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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week of December 18, 2008



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J: YOU'VE SEEN THE ANNOUNCEMENTS, READ THE ARTICLES - BUT NOW YOU'LL SEE - FIRST HAND - WHY THE RUSH TO SWITCH TO DIGITAL TELEVISION IN HAWAII.

JY: AND IT'S BEEN ANYTHING BUT A RUSH. AFTER NEARLY FOUR DECADES, THE LAHAINA BYPASS IS ABOUT TO BREAK GROUND.

J: AND GROUND BREAKING CHANGES ARE ALSO COMING TO MAUI ELECTRIC AS THE UTILITY SIGNS A DEAL TO RUN SOME OF THEIR TRUCKS ON ELECTRIC POWER, TOO.

JY: IN SPORTS, IT WAS A SEE-SAW BATTLE TO THE VERY END IN THE FINAL OF THE SAINT ANTHONY'S INVITATIONAL. KALAPANA HAS HIGHLIGHTS AND THE FINAL STANDINGS UP THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND HOLLY CHUNG HAS THE LIST, HAS CHECKED IT TWICE - AND SHE'LL RUN DOWN THE CHOICES OF HOLIDAY THINGS TO SEE, DO AND EAT. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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

JY: I'M JULIE Y. IN LESS THAN A MONTH DIGITAL TV WILL BE THE ONLY KIND OF TV IN HAWAII.

(Turn to cam) THE TELEVISION CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN INTENSE EVEN THOUGH FEWER THAN FIVE HOMES OUT OF EVERY HUNDRED WILL BE AFFECTED. AND THE REASON FOR THE EARLY SWITCH INVOLVES NUMBERS THAT ARE EVEN SMALLER. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING GETS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE STORY - BY GOING TO THE TOP.

(TAKE DTV PKG) THIS IS A STORY WITH THREE DISTINCT PARTS. THE ISSUE: THE SWITCH FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL TELEVISION BROADCASTING IN HAWAII. FROM A TECHNICAL PERSPECTIVE, HERE'S PART ONE FROM FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONER JONATHON ADELSTEIN.

Jonathan Adelstein, a commissioner with the FCC

JA01: "We're here because Hawaii is going first. Hawaii is the first state in the nation to go digital and it's going early because of the dark rumped petrel that nests here on top of the mountain. We can't have that disturbed because it's an endangered bird. So rather than doing the switch on February 17th which is when the rest of the nation switches to digital, they moved it up to January here in Hawai'i to accomodate the needs of this bird that nests here in Maui. We're going first. This is a big test for the whole country. We're interested in seeing what happens here in Hawai'i and what we can learn for the rest of the country."

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION REGULATES ALL BROADCASTING - INCLUDING TELEVISION, RADIO, POLICE, FIRE AND COAST GUARD, CELL PHONES WALKIE TALKIES, C-B RADIOS AND SO-ON. THE SWITCH FROM ANALOG TV BROADCASTING TO DIGITAL IN HAWAII IS MANINI TO MOST BECAUSE ONLY A TINY FRACTION OF HOMES STILL USE TV ANTENNAS. AT A PUBLIC MEETING AT KAUNOA SENIOR CENTER LAST WEEK, A FEW CURIOUS LOCALS LEARNED THAT THEY MUST HAVE CABLE, SATELLITE, A DIGITAL READY TV OR THEY MUST BUY A CONVERTER BOX SO THEIR OLD SET WILL PICK UP THE NEW DIGITAL CHANNELS. BECAUSE WITHOUT ONE OF THE ABOVE AT NOON ON JANBUARY 15TH (SNOW) THAT'S WHAT YOU'LL GET.

NOW, PART TWO, WHICH WAS MENTIONED IN PART ONE: THE DARK RUMPED PETREL THE COMMISSIONER REFERRED TO IS BETTER KNOWN TO HAWAIIANS AS 'UA'U. 'UA'U LIVE MUCH OF THEIR LIVES AT SEA BUT ON SHORE,

Cathleen Natividad Bailey, Wildlife Biologist, Haleakala Nat. Park

CB01: "They nest here, just a few feet away from this site and their nesting would be disturbed."

THE NESTING AREA IS ACTUALLY SPREAD ACROSS HUNDREDS OF ACRES AT THE SUMMIT OF HALEAKALA. 'UA'U COUPLES ALWAYS RETURN TO THE SAME BURROW. AFTER SOME ANNUAL HOUSEKEEPING, IT'S TIME TO PROPOGATE AND THERE WON'T BE A POPULATION EXPLOSION.

CB02: "Each pair has only one chick and if that nest is not successful they will not nest again. They will leave, go back out to sea and not return again until next year."

