. We bring it in house."

ACCORDING TO KAISER, THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS NEEDING DIALYSIS ON MAUI HAS GROWN BY FUIVE PERCENT - WHILE THE PRICE LIBERTY CHARGES TO SERVE THEM HAS INCREASED BY 85 PERCENT.

THAT CERTIFICATE OF NEED - THE C-O-N - WAS GRANTED CONDITIONAL APPROVAL SIX MONTHS AGO. SINCE THEN, KAISER OFFICIALS SAY LIBERTY HAS SUCCESSFULLY HELD UP THE STARTUP OF KAISER'S IN-HOUSE RAINBOW DIALYSIS WITH A SERIES OF APPEALS AND CHALLENGES. LIBERTY OFFICIALS SAY THAT'S NOT TRUE - AND HERE'S THEIR VERSION.

(phone Jane Gibbons, Exec. VP, Liberty Dialysis, HI)

JG01: "When the CON was approved by Ron Terry, the SHIPTA administrator, he did so against the recommendation of two of the major panels that listen to these hearings. The CON Revew panel and SHCC the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Both of which voted, after hearing testimony, to the application. The administrator deny Kaiser's CON. The administrator can - by virtue of his position - can decide something different. But the way the system is set up - sort of to protect the state - that whenever the administrator takes a position and makes a decision contrary to the recommendation of the panels, there is an automatic allowance for a reconsideration hearing - which is what Liberty has requested and has been granted."///

IN THE MEANTIME, WHILE LIBERTY CONTINUES TO SERVE MAUI PATIENTS IN WAILUKU, HANA AND KAHANA, KAISER IS PREPARING FOR THEIR BEST CASE SCENARIO.

GT03: "We are ready to go. We have building permits ready to go because we have to do a little buit of construction here in this building. It's all part of getting it done, but we'll get it done very quickly."

MEANWHILE THAT RECONSIDERATION HEARING IS COMING UP IN JUST A FEW WEEKS HERE ON MAUI. KAISER PERMANENTE'S HONOLULU PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM CONTACTED MAUI TV NEWS TO ASK US TO INVESTIGATE THE STALL TACTICS OF LIBERTY DIALYSIS BECAUSE IT COULD RESULT IN THE DELAY OF CERTAIN DIALYSIS SERVICES BECOMING AVAILABLE TO MAUI PATIENTS - MATERIALLY AFFECTING THEIR CARE. AGAIN, LIBERTY DISAGREES.

JG02: "The chasracterization by Kaiser that there are delay tactics of all sorts is a misrepresentation. We're actually working completely within the system that is set up."

TESTIMONY WILL BE TAKEN FROM BOTH COMPANIES - AND FROM DIALYSIS PATIENTS AND FAMIL
ExecY MEMBERS AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON MAUI NEXT MONTH. THE DECISION RESULTING FROM THOSE HEARINGS - WILL BE FINAL.

(ON-CAM TAG) THAT HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAUI THE FIRST WEEK IN JANUARY AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. WE'LL LET YOU KNOW THE OUTCOME AS SOON AS WE KNOW.

(UHERO-ECONOMY)(PiP-UHERO LOGO)

J: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN ECONOMICS PH-D TO NOTICE THAT TOURISM IS ON A STRONG REBOUND ON MAUI. LAST WEEK WE SHOWED YOU THE AMAZING NUMBERS DEMONSTRATING MAUI COUNTY'S SUCCESS IN ATTRACTING VISITORS. BUT YOU MIGHT NEED A PH-D TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HELP THE REST OF OUR ECONOMY TO GET BACK ON ITS FEET.

(TAHE UHERO PKG)"HAWAII'S ECONOMY CONTINUES TO RECOVER, BUT IN A VERY UNEVEN FASHION." THAT'S THE OPENING LINE OF A NEW REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ECONOMIC RESEARCH ORGANIZATION - OR U-HERO. THE U-HERO STUDY SHOWS THAT TOURISM CONTINUES TO PROVIDE ONGOING POSITIVE SURPRISES AND RECENT STATISTICS RIVAL THE GLORY DAYS BEFORE THE COLLAPSE OF ALOHA AND ATA AIRLINES.

HOWEVER, THE STUDY SAYS, THE REST OF THE ECONOMY IS GOING NOWHERE. IN ADDITION TO OUR "TWO-SPEED ECONOMY," AS THE U-HEROP REPORT DESCRIBES IT, THERE'S ALSO A DISPARITY AMONG COUNTIES. O'AHU IS ENJOYING THE QUICKEST REBOUND IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN AREAS BESIDES TOURISM WHILE THE NEIGHBOR ISLAND CONTINUE TO SLUMP. HOWEVER, THE EXCEPTION TO THAT IS MAUI COUNTY - WHERE THE GROWTH IN REBOUNDING TOURISM NUMBERS IS EVEN STRONGER THAN O'AHU. MAUI IS ON A SEVEN-MONTH WIN STREAK IN DOMESTIC TOURISM ARRIVALS AND SPENDING.

