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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week of December 11, 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: MYSTERIOUS EQUIPMENT - SCARY LOOKING SITUATIONS - AND IT'S ALL TO KEEP MAUI SAFE AND PROFESSIONALS TRAINED IN THE EVENT OF THE UNTHINKABLE.

HC: ANOTHER UNTHINKABLE EVENT - OF THE NATURAL KIND - HAS PROMPTED DISASTER OFFICIALS TO DECLARE A LOT MORE MAUI HOMES ARE NOW INSIDE A FLOOD ZONE.

J:AND CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY ON MAUI AS FOLKS GIVE - AND RECEIVE.

HC: IN SPORTS, ARE WE SEEING THE NEXT MICHAEL PHELPS OR DARA TORRES? KALAPANA TAKES US POOLSIDE, TO THE MAUI AGE GROUP SWIM MEET THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND NAJONA ICHIMARU IS HERE WITH THE RUNDOWN ON AN EXTREMELY BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF HOLIDAY THINGS TO SEEM DO AND EAT. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.

HC: AND I'M HOLLY CHUNG. JULIE Y WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK. THIS IS A TEST AND, THANK GOODNESS, IT'S ONLY A TEST.

(Turn to cam) BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE IMAGES WITNESSED ACROSS MAUI THIS WEEK COULDN'T COME TO PASS. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING FOLLOWED ALONG AS LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS STAGED EVENTS THAT WE HOPE WILL NEVER COME TO PASS FOR REAL.

(TAKE WMD PKG) (open vo)

Lt. Col. Thomas "Trey" Johnson III, Cmdr, 93rd Civil Support Team, Hawaii Nat. Gd.

TJ01: "We're here today as part of a county-wide situational training exercise involving County agencies along with state and federal in response to various scenarios involving weapons of mass destruction and/or terrorist attacks."

COLONEL JOHNSON'S TEAM WAS JOINED BY SIMILAR UNITS FROM GUAM AND CALIFORNIA - WITH THE GOAL BEING TO MAKE SURE OUR HOME TEAMS ARE AS PREPARED AS ANY TEAMS CAN BE IN THE EVENT A MANMADE CATASTROPHE WERE TO COME TO PASS.

TJ02: "This is focused at the county level. So right now the primary training audience is County agencies, the first responder community, along with Civil Defense and the Mayor's office as well as state assest like the 93rd Civil Support Team, the Department of Health Radiological and we also have some elements from EOD and a chemical compliment from Schofield Barracks."

NEARLY A DOZEN DIFFERENT AGENCIES - WHO WOULD NOT ORDINALRILY WORK TOGETHER ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS...IF THERE WERE A TERRORIST ATTACK ON MAUI, SUDDENLY THEY WOULD ALL BE CALLED UPON TO DO WHAT THEY'VE BEE TRAINED TO DO. AND TO MAKE SURE THAT AWFUL DAY WOULD BE MANAGED AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE, A TRAINING LIKE THIS IS NECESSARY.

TJ03: "This is all in an effort to identify the threat. To mitigate it and to protect the public."

AS YOU MIGHT GUESS, THERE'S A LOT OF "NEED TO KNOW" AND "LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE" KIND OF STUFF GOING ON. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WON'T BE A LOT OF DETAILS AVAILABLE. BUT COLONEL JONSON GAVE US THE RUNDOWN.

TJ04: "Today's exercise involves multi-thtreat. It involves law enforcement, Coast Guard, all the County agencies, the 93rd CST and the Department of Health Radiological along with EOD assets to respopnd to a multitude of different threats, perpetrators and a potential terrorist group."

DURING THIS EXERCISE THE INTER-AGENCY TEAM USES A COAST GUARD VESSEL TO INTERCEPT A VESSEL THAT HAS - BEEN TAKEN OVER BY TERRORISTS. THE LANAI FERRYU IS AN EXTREMELY UNLIKELY TERRORIST WEAPON, BUT ONCE UPON A TIME AIRPLANES WERE TOO. THAT'S THE SAID AND SOBERING PART OF THE NEED FOR THIS EXERCISE.

TJ04b: "The name of the game is all about support to the County, protection of the people, using the local, state and federal agencies in a collective respopnse. Bottom line is interoperability is what we're trying to achieve."