THE TIMING OF THE NESTING PARENTS ARRIVAL WOULD HAVE PUT THOSE LOCAL BIRDS RIGHT IN HARM'S WAY WHEN THE SWITCH TO DIGITAL TV WOULD HAVE MEAN SOME SERIOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION TO REPLACE THESE OLDER ANALOG SYSTEMS WITH ALL NEW HARDWARE. THE HAWAII ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS AGREED TO MOVE THE SWITCH TO DTV UP AND TAKE THESE OLD TOWERS AND BUILDINS DOWN, AND MOVE THEM DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, 6,000 DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

THAT'S THE THIRD PART OF THIS STORY. THESE OLDER TRANSMISSION SYSTEMNS EMIT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WATTS OF POWER TO SEND OUT TV SIGNALS. AND THOSE SIGNALS INTEREFERE WITH THE NEWER AND MORE SOPHISTICATED ELECTRONIS TELESCOPES AT THE SUMMIT.

Brett Simison, PanSTARRS Construction Mgr, UH

BS01: "This is actually the radio frequencies - the RF - that is hitting this hill is larger than our cameras and equipment can handle as far as functioning properly, as well as the Air Force, too, so this site is being relocated over to the Ulupalakua Ranch TV site. There is an existing radio site there so now the television broadcasters on Maui will be located on that site also."

WHEN THE SWITCH IS THROWN AT NOON ON JANUARY 15TH AND DIGITAL TV BROADCASTING TAKES OVER ON MAUI AND ACROSS HAWAII, SIMINSON'S WORK BEGINS HERE. FIRST, DISMANTLING.

BS02: "By dismanteling it we will be taking it back to its natural state. Everyuthing that is above the surface and below grade will be taken off the site that is man-made materials and as close as we can put it back into its natural state before man arrived at this site."

WHEN HE SAYS TAKEN OFF-SITE HE MEANS THAT ENTIRE FOUNDATION SLABS WILL BE LIFTED BY HUGE CRANES AND DRIVEN DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO A PLACE CONSIDERED LESS SACRED. THERE, ORIGINAL ROCKS WILL BE PANSTAKINGLY SEPARATED FROM ANY CONCRETE, THOSE ROCKS, ALONG WITH SAND AND GRAVEL, WILL BE RETURNED HERE. WHILE SOME MIGHT CONSIDER THAT MUCH EFFORT OVERKILL, SIMINSON DOES NOT.

BS03: "I don't believe it's an overkill. The site being sacred, it's like wounds into the ground - into Pele and into Maui. So we treat these sites with a lot of respect. The University has a program of making sure we don't overstep our bounds in the cultural or the environmental. We like to respect the aina on that."

ONCE THE TOWERS AND BUILDINGS ARE REMOVED AND THE NESTS ARE OCCUPIED AGAIN, BOTH THE TELESCOPES - AND THE 'UA'U - WILL HAVE ONE LESS HEADACHE. BUT NOT THIS WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST. THESE ENDANGERED BIRDS HAVE THREE OTHER TYPES OF LURKING DANGERS

CB03: "Cats and rats and mongooses. They're very bad for the birds. They prey on both the birds and the eggs."

AND IN A BURROW THAT HAS ONLY ONE ENTRANCE -SLASH -EXIT, 'UA'U ARE LIKE SITTING DUCKS.

THIS STORY COULD GO ON AND ON - FOR THEIR BIRDS AND THEIR PREDATORS - IT LIKELY WILL FOR UNTOLD NUMBERS OF YEARS. BUT AT LEAST THIS TIME, A BIG CHUNK OF MAN'S INTEREFERNCE WITH NATURE - ON SACRED GROUND, NO LESS, WILL BE BANISHED.

CB04: "The Hawaiian Petrel is Hawaii's only endangered seabird. There is another threatened seabird bit is the only endangered seabird. And the mountaintops are the last place that's left for them. It's a very responsible decision on the part of the broadcasters and the fish and wildlife to say, 'yes, let's try to avoid what we can avoid at this point.' Very responsible. I applaud them for doing that."

REPORTING FROM HALEAKALA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU AREN’T SURE IF YOUR TV SET IS READY, THERE'S A CHECKLIST AND A PLACE TO GO FOR ANSWERS - AND FOR CONVERTER BOX COUPONS. VISIT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(BYPASS) (PiP - PeopleatBypassMap)

J: FOR PERSPECTIVE, WHEN THE IDEA OF THE LAHAINA BYPASS WAS FIRST DREAMED UP - THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE FM STEREO ON THE RADIO ON MAUI. MANY WHO WERE AROUND WHEN THE LAHAINA BYPASS WAS FIRST CONCEIVED - WERE AT A MEETING LAST WEEK WHEN THE LATEST VERSION WAS UNVEILED

(v0) A CROWD GATHERED AT THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER LAST WEDNESDAY FOR WHAT WAS TO BE THE LAST INFORMATIONAL PUBLIC SESSION BEFORE THE WORK ACTUALLY STARTED ON THE DECAUDES OLD BYPASS PLAN.