THE REPORT GETS A BIT TECHNICAL-AND, OVERALL, IS REALLY FOR THE STATISTICIANS AMONG US TO INVESTIGATE IN DEPTH. THE BOTTOM LINE FOR THE REST OF US APPEARS TO BE THAT OUR STATE'S NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY IS FLOURISHGING - AGAIN - BUT IT WILL TAKE TIME FOR THE OTHER CATEGORIES OF THE ECONOMY - LIKE JOB GROWTH AND CONSTRUCTION - TO CATCH UP. BUT, AS HAWAI'I HAS PROVEN IN THE PAST...THEY WILL.

(ON-CAM TAG) THE REPORT IS COMPREHENSIVE - AND IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE IT, WE HAVE IT FOR YOU ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(LINGLE'S LAST ACT)(PiP-GOV. LINGLE)

J: WITH ALL THE POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE ON MONDAY THIS WEEK, OUR STATE'S SEVENTH GOVERNOR WAS SWORN IN AT IOLANI PALACE. BUT LAST FRIDAY - IN A MUCH QUIETER SETTING, OUR STATE'S SIXTH GOVERNOR PERFORMED HER LAST OFFICIAL ACT IN OFFICE. WE CAUGHT UP WITH NOW-FORMER GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE ON MAUI.

(TAKE LINGLE PKG) ON THE TIP OF THE BREAKWATER AT MA'ALAEA HARBOR LAST FRIDAY, GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE GREETED HER MAUI TEAM FOR THE LAST OFFICIAL TIME. WHILE BLNR AND DLNR ENGINEERS AND PLANNERS WERE THERE TO DETAIL THE EXTENSIVE HARBOR RENOVATION PLANS, WE WERE THERE TO SEE IF OUR FORMER MAYOR HAD ANY LAST WORDS BEFORE BECOMING SIMPLY "MS. LINGLE" - AT LEAST FOR NOW.

Linda Lingle, Former Governor, State of Hawai'i

LL01: "I'm excited when I think about the future for Hawai'i and aboput myself in the future and the opportunities that I'm going to have to make a difference in our state and in our country as well. To be able to have my last official event be a Maui project was just icing on the cake for me. I'm excited about the new Ma'alaea ferry building that we will have here as well as all the infrastructure improvements that have been long overdue here at Ma'alaea Harbor, so it's a really great day."

THEN-GOVERNOR LINGLE WAS JOINED BY STATE AND COUNTY OFFICIALS, AND OTHERS TO BREAK GROUND FOR THE NEW BUILDING THAT WILL BE THE CONNECTION HUB BETWEEN CENTRAL MAUI AND LANA'I. AFTERWARDS, THE GOVERNOR GAVE US AN INSIGHT INTO THE LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF HAWAI'I THAT WE WAS JUST FINISHING UP.

LL02: "I have sat down and put some thoughts to paper and basically I'm letting the people know that the strength of our state is not in who a political leader happens to be, but in their spirit, their perseverance and their Aloha spirit. That truly is what makes Hawai'i great, and not any individual who happens to be in office."

ALSO ON THEIR LAST OFFICIAL TRIP WERE MADGE SCHAEFER AND GEORGE KAYA, GOVERNOR LINGLE'S LEAD TEAM ON MAUI. AFTER STATE SENATOR ROZ BAKER AND REPRESENTATIVE ANGUS MCKELVEY OFFERED THEIR PARTING WORDS OF THANKS, THE GOVERNOR TOLD US WHAT THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS HOLD FOR HER.

LL03: "I'll be very involved on projects here in Hawai'i as well as in the mainland U.S. I have been appointed to be one of the founding governors of the Bipartisan Policy Conference. They've st up a new program to focus on state solutions being able to make a difference at the national level. They've invited suix governors to be a part of it and I was one of them, so I'm going to be working up in Washington just a little bit. And I'll be here at home as well. I'm going to sit on the board of the Boy Scouts and I'm going to be helping in the schools."///

MS. LINGLE SAID SHE ALSO PLANS TO TAKE A BREAK AND GET SOME BEACH TIME IN WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS - AND IT'S NO SECRET THAT SHE'LL LIKELY TAKE A RUN FOR SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA'S OFFICE IN 20-12. A RESPECTED PUBLIC SERVANT AND ADVOCATE FOR MAUI COUNTY AND ALL OF HAWAI'I, LINDA LINGLE STILL HAS A LOT TO GIVE FOR THE PEOPLE SHE SERVES.

