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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending February 4, 2010


(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.


(headlines - vo)

J: GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL! IT'S MORE THAN A CATCHY SLOGAN - IT'S A CAMPAIGN TO HELP JUMP-START THE ECONOMY. AND, WE GET A SNEAK PEEK AT A NEW MAJOR CHAIN STORE THAT MAY SELL MORE LOCAL GOODS THAN ANY OTHER.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK - PLUS WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE FROM THE MAYOR ON HER FIGHT TO KEEP TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATION TAX REVENUES COMING TO MAUI AND HER EXPERIENCE OF MEETING THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY.

WE'VE GOT THOSE STORIES PLUS SPORTS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS - LOTS OF 'EM - ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN THIS WEEK TO MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. WHEN YOU SHOP ON MAUI - DOES IT MATTER TO YOU WHERE THE PRODUCT CAME FROM?

(TURN TO CAM) WELL, IF YOU LISTEN TO THE MAYOR AND HER ADVISORS, IT SHOULD MATTER. BUT RATHER THAN TRY TO FIND A WAY TO FORCE US TO BUY LOCAL, INSTEAD A NEW CAMPAIGN APPEALS TO ALL OF US WHERE IT MATTERS MOST - OUR WALLETS.

(TAKE CHOICE-LOCAL PKG) RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS IS TOUGH - ANYWHERE. BUT, WITH THE COMPETITION AND THE ECONOMY THE WAY THEY ARE, ANY KIND OF A LEG-UP IS WELCOME BY MOST. ENTER THE COUNTY'S NEW "GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL CAMPAIGN. AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TUESDAY, MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES WA ONE OF THE FIRST TO STEP UP AND ADMIT THAT BUYING LOCAL DIDN'T USED TO MATTER.

Charmaine Tavares, Mayor, Maui County

CT04: "I'm just as guilty as anybody of just going to a store. OK, I want this. I go over there. I pick it up and I'm out the door. I don't look at where it came from. I'm not aware of anything like that. I became aware of 'buying local' several years ago when I began to work with the Maui County Farm Bureau. They were, at the time, trying to make a push for local vegetables and produce and products to go into the stores and marked that way. ///We have chains here like Foodland and Safeway - and try to get them to at least say, hey I want this as an area - it's like the whole organic thing. You want organic products, you go to the section of the store that says 'organic.' If you don't care what you get, you go any old place in the store. The same thing with our local products. We need to make people aware - they should be asking for local products - because it is, in turn, affecting our entire community. Connecting the dots has been kinda' the hard part and I've been numbly going about doing things and not paying attantion. I think a campaign like this will help raise awareness, so that people will become smarter consumers. ///And so if you want to help your neighbor or your cousin who is an Upcountry farmer, or someone making products or soap or whatever, buy those products. That's the best way to help."

MAUI COUNTY'S ECONOMIC COORDINATOR EXPLAINED THE SIMPLE PROGRAM

Deidre Tegarden, Economic Dev. Coord., Maui County

DT01: "Each of the businesses that have come on as part of the campaign have decided what incentive they wish to give. Some businesses have decided to give a percentage discount. Some have decided buy-one-get-one, but it's completely up to the businesses. So people who go to the website, which is MauiCountyThinkLocal-dot-com can see a list of the participating businesses and the specific incentive that that business is offering."

IT REALLY IS ONE OF THOSE WIN-WIN DEALS AND, THOUGH IT STARTED AS AN "ACT NOW, THIS IS A LIMITED TIME OFFER," THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN SO STRONG THAT YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP.

DT02: " We originally had the deadline as January 29th but we have received so many phone calls and so much interest that we're going to expand it and probably do updates once a week, so businesses can still be a part of it. Again this is a month-long kickoff and we want to make sure the program lives beyond the kickoff."///