Brennan Morioka, Director, HI State DOT

BM01: "It's finally gonna happen. I started coming out here in 2005 to give updates periodically. And in the beginning, I was liuterally chased out of Lahaina because people were so upset at how long the DOT was taking to do this project. At that time we made a very strong commitment to do everything we can to push this forward. I know there's still a lot of skepticism - people aren't going to actually believe it until we begin building the road itself. But that's why we're here for this public hearing. We want to get everybody's comments. We want to complete the environmental assessment and we're going to beginning construction on December 15th."

THE REVISED ROUTE IS A BIT LONGER THAN THE ORIGINAL BECAUSE IT CUTS A WIDE BERTH AROUND CULTURALLY SENSITIVE GROUNDS. AND WHILE ACTUAL WORK BEGINS ON THE FIRST PHASE, THE SECOND PART OF THE FIRST PHASE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

BM02: "We're also working on Phase 1B1, which is working south toward Hokiokio which means we could actually have both phases of the Lahaina Bypass in construction at the same time."

THE MEETING WAS PACKED - AS MANY HAVE BEEN IN WHAT MOST HOPE ARE THE LAST DAYS OF PLANNING FOR THE MUCH NEEDED ROAD. WHILE MOST OF THE WORK WILL BE OUT OF VIEW FOR MOST PEOPLE, THERE WILL BE ONE ELEMENT STARTING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

BM03: "People will also see the widening of Honapi'ilani Highway between Aholo and Lahainaluna Road. We already went out to bid. We're going to be opening the bids on December 18th, so we're going to be having a lot of working going on here in West Maui."

OF COURSE THE MOST RECENT DELAY WAS BECAUSE OF THE INADVERTENT DISCOVERY OF CULTURAL SITES. MANY IN LAHAINA HAVE WONDERED HOW SUCH SURVEYS WEREN'T THOUGHT OF A LONG TIME AGO. THIS AUDIENCE WAS TOLD THAT A LOT OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS DEVISED. RULES, ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO MUCH HIGHER SCRUTINY THESE DAYS AND WILL LIKELY BE EVEN MORE UNDER A MICROSCOPE IN THE FUTURE. BUT AT LAST WEDNESDAY'S MEETING, THE MESSAGE WAS TRAFFIC RELIEF IS ON THE WAY.

(ON-CAM) A LITTLE LATER ON IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS, MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE HUGE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT PLAN THAT KICKS OFF WITH THE LAHAINA BYPASS AND IS EXPECTED TO PUMP ONE-POINT-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS INTO THE STATE'S ECONOMY OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND A HALF.

(MECO - ELECTRIC CAR)(PiP-SUT)

JY: ALSO WITH AN EYE ON HAWAII'S ENERGY FUTURE - MORE SPECIFICALLY A GREENER ENERGY FUTURE - MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY JOINED WITH MAUI COUNTY AND THE STATE OF HAWAII. LAST WEEK THE UTILITY ANNOUNCED A PLAN TO BEGIN USING TRUCKS THAT ARE NOT ONLY AS FAST AS THE WIND - BUT ALSO GET THEIR POWER FROM THE WIND. JEFF KING EXPLAINS.

(TAKE PHOENIX PKG) IF IT DIDN’T SAY IT RIGHT THERE ON THE SIDE OF THIS TRUCK – YOU WOULDN’T KNOW JUST HOW DIFFERENT THIS VEHICLE IS. FIRST AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN HONOLULU – THEN HERE ON MAUI, MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES EXPLAINED THAT THE TIMING JUST SEEMED TO BE RIGHT TO COMBINE TECHNOLOGY WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND BLESS THEM ALL WITH THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT.

CGT01: “ I think it all just kind of converged together. Because while they were speaking with us here on Maui – or with different principals here on Maui, they were also speaking to O’ahu through the Department of Energy connection, so they’ve been working with the Federal Government for a while.”

ONE OF THE KEY SELLING POINTS OF THE TECHNOLOGY IS WHAT IS CALLED SMART GRID TECHNOLOGY – WHERE VEHICLES LIKE THIS ONE COULD ACTUALLY HELP MOVE ENERGY AROUND.

