Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the week Beginning December 20, 2007
(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: THEY MAY HAVE PUSHED IT TO THE LIMIT, BUT PROTESTERS DIDN'T GO OVER THE LINE - AT LEAST NOT TOO SEVERELY - WHEN THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY STARTED UP AGAIN LAST WEEK.
JY: VACATION RENTAL OWNERS WERE DEALT A SEVERE SETBACK THIS WEEK WHEN A FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSED THREE OF THE FIVE KEY CLAIMS OF THEIR LAWSUIT AGAINST MAUI COUNTY.
J: AND WHILE CLEANUP WILL CONTINUE FOR SOME TIME, CIVIL DEFENSE OFFICIALS BEGIN TO TALLY THE DAMAGE FROM THAT POWERFUL KONA STORM.
JY: IN SPORTS, ACTION KICKS OFF IN BOTH M-I-L SOCCER AND BASKETBALL WHILE BEACH WEATHER BRINGS PRO VOLLEYBALL TO SOUTH MAUI. KALAPANA WILL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: AND FROM CHRISTMAS TO KWANZA, THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF HOLIDAY CELEBRATING TO DO. HOLLY CHUNG HAS THE WHO, WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: ALOHA EVERYONE, A MELE KALIKIMAKA KAKOU. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THIS VERY EVENTFUL WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.
JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. THE RAIN CAME DOWN. EMOTIONS RAN HIGH AND TEMPERS FLARED AS THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY RESTARTED SERVICE BETWEEN O'AHU AND MAUI LAST WEEK.
(Turn to cam) BUT WHEN THE RAIN CLOUDS CLEARED OUT, SO DID MOST OF THE PROTESTERS. BUT - THEY SAY - THEY HAVEN'T GIVEN UP YET. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING BRINGS US THE STORY.
(Take Superferry Pkg: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES. LAST THURSDAY, YOU COULD FEEL THE TENSION IN THE AIR. EARLY ON, YOU COULDN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROTESTERS AND CURIOUS ON-LOOKERS. AS THE MORNING PROGRESSED, IT BECAME APPARENT WHO WAS THERE TO MAKE A STATEMENT.
Karen Chun, Kahului Harbor Coalition, Surfrider Fdn.
KC01: "Save Kahului Harbor Coalition, Surfrider Foundation are sponsoring this rally because Lingle is closing our harbor for up to four hours a day. There's MIL paddline, theres canoe club paddling. And they're closing it and that's just wrong."
THROUGHOUT THE DRAMA OF THE SUPERFERRY SAGA, PROTESTERS ON MAUI HAVE BEEN LOUD, BUT POLITE. CHUN SAYS THIS TIME THEY'RE BEING BEING PUSHED - PERHAPS TOO FAR.
KC02: "Up until they closed the harbor we have been a 100 percent law-abiding rally, but when they closed the harbor that made a lot of people angry. And these are people we hadn't been communicating with, so thing may happen that I don't know about."
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS DIDN'T TAKE ANY CHANCES. EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, THERE WAS SOMEONE IN UNIFORM.
CS03: "We've got units from Coast Guard Duistrict 14 in Honolulu, plus units from the mainland. We have four 25-foot smallboats with crews, plus DLNR, plus shoreside officers, too. So it's a cooperative effort."
AS A FEW PROTESTERS TOOK TO THE WATER, UNDER WATCHFUL EYES FROM LAND, SEA AND AIR, IT SIGNALLED THE MOMENT EVERYONE WAS WAITING FOR. THE ALAKAI ENTERED KAHULUI HARBOR FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A LEGISLATURE-BLESSED, LAW-ABIDING, BACK-IN-BUSINESS INTERISLAND LARGE CAPACITY FERRY. WHILE PROTESTERS MADE THEIR WAY TO THE EDGE OF THE SECURITY ZONE, PROTESTERS ONBOARD THE ALAKAI UNFURLED A HUGE BANNER WITH THE STATE MOTTO - WHICH WAS ALMOST AS QUICKLY GATHERED UP BY SUPERFERRY WORKERS - BUT THAT DIDN'T STO THEM FROM EXPRESSING THEMSELVES.