(ON-CAM TAG) AND A REMINDER THAT OUR NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVES WILL BE ON MAUI THIS SATURDAY FOR A NEIGHBOR ISLAND CONFIRMATION CEREMONY. THAT WILL BE SATURDAY MORNING AT THE IMU - THE FOOTBALL FIELD AT LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO THE TWO-HOUR EVENT, AND THE CHANCE TO MEET GOVERNOR NEIL ABERCROMBIE AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BRIAN SCHATZ.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WARNING: SMELL-O-VISION ALERT! IT'S BANANA BREAD IN HIGH DEFINITION UP NEXT AS WE TRAVEL TO BEAUTIFUL KEANAE FOR A BITE OF AUNTY SANDY'S BANANA BREAD IN OUR GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL REPORT. AND, YES, IT HAS BEEN RAINING A BIT MORE ON MAUI - FINALLY. WE'LL HAVE NOVEMBER TOTALS FOR YOU. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(GCTL)(PiP-GCTL LOGO)

J: ALL OUT OF IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS THIS YEAR? WELL, THINK AGAIN…AND THINK LOCAL. THIS WEEK ON "GOT CHOICE" THINK LOCAL!" WE TREK TO BEAUTIFUL KEANAE FOR A TASTE OF WHAT MIGHT BE THE WORLD’S BEST BANANA BREAD.

(TAKE GCTL PKG) ON THE ROAD TO HANA THERE ARE BREATH-TAKING SIGHTS, AND MUST-SEE PLACES TO VISIT. AND ON THE WAY TO HANA, THERE'S A MUST-STOP DOWN THE ROAD TO KEANAE. THE KEANAE LANDING FRUIT STAND BOASTS AUNTY SANDY'S BANANA BREAD. IT'S POPULAR - HUGELY POPULAR, BUT FRUIT STAND OWNER AND BAKER TAMMY LUAT-HUEU IS HUMBLE - AND STOPS SHORT OF CALLING IT THE WORLD'S BEST BANANA BREAD.

Tammy Luat-Hueu, Owner, Keanae Landing Fruit Stand

TL03: "I don't like to say the world's best banana bread because I'm sure that everybody has their favorite and their grandma's is best. But I do believe we can say without hesitating that it's the freshest banana bread on this road. We baje fresh here on site, and we bake all day long. So your bread is either going to be really hot or definuitely warm. And we guarantee it to be fresh. We never sell yesterday's bread."

THOSE WHO STUMBLE UPON THE BRIGHT YELLOW HALE - OR SEEK IT OUT CAN SURELY ATTEST TO THE FRESHNESS AND ALL LOVE IT...YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE. THE ONLY THING THAT COMPETES WITH THE TREATS HERE IS THE SETTING.

TL01: "This fruit stand has been here for 15 years - as old as my middle son. My mom used to own another fruit stand up on the highway and then as she was getting older, it was getting harder so she stopped that for a few years. Then, she had the need to make money again, so she opened this."

IT IS OFF THE BEATEN PATH, SO TO SPEAK...ABOUT A MILE DOWN THE ROAD FROM HANA HIGHWAY TOWARD KEANAE BAY, BUT MOM'S REPUTATION - AND HER CUSTOMERS - FOUND HER.

TL02: "And then once the word got out that her bread was now down here, then it got more busy. And it got busier and busier every day since."

AND BUSINESS PICKED UP EVEN MORE AFTER RAVE REVIEWS IN GUIDE BOOKS LIKE LONELY PLANET AND MAUI TRAILBLAZER. NOW THEY BAKE A LOT OF BANANA BREAD. .. ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, RIGHT HERE AT THE FRUIT STAND.

TL05: "The other thing that is extremely popular is our smoothie. And the smoothie has a blwend of banana, pineapples and strawberries. We're well-known for our coconut candy. Shave ice. We have really good chili dogs."//

BUT, MOSTLY IT'S ABOUT THE BANANA BREAD. THERE'S A LOT OF HISTORY IN EVERY LOAF - AND A LOT OF LOVE, NOT TO MENTION A LOT OF BANANAS - AND AS LOCAL AS THEY CAN GET. ABOUT 500 POUNDS OF BANANAS A WEEK. AND THEY MAKE A LOT OF LOAVES - BUT THIS DELIGHTFUL TREAT DOESN'T COST A LOT OF BANANAS.

TL04: "Today we made 150 loaves. It's 4.75. Plus tax that's 4.95. With 'Got Choice? Think Local!' we give one bread free if they buy five breads - one bread is free. And for kama'aina, we always sell our banana bread at four dollars."

ENJOY IT THERE, TAKE IT WITH YOU...OR ORDER THE MIX ONLINE ONLINE AT KEANAEKINE-DOT-COM AND ENJOY THE WARM GOODNESS OF AUNTY SANDY'S BANANA BREAD AT HOME WHEREVER YOU ARE. AND IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE LUCKY ENOUGH TO DETOUR DOWN THE ROAD TO KEANAE ALONG HANA HIGHWAY, LOOK FOR AUNTY SANDY'S FAMOUS BANANA BREAD AT THE KEANAE LANDING FRUIT STAND...ONE MORE DELICIOUS REMINDER OF PROOF THAT WHEN YOU GOT CHOICE...THINK LOCAL.

