Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week Ending December 31, 2009
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Anchor scripts are provided for transcript reference to stories covered on Maui TV News. Scripts may contain abbreviations, codes and characters that are for internal production purposes only. Maui TV News apologizes for any misspellings.
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J: AS 2009 COMES TO A CLOSE, MANY SAY "GOOD RIDDANCE" TO A YEAR OF STRUGGLING AND REBUILDING. BUT 2009 WAS ALSO A YEAR WHERE DECADES-OLD PROMISES WERE FINALLY FULFILLED… AND A YEAR WHEN HISTORY WAS MADE.
(ON-CAM) WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE TOP NINE STORIES OF 2009 IS THIS YEAR-END EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.
J: ALOHA EVERYONE - HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU. 2009 WAS A YEAR OF UNEXPECTED EVENTS - SOME BEAUTIFUL, SOME EXTREMELY SAD. ALL OF THEM NEWSWORTHY. AS WE TAKE A LOOK BACK, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO NARROW DOWN THE TOP STORIES AND ISSUES THAT AFFECTED MAUI COUNTY IN 2009.
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J: BUT THAT'S JUST WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DO. COMBING OVER MORE THAN 300 STORIES AND NEARLY A QUARTER OF A MILLION WORDS OF TEXT, WE NARROWED THE LIST DOWN TO 42 SIGNIFICANT HEADLINE STORIES IN 2009. FROM THAT, WE'VE PARED THE LIST DOWN TO THE NINE STORIES THAT WE BELIEVE MADE THE MOST IMPACT ON MAUI COUNTY THIS YEAR.
(FF-CG-GRAPHIC TOP 9 OF 09)
(VO) COMING IN AT NUMBER NINE IS A STORY THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING THAT WILL IMPACT LIFE IN MAUI COUNTY OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. THIS STORY APPEARED IN THE MARCH 5TH EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.
CG: March 5, 2009
(TAKE GPAC PKG) IT'S BEEN MORE THAN THREE YEARS AND AN ESTIMATED 100 MEETINGS SINCE THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS FORMED. LAST SATURDAY AT THEIR LONG-SINCE-ADOPTED HOME AWAY FROM HOME AT KAUNOA SENIOR CENTER, THE GPAC MET FOR THE LAST OFFICIAL TIME. FROM HERE IT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF CIVIC MEETINGS - COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS WITH CONSIDERABLE EXPERTISE CONVENING TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO THE COUNTY COUNCIL - WHILE EXTREMELY INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WATCH AND LISTEN CAREFULLY. THE GPAC PROCESS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIX-MONTH PROCESS. IN FACT, IT'S BEEN GOING ON SO LONG, MAUI COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR JEFF HUNT WASN'T EVEN PLANNING DIRECTOR WHEN IT STARTED. WE ASKED HIM IF 100 MEETINGS WAS ENOUGH.
Jeff Hunt, Maui County Planning Director.
JH01: "Well you can't put a number on how many meetings there should have been but what was is just a huge amount of effort and a huge amount of dedication and I think the results are reflected in the plan. And the amount of citizen input in the plan will lead to the success of the plan in the future."
ST01:"Has it been enough meetings? I think it has been enough meetings but I think some of them lacked efficiency. So I think we had a bit of a hiccup there but as we move forward we're learning the process and we're getting better and hopefully next time this comes around or in the 10 years - or even five years - when we've suggested to have a review that the process - we will have learned from our mistakes and we can move forward."
THIS IS TRULY TRAIL-BLAZING WORK. ONE INTERESTED OBSERVER COMMENTED THAT THE PROCESS WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE WAY MAUI - AND OTHER COMMUNITIES PAVE THE WAY FOR THEIR FUTURE GROWTH. WE ASKED GPAC CHAIRMAN TOM CANNON IF THIS WAS THE LAST MEETING BECAUSE OF THE CALENDAR - OR BECAUSE THEY ACCOMPLISHED WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO.
Tom Cannon, Chairman, GPAC
TC01" It's the last meeting because of the calendar. Our deadline for the plan was March first, so this is the last day we can meet. It's been a little over three years now - three years and a month. It's been a long process and we've come a long way in getting here."
CANNON NOTED ONE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY AND EVOLUTIONARY CHANGES IN THE WAY MAUI COUNTY DOES BUSINESS SINCE THE GPAC PROCESS BEGAN AND SOPHISTICATED.
TC02: "I think we've built momentum over time and I think we've gotten better tools, too. The County's GIS system has kind of undergone a birth also., I won't say a rebirth because there wasn't one before. They were using paper before and now we have computers and it makes a tremendous difference in the quality and comprehensiveness of the plan."
AT THIS LAST MEETING, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TESTIFIED - MANY WITH SUGGESTIONS, MANY WITH PRAISE, AT LEAST ONE WITH WORDS OF CAUTION.