A SMALL BUT LOUD GROUP SCALED THE ROCKS ALONG THE BREAKWATER TO SHOUT THEIR DISPLEASURE TO ARRIVING CARS. THEN, ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS IT ALL STARTED, ALMOST EVERYONE LEFT - PLANNING FOR THE LARGER RALLY ON SATURDAY.
THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE ON SATURDAY MORNING - BUT ONLY ABOUT A THIRD OF THE PREDICTED CROWD OF 800 SHOWED UP. THERE WERE RAINBOWS IN THE SKY AND SADNESS IN THE AIR AS MANY ON THIS DAY WOULD LEAVE THE HARBOR TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL FOR MAUI TOMORROW PRESIDENT EMERITUS RON STURTZ - AN EARLY LEADER IN THE SUPERFERRY FIGHT. STURTZ LOST HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER ON DECEMBER 11TH.
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ANOTHER CHANGE FROM THURSDAY WAS THE PREVENTION OF ANY KIND OF SCENE ALONG THE BREAKWATER FENCE. SO PROTESTERS TOOK THEIR MESSAGE - LOULDY AND IN LARGE NUMBERS TO THE EXIT GATE. AMONG THE SIGNS WERE THOSE ENCOURAGING TRAVELERS TO BOYCOTT THE SUPERFERRY, BUT OFFICIALS SAY THEY DON'T FEEL THE PINCH.
CG: Terry O'Halloran, Director of Bus Dev, Supf. "Boycott" signs.
TO01: "No, Judging by loads - slow time of year - We had 190 people and 60 cars coming over today, so we're very pleased. It's a slow time of year so we're feeling tlike these are good loads."
MAUI POLICE WERE THERE IN SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS - ALONG WITH DLNR AND HARBOR POLICE AND HELICOPTERS. BUTH THERE WERE NO ARRESTS AND ALMOST NOTHING TO REPORT.
CG: Lt. Wallace Tom, MPD
WT01: "About all there was was a little traffic backup after everyone left. But other than that - which lasted about 10 minutes - it was quiet."
CG: CPO Chad Saylor, USCG Dist 14.
CS01: "We did have a couple of surfers and boaters in the water approach and encraoch into the security zone. And they were met with Coast Guard personnel and DLNR. They were asked to return to shore and they were cooperative."
AT ONE POINT DURING THE MORNING, SOMEONE CALLED THE COAST GIARD FROM A CELL PHONE - REPORTED FOR MOLOKAI - TO SAY THEY THOUGHT A WHALE HAD BEEN STRUCK BY THE ALAKAI.
CS02: "The Coast Guard did receive a report that there had been a whale strike. But we contacted the superferry and they reported no incident."
AN EFFORT THAT EITHER PROVED FRUITEFUL - OR UNNECESSARY - BECAUSE ON TUESDAY, THE COAST GUARD ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD NO LONGER SHUT DOWN THE HARBOR COMPLETELY. THEY WILL, HOWEVER, CONTINUE TO ENFORCE THE 100-YEAR FLOATING SECURITY ZONE THAT MOVES WITH THE SUPERFERRY.
PROTESTERS SAY WE SHOULDN'T MISTAKE THE CALM MOMENTS AS GIVING UP. RATHER, THEY'RE REGROUPING AND PLANNING TO HEAD BACK TO COURT. REPORTING FROM KAHULUI HARBOR FOR MAUITVNEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
J: SOME CALL IT A CRUSHING DEFEAT. SOME SAY IT'S A TEMPORARY SETBACK. BUT IN EITHER CASE, THE LAWSUIT FILED BY THE MAUI VACATION RENTAL ASSOCIATION TO STOP THE COUNTY FROM SHUTTING DOWN TEMPORARY VACATION RENTALS HAS BEEN DISMISSED. AND THAT MEANS THE COUNTY CAN PROCEED WITH IT'S PLANS TO CLOSE DOWN ALL ILLEGAL VACATION RENTALS BY JANUARY FIRST.