Alexander Lee, COO, Phoenix Motorcars

AL01: “At night there’s a lot of wind being generated on Maui. There’s a lot of focus on wind generation. So there’s the opportunity to start storing that energy – and that’s a key challenge to all utility companies anywhere. How do you store wind or solar power? This wind power could be stored in battery packs. Those battery packs actually exist in our cars. So one opportunity is to take that electricity, store it in the evening, and start pulling it off the vehicles during the day when they’re plugged in at work, then intelligently return it to the grid during the peak hours.”

LEE TOLD US THERE IS ENOUGH POWER STORAGE CAPACITY IN THIS TRUCK’S BATTERIES TO RUN AN AVERAGE SIZED HOME ALL EVENING.

THE FUTURE APPEAARS TO BE IN POWER STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION WHEN IT’S NEEDED MOST. IN THE MEANTIME, CLEAN-RUNNING ELECDTRIC VEHICLES THAT USE NO FOSSIL FUEL AND RETURN NO CARBON EMISSIONS WILL BE HITTING THE ROAD SOON. MAUI ELECTRIC WILL ACQUIRE 10-20 OF THESE TRUCKS – WHICH WILL BE MODIFIED TO ALLOW THE KIND OF GROUND CLEARANCE MECO REQUIRES OF ITS SERVICE VEHICLES.

THE PROJECT IS ALSO OF TREMENDOUS INTEREST TO THE NATIONALLY- ACCLAIMED AUTOMOTIVE CLASS AT MAUI HIGH SCHOOL.

Shannon Rowe, Automotive Instructor at MHS

SR01: “We’ll probably have a lecture on this when we get back. Talk about what we saw – about how it would be beneficial to the community and how we might perform maintenance, and things down the road that would be integrated into.”

THE ELECTRIC CAR OF THE NEW MILLENIUM IS JUST ONE OF THE MAJOR TASKS FACING ROWE AT HE TAKES OVER FROM THE NEAR-LEGENDARY DENNIS ISHII, WINNER OF STATE AND NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE CHAMPIONS SINCE 1992. WE ASKED: IF HE WERE GIVEN ON OF THESE, WHERE WOULD HE BEGIN CLASS……BY TAKING IT APART?

Dennis Ishii, Retired MHS Automotive Instructor

DI01: “No. I would pop the hood and just get familiar with what’s there. That would be the first step.”

DID ANYTHING HE SAW LOOK FAMILIAR?

DI1b: “Yeah, the brake system. That was familiar.”

THE PHOENIX S-U-T. SUBURBAN UTILITY TRUCK IS WHISPER QUIET, BUT HAS THE SUBSTANTIAL LOOK AND FEEL THAT OTHER ELECTRIC VEHICLES HAVEN’T HAD. AND UNDERNEATH ALL THAT BEAUTY, LIES THE POWER OF A TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN HARNESS POWER WHILE WE SLEEP AND RETURN IT WHEN WE NEED IT MOST. REPORTING FROM KAHULUI FOR MAUI TV NEWS. I’M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLAN - AND ABOUT THE PHOENIX LINE OF CARS AND TRUCKS, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

TOSS TO B BLOCK

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, JUST WHEN WE NEED IT MOST, A PLAN TO PUMP NEARLY 300 MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE MAUI COUNTY ECONOMY THROUGH PROJECTS THAT WILL EMPLOY HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS.

JY: BUT NOT EVERYONE IS GETTING GOOD NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE THE FEELING THE PINCH OF TIGHTER BUDGETS AT A TIME WHEN THEY HELP THE MOST. DETAILS WHEN WE COME BACK.

J: BUT LAST SATURDAY, THERE WAS A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE ECONOMY, ENERGY PRICES OR ANYTHING BESIDES SURF, GREAT FOOD AND SANTA. THAT STORY WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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JY: THEY SAY THEY HAVE THE MONEY. THERE IS THE NEED FOR THE WORK TO BE DONE. AND IT COULDN'T HAVE COME AT A MORE CRITICAL TIME.

THIS WEEK GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE, ALONG WITH MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES AND THE STATE'S OTHER MAYORS UNVEILED A PLAN TO IMPLEMENT ONE-POINT EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS - YES THAT'S BILLION WITH A B - 1.8 BILLION DOLLARS ON INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS THE STATE OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND A HALF.

(FF-CG) A SPECIAL WEB SITE HAS BEEN SET UP TO ALLOW YOU TO CHECK WHICH PROJECTS ARE PLANNED FOR WHERE. OF INTEREST TO US HERE AT HOME: THERE ARE 270 PROJECTS SET FOR MAUI COUNTY - STARTING WITH PHASE 1-A OF THE LAHAINA BYPASS. IN ALL, ACROSS MAUI, MOLOKA'I AND LANA'I, THERE ARE PLANS TO INVEST NEARLY 300 MILLION DOLLARS IN IMPROVEMENTS TO INFRASTRUCTURE.