Mark Sheehan, President, Maui Tomorrow
MS01: " I think we need to be very realistic and not drive down the road looking into the rear view mirror. We think people are going to somehow come here for some reason and when people are broke and losing their homes and losing their jobs, they're not taking vacations. All this is predicated on people coming from somewhere else. Where are the jobs? The hotels are laying people off. Is this a sure thing? I don't think so, I think we're going to be in this downturn for a long time. Then I'm concerned about the water for all of these projects because it's never discussed. And where are the jobs? People aren't going to move someplace where there are no jobs and they're not going to move someplace where this is no food."
SUCH HAVE BEEN THE CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS - A PROCESS WHERE, OBSERVERS SAY, THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN THE REWARD. IT SURE ISN'T BECAUSE THEY DID IT FOR THE MONEY. THEY DID IT FOR THE LOVE OF MAUI.
AMONG THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS BODY IS THE BODY ITSELF. ACROSS 37 MONTHS AND SOME 100 MEETINGS, MORE THAN A THOUSAND HOURS HAS BEEN INVESTED BY EACH MEMBER AND - THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS - NOT ONE MEMBER RESIGNED. THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN SCRUTINIZED EVERY STEP OF THE WAY BY A METICULOUS WATCH GROUP OF OBSERVERS. JEFF HUNT PRAISED EACH MEMBER FOR THEIR EFFORT - BUT KNOWS THIS END IS JUST ANOTHER BEGINNING.
JH02: "I think they're done with their role and now the next step is to take it to the planning commission and then they'll serve their role and from there it goes to the Council. So, they're done but the plan's not done."
SO THE SAGA CONTINUES. REPORTING FROM SPRECKLESVILLE FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(on-cam tag) FOR A LOOK AT THE HANDIWORK OF THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
J: A HUGE PORTION OF PRISTINE MAUI WILL FOREVER BE UNTOUCHABLE - REGARDLESS OF ANY CURRENT OR FUTURE CITY OR COUNTY PLAN.
((FF-CG-VO)) OUR NUMBER EIGHT STORY OF 2009 IS FROM THE DECEMBER 3RD EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. IT'S THE STORY OF A HISTORY-MAKING DEAL THAT WILL GUARANTEE THAT NOTHING WILL EVER HAPPEN TO 11,000 ACRES ON THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA.
CG: December 3, 2009
(TAKE MCLT-ULUPALAKUA PKG) PICTURESQUE - THE KINDS OF VIEWS THAT ENTICE MILLIONS TO VISIT MAUI. AND IT WILL STAY THAT WAY FOREVER. SATURDAY MORNING, THE SUN BLESSED THE ROLLING HILLS OF ULUPALAKUA RANCH AS A CROWD GATHERED AT THE SEAWATCH RESTAURANT IN WAILEA TO MAKE HISTORY. AS MEMBERS OF THE ERDMAN FAMILY AND OFFICIALS OF THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST SIGNED THE FINAL DOCUMENTS TO PRESERVE MORE THAN 11 THOUSAND ACRES ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA. THE AREA WILL CONTINUE - FOR ALL TIME - AS A WORKING RANCH AND WILDLIFE HABITAT. IT'S THE LARGEST EVER VOLUNTARY EASEMENT DONATION EVER IN HAWAI'I.
HERE'S A BIT OF HISTORY THAT LED TO TODAY. A HALF-CENTURY AGO, WYOMING SURVEYOR AND RANCHER PARDEE ERDMAN WAS HIRED BY LAWRENCE ROCKEFELLER TO SCOUT A SITE FOR A POTENTIAL HOTEL ON A HILLSIDE ON FAR AWAY MAUI IN THE BRAND NEW STATE OF HAWAI'I.
Pardee Erdman, Founder/Chmn, Ulupalakua Ranch
PE01: "Fifty years ago I was out here. We were looking for development land. I was taken up to a point where keawe trees had been cleared off of and I looked up and I saw that beautiful green expanse. Little did I know that 50 years later I would be saving it for posterity."
ERDMAN BOUGHT ULUPALAKUA RANCH FROM THE BALDWIN FAMILY IN 1962. SELLING OFF PORTIONS OF THE RANCH TO WAILEA AND MAKENA PAID OFF THE MORTGAGE. THEN CAME THE SEARCH FOR A WAY TO KEEP THE HOME OF RIPENED BREADFRUIT RURAL FOREVER.
PE02: "I had grown up in Wyoming at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains and I had seen them putting all that land into conservation. So I had been trying to find a way to do it. And it was hard to find an organization that would be able to do it until the Maui Coastal Land Trust really got going."
Dale Bonar, Executive Director, Maui Coastal Land Trust.
DB01: "Two years ago Pardee and Sumner Erdman called and said, 'gee, can we get together to talk?' We went up to the ranch and they said, we'd like to put the ranch under protection. Are we in a position to do that? And I said, that's what we do. And they asked how long do I think it would take? I said, how long do you want? They said, as soon as possible."