THE RULING FROM DISTRICT COURT JUDGE J. MICHAEL SEABRIGHT GRANTED MAUI COUNTY'S MOTION TO DISMISS THE COMPLAINT FILED BY THE MAUI VACATION RENTAL ASSOCIATION ON BEHALF OF IT'S MEMBERSHIP. WAILUKU ATTORNEY JAMES FOSBINDER SOUTH A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO PREVENT THE COUNTY FROM PROCEDING WITH PLANS TO SHUT DOWN ALL ILLEGAL TRANSIENT VACATION RENTALS. THE SUIT NAMED THE COUNTY AND COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR JEFF HUNT AS DEFENDANTS.
JH01: "We're satisfied with the judgement because it's based on the tenets of the law - it basically said there was no justification for their claims. However, he did leave two claims open if they provided further facts."
MVRA PRESIDENT, DR. DAVID DANTES, WAS UNAVAILABLE FOR AN ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW AT OUR DEADLINE. BUT HE MADE THIS STATEMENT TO MAUI TV NEWS. "The merits of MVRA's case, on grounds of fairness and ethics, have now been validated by a Federal judge. We will determine how to overcome the legal obstacles presented by the County Administration and continue to seek justice."
DANTES EXPLAINED THAT - DESPITE ISSUES OF FAIRNESS - THE JUDGE INDICATED THAT HE HAD NO CHOICE. CONSTITUTIONAL GROUNDS PREVENTED HIM FROM HEARING THE CASE IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT. JUDGE SEABRIGHT'S ANALYSIS IS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THIS WEEK. ONCE THAT IS RECEIVED, MVRA WILL DECIDE HOW TO PROCEED. MEANWHILE, NOW THAT DECISION MADE, WILL THE COUNTY RAMP UP ENFORCEMENT?
JH02: "Not necessarily. We're still discussing that - what will happen January 1 after the grace period has evaporated."
HUNT SAYS WHATEVER ACTION THEY TAKE WILL HAVE TO FACTOR IN RESOURCES, MANPOWER AND THE COUNTY'S PRIORITIES.
(on-cam) WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE EFFORTS BY THE VACATION RENTAL ASSOCIATION TO STOP THE PLANNED SHUTDOWN OF REMAINING TVRS - AS WELL AS THE EFFORTS BY THE COUNTY TO CONTINUE TOWARD THEIR GOAL. TO FOLLOW ALONG, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO "BREAKING NEWS."
JY: WHILE THE TASK OF MANAGING LIFE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DISASTER IS MONUMENTAL, IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING. THIS WEEK CLEANUP CONTINUES FROM THE KONA STORM THAT DEVASTATED SOME UPCOUNTRY FAMILIES AND DEPOSITED TONS OF DEBRIS ON STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, AND CLOGGED CULVERTS AND STREAMBEDS. CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR GEN IINUMA SAYS WITH A TASK THIS HUGE - YOU START WITH THE BASICS. FIX THE HIGHWAYS SO CREWS CAN GET TO THE PLACES THAT NEED ATTENTION.
GI01: "The highways are one. certainly you start there, but then there are the utilities impacted by the flooding - especially the ones underground. Because how do we manage those and harden them. Do we want to build there again, because maybe we don't want to for next time. Because there will be a next time."
A DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM FROM THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION, ALONG WITH STATE AND COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE OFFICIALS TOURED 70 SITES THIS PAST WEEKEND ACROSS MAUI, DETERMINING THAT AT LEAST 28 HOMES WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED BY THE STORM AND ANOTHER 44 RECEIVED MEASURABLE DAMAGE. NOW THAT THE WATERS HAVE RECEDED, CIVIL DEFENSE AUTHORITIES CAN SEE THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE.
gi02: "The National WX Service said that between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. some 6 to 8 inches of rain brought down a tremendous amount of flood waters. And that makes us think what would happen if we had several days of hard rains to saturate the landscape with flooding conditions throughout the islands."