BESIDES THE 48-MILLION DOLLAR LAHAINA BYPASS PHASE 1-A WORK, HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE PLANNED PROJECTS:

STARTING IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, A SWEEPING 16-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT WILL UPGRADE FACILITIES AT MA'ALAEA HARBOR. IN MAY, WORK IS SET TO BEGIN TO IMPROVE THE HANA BOAT RAMP AND WHARF. IN JULY A NEW SCIENCE BUILDING WILL START TO GO UP AT MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

ON MOLOKA'I, WORK ON THE HARBOR AT KALAUPAPA IS BEGINNING THIS MONTH. WHEN COMPLETE, NEARLY A MILLION DOLLARS IN IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE COMPLETED THERE. ALSO, THERE ARE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR SAFETY AND RESCUE FACILITIES AT THE MOLOKA'I AIRPORT. AND, AT KAUNAKAKAI HARBOR, FERRY SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS WILL BEGIN IN ABOUT A YEAR.

ON LANA'I, A SIX-MILLION DOLLAR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS BEGINNING THIS MONTH AT THE AIRPORT. BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY, WORK AT THE PU'U KILEA RADIO FACILITY WILL INCLUDE A NEW BUILDING AND NEW SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT.

(ON-CAM) PART OF THE REASON GOVERNOR LINGLE WANTED ALL THE PROJECTS TO BE LISTED ON ONE WEBSITE WAS SO THAT STATE OFFICIALS AND CONTRACTORS COULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR PROGRESS AND EFFICIENCY. SHE COMMENTED THAT IF THERE WAS ANYONE WHO COULD KEEP TABS ON KEEPING THOSE JOBS ON SCHEDULE - IT WOULD MOST LIKELY BE THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITIES WHERE THE WORK IS BEING DONE. TO BOOKMARK THAT WEBSITE, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOWS THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

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J: FOR ANOTHER SEGMENT OF THE STATE'S POPULATION, THOUGH, IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT PICTURE. NON-PROFIT AGENCIES ARE IN LIMBO BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING CALLED UPON MORE FOR SERVICES AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE LOSE JOBS AND STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AT THE SAME TIME, THE ECONOMY THAT'S COSTING THOSE JOBS IS ALSO THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF HELP TO NON-PROFITS. THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL A REAL “CATCH 22.”.

STATEWIDE, MOST CHARITIES ARE BRACING FOR LOWER-THAN-USUAL RESULTS FROM ANNUAL DONATION DRIVES. WHILE ANNUAL BUDGET GRANTS FOR NON-PROFITS AREN'T AVAILABLE YET, SOME SAY A CLEAR SIGN THAT IT'S GOING TO BE LEAN WAS THE NEARLY TWO-MILLION-DOLLAR-A MONTH CUTS ORDERED IN MENTAL SERVICES FOR THE HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. YOUR DONATIONS HELP TREMENDOUSLY - OF COURSE - BUT THE DOLLARS ARE SPREADING THINNER AND THINNER. STATEWIDE THERE ARE ABOUT 5,000 CHARITIES. ABOUT 18 HUNDRED OF THOSE HAVE ANNUAL BUDGETS OF 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE. CHARITIES REPRESENT ABOUT EIGHT PERCENT OF THE STATE'S ECONOMY, EMPLOY ABOUT 50,000 PEOPLE AND GENERATE ABOUT FOUR BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

BUT TO BRING IT ALL DOWN TO A MUCH MORE RELATABLE PERSPECTIVE, AT THE MAUI FOOD BANK IN THEIR KID'S CAFE CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM, YOU CAN FEED A HUNGRY CHILD FOR JUST 16 DOLLARS A MONTH. AND YOUR DONATIONS STAY HERE. OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE TO THE FOOD BANK, 96 CENTS GOES DIRECTLY TO THOSE IN NEED. FOR A LIST OF JUST SOME OF THE WORTHWHILE AGENCIES THAT COULD REALLY USE YOUR HELP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(Homeless Shelter Kids)(PiP-ChildFace)

JY: A SIGN OF THE TIMES IS THE PLIGHT OF THE KA HALE A KE OLA HOMELESS RESOURCE CENTER IN WAILUKU. WORD THIS WEEK IS THAT TWO LOCAL BUSINESS THAT HAVE PROVIDED TOYS IN THE PAST WON'T BE ABLE TO THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 93 CHILDREN UNDER THE CENTER'S CARE - THAT WILL NOT HAVE CHRISTMAS UNLESS SOMEONE STEPS UP. THAT SOMEONE COULD BE YOU – FOR ALL OF IT… OR FOR JUST ONE TOY.