WITH A DEAL THIS MONUMENTAL, "AS SOON AS POSSIBLE" TOOK TWO YEARS - TWO YEARS TO GUARANTEE THESE VIEWS, THIS LIFESTYLE - AND THE PROMISE THAT WHEN WE, OUR KIDS AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN LOOK UP AT ULUPALAKUA RANCH - WE'LL SEE HILLS AND NOT HOUSES. AMONG THE NOTABLE HISTORIC ASPECTS OF THIS NEW AGREEMENT ARE THE PENDING WIND AND GEOTHERMAL ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROJECTS TENTATIVELY PLANNED FOR THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RANCH - OUT OF THE VIEW SHED.
DB02: "This is the first easement in the United States at this level, having this kind of alternative energy being part of the conservation area there. Of course for Hawai'i and our needs for sustainability, that makes this a pretty high conservation value."
IT MAY BE AN OVERUSED PHRASE, BUT IT CERTAINLY APPLIES THAT THIS IS A WIN-WIN DEAL. THE ERDMANS - LONGTIME STEWARDS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF MAUI NEI - ARE ASSURED THAT LONG AFTER THEY PASS, THE LAND THEY CARED FOR WILL STILL BE CARED FOR AND UNSPOILED. AND THE REST OF US GET TO ENJOY THE RESULTS FOR ALL TIME - THANKS TO THE DILIGENCE OF THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST.
DB03: "For me, it is just so humbling and appreciative to be in a position of working with people like the Erdmans - people with these kinds of hearts - and being able to help them with their vision. That's where our reward comes from."
(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST IS DOING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE OUR AINA FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
J: WHILE SOME STORIES SEEM "BIG" AND SOME SEEM SMALL - SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS WE COVERED ON MAUI TV NEWS IN 2009 WERE STORIES OF ACCOUNTABILITY - OF PROMISES MADE LONG AGO THAT ARE FINALLY BEING FULFILLED.
(FF-CG-VO) OUR NUMBER SEVEN STORY OF 2009 IS THE FROM THE MARCH 19TH EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT THE FINAL LAYER OF RED TAPE WAS CUT THROUGH AND THE WEST MAUI HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER WAS GIVEN A GREEN LIGHT TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION.
CG: March 19, 2009
(VO) NEARLY 15 ACRES HAVE BEEN DEDICATED TO THE HOSPITAL SITE - ADJACENT TO THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER - FOR A CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL THAT WILL INCLUDE 25 ACUTE CARE BEDS AS WELL AS A 40-BED SKILLED NURSING FACILITY. THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE AND WILL COST ABOUT 45 MILLION DOLLARS.
(on-cam) THE FINAL APPROVAL FROM THE STATE HEALTH PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY WAS SOMETHING OF A FORMALITY SINCE - IN MOST CASES - THAT AGENCY GENERALLY ACTS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED PANEL. THAT PANEL'S RECOMMENDATION WAS CLEAR AFTER PUBLIC MEETINGS OVERWHELMINGLY RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT. THE IDEA OF A WEST MAUI HOSPITAL HAS BEEN PART OF THE LAHAINA COMMUNITY PLAN FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.
J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WE'RE DOWN TO THE TOP SIX MOST INFLUENTIAL STORIES OF 2009. IT'S ALL PART OF THE TOP NINE OF 2009 WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
J: WELCOME BACK TO THE TOP NINE OF '09 - AS MAUI TV NEWS RECOUNTS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS OF THE LAST 12 MONTHS.
(FF-CG-VO) COMING IN AT NUMBER SIX ON OUR LIST IS ANOTHER STORY ABOUT A WEST SIDE PROMISE FULFILLED. HERE'S OUR REPORT FROM THE APRIL 9TH EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.
CG: April 9, 2009
(Take Bypass Pkg) PROGRESS IS ALREADY EVIDENT ON THE LONG-AWAITED LAHAINA BYPASS.
Brennon Morioka, Dir., HI State Dept of Transportation
BM01: "In December what they started on was the temporary detour that you see out here that people have already started using. And what that'as going to do is allow us to start work on the bridge that we're going to be building as a part of the lahainaluna Road overpass."///
FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, IT'S BEEN TALK, MEETINGS, PICTURES AND PROPOSALS. ON THIS DAY - EARTH WAS ACTUALLY MOVED. BUT BEFORE THAT WERE THE SPEECHES. A LOT OF VERY HARD WORKING PEOPLE HAVE PUT THEIR HEARTS AND BACKS INTO THIS PROJECT. AND DOLLARS, TOO AS THE REAL WORK IS DONE BY MAUI WORKERS.
Bill Wilson, President, Hawaiian Dredging
BW01: "We'll be employing several hundred during the scope of the job. Some of those are our craft labor and salaried staff that reside on the island , but it also includes our sub-contractors and it's my understanding that all of that labor are Maui-based people as well.///So, during the course of the job as it ebbs and flows, we expect about 200 people through the course of the job."