THE BEAUTIFUL VALLEYS AND GULCHES ON THE VALLEY ISLE, REMEMBER, WERE CREATED AND CARVED BY WATER FLOWING DOWN FROM HALEAKALA AND HALE MAHINA DURING EONS OF STORMS.
(ON-CAM) WHILE CAREFUL LONG-RANGE PLANNING TO KEEP FUTURE GENERATIONS SAFE BY DETERMINING WHERE HOMES SHOULD BE BUILT, THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW. BE PREPARED. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT READY AND A FAMILY EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN IN PLACE. FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO BUILD A KIT AND HOW TO BE READY FOR WHEN THE NEXT DISASTER STRIKES, VISIT MAUI READY-DOT-ORG.
J: COMING UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE CLOSURE OF A MAJOR AUTO DEALERSHIP ON MAUI HAS STRANDED FORMER CUSTOMERS IN NEED OF SERVICE. WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT WHEN WE COME BACK.
JY: AND THE "MAUI OF TOMORROW" MIGHT NOT FEATURE FLYING CARS, BUT THERE IS TALK OF BRINGING A TRAIN THAT FLOATS ON MAGNETIC WAVES TO CENTRAL MAUI.
J: BUT UNTIL THEN, THE MAUI BUS SYSTEM GROWS AND GROWS. WE'LL SHOW YOU WHERE THEY WILL EXPAND NEXT WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
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JY: WHEN CUTTER MAUI IMPORTS CLOSED THEIR DOORS AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, THEY DID MORE THAN JUST REDUCE THE NUMBER OF OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO NEW CAR BUYERS. THEY LEFT ALL THEIR CUSTOMERS STRANDED AND SOME OF THEM VERY UNHAPPY. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING SPOKE WITH ONE OF THEM.
HAL BRUSTER IS AN ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE ON MAUI. THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISING GIMMICK. IT'S A BROKEN WINDOW ON HIS NEW VOLKSWAGEN. IT BROKE BEFORE THE RAINS CAME...AND WHILE CUTTER IN BUSINESS.
CG: Hal Bruster, Cutter Customer
HB01: "Back in November, I made an appointment. My window got stuck in the down position. I made the service appointment which was several; weeks away. And two days before it was due to be serviced, Cutter closed their doors. I was a little disappointed because this was warranty service that I was having done and now it's going to cost me a thousand dollars according to Cutter O'Ahu estimates. And it's covered under warranty so I really don't want to pay out of pocket."
BRUSTER TRIED APPEALING HIS CASE TO A HIGHER AUTHORITY.
HB01-B: "I called Volkswagen of America and they said I had to get to an authorized dealership - and that's either Kona or O'ahu. I told them it was a bit of a rough job - sea crossing. Superferry wasn't running at the time and Young Brothers was going to cost me a couple hundred dollars to ship it, plus expenses at the other end. I was told no matter how far up the chain I went that was going to be their ruling."
BRUSTER GOT NO ANSWER WHEN HE TRIED THE MAUI NUMBER, AND AFTER MOVING UP THE CHAIN WHILE TRYING TO GET ATTENTION FROM THE FAMILY BUSINESS IN HONOLULU, HE WAS GIVEN THIS BRIEF EXPLANATION.
HB02: "I was told this was a business decision to close the dealership here. And I understand that. The thing is what about all the Volkswagen customers that are still under service warranty - all the Mitsubishi owners and Hyundai owners. There's a lot of us here and we've all been, basically, just abandoned."
WE TRIED CONTACTING CUTTER FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND DIDN'T HEAR BACK. THEN YESTERDAY, COMPANY SPOKESMAN NICK CUTTER CALLED MAUI TV NEWS AND TOLD US THAT MAUI CUSTOMERS WOULD NOT BE STRANDED AFTER ALL. HE SAID "THE MANUFACTURERS ARE APPOINTING A NEW SERVICE CENTER" FOR MAUI CUSTOMERS THAT WILL MAKE WARRANTY SERVICE AVAILABLE "LIKELY SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR." GIVEN THE FACTOR OF "MAUI TIME," THAT MAY BE CUTTING IT A LITTLE CLOSE FOR BRUSTER, WHOSE WARRANTY IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE.