IN A MORNING FLURRY OF ACTIVITY IN PREPARATION FOR THE INCERDICTION OF THE WOULD-BE ATTACKERS, SUDDENLY IT'S OVER. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE BETTER PREPARED, AND EVERYONE IS SAFE, AT LEAST FOR TODAY, IN OUR INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS WORLD. REPORTING FROM MAALAEA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) TEN AGENCIES FROM PLACES AS FAR AWAY AS CALIFORNIA AND GUAM TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL DRILL. WHILE OFFICIALS ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMAGES MAY BE FRIGHTENING - THE EXERCISES ARE NECESSARY TO KEEP OUR EMERGENCY CREWS READY FOR ALMOST ANYTHING.

(FEMA FLOOD MAP) (PiP - FEMA map)

J: TIMES HAVE CHANGED TO CAUSE THE NEED TO EVEN PRACTICE FOR SUCH POSSIBILITIES. ONE POSSIBILITY, EXPERTS SAY - IS MORE LIKELY A PROBABILITY - FLOODS ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI.

(VO) THIS TIME LAST YEAR MAUI WAS CLEANING UP FROM SEVERE KONA STORMS THAT SENT FLOODWATERS CASCADING THROUGH GULCHES AND HOMES. THE WATER OVERWHELMED DRAINAGE DITCHES AND TRAPPED PEOPLE AND CARS FOR HOURS ON EITHER SIDES OF GULLY WASHERS.

(ON-CAM) PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF DAMAGE FROM LAST YEAR'S STORM, AND BECAUSE THE LAST TIME PLANNING OFFICIALS DREW UP FLOOD MAPS WAS 1981, SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE. SINCE 1981, STREAM FLOWS AND DRAINAGE PATTERNS HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. BECAUSE OF THAT, COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE RELEASING NEW FLOOD ZONE MAPS DESIGNED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND HUNDREDS MORE HOMES ARE NOW CONSIDERED INSIDE THE FLOOD ZONES.

(FF-CG) THEY'RE CALLED FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS - OR "FIRM" AND FEMA USES THESE DOCUMENTS TO ESTABLISH DISASTER PLANS IN AREAS MOST PRONE TO NATURAL DISASTERS. THESE IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO VIEW ONLINE NOW. THEY'LL ALSO BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE ANY TIME THAT BUILDERS, PLANNERS, HOMEOWNERS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LAND UNDERNEATH ANY NEW STRUCTURE. THE NEW MAPS WERE DEVELOPED AFTER AN EXTENSIVE STUDY OF MAUI COUNTY'S FLOODPLAINS USING DIGITAL STATE-OF-THE-ART MAPPING TECHNOLOGY.

(ON-CAM) PRIMARILY IMPACTED ARE THE AREAS AROUND WAIKAPU STREAM, KAMAOLE GULCH IN SOUTH MAUI AND THE IAO STREAM. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT SOME 340 HOMES ON MAUI ARE NOW CONSIDERED INSIDE A FLOOD ZONE THAT WERE NOT THERE IN THE 1981 UPDATE. THERE IS A BIT OF GOOD NEWS HOWEVER. THE FEMA 'FIRM" MAPS DON'T BECOME OFFICIAL FOR ALMOST A YEAR. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THAT GIVES HOMEOWNERS A CHANCE TO SEE IF THEIR PROPERTY IS AFFECTED AND TO SECURE UPDATED FLOOD INSURANCE IN ADVANCE OF ANY RATE HIKES THAT WILL LIKELY GO INTO EFFECT ONCE THE FLOOD ZONES BECOME OFFICIAL.

(RAINFALL-WATER USE-UPCOUNTRY WATER)(PiP-Raindrop)

HC: IT'S FAIRLY CERTAIN YOU WON'T NEED FLOOD INSURANCE ANY TIME SOON ON MAUI. RAINFALL TOTALS CONTINUE TO BE FAR BELOW ANNUAL AVERAGE ACROSS THE COUNTY.