(ON-CAM TAG) FOR A TASTE OF THE MORE THAN 200 MAUI COUNTY BUSINESSES OFFERING SPECIAL DEALS AND DISCOUNTS TO LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE, JUST GO TO MAUI-COUNTY-THINK-LOCAL-DOT-COM. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND PRINT VALUABLE COUPONS AND GET SOME GREAT GIFT IDEAS JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

(NOV. RAINFALL)(PiP-RAINDROP)

J: WE'VE UNLOCKED THE SECRET TO GETTING MORE RAIN. JUST MAKE SURE YOUR RAIN GAGE FACES THE TRADEWINDS. KIND OF HARD TO DO WHEN THE WIND TRADES DIRECTIONS, BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

(FF-CG-VO) PU'U KUKUI WAS MAUI'S WETTEST SPOT LAST MONTH - AND COLLECTED ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH. MOST OF THAT TOTAL CAME IN A TWO-DAY DRENCHING ON NOVEMBER FOURTH AND FIFTH. THAT SAME STORM DUMPED MOST OF THE MONTH'S TOTAL AT WEST WAILUAIKI.

IN CONTRAST - AND COMING AS LITTLE OF A SURPRISE, LEEWARD RAIN GAGES STAYED PRETTY CLEAN AND DRY. KIHEI GOT A GRAND TOTAL OF ABOUT 57 DROPS - AND ULUPALAKUA ONLY A FEW MORE. KEPUNI, ON THE RUGGED SOUTH COAST ONLY ABOUT 12 MILES FROM OHEO GULCH, GOT ONLY ONE 25TH AS MUCH RAIN AS THEY GOT DOWN THE ROAD AT OHEO.

(ON-CAM TAG) FORECASTERS SAY WE'RE ON TRACK FOR A WET WINTER THIS YEAR. QUIETLY THE PACIFIC HURRICANE SEASON ENDED LAST WEEK WITH ZERO STORMS MAKING IT INTO THE CENTRAL PACIFIC.

(LOKAHI)(PiP-LOKAHI EBLEM)

J: LAST WEEKEND AT TWO MAJOR MAUI SHOPPING CENTERS, TV PERSONALITIES FROM KHON-2 JOINED THRONGS OF LOCAL VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAKE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FOR FAMILIES STILL SUFFERING FROM THE DULL ECONOMY.

(TAKE LOKAHI PKG) SATURDAY MORNING AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER IN KAHULUI. WHILE THE IMAGE OF THE CENTER'S NAMESAKE SMILED DOWN, AND ONE CROWD ENJOYED THE MUSIC OF THE KAMEHAMEHA UKULELE CHORUS, ANOTHER CROWD OF INTREPID VOLUNTEERS WAS BUSY ACCEPTING, SORTING AND CATALOGING DONATIONS TO THE LOKAHI GIVING PROJECT.

Manolo Morales, KHON-2 TV Personality

MM01: "We have, I don't know - I stopped counting - but a few dozen at this point and they're still coming. and they've been working hard from before I even got here."

KHON-2 TELEVISION PERSONALITY MANOLO MORALES WAS ON MAUI TO HELP SPEARHEAD THE EFFORT IN KAHULUI KAHULUI , AND WHILE SANTA ACCEPTED THE WISHES OF GOOD LITTLE GIRLS AND BOYS, LOKAHI VOLUNTEERS HELPED MAKE THE SEASON A LITTLE MORE JOLLY FOR MANY WHO OTHERWISE WOULDN'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHRISTMAS.

(MANOLO GROUP THANKS - SOT)

(lcm VOLUNTEER mERRY cHRISTMAS)

MEANWHILE AT LAHAINA CANNERY MALL - THE GIVERS WERE NO LESS GENEROUS - AND THE LOKAHI VOLUNTEERS WERE NO LESS EXCITED TO RECEIVE THEM. HOLIDAYS TUNES FILLED THE AIR, AND KHON-2 WEATHERMAN JUSTIN CRUZ SERVED AS EMCEE...INCLUDING THE MOMENT WHEN THE JOLLEY OLD ELF, HIMSELF, MADE HIS GRAND ENTRANCE TO LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. AN APPRECIATIVE JUSTIN CRUZ SUMMED UP THE SPIRIT.

Justin Cruz, KHON-2 Meteorologist

JC01: "Lahaina, Maui. Thank you so much for your generosity for Lokahi Day here at Lokahi Cannery Mall. We love you and thank you so much. You 'da bes. Maui no ka oi."

YES, LOKAHI CANNERY MALL...A CATCHY NAME, BUT WE'LL LIKELY STICK WITH THE ORIGINAL ONE. BUT JUST WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID.