HB03: "It runs out February 21st '08, so I'm a little concerned."
WHEN WE TOLD CUTTER ABOUT THAT, HE SAID CASES LIKE THAT WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM, SUMMARIZING WITH THE STATEMENT, "EVERYONE WE'VE EVER SERVED WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF."
A HOLIDAY GIFT, GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICE? WE'LL SEE. WE'LL FOLLOW UP ON THIS STORY NEXT MONTH TO SEE IF CUTTER HAS FOLLOWED THROUGH. IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE AFFECTED CUSTOMERS, WE'D LIKE TO KNOW YOUR EXPERIENCE. VISIT MAUITVNEWS.COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO "CUTTER MAUI" AND LET US KNOW HOW YOU'VE BEEN TREATED. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(ON-CAM) THE OFFICE OF THE MANAGEMENT OF CUTTER FAMILY AUTO GROUP REFERRED OUR INQUIRES TO VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA - THE SAME THING THEY' E TOLD THEIR FORMER CUSTOMERS.
J: EARLIER IN THIS NEWSCAST WE HEARD MENTION OF THE NEED TO LOOK FAR AHEAD AND PLAN FUTURE COMMUNITIES - AND EXPANSION OF EXISTING ONES - WITH GREATER CARE THAN HAS BEEN DONE IN THE PAST. IN ADDITION TO THE WISDOM OF NOT BUILDING HOMES IN OR NEAR A PLACE THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE FLOODED OR BURIED BY LANDSLIDE, IT ALSO MAKES SENSE TO PLAN HOW TO GET AROUND IN THE FUTURE.
(vo) SUCH IS THE TASK OF THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE - OR G-PACK, A GROUP OF 25 MAUI RESIDENTS WHO HAVE ASKED THE QUESTIONS - LISTENED TO THE ANSWERS AND NOW NEED TO MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENT ON WHERE THINGS SHOULD BE IN MAUI COUNTY'S FUTURE AND HOW TO GET FROM HERE TO THERE. AT THEIR MOST RECENT MEETING - HELD LAST WEEK IN SPRECKELSVILLE - THEY LISTENED TO A PROPOSAL ON MAG-LEV, AN ELECTRO-MAGNETIC LEVITATED TRAIN SYSTEM THAT USES ELECTRO MAGNETIC FORCES TO LIFT, PROPEL AND STOP CARS. ALREADY USED EXTENSIVELY IN CHINA AND EUROPE, THE FUTURISTIC IDEA MAY BE IN MAUI'S FUTURE.
DM01: "The mag-lev is the idea of just one member of the committee. It doesn't necessarily have the support of the entire panel, but the idea is to build transportation corridors between communities on Maui. The idea of GPAC is to plan for the future of Maui and build communities so people won't have to commute so much, so they can work near where they live. The hope is to minimize the impact on resources as we plan for the future."
ANOTHER IDEA FOR MASS-TRANSIT RAISED WAS THE IDEA OF NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD TRAINS BETWEEN MAUI'S COMMUNITIES - A MUCH-MODERNIZED VERSION OF THE SUGAR CAIN TRAIN, AND ONE THAT WOULD BE FUELED BY LOCALLY-GROWN BIODIESEL FUEL STOCK.
(on-cam) EARLY IN 2008, THE 25-MEMBER COMMITTEE WILL GET THEIR FIRST LOOK AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT'S MAP OF RECOMMENDED URBAN GROWTH ZONES TO BE TARGETED FOR DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN NOW AND 2030, EXPECTED TO CONCENTRATE IN NORTH KIHEI, CENTRAL MAUI AND ON THE WEST SIDE.
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JY: UNTIL THE FUTURE OF MASS TRANSIT ARRIVES, THE COUNTY'S RAPIDLY GROWING BUS SYSTEM WILL HAVE A NEW TRANSPORTATION CENTER IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE.