(FF-CG-VO) NEW NUMBERS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHOW THE DRIEST SPOT WAS - ONCE AGAIN - KIHEI, RECEIVING JUST NINE PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL IN NOVEMBER. THE WETTEST SPOT ON MAUI - PU'U KUKUI - RECEIVED MORE THAN 16 INCHES OF RAIN IN NOVEMBER. BUT EVEN THAT WAS ONLY HALF OF A NORMAL NOVEMBER. THE ONLY PLACE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTY RECEIVING NORMAL RAINFALL IS OHEO GULCH IN EAST MAUI. AT A LITTLE MORE THAN 83 INCHES OF RAIN THIS YEAR, OHEO GULCH IS ACTUALLY A FEW CLICKS ABOVE AVERAGE.

(ON-CAM) DESPITE RAINFALL THAT IS JUST A FRACTION OF AVERAGE, COUNTRY WATER OFFICIALS ARE DELIGHTED TO WATER USE REMAINS AS LOW AS IT HAS.

(FF-CG) NEARLY ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTY USED SLIGHTLY MORE WATER THAN THEY DID THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING. UPCOUNTRY MAUI RECEIVED SOME RAIN LAST WEEK, AND THE WATER USE LEVELS REFLECT THAT FACT. STILL WATER USE IS WELL BELOW WHAT IT WAS THIS TIME LAST YEAR - JUST AHEAD OF THAT KONA STORM.

(ON-CAM) WATER DIRECTOR JEFF ENG SAYS THE UPCOUNTRY WATER SYSTEM CONTINUES TO BE A CHALLENGE. TO MEET CURRENT DEMAND, THE DEPARTMENT IS REACTIVATING THE OLINDA WATER TREATMENT FACILITY FOR THE UPPER KULA WATER SYSTEM. USERS THERE MAY NOTICE A SLIGHT DIFFERENCE IN THE TASTE OF THEIR WATER FOR A DAY OR SO - BUT THAT WILL PASS. ALSO THE COUNTY CONTINUES TO PUMP WATER UP TO THE LOWER KULA SYSTEM FROM MAKAWAO. OFFICIALS ARE CROSSING THEIR FINGERS IN HOPES THAT 2009 WILL BE THE WETTER YEAR FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING.

(NAKASONA-KANAE)

J: MAUI HAS LOST TWO OF ITS FAVORITE SONS IN RECENT DAYS. VETERAN LAWMAKER AND BUSINESS OWNER BOB NAKASONE DIED THIS WEEK. THE DEMOCRATIC STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR KAHULUI AND PA'IA HAD BEEN BATTLING LUNG CANCER WHEN HE LOST HIS STRUGGLE AND DIED IN HIS SLEEP AT HOME ON SUNDAY. HIS FAMILY WAS AT HIS SIDE. NAKASONE WAS FIRST ELECTED TO GOVERNMENT IN 1977 WHEN HE SERVED ON THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL AND HAS REPRESENTED CENTRAL MAUI IN THE STATE HOUSE SINCE 1992. HE WAS ALSO THE FOUNDER AND OWNER OF AMERITONE-MAUI A PAIN AND WALl COVERING BUSINESS. BOB NAKASONE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, RUTH, TWO SONS AND A DAUGHTER. BOB NAKASONE WAS 68.

NAKASONE RAN UNOPPOSED ON THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET THIS FALL, EASILY WINNING RE-ELECTION. NOW GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE HAS 60 DAYS TO NAME HIS REPLACEMENT - AND IT MUST BE SOMEONE FROM THE SAME PARTY. NAKASONE’S REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER HENRY KAHULA WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE.

AND LAST WEEK ANOTHER WELL-KNOWN LOCAL VOICE WAS SILENCED WITH THE UNEXPECTED PASSING OF HENRY "UNCLE BOY" KANA'E. BEST-KNOWN AS "DA HAWAIIAN SUPAMAN," DURING HIS RADIO SHIFT IN THE MIDDAY SLOT AT KPOA RADIO, KANA'E WAS ALSO WELL KNOWN TO MANY AS A CULTURAL ADVISOR, AS A POPULAR EMCEE AND A WIDE VARIETY OF LOCAL EVENTS, AND AS AN ASSOCIATE PASTOR WITH THE HARVEST CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD.

HE JOINED KPOA RADIO IN 1994. HENRY "UNCLE BOY" KANA'E WAS 55.