THE HEART OF THE MATTER WAS EVIDENCED DIFFERENTLY BY A HANDFUL OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WHO DIDN'T MINCE ANY WORDS WITH THEIR PROTEST SIGNS - BUT DID NOT DISRUPT THE PROCEEDINGS. AND AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE SPEECHMAKERS FELT THEIR MESSAGE.
James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., Lt Gov., State of Hawai'i
DA01: "Well it tugs at my heart - there's no doubt about it. Is there a conflict? Absolutely. But it's a matter of opinion on the issue they're raising right now, on ceded lands.///, so I think it was something that was miscommunicated from the very beginning. That's not what this appeal was all about. That's not what this case was all about. It really was about , in my analysis, was about righting a wrong. And the wrong was the analysis by the Hawaii Supreme Court and that needed to be righted for the people of Hawai'i as a whole. So, that was accomplished and now we move on."
ONE PROTESTER POINTED OUT THAT WHILE THE MATTER MAY BE IN U.S. COURTS, SOMETHING AS PERMANENT AS THE LAHAINA BYPASS SHOULD NOT BE BUILT HERE JUST BECAUSE A U.S. COURT SAYS SO.
JA03: "A lot of where this bypass is going through is across ceded lands - it's crossing over ceded lands."
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AINOA DISAGREED, AND TOLD US THAT THE PROJECT DOES NOT CROSS THROUGH CEDED LANDS. THERE IS MORE TO THIS STORY - FROM BOTH SIDES. TO SEE OUR EXTENDED COVERAGE OF THE BYPASS BLESSING, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO EXTENDED COVERAGE.
BESIDES TRAFFIC RELIEF, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SAYS THERE ARE MORE REWARDS AND LESSONS THAT WILL FLOW BY MEANS OF THE LAHAINA BYPASS - IN TIME.
DA02: "The bottom line, though, is that the project is started and it's like anything, you start taking baby steps. And when I was learning a lot of things I was told, 'son, you gotta' walk before you can run' and that's what we're doing. This project is going to get finished, there's no doubt about it."
IN ADDITION TO THE LAND RIGHTS ISSUE, PROTESTERS QUESTIONED THE DECISION-MAKING ON THE PLACEMENT OF THE BYPASS.
John Aquino, Bypass Protester
JA01: "They have no common sense up there. There's this haul cane road, the former Pioneer Mill sugar cane road, and it stretches all the way from Kapolo to Ukumehame. And it's a two-lane haul cane road. Two trucks can go past each other at high speed and they're big."///and they have. And I don't see why they can't save the State and the County a lot of money - and the pavement is already in place - the division of the road, it's already in place."
PROTESTERS WERE FEW IN NUMBER - BUT STOOD OUT WITH THEIR MESSAGES. THROUGH ALL THE SPEECHES, THE BLESSING AND THE CEREMONY, THEY WERE EXTREMELY RESPECTFUL.
JA02: "It's not in our nature to be violent or raise a ruckus. It's not our side. If anything's gonna' start up it's going to come from the other side." ///If they're going to provoke us, of course we're going to defend ourselves. But our nature on its own, as Kanaka Maole, native Hawaiian, we are a peaceful people."
IT'S PROGRESS - A LONG TIME COMING - AND NOT THE KIND OF PROGRESS EVERYONE AGREES ON. REPORTING FROM LAHAINA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(CON'T VO - FROM 10/1/09 SHOW VO)(On-cam tag) AFTER THREE DECADES OF DISCUSSIONS, THE UNDERPASS FOR WHAT HAS BEEN IKENA STREET IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE. SOON, THE OVERPASS WILL BEGIN TO FORM THAT WILL STRAIGHTEN OUT LAHAINALUNA ROAD AND CREATE THE OVERPASS. WORK ON THIS ASPECT OF PHASE 1-A OF THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE IN FEBRUARY.
(ON-CAM) HEAVY EQUIPMENT CREWS HAVE ALSO CLEARED THE PATH FOR A BRIDGE THAT WILL SPAN KAHOMA STREAM. ONCE THOSE TWO MAJOR COMPONENTS ARE COMPLETE, THE ROAD WILL BE CONNECTED THAT WILL FEED OUT ONTO HONOAPI'ILANI HIGHWAY AT KEAWE STREET NEAR LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. THEN WORK BEGINS IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION THAT WILL CONNECT THE BYPASS TO THE HIGHWAY NEAR LAUNIOPOKO.
J: FROM SOMETHING DECADES IN THE MAKING THAT FINALLY CAME TO PASS WE MOVE TO OUR NUMBER FIVE STORY FROM THE YEAR NOW BEHIND US.
(FF-CG-VO) FROM THE AUGUST 13 EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS - THE STORY OF A HURRICANE THAT TURNED OUT TO BE AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AS MUCH AS A TROPICAL ONE.