(VO) ALEXANDER AND BALDWIN HAS DONATED LAND ON A 10-ACRE SITE FOR A PASSENGER TRANSFER STATION, BUS STORAGE, FUELING AND MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES. THE SITE IS LOCATED ON THE KAHULUI SIDE OF THE PU'UNENE SUGAR MILL, WHERE THE OLD SECTION OF THE MOKULELE HIGHWAY TURNED INTO PU'UNENE AVENUE. THE SITE HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A POTENTIAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER BY MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY YEARS AGO WHEN MEO OPERATED THE COUNTY'S ONLY BUS SYSTEM.
(ON-CAM) THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME DURING A FUNDRAISING DINNER FRIDAY NIGHT IN WAILEA. THE A-AND-B DONATION REPRESENTS A MAJOR COMMITMENT TO THE PROJECT. THE NINE-MILLION DOLLAR TRANSPORTATION HUB ALREADY HAS ONE-POINT-TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN STATE FUNDING AND ANOTHER 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS COMMITTED BY MAUI COUNTY. NO TIMETABLE WAS ANNOUNCED FOR GROUNDBREAKING OR COMPLETION.
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J: COMING UP NEXT IN SPORTS, THE M-I-L TIPS OFF FOR THE FIRST GAME OF THE NEW BASKETBALL SEASON, AND KALAPANA WILL ALSO HAVE M-I-L SOCCER HIGHLIGHTS, UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
JY: AND RIGHT AFTER THAT, HOLLY CHUNG HAS IDEAS ON CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS, KWANZA...AND SOME FUN IDEAS FOR NEXT YEAR TOO. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
K: BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE IS LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL! ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA.
THERE ARE STILL TWO WEEKS LEFT IN THE NFL REGULAR SEASON BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN. IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, THE NATION IS ABOUT TO START THE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES - INCLUDING THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SUGAR BOWL MATCH-UP ON NEW YEARS DAY BETWEEN UNDEFEATED HAWAII, RANKED NUMBER 10 - AND THE NUMBER FOUR RANKED GEORGIA BULLDOGS. BUT, MUCH CLOSER TO HOME, MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE FOOTBALL IS LITTLE MORE THAN A MEMORY.....SO IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON.
ON WE MOVE, RIGHT INTO M-I-L SOCCER AND BASKETBALL. AFTER STORM CLOUDS
FINALLY CLEARED LAST WEEK, THE SOCCER SEASON MOVED UPCOUNTRY TO SEABURY
(on-cam) THE BOYS OF SEABURY HALL ALSO PLAYED SATURDAY, HOSTING LAHAINALUNA. A LITTLE LATER ON IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS, WE'LL SHOW YOU SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THAT MATCH.
THIS WEEK ALSO MARKED THE FIRST OFFICIAL GAME OF THE 2007-2008 M-I-L BASKETBALL SEASON. THE MAUI HIGH SABERS TOOK ON THE BALDWIN BEARS MONDAY NIGHT IN KAHULUI. AFTER LAST YEAR'S DOMINATING PERFORMANCE OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI IN DIVISION ONE, ANALYST ROBERT COLLIAS OF THE MAUI NEWS SAYS THIS SEASON THE TITLE MAY BE UP FOR GRABS AS ALL FOUR TEAMS IN THE DIVISION FEATURE STARTING LINEUPS THAT ARE DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR. THE FINAL SCORE IN MONDAY'S MATCHUP WAS (Insert score here…I won’t have results until tomorrow morning).
AND WHILE THIS WEEKEND MARKS THE OFFICIAL BEGINNING OF WINTER…HERE IN THE TROPICS IT’S ALWAYS SUMMER! AND THE WEATHER WAS EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH MAUI FOR SOME EXTREME VOLLEYBALL.
(vo) E-V-P STANDS FOR EXTREME VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS, A NATIONWIDE VOLLEYBALL TOURING TOURNAMENT THAT MADE IT'S FIRST EVER STOP ON MAUI SATURDAY FOR MEN'S AND WOMEN’S ACTION ON THE BEACH COURTS AT KALAMA PARK. AND, IF YOU'RE INTO VOLLEYBALL, YES IT'S THE E-V-P AND NOT THE A-V-P...WHICH IS THE ASSOCIATION OF VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS.