JC01-rep You da bes. Maui no ka oi!"

(ON-CAM TAG) THE LOKAHI PROJECT STARTED ON O'AHU BUT NOW SERVES MORE THAN 200 NON-PROFIT AGENCIES, CHURCHES AND CHARITIES ACROSS THE STATE. IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LOKAHI - WHICH MEANS "UNITY" IN HAWAIIAN - JUST CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, POWERFUL YOUNG WAHINE TRADE VICTORIES IN THE M-I-L THIS WEEK. DETAILS UP NEXT IN SPORTS. AND IT JUST WOULDN'T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT "A CHRISTMAS CAROL." PAUL JANES-BROWN SAW THE MAUI ON STAGE PERFORMANCE AND HAS A FEW THOUGHTS. HIS REPORT IS UP NEXT IN CURTAIN CALL WHEN MAUI TV NEWS COMES BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS, THE LADY LUNAS OF LAHAINALUNA POWERED THROUGH THE ENTIRE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE TO WIN THE WAHINE CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT LAST WEEK. EN ROUTE THEY CRUSHED KAMEHAMEHA MAUI IN THE FINAL GAME, 70 TO 17. LAHAINALUNA IS WORKING TO RETAIN THEIR TITLE AS STATE DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS IN BASKETBALL. ON THE SOCCER FIELD, THOUGH THE LADY BEARS RULE THE ROOST. THE M-I-L SOCCER SEASON OPENED LAST WEEK, AND BALDWIN SOUNDLY TROUNCED LAHAINALUNA BY A FINAL OF FOUR-ZERO - OR AS THEY SAY IN FOOT-BOL, FOUR-NIL.

(CURTAIN CALL)(PiP-PJB)

J: CHRISTMAS IS FAST UPON US AND MAUI ONSTAGE IS IN THE SPIRIT WITH A NEW PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PAUL JANES-BROWN VISITED THE OLD SKINFLINT AND THE GHOSTS AND HAS THIS REVIEW-

PJB: A CHRISTMAS CAROL IS ONE OF CHARLES DICKENS’ MOST ENDURING AND ENDEARING TALES. IT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS A NOVELLA IN 1843 AND IS CREDITED WITH RESCUING CHRIST’S BIRTHDAY FROM A PERIOD OF SOMBER, SOBER CELEBRATIONS AND RESTORING ITS MERRIMENT AND JOY. AT THIS TIME THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND GREETING CARDS WERE JUST BEING INTRODUCED. THE STORY WAS QUICKLY ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE AND HAS NEVER BEEN OUT OF PRINT SINCE. THERE ARE SEVERAL MOVIES, MUSICALS, BALLETS AND EVEN AN OPERA BASED ON THE THEME AND AS BALLET COMPANIES HAVE ADAPTED THE NUTCRACKER TO PUT THEIR SEASON’S IN THE BLACK, SO THEATERS HAVE LOOKED TO PACK IN HOLIDAY REVELERS AND BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS BY PRODUCING THIS CHRISTMAS CHESTNUT.

MAPA DID TWO MARVELOUSLY SUCCESSFUL SEASONS OF SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, BUT INEXPLICABLY, DECIDED NOT TO MAKE IT A MAUI HOLIDAY TRADITION. PERHAPS, MAUI ONSTAGE HAS TAKEN UP THE MANTEL? THIS ADAPTATION BY TOM FREY, AN ACTOR AND DIRECTOR FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, WITH ACCOMPANYING MUSIC IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE 1951 FILM STARRING ALISTAIR SIMM, MY PERSONAL FAVORITE.

EVERYONE KNOWS THE STORY ABOUT HOW ONE MAN’S NEGATIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS HUMAN KIND IN GENERAL AND CHRISTMAS SPECIFICALLY, IS CHANGED WHEN A SERIES OF GHOSTS SHOW HIM WHO HE HAS BEEN, WHO HE IS AND WHAT MIGHT BECOME OF HIM. EBENEZER SCROOGE IS SUCH AN ICON THAT HIS NAME HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH PARSIMONY.

DIRECTOR OF TONY AWARD WINNING BROADWAY PLAYS, TERRY SCHREIBER SAID, “DIRECTING IS 95% CASTING.” LEHUA SIMON HAS MADE SOME INTERESTING CHOICES FOR HER DIRECTING DEBUT. HER BEST WERE MARK COLMER, ONE OF MAUI’S FINEST CHARACTER ACTORS AS EBENEZER SCROOGE, L. GRACIE CLARK AS THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS’S PAST AND YET TO BE, HER VOICE IS LIKE CRYSTAL AND HER FORM THOROUGHLY ANGELIC IN THE FORMER ROLE AND SHE IS TOTALLY INTIMIDATING IN THE LATTER. OTHER GOOD CHOICES INCLUDE BETH GARROW AS MRS. CRATCHITT, CHRIS KEPLER AS FRED, SCROOGES’ NEPHEW, R. SEBASTIANO TAFT AS FEZZIWIG, NEWCOMER ROBYN GRAHN, AS BELLE, SCROOGE’S LOVER IN HIS EARLIER YEARS; MICHAEL PULLIAM AS YOUNG SCROOGE AND ZEB MEHRING AS BOY SCROOGE.