TOSS TO B BLOCK

HC: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, AT A TIME WHEN THINGS ARE TOUGH FOR EVERYONE ON MAUI, HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO VOLUNTEER TO MAKE CHRISTMAS A LITTLE BRIGHTER.

J: AND IT WON'T BE IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, BUT THAT NEVER-ENDING BOARDWALK PROJECT AT KEALIA POND MIGHT ACTUALLY BE NEARING AN END.

HC: BUT IT WAS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. A GRAMMY WINNER CAME TO MAUI TO AWARD 30 UKULELE TO MISS BALICANTA'S MUSIC CLASS AT KAHULUI ELEMENTARY. THAT STORY WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

B BLOCK

(LOKAHI)(PiP-Lokahi Santa)

HC: THE HOLIDAYS OFTEN BECOME A TOUGH TIME FOR A LOT OF US - AND ESPECIALLY SO IN THE TOUCH ECONOMIC CLIMATE THAT HAS MADE 2008 A YEAR A LOT OF US CAN'T WAIT TO PUT BEHIND US. BUT, RECESSION OR NOT - THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF LOKAHI SEEMS BRIGHTER THAN EVER. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING HAS THE STORY.

(TAKE LOKAHI PKG) (open-choir) THERE'S NO MISTAKING WHAT TIME OF YEAR IT IS. EVEYWHERE YOU LOOKED, WAKLKED AOR LISTENED AROUND AZEKA SHOPPING CENTER LAST SATURDAY, CHRISTMAS WAS HAPPENING. THIS IS THE FIFTH YEAR AZEKA HAS BEEN THE MAUI HUB FOR THE STATEWIDE LOKLAHI PROJECT - AND IT MAY BE THE BEST YEAR YET - EVEN IMPROVING ON LAST YEAR'S BEST-IN-STATE PERFORMANCE.

Evelyn Long, Property Manager, Azeka Shopping Center

EL01: "We're hoping this year will be better. Last year we collected the most donations - both monetary and in gifts - compared to any Neighbor Island location."

EVEN WITH JOBLESSNESS AND MORTGAGE DEFAULTS AT THEIR HIGHEST IN DECADES - LONG SAYS SHE STILL SEES THE BEST COMING OUT IN THE VOLUNTEERS WHO COME OUT.

EL02: "I do. I am seeing that a lot of people are still giving. The spirit is still there. I mean, this year we have more volunteers than we've had in past years, so that really makes a statement that there are people who are needy out there, and they're out here to help."

THE DONATIONS JUST KEPT COMING IN AND - SANTAS ALREADY GETTING SOME HELP THESE BAGS ARE ALREADY STUFFED WITH TOYS AND GOODIES AND WIILL BE STORED UNTIL THE BIG NIGHT.

EL03: "Keiki O Ka Aina is the co-sponsor with KHON-TV. They will sort everything. Then they'll get it ouit to needy families, needy individuals, needy children here in Maui County. So everything we collect here stays in Maui."

LONG EXPRESSED HER APPRECIATION TO KHON'S JUSTIN CRUZ - WAVING AND SINGING WITH TWO PRECIOUIS CAROLERS, AND TO TRINI KAUPUOIKI WHO PUT THE PROJECT TOGETHER FOR MAUI. SHE ALSO EXPRESSED HER MAHALO TO THE VOLUNTEERS AND TO THOSE WHO GAVE FROM THEIR WALLETS AND FROM THEIR HEARS TO MAKE THIS YEAR'S LOKAHI ON MAUI - THE BEST EVER. REPORTING FROM KIHEI FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP THE LOKAHI PROJECT, THERE'S STILL TIME. AZEKA MERCHANTS IN KIHEI WILL ACCEPT YOUR DONATIONS ALL THE WAY UP TO CHRISTMAS EVE. AND FOR MORE ON THE LOKAHI PROJECTS STATEWIDE, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(Boardwalk)(PiP-ConstructionWork-Boardwalk)

J: PERHAPS ONE OF THE LEAST-OBSERVED, AND LEAST ENFORCED "KEEP-OUT" SIGNS ON MAUI IS THE ONE TELLING PEOPLE TO KEEP OFF THE KEALIA BOARDWALK. THE 22-HUNDRED FOOT LONG BIRD WATCHING WALKWAY WAS COMPLETED MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AGO. THEN, EVEN BEFORE IT WAS OPENED, THEY HAD TO REPLACE ALL THE PLANKS BECAUSE THE OLD ONES WERE POPPING UP NAILS. AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT, THEY COULDN'T GET STATE AND FEDERAL APPROVAL TO OPEN THE BOARDWALK UNTIL THERE WAS HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE PARKING. AND THAT PERMIT WAS TIED UP FOR YEARS BECAUSE OF WETLAND DESIGNATIONS AND CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS.