CG: August 13, 2009
(TAKE FELICIA PKG) IT WAS A TALE OF TWO ENTITIES. ON THE RADAR MONDAY MORNING, FELICIA WAS STILL A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE. BUT ON THE HORIZON - IT WAS NOTHING BUT BLUE SKIES AND THE IDYLLIC MAUI VACATION LIFESTYLE. IN FACT, THE ONLY PROOF THESE IMAGES ARE FROM THIS WEEK ARE THE SAND BAGS AROUND THE LIFEGUARD TOWER. THIS SAME TOWER TOPPED DOWN THE CLIFF WHEN EROSION TOOK IT IN THE STORM OF DECEMBER, 2007. THEY LEARNED FROM THEIR MISTAKES AND SHORED THINGS UP THIS TIME.
UP THE ROAD IN KIHEI, WHERE KAONOULU STREET - THAT'S ACTUALLY A STREAM - STILL FEEDS INTO A PLACE THAT HASN'T YET RECOVERED FROM THAT 2007 STORM, DOWN THE ROAD, COUNTY CREWS HAVE CLEARED THE GULCH AT KULANIHAKOI - AT LEAST ON THE MAKAI SIDE. MAUKA? STILL NEEDS CLEARING.
WHILE RADAR SHOWED THE STORM SENDING PULSES OF SHOWERS TOWARD MAUI - THEY ALL IMPACTED THE NORTH SHORE - MEANWHILE IN SOUTH MAUI, HALEAKALA STOOD AS A STURDY SENTINEL BLOCKING THE LOW LEVEL TROPICAL DEPRESSION FROM ADVANCING FURTHER.
WE LEARNED A FEW MORE THINGS FROM THIS STORM - LIKE HERE AT ACE HARDWARE IN KIHEI
Jerry Kistler, Asst. Mgr, Ace Hardware, Kihei
JK01: "Main thing we're selling is flashlights, batteries, tarps, propane, propane cylinders for gas grills and things like that."
OF THOSE ITEMS, ONLY PROPANE AND BATTERIES MIGHT HAVE RUN OUT SINCE THE LAST STORM - BUT STILL - HE SAYS - PEOPLE ARE BUYING THEM JUST AS QUICK AS THEY CAN STOCK THEM. WHICH ALSO TELLS US SOMETHING ELSE: THAT PEOPLE DON'T KEEP THINGS LIKE FLASHLIGHTS, TARPS AND PROPANE TANKS FROM ONE STORM TO THE NEXT.
BY TUESDAY MORNING, FELICIA WAS A WHIRLING MIST - PROMPTING ALL THE HONOLULU NEWS CREWS TO CONVERGE ON THE MAYORS OFFICE FOR THE "ALL CLEAR." THAT MESSAGE CAME - ALONG WITH A REPORT FROM A VARIETY OF AGENCIES THAT COMMUNICATION, PREPARATION AND INFORMATION HAD ALL BEEN TESTED AND HAD ALL PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS. MAUI VISITORS BUREAU CHIEF TERRYL VENCYL PRAISED THE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND MAJOR RESORTS AND HOTELS FOR KEEPING GUESTS INFORMED AND AT EASE - AND SHE THANKED THE MEDIA FOR NOT PAINTING FELICIA AS A MONSTER THAT WOULD SCARE OFF POTENTIAL VISITORS.
THE FACT IS, WHILE THE STORM WAS A MINOR TRAFFIC INCONVENIENCE IN WAILUKU - AND A NUISANCE TO HAT WEARERS IN MA'ALAEA, IN SOUTH MAUI, VISITORS - AND SOME LOCALS WERE SAYING "STORM? WHAT STORM?" THE LESSON IS BE WARY...AND BE PREPARED...BECAUSE WHEN IT COMES TO STORMS YOU CAN'T ALWAYS DODGE A BULLET.
(ON-CAM TAG) AT THAT POINT IN THE PACIFIC HURRICANE SEASON ON AUGUST 13TH, THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN 10 TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES IN THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL PACIFIC - WHILE THERE HAD BEEN NONE IN THE ATLANTIC.
J: 2009 WAS ALSO THE CULMINATION OF A PROCESS THAT BEGAN SEVERAL YEARS AGO - BUT THE ROOTS OF THE STORY GROW MUCH DEEPER THAN THAT - BACK MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS.
(FF-CG-VO) OUR FIRST REPORT CAME IN THE FEBRUARY 26TH EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.
CG: February 26, 2009
JY: HIS WORK WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN THE 19TH CENTURY AND NOW - AFTER YEARS OF PAINSTAKING EFFORT, THE SUPPORTERS OF MOLOKA'IS FATHER DAMIEN WILL SOON SEE THEIR BELOVED PRIEST BECOME HAWAII'S FIRST SAINT.