Rocky Dunmire, Operations Manager for EVP Tour
RD01: "The difference between us and the other guys is that the EVP embraces amateurs. We welcome amateur players to come and experience the high-quality experience. And we have a large amount of payout as well."
THE TOUR CRISS-CROSSES THE NATION THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND FALL, AND THE NATIONAL FINALS HAVE BEEN HELD ON O'AHU SINCE 2003.
RD02: "This is the first time we've been able to branch out to the neighbor islands.......allowing them to compete on a national level."
AND THAT NATIONAL LEVEL CARRIES WITH IT A NICE CHUNK OF CHANGE. TRY TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PRIZE MONEY! OF COURSE THAT'S IF YOU'RE THE BEST. BUT THE TOUR ITSELF? THEY'RE JUST PLAIN LUCKY. KALAMA PARK HAD BEEN CLOSED BY STORM DAMAGE UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT...BUT YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT.
RD03: "Absolutely, the people at Parks and Rec have been amazing...Bob Stroud...Ellen at Kihei office. We really appreciate them."
ANOTHER OF THE E-V-P PRIORITIES IS "PARITY" WHEN IT COMES TO PRIZE MONEY.
Brian Chapman, Seaside, OR Tournament Director
bc01: "The prize money is the same for the men and women. So we're all working just as hard for the same thing. And it's good fun."
IF YOU STILL HAVEN'T HEARD OF THE E-V-P, YOU CAN VISIT THEM ON THE WEB AT EVPTOUR-DOT-COM, OR LOOK FOR THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES ON ESPN ON PRO-BOWL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2008.
(on-cam) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. STARTING NEXT WEEK WE'LL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS OF M-I-L SOCCER AS THE BOYS AND GIRLS SEASON START UP. IN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU'D LIKE YOUR TEAM OR SPORT FEATURED ON MY SPORTSCAST, IT WON'T HAPPEN UNLESS YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT. SEND ME THE INFORMATION, AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR TEAM'S UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS. SEND YOUR NOTICES TO SPORTS-AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND WE'LL DO OUR VERY BEST TO GET A FILM CREW OUT TO COVER YOUR GAME. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.
ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO “COMING ATTRACTIONS” ON MAUI TV NEWS.
I’M HOLLY CHUNG, WITH AN FUN AND EXCITING LINEUP OF EVENTS HERE ON MAUI
THAT CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AND BRING IN THE NEW YEAR
WITH A BANG!
AND FINALLY THIS WEEK, AS KALAPANA MENTION EARLIER, HIS SPORTSCAST DIDN'T
ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO SHOW YOU THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE M-I-L SOCCER MATCH
BETWEEN LAHAINALUNA AND SEABURY HALL...SO WE THOUGH WE'D TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY
NOW TO SHOW YOU SOME.
J: WITH THAT IN MIND, WE ALSO INVITE YOUR TO CONSIDER ADVERTISING YOUR BUSINESS ON MAUI TV NEWS. AS MAUI'S ONLY LOCALLY-PRODUCED TELEVISION NEWSCAST, YOUR BUSINESS CAN STAND OUT ON TELEVISION AND ON THE INTERNET IN A WAY THAT ISN'T POSSIBLE THROUGH ANY OTHER MEDIUM. FOR ALL THE DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.
JY: AND, ON OUR WEBSITE, YOU'LL ALSO FIND ARCHIVED PLAYBACK OF OUR MOST RECENT NEWSCASTS, EXPANDED VERSIONS OF STORIES WE'VE COVERED, LINKS TO BREAKING NEWS STORIES, AND MORE, PLUS TRANSCRIPTS OF EVERY EDITION OF OUR SHOW, AND DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS FOR STORIES WE SHOULD COVER ON MAUI TV NEWS. SO PLEASE, CHECK US OUT AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. AND FROM ALL OF US AT MAUI TV NEWS, MELE KALIKIMAKA.
J: AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.