WELL, FOR CHRISTMAS, THE PROJECT IS FINALLY UNDERWAY.

(VO) CREWS BEGAN WORK LATE LAST WEEK THAT IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN MARCH OF NEXT YEAR. WHEN THIS IS ALL FINISHED, THERE WILL BE FOUR PARALLEL PARKING PLACE, PARKING FOR TWO BUSES, AND EIGHT DIAGONAL PARKING STALLS. CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TI ONLY MINIMALLY IMPACT TRAFFIC ON NORTH KIHEI ROAD, BUT OFFICIALS WARN THAT TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES MAY OCCUR FROM TIME TO TIME DURING THE FOUR-MONTH PROJECT.

(ON-CAM) KEALIA POND NATIONAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY MANAGER GLYNNIS NAKAI SAYS THAT AFTER THE PARKING AREA IS COMPLETE, GET SET FOR A MAJOR BLESSING AND A VARIETY OF NATURE PROGRAMS FOR THE PUBLIC.

THE CONSTRUCTION MAY BE A BIT OF A NUISANCE BUT - FOR THOSE IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS, IT'S A BLESSING FROM HEAVEN. THERE ARE A FEW "BLESSINGS" GOING ON THIS WEEK. ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE IS IN DOWNTOWN WAILUKU.

(VO - MAYBE) DAYTIME EXCAVATION AND PAVING WORK ON NORTH MARKET STREET BETWEEN MILL AND KAHAWAI STREETS WILL RESTRICT TRAFFIC TO ONE LANE FOR THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS. THE WORK IS SCHEDULED FOR BETWEEN 8:30 A.M. AND 8:30 P.M. - WEATHER PERMITTING - MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAYS.

(ON-CAM) INCIDENTALLY, IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING - YES - WORK LIKE THIS IS USUALLY DONE AT NIGHT TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON TRAFFIC. HOWEVER, THIS WORK IS BEING DONE DURING THE DAY IN ORDER TO AVOID DISTURBING AREA RESIDENTS OVERNIGHT.

(B&B BILL)(PiP-Bed and Breakfast)

HC: DISTURBING NEARBY RESIDENTS WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR CONSIDERATIONS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS. BUT, LAST FRIDAY, IN A SIX-TO-NOTHING VOTE, THE COUNCIL APPROVED REVISING THE REGULATIONS THAT GOVERN BED AND BREAKFAST RENTALS IN MAUI COUNTY.

PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN GLADYS BAISA HAS BEEN PUSHING TO GET THE NEW LEGISLATION WRAPPED UP BY THE END OF THE YEAR AND IT LOOKS LIKE THAT IS HAPPENING.

UNDER THE NEW RULES, THERE WILL BE A CAP - ON THE NUMBER OF B&BS ACROSS MAUI. OF THE TOTAL OF 400, 48 WILL BE ALLOWED IN HANA, 100 IN SOUTH MAUI, 40 UPCOUNTRY, 88 ALONG THE NORTH SHORE, 36 IN CENTRAL MAUI AND 88 IN WEST MAUI.

SOME OF THE OTHER RULES: A QUIET TIME BETWEEN 9 P.M. AND 8 A.M.. NO AMPLIFIED MUSIC THAT CAN BE HEARD OFF THE PROPERTY. AND NO ON-STREET PARKING.

PERMITS FOR B&BS ON LANAI AND MOLOKA'I WILL BE APPROVED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE PLANNING COMMISSIONS.

THE LARGER - AND MUCH MORE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE OF TRANSIENT VACATION RENTALS, IS NOT PART OF THE B&B BILL AND WILL WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT COUNTY COUNCIL SESSION BEGINS AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. B-AND-BS, BY THE WAY, ARE DEFINED AS A RENTAL UNIT WHERE THE OWNER LIVES ON-PROPERTY. THE FINAL VOTE ON THE ISSUE IS SET FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 19TH.