(VO) THE REMOTE SETTLEMENT OF KALAUPAPA BECAME FATHER DAMIEN'S HOME FROM HIS ARRIVAL AS A YOUNG PRIEST IN 1873, UNTIL HIS DEATH FROM LEPROSY IN 1889. HE IS CREDITED WITH BRINING PEACE, ORDER AND HOPE TO A HOPELESS THRONG OF MORE THAN 800 PATIENTS.
(ON-CAM) FATHER DAMIEN BECAME THE CONDUIT THROUGH WHICH MANY PEOPLE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAVE PRAYED. IN TWO CASES, WOMEN WHO PRAYED TO DAMIEN WERE MIRACULOUSLY HEALED - ONE IN 1895 AND ONE IN 1999. IT TOOK YEARS OF WORK, PRAYERS AND PROOF - BUT THE CAUSE IS NOW COMPLETE. THIS PAST WEEKEND, POPE BENEDICT THE 16TH ANNOUNCED THAT FATHER DAMIEN WILL OFFICIALLY BECOME SAINT DAMIEN ON OCTOBER 11TH OF THIS YEAR. INCIDENTALLY, A COLLEAGUE OF FATHER DAMIEN, MOTHER MARYANN COPE, STILL AWAITS BEATIFICATION AND CANONIZATION AS A SAINT IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROCESS - AND ABOUT THE MIRACLES ATTRIBUTED TO FATHER DAMIEN, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
(B-TOSS-C) UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WE'LL LOOK AT THE TOP THREE STORIES THAT HELPED SHAPE LIFE IN MAUI COUNTY IN 2009. THE TOP NINE OF '09 CONTINUES RIGHT AFTER THIS.
J: THE TOP THREE STORIES OF 2009 ARE STRONGLY INDICATIVE OF THE TIMES WE'VE ALL JUST BEEN THROUGH - EACH BRINGING A SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC ENGINE TO A STANDSTILL- EACH FOR VERY DIFFERENT REASONS.
(FF-CG-VO) COMING IN AT NUMBER THREE IS THE REPORT FROM OUR AUGUST 27TH EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.
CG: August 27, 2009
J: "SHOCK AND AWE" MIGHT BE THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THE LEGAL HAPPENINGS EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN A COMPLAINT WAS FILED IN SECOND CIRCUIT COURT ALLEGING THAT THE DOWLING COMPANY AND PARTNERS MORGAN STANLEY REAL ESTATE DEFAULTED ON THE ORIGINAL LOAN TO PURCHASE THE 18-HUNDRED ACRES KNOWN AS MAKENA RESORT. IN EFFECT, THE ACTION IS A FORECLOSURE - A MOVE EVERETT DOWLING SAYS IS THE ONLY WAY THE PROJECT CAN BE BROUGHT BACK IN LINE WITH THE ECONOMY.
(FF-CG-VO) IN A STATEMENT, DOWLING SAID, “For the past few months we have been in discussions with our lenders to bring the resort’s capital structure in line with the current economic environment,” said Everett Dowling, president of Dowling Company and developer partner of the resort. “Those discussions are continuing; however given the current debt level, all parties feel that foreclosure is the best possible course of action.”
(ON-CAM) THE DOWLING AND MORGAN STANLEY PARTNERSHIP BOUGHT THE SPRAWLING PROPERTY A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO FOR 575 MILLION DOLLARS. THE FORECLOSURE ONLY IMPACTS THE MAKENA RESORT PORTION OF THE PROJECT. DOWLING'S OTHER SIGNIFICANT PROJECT, THE MALUAKA DEVELOPMENT, IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE LEGAL ACTION. DOWLING ALSO SAID - AT THE TIME, HE BELIEVED THE 517 JOBS CURRENTLY HELD BY WORKERS INSIDE THE RESORT - INCLUDING THE MAUI PRINCE HOTEL, WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED - AND THAT BANKRUPTCY IS NOT AN OPTION FOR HIS COMPANY. THAT PREDICTION WAS PARTIALLY TRUE. WHILE DOWLING'S COMPANY HASN'T FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION, THE PRINCE LAID OFF THE ENTIRE STAFF. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE HOTEL REOPENED ON SEPTEMBER 15TH AS THE MAKENA BEACH AND GOLF RESORT - AND MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR WORKERS ARE BACK ON STAFF.
J: THE ROOTS OF OUR NUMBER TWO STORY FROM 2009 ARE MORE THAN 100 YEARS DEEP.
(FF-CG-VO) IT WILL LIKELY STAY PART OF THE NAME, BUT FROM NOW ON, PINEAPPLE WILL NO LONGER BE PART OF THE BUSINESS OPERATIONS AT MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE. THIS FROM THE NOVEMBER 5TH EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.