(FF-CG)

HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN OF THE AGES OF THE CHILDREN THERE. THERE ARE EIGHT INFANTS, FORTY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5. THIRTY CHILDREN 6 TO 12 YEARS OF AGE AND 15 BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 17.

(ON-CAM) THE SHELTER STAFF AT 670 WAILAE ROAD IN WAILUKU WILL GLADLY ACCEPT YOUR DONATIONS AND THEY WILL WRAP THE PRESENTS, MAKING SURE EVERY CHILD GETS SOMETHING. IF YOU CAN HELP - THE SHELTER STAFF SAYS THEY ACTUALLY PREFER UNWRAPPED GIFTS INSTEAD OF MONETARY DONATIONS - PARTLY BECAUSE THE STAFF IS LIMITED AND TIME TO SHOP IS NOT A LUXURY THEY HAVE. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(BBBS-Christmas)(PiP-TwoOnPaddleboard)

J: HOLIDAYS ARE A TOUGH TIME FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE - BUT THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE TOUGH ON A KID. LAST SATURDAY, 35 KEIKI GOT A DAY OFF FROM THE CARES OF THE WORLD AT THE ANNUAL BIG BROTHER BIG SISTERS CHRISTMAS PARTY AT LAUINIUPOKO BEACH PARK ON THE WEST SIDE.

(vo) A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY MORNING AND THERE WAS QUITE A CROWD FOR THE ANNUAL PARTY. THE BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS CHRISTMAS PARTIES HAVE BEEN PRETTY IMPRESSIVE EVENTS. TAKE LAST YEAR FOR INSTANCE.

Melissa Ross, Exec. Dir., Big Brother-Big Sisters of Maui County

MR02: "Last year we had Flatbread and that was really fun. We had two companies donate bikes so every kid got a bike. This year we wanted to do something that connected even more to the island. We worked with Chris Church over at Naish and they helped us organize this Christmas party - slash - stand up paddleboard event."

AND ROBBIE NAISH HIMSELF WAS AMONG THOSE WHO TOOK THE KIDS OUT - MOST OF THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF OTHER SURFERS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF WHO CAME OUT TO HELP, TOO.

MR01: "Well, Dava Kalama is here and he's been awesome. He's done a couple of things with our agency. Robbie Naish is here with his family and Laird Hamilton is here with his daughter. So it's really nice to see these people come and help out and bring their families."

Dava Kalama, Legendary Waterman

DK01: "I had Silu from Wailuku on my board and she never swam. But I've never seen anyone stay so dry learning to stand-up paddle surf before. Itwas pretty fun. It was great."

Lair Hamilton, Legendary Waterman

LH01: "I had Marina. She had a scowl on her face when we first went out but after five waves she was like 'this is great. Where can i try one?' So that was nice. It was nice to see that mnetamorphisis - when you see a kid - when you see a person have that experience it;s a pretty nice - it's pretty gratifying."

THERE WERE LOTS OF GRATIFYING MOMENTS AND LIKELY A BUNCH OF UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES. THERE WAS ALSO AN AMAZING LUNCH AND A CHANCE FOR SOME LAUGHS AND CATCHING UP. THEN IT WAS TIME FOR THE NECESSARY GROUP CHRISTMAS PHOTO...BUT A STILL PICTURE CAN'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY OF THE WONDERFUL TIME EVERYONE HAD AT THIS YEAR'S PARTY.

NEXT IT WAS PRESENTS AND AUTOGRAPHS FROM SOME OF THE WORLD'S BEST SURFERS. AND, YOU KNOWS THESE KIDS ARE GROWING UP - WHEN THE SURFERS ARE MORE POPULAR THAN SANTA CLAUS.

(ON-CAM TAG) STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING WITH THE WORLD'S BEST. KALUA TURKEY AND WITH RICE AND GRAVY AND SANTA IN SHADES AND A SHAKA. THAT'S MAKES A VERY MAUI MELE KALIKIMAKA.

(Toss to C Block)

JY: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, WE GET OUR FIRST GLIMPSE AT WHAT MIGHT BE THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN M-I-L BASKETBALL THIS YEAR...AND THE SEASON HASN'T EVEN STARTED YET! KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: THEN HOLLY CHUNG JOINS US WITH HER LIST OF THINGS TO DO FOR GOOD LITTLE GIRLS AND BOYS - BIG ONES, TOO. IT'S ALL UP NEXT IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: THE REGULAR SEASON HASN'T EVEN STARTED YET AND ALREADY WE'RE GETTING A GLIMPSE AT WHAT THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

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

IT'S ONE OF THE OLDEST OF ORGANIZED SPORTS. AND IT'S ONE OF THE OLDEST TOURNAMENTS ON MAUI. I'M TALKING ABOUT THE PRE-SEASON SAINT ANTHONY'S INVITATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. THIS YEAR - FOR THE 38TH TIME, TEAMS FROM THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY SELECTED OTHERS TO FIELD A TOURNAMENT OF EIGHT. THIS YEAR IT WAS THE MOLOKA'I FARMERS AND THE CORONA PANTHERS FROM CORONA CALIFORNIA.