(Toss to C Block)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, THEY MAY BE THE FUTURE MICHAEL PHELPS AND JENNIE THOMPSONS - BUT FOR NOW, THEY'RE QUICK KEIKI IN THE POOL. KALAPANA HAS MAUI AGE-GROUP SWIMMING HIGHLIGHTS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

HC: THEN NAJONA ICHIMARU WILL BE HERE WITH DETAILS ON ANOTHER EXTREMELY BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKEND RUNDOWN FOR US. IT'S ALL UP NEXT IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: K: IF YOU'V E BEEN LYING AWAKE AT NIGHT WONDERING WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO NOW THAT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS OVER FOR THIS YEAR - FRET NOT, MY FRIENDS - THERE'S PLENTY OF SPORT STILL TO COME.

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M KALAPANA.

M-I-L FOOTBALL ENDED A WEEK EARLIER THIS YEAR THAN IT DID LAST YEAR, SO THAT GIVES US A CHANCE TO LOOK AHEAD, AS WELL AS OUTSIDE THE M-I-L TO CAPTURE THE HUMAN DRAMA OF ATHLETIC COMPETITION. HMM. THAT'S PRETTY GOOD. SOMEONE SHOULD WRITE THAT DOWN.

(VO) NOW, IF YOU'RE WATCHING THIS ONLINE FROM MINOT NORTH DAKOTA, SORRY - BUT, YES, THIS IS WHAT WE DO ON MAUI IN DECEMBER. OUT TO A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY MORNING IN KIHEI FOR THE MAUI AGE GROUP SWIMMING ASSOCIATION "UNCLASSIFIED" SWIM MEET. BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5 TO 18 COMPETE IN A VARIETY OF OLYMPIC-CLASS EVENTS - EACH ONE HOPING TO, SOMEDAY BECOME, THE NEXT RANDALL TOM, CHELSEA NAGATA, KALANI ROSELL, OR MAYBE EVEN MICHAEL PHELPS OR JENNIE THOMPSON.

IN THE GIRLS EIGHT AND UNDER 100-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY THE START MAY NOT BE QUITE UP TO OLYMPIC STANDARDS, BUT THESE LITTLE GIRLS FLY! AND THE MOMS OF THOSE ABOUT TO FLY DON'T WANT TO MISS A PHOTO OP. AND IT'S AMAZING TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE AS THESE YOUNG LADIES ARE ONLY TWO YEARS OLDER THAN THE ONES YOU JUST SAW. NC-DOUBLE-A SCOUTS - PAY ATTENTION! AND WHILE THIS WAS A SERIOUS MEET - WITH RECORDS BEING SET - THERE WAS STILL TIME FOR KIDS TO BE KIDS - ISLAND STYLE. THE TWO DAY EVENT DREW MORE THAN A HUNDRED YOUNG COMPETITORS TO KIHEI TO QUALIFY FOR THE STATE MEET ON OAHU IN JANUARY.

(ON-CAM) M-I-L SWIMMING AND DIVING GETS UNDERWAY THIS WEEK WITH THE FIRST MEET SET FOR SATURDAY AT THE KIHEI AQUATIC CENTER. ALSO STARTING UP JUST BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS BREAK IS BASKETBALL. THIS WEEKEND THE SAINT ANTHONY'S INVITATION BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IS GOING ON AT WAR MEMORIAL GYM IN WAILUKU AND THE SEABURY HALL WAHINE CLASSIC TOURNAMENT IS TAKING PLACE AT EARDMAN ATHLETIC CENTER AT SEABURY HALL.

AND, FORE THOSE MULTI-SPORT FAMILIES, THERE 'S NO TIME TO REST. M-I-L SOCCER ALSO KICKS OFF THIS WEEK.

AND, BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO SEND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BALDWIN BEARS CHEERLEADING SQUAD. THE AGILE LADIES PLACED SIXTH IN THE MEDIUM SCHOOL DIVISION AT THE ZIPPYS HAWAII STATE CHEERLEADING COMPETITION SUNDAY IN HONOLULU. THE SQUAD FROM KAMEHAMEHA MAUI TOOK NINTH PLACE IN THE CONTEST.