CG: November 5, 2009
(TAKE MLP PKG) HOW DO YOU SAY GOODBYE TO AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS EPITOMIZED THE MODERN PROGRESS OF LIFE ON MAUI. SWEET FRUIT...WITH AN EVER-PRESENT PRICKLY AND STIFF BARRIER TO GET TO IT. THAT'S BEEN THE CHALLENGE TO THE MAUI PINEAPPLE COMPANY AND TO PARENT COMPANY MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE FOR NEARLY A CENTURY.
TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO, REALIZING THAT THEY COULD NO LONGER COMPETE WITH ASIA TO COST EFFECTIVELY CAN PINEAPPLE, THEY DID JUST THAT - AND CANNED THE CANNING OPERATION. THE FUTURE WOULD NOT ONLY BE EASIER TO HARVEST IN FRESH, HAND-INSPECTED AND PACKAGED FRUIT - BUT THERE WAS A CHANCE TO GARNER EVEN HIGHER PRICES.
BUT, AS HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR THE COMPANY OF LATE, THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT EITHER. MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE LAID OFF 120 WORKERS IN JULY OF 2007 WHEN THEY CLOSED THE 60 YEAR-OLD CANNING OPERATION. THEN IN SUMMER OF 2008, ANOTHER 300 WORKERS WERE LAID OFF. STILL THE COMPANY STUCK WITH THE NOTION THAT PINEAPPLE SHOULD COME FROM HAWAII.
THEY WEEK, THEY HAD TO ACCEPT THE GLOBAL REALITY THAT SHOPPERS WILL BUY PINEAPPLE FROM ANYWHERE, SO ONE-HALF OF THE HEART AND SOLE OF MAUI'S AGRICULTURE GIANTS DECLARED ITSELF LEGALLY DEAD. MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE WOULD LET GO THE LAST OF THE PINEAPPLE WORKERS, ALONG WITH A GROUP OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF FROM THE COMPANY'S REFOCUSED RESORT EFFORT.
IN ALL, IT HASN'T BEEN A GOOD WEEK FOR THE COMPANY THAT, AT ONE TIME, EMPLOYED THE GREATEST NUMBER OF WORKERS ON MAUI - INCLUDING MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES, WHO - LIKE MANY - ENDURED THE RITE OF PASSAGE IN HER TEENS BY WORKING SUMMERS IN THE PINE FIELDS AT HALI'IMAILE.
THEN, AS OF WEDNESDAY - ANOTHER SHOCKER - AS THE COMPANY'S REGULAR FILINGS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION INCLUDED THE FACT THAT, WITHOUT A SUCCESSFUL INFUSION OF NEW CASH FROM INVESTORS, THEY WOULD LIKELY DEFAULT ON DUE NOTES AND MIGHT NEED TO CEASE BUSINESS OPERATIONS ALTOGETHER.
MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS STEADILY SINCE LAST SPRING WHEN THEY LAID OFF 300 EMPLOYEES THE WEEK AFTER THE SHUTDOWN OF ALOHA AND A-T-A AIRLINES. NO WORD ON ANY COMPANY PLANS YET OF WHAT WILL BECOME OF MAUI'S SPRAWLING PINEAPPLE FIELDS IN WEST AND NORTH MAUI. A GROUP OF CURRENT EMPLOYEES AND INVESTORS ARE WORKING ON A PLAN THAT WILL KEEP PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI.
J: UP NEXT, THE BIGGEST STORY OF 2009 ON MAUI TV NEWS. BUT, HERE’S A LIST OF SOME OF THE OTHER SIGNIFICANT STORIES THAT HELPED MAKE 2009 A MEMORABLE YEAR.
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J: THE BIGGEST STORY OF 2009 ALSO DATES BACK YEARS EARLIER. FROM IT'S VERY INCEPTION, THE IDEA OF A HIGH-SPEED INTERISLAND FERRY DREW EXCITEMENT FROM MANY AND OUTRAGE FROM MANY.
(VO) FROM THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON THE ALAKA'I MADE HER FIRST PRACTICE RUN TO KAHULUI HARBOR - THROUGH THE TURBULENT PROTESTS - THROUGH THE UNEVENTFUL TRANSPORTING OF NEARLY A QUARTER- OF A MILLION PASSENGERS, THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY PULLED UP TO IT'S CUSTOM DOCKING BARGE FOR THE LAST TIME IN MARCH.
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JY: DEPENDING ON WHICH SIDE OF THE ISSUES YOU'RE ON, THERE WAS GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FROM THE STATE CAPITOL THIS WEEK.
ON MONDAY MORNING THE HAWAII SUPREME COURT RULED THAT ACT 2 - THE LAW THAT ALLOWED THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY TO OPERATE WHILE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT WAS COMPLETED - WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE JUSTICES RULES THAT, WHILE THE LAW WAS WRITTEN TO APPLY TO ANY LARGE CAPACITY FERRY THAT MIGHT OPERATE IN HAWAI'I - THE REALITY IS THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE - THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY - AND THAT MADE THE NEW LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE RULING WAS A VICTORY FOR PLAINTIFFS MAUI TOMORROW AND THE KAHULUI HARBOR COALITION.