(VO) IT'S ALSO PROBABLY THE FIRST TIME THE CORONA PANTHERS EVER SAW SAIMIN IN THE STANDS.

AFTER THREE DAYS, IT ALL BOILED DOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH BETWEEN POWERHOUSE RIVALS FROM LAHAINALUNA AND BALDWIN ON SATURDAY. AND IT WAS A CLOSE ON. HOW CLOSE? AT THE END OF THE FIRST PERIOD, IT WAS ALL TIED UP 14 TO 14. IT WAS A DEFENSIVE SHOW NAS LUNA JAKE MANNING LOSES TH HANDLE BUT JOHN CRAIG EMERGES WITH THE HOOP FOR LAHAINALUNA.

OR, WAIT A MINUTE- WAS IT JAYSON MANNING? NOT IT WAS JAKE...OR WAS IT? TWIN BROTHERS GAVE BALDWIN ALL THEY COULD HANDLE FOR MOST OF THIS GAME. BUT WHEN THEY WERE TIED UP, NUMBER 50 JOHN CRAIG TO THE RESCUE. BUT THE BEARS CAME TO PLAY AS NUMBER 21 MICAH SHIBANO DRAINS THIS THREE-POINTER. AND WATCH AS BALDWIN'S NUMBER 12 JOHN VERGARA LOOKS AWAY THE DEFENSE AND HAS A CLEAR SHOT FOR TWO.

WHILE THIS PHYSICAL GAME SAW THE LUNAS OFTEN GET BLESSED LIKE THIS ANSWERED PRAYER BY JAKE MANNING. A MOMENT LATER HE MISSES NOT ONE - BUT TWO FREE THROWS. WOULD THAT PROVE COSTLY? WE'LL SEE. IT WAS A GAME OF CONTRASTING STYLES. BALDWIN'S PERIMETER GAME OF PATIENCE PAYS OFF FOR NUMBER 12 VERGARA, AGAIN AS HE HITS THE LONG JUMPER. BUT IT STAYED CLOSE - IT'S THE BEARS BY JUST TWO AT THE HALF.

IN THE THIRD PERIOD IT WAS THE BEARS HEADING INSIDE AS THE PASS GOES TO NUMBER 44 TEVITA MALAFU WHO TURNS AROUND AND LAYS IT IN. LATER, ON AN INBOUNDS STEAL, SHIBANO STEALS IT AND SAVES IT AS VERGARA LAYS IT IN. AND BALDWIN HAS THEIR BIGGEST LEAD OF THE GAME AT THE END OF THREE. IN THE FOURTH, THE LEAD GREW AS THE LUNAS SEEM TO STAND AROUND WHILE A WIDE OPEN GEORGE FIRMIGNAC GETS THE EASY LAY-IN. FINAL SCORE IN THIS ONE, BEARS 49, LUNAS 40.

(ON-CAM) NEXT UP IS THE KANE CLASSIC UPCOUNTRY THIS WEEKEND AT SEABURY HALL AND THE CHRISTMAS CLASSIC AT LAHAINALUNA. AND BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO SEND CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBERT ISAGAWA OF MAKAWAO AND KARI LUNA OF WAILUKU. THEY WERE THE TOP TWO MAUI FINISHERS IN SUNDAY'S HONOLULU MARATHON. ISAGAWA CAME IN 675TH, OVERALL WITH A TIME OF THREE HOURS AND 42 MINUTES. LUNA CAME IN 966TH WITH A TIME OF THREE HOURS AND 51 MINUTES. THE OVERALL WINNER WAS PATRICK IVUTU OF KENYA - WINNING IT IN JUST OVER TWO HOURS AND 14 MINUTES.

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS. FROM ALL OF US IN THE SPORTS DEPARTMENT, MELE KALIKIMAKA A ME HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.

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HC: ‘TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND ALL 'CROSS THE COUNTY, THE SHOWS, FETES AND DOINGS ARE A HOLIDAY BOUNTY.

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M HOLLY CHUNG WITH THE LONG LIST OF THINGS TO SEE SAND DO WITH LESS THAT A WEEK 'TIL CHRISTMAS.

GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON BY GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE SEA. THE 12 DAYS OF "FISHMAS" ARE IN FULL SWING AT THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER. EVERY DAY FROM NOW UNTIL CHRISTMAS, SPECIAL EXHIBITS, NATURALIST PRESENTATIONS AND SPECIAL DEALS ARE HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE OCEAN CENTER. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDY CANE SHRIMP, THE SNOWFLAKE EEL AND THE CHRISTMAS WRASSE. AND, EVERY DAY AT 11, DON'T MISS "SCUBA CLAUS" IN THE BIG TANK AT FEEDING TIME. THE COST FOR ALL THIS HOLIDAY FUN IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF ADMISSION.

AN ANNUAL MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA COMES TO MAUI AGAIN THIS WEEKEND WITH "THE BIRTH OF A KING" AT THE KING'S CATHEDRAL ON THE CORNER OF DAIRY ROAD AND THE MOKULELE HIGHWAY. A CAST OF MORE THAN 150 SINGS, ACTORS, DANCERS ARE JUST PART OF THE SENSORY, SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE THAT ALSO INCLUDES FALLING SNOW, ORIGINAL MUSIC AND DAZZLING SPECIAL EFFECTS. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS, FIVE DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN. "THE BIRTH OF A KING" STARTS AT 7 P.M. NIGHTLY THROUGH THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 22ND.

ANOTHER ANNUAL TREAT IS THE FIRST LIGHT CHRISTMAS SERIES OF THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. THIS YEAR LOOK FOR SOME SOON-TO-BE BLOCKBUSTERS BEFORE THEY HIT MOST MAINLAND THEATERS. THIS SUNDAY AT 2 IT'S THE ANIMATED FEATURE "BOLT," STARRING THE VOICES OF MILEY CYRUS (IT'S MILEY!)(JUST KIDDING) AND JOHN TRAVOLTA. AT FIVE O'CLOCK THE NEW BRAD PITT FILM, "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" FILLS THE BIG SCREEN. THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE ALREADY-CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM, "FROST/NIXON" STARRING FRANK LANGELLA AND MICHAEL SHEEN. FOR DETAILS, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

STARTING NEXT MONDAY - GIVE THE GIFT THAT ONLY YOU CAN GIVE: THE GIFT OF LIFE. THE BLOOD BANK OF HAWAII'S HOLIDAY BLOOD DRIVE RUNS ALL NEXT WEEK - EXCEPT FOR CHRISTMAS DAY - FROM 8:30 TO 5:30 AT THE CAMERON CENTER AT 95 MAHALANI STREET IN WAILUKU.

IN ADDITION TO CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATIONS AT CHURCHES ACROSS MAUI COUNTY, THERE ARE TWO NON-DENOMINATIONAL EVENTS AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF MAUI. A CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL STARTING AROUND 10 P.M. AND IN SOUTH MAUI, CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES WILL ALSO START AT 10 P.M. IN THE WAILEA SEASIDE CHAPEL AT THE GRAND WAILEA RESORT AND SPA.

OF COURSE THURSDAY IS CHRISTMAS DAY. MAY YOU AND YOUR ENJOY ALL THE BLESSINGS LIFE HAS TO GIVE.

THE WEEKEND AFTER CHRISTMAS, THE HOLIDAY CINEMATIC TREATS CONTINUE AT FIRST LIGHT. THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT THE MACC NEXT SATURDAY FEATURES "HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC THREE - SENIOR YEAR" AND "THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX." THEN, NEXT SUNDAY, THE FESTIVAL FEATURES "VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA" AND THE MERELL STREEP THRILLER, "DOUBT."

FOR DETAILS ON ALL THESE SHOWS, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES, 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 AND I'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS, RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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J: THAT WRAPS UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT A FEW PROGRAMMING NOTES FOR UPCOMING SHOWS.

JY: NEXT WEEK WE'LL TAKE CHRISTMAS OFF TO BE WITH OUR FAMILIES - AND HOPE YOU WILL, TOO. THEN, THE FOLLOWING WEEK, MAUI TV NEWS WILL FEATURE THE TOP EIGHT OF 08. WE'LL COUNT DOWN THE TOP NEWS STORIES OF 2008 AND TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MOST MEMORABLE YEAR.

J: BUT LOOK FOR DAILY UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS EVERY DAY AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. YOU'LL ALSO FIND RECENT EDITIONS OF OUR SHOW, SPECIAL REPORTS, EXTREMELY HELPFUL COMMUNITY LINKS AND LOTS MORE, TOO. AND AS WE LEAVE YOU THIS WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WE'VE COME ACROSS ACROSS MAUI. AND MAY WE WISH YOU ALL - MELE KALIKIMAKA.

JY: MELE KALIKIMAKA A ME HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU.

J: ALOHA.
JY ALOHA.

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