THE CHOICE OF CASTING REUBEN CARRION AS BOB CRATCHITT AND MARLEY MEHRING AS TINY TIM SEEMED TO BE AN HOMAGE TO OPEN CASTING. CARRION ALWAYS GIVES A FINELY NUANCED PERFORMANCE AND THIS TIME IS NO EXCEPTION. CASTING A GIRL TO PLAY A BOY MAY BE A TWIST ON THE OLD SHAKESPEAREAN CONVENTION WHERE MEN PLAYED ALL THE ROLES BECAUSE WOMEN WEREN’T ALLOWED ON THE STAGE.

THE SPECIAL EFFECTS IN THIS SHOW, ESPECIALLY THE SPINNING BED, WHICH IS THE BEST ILLUSION ON A MAUI STAGE IN MY EXPERIENCE, ARE WELL DONE AND THE SET, BY CARO WALKER HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED FROM THE FINE INTERIOR OF ARSENIC AND OLD LACE INTO LARGE WINDOWS ON BRICK WALLS THAT RESEMBLE A CROSS BETWEEN JAPANESE SCREENS AND INDUSTRIAL WINDOWS SEEN IN FACTORIES AND LOFTS. BIG BEN IN THE BACKGROUND TELLS US WHERE WE ARE. HOWEVER, BIG BEN DID NOT TICK ITS FIRST TOCK OR TOLL IT’S BELL UNTIL MAY OF 1859, SIXTEEN YEARS AFTER THE PLAY’S TIME OF 1843; A SLIGHT ANACHRONISM.

THE COSTUMES, BY LYNDA TIMM, ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE PERIOD AND CONSIDERABLY ENHANCE THE SHOW’S PRODUCTION VALUES. I LOVED THE LITTLE ANGELS WHO SHOWED UP THROUGHOUT THE SHOW TO DISTRACT THE AUDIENCE DURING SCENE CHANGES AND ADD AN ADORABLE ELEMENT TO THE SHOW.

ANOTHER INTERESTING TOUCH WAS THE ADDITION OF CAROLERS TO ACCOMPANY SCENE TRANSITIONS. ON OPENING NIGHT THE CAROLERS HAD A FEW DIFFICULTIES, BUT I’M SURE THEY WERE JUST OPENING NIGHT JITTERS. THIS IS A FINE GROUP OF SEASONED SINGERS FROM MAUI MADRIGALE INCLUDING CAMERON KEYS, BILL KEPLER, R. SEBASTIANO TAFT, DIANA CLARK KRIM, AS WELL MARILYNN HIRASHIMA AND GESEN NISLY.

FINALLY, MY PET PEEVE IS DIALECTS. IF THEY CAN’T BE DONE CREDIBLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, IF THEY GET IN THE WAY OF THE AUDIENCE’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLAYWRIGHT’S WORDS…DON’T DO THEM! I RECOMMEND THAT EVERY THEATER COMPANY, DIRECTOR AND ACTOR WHO WANTS TO DO A DIALECT, AND HAS NOT BEEN TRAINED IN THAT DIALECT, GET DR. DAVID ALAN STERN’S BOOK’S AND CD’S AND BE PREPARED TO WORK THROUGHOUT REHEARSAL TO CREATE A TRUTHFUL AND SATISFYING DIALECT. DR. STERN’S TECHNIQUE IS NOT AN IMITATION OF THE SOUND OF THE DIALECT, BUT HE ACTUALLY GOES INTO HOW THE NATIVE SPEAKER PRODUCES THE “RESONANCE” OF THE DIALECT. THROUGH DR. STERN’S EXERCISES THE ACTOR PHYSICALLY INTERPRETS THE DIALECT TO PRODUCE A TRUE SOUND WITH ALL OF THE LOCAL NUANCES OF A NATIVE SPEAKER. THIS TAKES WORK, BUT THE AUDIENCE DESERVES NOTHING LESS.

IN MY INTERVIEW WITH HAL HOLBROOK HE TALKED ABOUT WHAT AN ACTOR’S JOB IS…HE SAID, “AN ACTOR IS THERE FOR THE AUDIENCE.” THE DIRECTOR TAKES THE PLACE OF THE AUDIENCE THROUGHOUT THE REHEARSAL AND NEEDS TO EXERCISE JUDGMENT TO INSURE THAT THE ACTORS ARE IN SERVICE OF THE AUDIENCE AT ALL TIMES AND BE PREPARED TO MAKE WHATEVER ADJUSTMENTS ARE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE AUDIENCE’S ENJOYMENT AND THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ INTENTIONS.