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. IF YOUR TEAM HAS TRYOUTS OR A SPECIAL SPORTING EVENT COMING UP, LET US KNOW ABOUT IT. SEND THE INFORMATION - AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE TO SPORTS AT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND WE'LL DO OUR VERY BEST TO GET A FILM CREW OUT TO CAPTURE THE ACTION. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S NAJONA ICHIMARU WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.


(Coming Attractions)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

HC: ‘TIS THE SEASON TO THINK "LOCAL." ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M HOLLY CHUNG WITH THE RUNDOWN OF FUN, INTERESTING AND ENTERTAINING THINGS TO SEE AND DO THIS WEEK ON MAUI.

THE SPIRIT OF GIVING, SAVING AND SHOPPING ARE ALL COMBINED THIS FRIDAY NIGHT DURING THE SECOND ANNUAL "PA'IA GIVES" SHOPPING NIGHT. FROM 6 TO 9 P.M. THE PA’IA MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION WILL OFFER SPECIALS AND GREAT VALUES - AND WILL DONATE PROCEEDS TO THEIR FAVORITE CHARITY FROM FUNDS RAISED. LAST YEAR'S EVENT RAISED SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR GROUPS LIKE THE PA’IA YOU AND CULTURAL CENTER, A KEIKI'S DREAM, HALEAKALA WALDORF SCHOOL AND MANA'O RADIO.

IF YOU'RE IN KAHULUI SATURDAY MORNING THAT AMAZING AROMA WAFTING FROM THE HALE AT HOALOHA PARK WILL LIKELY DRAW YOU IN. IT'S THEIR ANNUAL KALUA TURKEY SALE BENEFITTING HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB. FOR JUST SEVEN DOLLARS YOU GET AN ENTIRE POUND OF SHREDDED KALUA TURKEY AND ALL THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE PROGRAMS OF HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB.

AND WHILE YOU'RE MAKING YOUR LIST TO HEAD TO TOWN SATURDAY, BE SURE TO BRING YOUR DAUGHTER'S LIGHTLY USED PROM DRESS WITH YOU. BRING IT TO CENTER STAGE AT QUEEN KA’AHUMANU CENTER AND DONATE IT TO "BECCA'S CLOSET," THE PROGRAM STARTED BY KING KEKAULIKE HIGH SCHOOL TO HELP MAKE A YOUNG GIRL'S HIGH SCHOOL DREAM COME TRUE FOR NEXT YEAR'S PROM.

IF YOU'RE ON THE WEST SIDE SATURDAY MORNING, ALL THE COMMOTION, FUN AND CHRISTMAS CHEER YOU'LL SEE GOING ON AT LAUNIOPOKO BEACH PARK IS THE ANNUAL BIG BROTHERS - BIG SISTERS CHRISTMAS PARTY. FREE STAND-UP PADDLE LESSONS, FOOD, GAMES AND PRIZES - NOT TO MENTION THE ARRIVAL OF SANTA HIMSELF. FOR ALL THE DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

FOR A SWEET HOLIDAY TREAT, THIS SATURDAY THE ALEXANDER AND BALDWIN SUGAR MUSEUM IS OFFERING FREE ADMISSION TO LOCALS DURING THEIR ANNUAL KAMA'AINA APPRECIATION DAY. FROM 9-30 TO 4 P.M., ALL HAWAII RESIDENTS WILL BE ADMITTED FREE OF CHARGE. THE MUSEUM IS LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE PU'UNENE SUGAR MILL AND FEATURES A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE OF SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PERIODS OF THE HISTORY OF COMMERCE ON MAUI.