(vo) THIS IS JEFF KING WITH A LATE ADDITION TO THIS STORY. TODAY, THE ALAKAI MADE HER LAST TRIP TO MAUI - AT LEAST FOR NOW. CAPTAIN ADAM PARSONS COZIED THE SHIP UP TO THE DOCK - AS HE'S DONE HUNDREDS OF TIMES. AS MAUI SUPERFERRY EMPLOYEES DID THEIR JOB, FORMER EMPLOYEES GOT THE CHANCE TO COME TO THE DOCK TO SAY GOODBYE. MEANWHILE, SUPERFERRY CEO TOM FARGO TOLD US HOW MONDAY'S NEWS OF THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF ACT 2 HIT HIM
Tom Fargo, CEO Hawaii Superferry
TF01: "I have to tell you I was surprised by that decision. I really was. Obviously we'd operated for the past year every day. We successfully navigated the Winter. We've had a couple of weather days - one when the whole state was shut down and the other when the port was shut down. So, we demonstrated to all of our customers - especially our business customers that we provide regular and reliable operations. And certainly in that same period of time, we also proved that we could operate without any significant environmental impact and we've got loads of data that demonstrates that. "
WHILE LAST MINUTE APPEALS SEEM TO BE LONG SHOTS, FARGO TOLD US THAT HE HOLDS NO ANIMOSITY TOWARD ANY GROUP THAT BROUGHT THEIR BUSINESS TO AN END.
TF02: "Obviously I'm not interested in point fingers or assessing blame. We've had a lot of support from the state, from the legislature - but mostly from the people who clearly liked it. I mean they liked riding on the ship. And of course the small businesses. We had great customers in FedEx, Loves, CFI and Expediters and a host of other small businesses that used to watch come on and off the ferry every day. I think we've just got to set things right - that the environmental impact statement is resolved. You've got good infrastructure in place and - as I've said from the get-go here, I think there's a clear need - a clear and unmet need for a high-speed ferry system in this state and we've demonstrated it's doable."
ALAKAI WILL LIKELY RETURN TO HER HOME SHIPYARD IN ALABAMA WHERE THE SECOND SUPERFERRY IS ALMOST COMPLETE. WHEN ASKED WHAT CONDITIONS NEED TO EXIST FOR THEM TO COME BACK TO HAWAII, FARGO SAID
TF03: "Well I think to run any business you have to remove the uncertainty, right? That's really key. You have to have the kind of environment where you can sail every day, take good care of your customers - and that's precisely what our aim is. And I really hope we get to that point because, once again, I think the people of this state benefit tremendously from this capability."
AND REMOVING THAT UNCERTAINTY WILL TAKE TIME AND MONEY - NEITHER OF WHICH ARE IN ABUNDANCE FOR ANYONE RIGHT NOW. REPORTING FROM PIER TWO IN KAHULUI, I'M JEFF KING.
(ON-CAM) OF COURSE, WE KNOW HOW THAT STORY ENDED - QUIETLY AND IN MOTH BALLS.
J: MANY WILL LOOK BACK AT 2009 AS THE YEAR THE ECONOMY BEGAN TO STRUGGLE BACK AFTER GOING STRAIGHT DOWN THE TUBES ACROSS THE GLOBE IN 2008. BUT, LOOKING BACK, THERE WAS MUCH TO CELEBRATE IN 2009 - A MAUI NATIVE SON HAD GONE TO THE ALL STAR-GAME AND TO HIS SECOND WORLD SERIES, A HAWAII NATIVE SON SERVED HIS FIRST YEAR AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND A HAWAII MAN OF GOD WAS PROCLAIMED A SAINT.
AND WHILE THERE WERE MANY DEAR SOULS WHO LEFT US IN 2009 – ONE LEAVES A PARTICULARLY EMPTY PLACE TO US HERE AT MAUI TV NEWS.
(FF-CG-VO) HO’OKUPUNA ED LINDSEY LOST HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER ON JUNE 24TH. JUST WEEKS BEFORE HIS DEATH, MAUI COUNTY PROCLAIMED HIM A LIVING TREASURE – AND THAT HE WAS. HE WAS A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND HOW WE STARTED MAUI TV NEWS AND WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR US WHEN IT CAME TO GUIDANCE ON STORIES THAT FOCUSED ON HAWAIIAN CULTURAL SENSITIVITY. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED.
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(ON-CAM) WITH 2009 IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, IT'S TIME TO LOOK AHEAD TO THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF 2010. AND MAUI TV NEWS WILL BE THERE TO CHRONICLE IT ALL AS WE CONTINUE TO DEVOTE OUR RESOURCES TO DEVOTING COVERAGE TO THE STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. FROM ALL OF US AT MAUI TV NEWS, HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU. I'M JEFF KING.
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