MAUI ON STAGE’S PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL CONTINUES WEEKENDS UNTIL DECEMBER 12. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO MAUITVNEWS.COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THAT’S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK, I’M PAUL JANES-BROWN, A HUI HOU AND GO SEE LIVE ARTISTS AND SUPPORT THE GREAT WORK THEY DO MAKING OUR LIVES BETTER, STAY TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS UP NEXT RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.

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J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS. AND A RUNDOWN OF THE AMAZING GLOB OF UPCOMING FUN AND ENTERTAINING THINGS ON THE MAUI CALENDAR.

STARTING FRIDAY NIGHT - IT'S FANTASTIC. MORE CORRECTLY, THE FANTASTICS. PRO ARTS OF THE PACIFIC PRESENTS THEIR VERSION OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING MUSICAL IN BROADWAY HISTORY. THE FANTASTICS WILL PLAY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AT 7-30 AND SUNDAYS AT 2 O'CLOCK FROM NOW UNTIL JANUARY 16TH. TICKETS FOR THE ALL-AGES PERFORMANCES OF THE FANTASTICS ARE 25 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS, 20 DOLLARS FOR KEIKI 12 AND UNDER.

THIS SATURDAY THE NEW BOSS IS COMING TO TOWN. GOVERNOR NEIL ABERCROMBIE AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BRIAN SCHATZ ARE TRAVELLING TO ALL THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS FOR CONFIRMATION CEREMONIES FOLLOWING THEIR INAUGURATION MONDAY. THEY’LL BE ON MAUI SATURDAY AT 11 A.M. AT LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. EVERYONE IS INVITED AND THERE'S NO ADMISSION CHARGE.

SATURDAY THERE ARE HOLIDAY EVENTS HAPPENING ALL OVER MAUI COUNTY. YOU'LL FIND GIFT AND CRAFT FAIRS AT MAUI MARKETPLACE, NAPILI PLAZA, THE GREEN DRAGON FARMERS MARKET, THE SWAP MEET AT U-H MAUI, THE LIPOA STREET FARMER'S MARKET, SURFING GOAT DAIRY AND MORE. AND WHILE YOU'RE OUT SHOPPING, WRAP UP THE DAY AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER AND A FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT AT CENTER STAGE PERFORMED BY THE HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED MAUI HIGH SCHOOL BAND. THE FREE CONCERT BEGINS AT 7 P.M. IN FACT ALL NEXT WEEK, THERE ARE EVENING SCHOOL BAND HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES ON THE QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER STAGE NIGHTLY AT 7 P.M. AND THIS SUNDAY AT NOON AT CENTER STAGE, IT'S THE MAUI CATHOLIC SCHOOLS HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE ON CENTER STAGE.

SATURDAY EVENING AT VIEWPOINTS GALLERY IN MAKAWAO, SOME OF MAUI'S MOST HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ARTISTS WILL BE ON-HAND TO OPEN A SIX-WEEK EXHIBIT TITLED "MAUI IMPRESSIONS." GEORGE ALLEN, KARI MCCARTHY AND AL RABOLD HAVE JOINED FORCES TO DISPLAY MAUI'S BEAUTY IN A VARIETY OF MEDIA. AFTER SATURDAY NIGHT'S ARTIST OPENING, THE GALLERY WILL FEATURE THE WORK DAILY FROM 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

SATURDAY NIGHT THE GRAND WAILEA IS DOING SOMETHING NEW FOR THE HOLIDAYS. IT'S THEIR FIRST-EVER "SHARE THE HOLIDAY" PARTY FROM 7 UNTIL MIDNIGHT. DRESS IN YOUR FINEST HOLIDAY WEAR, PREPARE TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY WITH DINNER, A NO-HOST BAR AND DANCING MUSIC. THERE WILL BE CASINO TABLES AND SOME GREAT PRIZES INCLUDING, SPA, DINING AND ROOM NIGHTS AT THE GRAND. TICKETS ARE JUST 199 DOLLARS APIECE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

SUNDAY THE MAUI YOUTH PHILHARMONIC AND SINFONIETTA ORCHESTRAS WILL PRESENT THEIR HOLIDAY CONCERT IN THE BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. THIS FREE CONCERT FEATURES MORE THAN TWO DOZEN OF OUR COUNTY'S FINEST YOUNG MUSICIANS - BETWEEN THE AGES OF NINE AND SEVENTEEN. THE CONCERT BEGINS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 3 P.M.