HERE'S AN IDEA THAT JUST MIGHT BECOME A HOLIDAY TRADITION. IT'S THE "LOCAVORES" DINNER AND A MOVIE. WHAT'S A "LOCAVORE?" IT'S SOMEONE WHO EATS ONLY LOCALLY GROWN AND PRODUCED FOOD. THE SOUTH MAUI SUSTAINABILITY GROUP WILL HOST DINNER AND A MOVIE STARTING AT 5:30 THIS SATURDAY AT THE VFW HALL ON ULUNIU ROAD IN KIHEI. ALSO, THIS IS A "TRASH FREE" EVENT, SO ORGANIZERS REQUEST THAT YOU BRING YOUR OWN PLATES AND UTENSILS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS UNIQUE EVENT, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

SATURDAY NIGHT ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE IT'S THE ANNUAL JINGLE BELL BALL - A BENEFIT FOR THE MAUI PREPARATORY ACADEMY. THE EVENT STARTS AT 6 P.M. AT THE RITZ CARLTON KAPALUA. IT'S AN EVENING OF DINING, DANCING, LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS AND THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE MAUI PREPARATORY ACADEMY. TICKETS ARE 200 DOLLARS PER PERSON.

THIS MONDAY IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO "ROCK AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE" AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY DANCE SPONSORED BY THE HAWAII BALLROOM DANCING ASSOCIATION'S CENTRAL MAUI CHAPTER. FROM 6 TO 9:30 THE ELLEAIR BALLROOM AT THE MAUI BEACH HOTEL WILL BE A WINTER WONDERLAND WHERE YOU CAN SHOW YOUR BEST HOLIDAY MOVES. TICKETS ARE 30 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE AND 35 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR. FOR DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

NEXT TUESDAY IS THE LATEST IN THE FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR MAUI'S VERY OWN CHIEF CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR. JULIE'S HOPE FOR A CURE WILL BE THE BENEFICIARY TUESDAY EVENT AT THE FLATBREAD PIZZA COMPANY IN PA'IA. FROM 5 TO 10 P.M. TUESDAY, A PORTION OF THE SALE OF EVERY PIZZA WILL BE DONATED TO JULIE'S HOPE. IN ADDITION, YOU'LL FIND A CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOP IN FRONT OF FLATBREAD PIZZA WHERE YOU CAN SHOP FOR ITEMS THAT WILL ALSO BENEFIT JULIE'S HOPE.

FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND IF THERE'S A SPECIAL EVENT YOU'RE PLANNING FOR 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.


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J: IT WAS A STAR FOR CHRISTMAS IN KAHULUI THIS WEEK. THIS ONE WASN'T ON TOP OF THE TREE, THOUGH - BUT IN FRONT OF SOME VERY EXCITED STUDENTS.

(VO) IT WAS CHRISTMAS IN KAHULUI LAST FRIDAY. THIRTY BRAND NEW UKULELE WERE ABOUT TO BE PRESENTED TO KAHULUI SCHOOL BY NONE OTHER THAN GRAMMY WINNER JOHN CRUZ. AFTER A WARMUP, CRUZ TUNED THE UKELELE HIMSELF BACKSTAGE WHILE STUDENTS FILED INTO THE SURPRISE ASSEMBLY. WHEN THE CURTAIN OPENED, APPLAUSE TURNED TO OOS AND AWS...ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY LEARNED WHO THEIR SUPERSTAR PRESENTER WAS.

CRUZ WAS JOINED ON STAGE BY FIVE LUCKY KAHULUI MUSIC STIUDENTS - STUDENTS WHO HAD EXCELLED IN MISS BALICANTA'S MUSIC CLASSES. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC IN THE CAFETERIA ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

THE 30 TANGI UKULELE WERE AWARDED TO KAHULUI SCHOOL BY SPRINT HAWAII. IT'S A SCHIOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM THROUGH THE MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS FOUNDATION. CRUZ DELIGHTED THE STUDENTS - WHO KNEW THE WORDS TO HIS HITS, ISLAND STYLE, SHINE ON AND LIVING HERE IN LIMBO.

AND MISS BALLICANTA...SHE ENJOYED IT TOO.

(on-cam two-shot) J: THE UKULELE GOT THEIR CHRISTENING THIS WEEK WHEN FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADERS FROM KAHULUI ELEMENTARY PLAYED TO AUDIENCES AT HALE MAKUA AND AT MAUI MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER.

HC: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S SHOW. PLEASE VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM FOR DAILY UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, EXTENDED COVERAGE OF MANY OF OUR STORIES AND MUCH MORE. AND WE'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR STORY IDEAS AS WELL, SO PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND. LOOK FOR THE STORY IDEA LINK AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM. AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

J: ALOHA

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