HE'S BEEN CALLED A LIVING, BREATHING MASTERPIECE AND WHY NOT? HAL HOLBROOK HAS BECOME MARK TWAIN. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 50 YEARS THAT HOLBROOK HAS BROUGHT ONE OF HISTORY'S GREATEST DRY WITS TO LIFE. "MARK TWAIN TONIGHT" WILL HAPPEN ONLY ONCE IN HAWAI'I AND THAT "ONCE" HAPPENS TO BE HAPPENING ONLY ON MAUI. THIS SUNDAY AT 5 P.M. IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC, DON'T MISS THIS AMAZING ONE-MAN SHOW - HAL HOLBROOK IN "MARK TWAIN TONIGHT." TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW BY PHONE, ONLINE OR AT THE MACC BOX OFFICE.

MONDAY NIGHT IT'S TIME TO TRIP THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FANTASTIC. THE HAWAI'I BALLROOM DANCING ASSOCIATION WILL HOST THEIR CHRISTMAS DANCE IN THE ELLEAIRE BALLROOM OF THE MAUI BEACH HOTEL STARTING AT 6-30. TICKETS ARE 45 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR.

BY NOW YOU KNOW THAT MAUI ARTISTS ARE - AGAIN - FEATURED PROMINENTLY IN THIS YEAR'S GRAMMY NOMINATIONS. NEXT WEEK YOU'LL HAVE A COUPLE OF CHANCES TO SEE WHY - LIVE AND IN PERSON. UKULELE MASTER DANIEL HO WILL BE FEATURED IN THE SEA HOUSE RESTAURANT AT NAPILI KAI BEACH RESORT WEDNESDAY FOR ONE SHOW STARTING AT 7 O'CLOCK. COME EARLY FOR DINNER, IF YOU'D LIKE. CALL THE NAPILI KAI RESORT FOR CONCERT AND DINNER SHOW PRICES.

AND/OR NEXT THURSDAY AT THE MACC, ENJOY THE MUSIC OF DANIEL HO ALONG WITH THE MASTERY OF GRAMMY WINNER GEORGE KAHUMOKU. THE CASTLE THEATER CONCERT STARTS AT 7-30 AND TICKETS ARE JUST 25 DOLLARS. OR 45 DOLLARS IF YOU'D LIKE TO MEET, GREET AND TALK STORY WITH TH ARTISTS AFTER THE SHOW.

NEXT FRIDAY MORNING - GET UP EARLY AND DO SOMETHING WONDERFUL FOR YOURSELF - AND FOR MAUI'S HUNGRY. MAUI CANOE CLUB WILL BE PROVIDING FREE 30-MINUTE PADDLING SESSIONS FOR EVERYONE WHO BRINGS AT LEAST ONE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO THE CANOE CLUB - JUST MA'ALAEA SIDE OF SUGAR BEACH. THEY'LL BE SENDING OUT THEIR FLOTILLAS AT 7-30, 8, 8-30 AND 9 A.M. IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT, IT'S MISHKA IN CONCERT AT THE MACC. THE MUTUAL LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN MAUI AND MISHKA CONTINUES AS HE COMES BACK FOR AN ACOUSTIC SET STARTING AT 5-30. THEN, PEPPER HEATS THE STAGE AT 7. TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS.

OR, FOR A MORE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY CONCERT - ENJOY THE MUSIC OF DANNY COUCH IN A DINNER CONCERT NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MAUI BEACH HOTEL. COUCH WILL SING ALL OF YOUR HOLIDAY FAVORIETS - AND EVEN SOME OF HIS - IN THE DINNER SHOW STARTING AT 6 O'CLOCK IN THE ELLEAIRE BALLROOM. TICKETS ARE JUST 40 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE, 50 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR.

LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD, THE ADMINISTRATION OF MAYOR-ELECT ALAN ARAKAWA WILL OFFICIALLY RE-COMMENCE AFTER HIS INAUGURATION ON JANUARY SECOND, 20-11. EVERYONE IS INVITED - AND ENCOURAGED TO BRING AT LEAST ONE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO THE FREE EVENT AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM. THE ENTERTAINMENT BEGINS AT 4 P.M. SUNDAY, JANUARY SECOND AND THE CEREMONY STARTS AT 5 P.M. LIGHT PUPU WILL BE SERVED FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY.

FOR DETAILS ON THAT EVENT AND EVERYTHING ELSE WE'VE MENTIONED THIS WEEK, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST CLICK THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND, WE'LL BE BACK TO WRAP UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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J: THAT WRAPS UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING - AND THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT COM. THERE YOU'LL FIND ONGOING UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, COMING ATTRACTIONS AND MORE. AND DON'T MISS OUR WEEKLY REPORTS EVERY FRIDAY MORNING ON KHON-2'S WAKE UP 2-DAY WITH OLENA HEU AND JAI CUNNINGHAM. FOR DAILY UPDATE, YOU CAN ALSO CATCH OUR WEEKDAY AFTERNOON NEWS REPORTS ON MAUI ON KAOI 11-10 AM AT ONE MINUTE BEFORE THE HOURS OF THREE, FOUR, FIVE AND SIX P.M.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, A HUI HOU.

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