THERE ARE INCENTIVES TO BUSINESSES, YES, BUT THAT MEANS INCENTIVES TO SHOPPERS LIKE YOU AND ME. IT'S EXPENSIVE TO LIVE ON MAUI AND THE IDEA THAT LOCALLY PRODUCED OR GROWN PRODUCTS ARE NOT ONLY FRESHER - BUT GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY - IS NOT A DIFFICULT CONCEPT TO UNDERSTAND. SO...WHENEVER YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE OPTION, THEY HOPE YOU'LL REMEMBER THE SLOGAN, "GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL." IT'S INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGNS LIKE THIS ONE, THE MAYOR SAYS, THAT CONTINUES TO REMIND HER OF THE RESILIENCY OF THE PEOPLE OF MAUI - KEEPING KEEP US ALL MOTIVATED AND DEDICATED. SHE USED THE ANALOGY OF THE FIRST MAUI COUNTY FAIR AS AN EXAMPLE. AFTER THE FERRIS WHEEL WAS GONE AND ALL THE TENTS WERE DOWN SHE SAID THE GROUNDS LOOKED LIKE A TRAMPLED WAR ZONE. STILL, SHE SAYS, THE COUNTY HORTICULTURIST PROMISED THAT IN A WEEK AND A HALF, IT WOULD SPRING BACK.

CT01: " And sure enough, in a week to a week and a half it was like the County Fair never occurred there. The grass just came up straight, got green - and there it was - a beautiful field again. And I think that describes what we are like here on Maui - that even thoiugh we have all these pressures and all these stresses beating us down day aftyer day after day, we get up again every morning. And I'm sure some of you are dreaming some pretty wild dreams at night because we see the results of your dreams and your visions - hey maybe I'll do this, or maybe I'll do that. I've never tried this but I've always wanted to. This spirit in Maui County is what makes Maui County so special."

(ON-CAM TAG) YOU CAN STILL SIGN YOUR BUSINESS UP FOR THE GOT CHOICE THINK LOCAL CAMPAIGN, OFFER YOUR OWN INCENTIVE AND - HOPEFULLY - GET SOME NEW BUSINESS. FOR DETAILS AND THE LINK, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(TAVARES-TAT-WA)(PiP-MAYOR-COUNTY SYMBOL)

J: AFTER TUESDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE, WE GOT THE CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH MAYOR TAVARES - WHO IS STILL SUFFERING THE EFFECTS OF A COLD SHE PICKED UP IN WASHINGTON D.C. - TO GET THE LATEST UPDATE ON THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSAL TO STOP THE PAYMENT OF TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATION TAX REPAYMENTS TO COUNTIES.

(take VO/SOT-1) Chairmaine Tavares, Mayor, Maui County

CT03: "There is a bill or two floating around the Legislature right now to take the TAT from the Counties. Of course we're not happy about that but there will bills like that las year also. We'll continue to try to impress upon the Legislators that the TAT - those taxes - are needed by the counties. The TAT was created to mitigate the impact of tourism on each of the islands - not just generally or in one place. This scheme, I think, was well throught out and very helpful - and it pays for a lot of the things that we all use like police service fire service, water, wastewater - things that we use. There re a lot of things those TAT dollars pay for because we have 40,000 to 45,000 visitors a day on the island and they're going to cause some sort of impact. Parks, in particular - they get 'loved to death.' To keep up with that - lifeguard services. These are things that we provide - not just for our residents but for our visitors also, so it only makes sense for us to keep this."

(FF-CG-VO) THE MAYOR TOLD US ABOUT HER TRIP TO WASHINGTON AND THE WHIRLWIND OPPORTUNITY TO MEET PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO, SHE SAYS, WAS MOVING SO FAST TO SHAKE EVERYONE'S HAND, THAT HE WAS ALMOST AS MUCH OF A BLUR AS THIS IMAGE SHOWS.

(ON-CAM) AND SHE TOLD US ABOUT A MEETING SHE ATTENDED THAT WAS CHAIRED BY FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA.

(TAKE VO/SOT-2) CT02: "During the course of the conference we also had the First Lady - as a keynote speaker and she was wonderful. Very poassionate. Her whole campaign is about obesity - childhood obesity. They're mounting a whole national cmpaign to bring awareness of what the dangers are for these kids - young kids that are already overweight - and past overweight, they're obese. And the kinds of health problems they'll have later on in life - it's just amazing. It's really a prevalent problem and we really do have to do something about it in our country."

(ON-CAM) THE FIRST LADY'S CAMPAIGN IS A FAIRLY RECENT ONE. IN A NEWSWEEK ARTICLE THIS WEEK MICHELLE OBAMA ADMITTED THAT SHE WAS AWARE OF THE NATION'S WEIGHT PROBLEMS - BUT IT WAS THE FAMILY PEDIATRICIAN WHO WAVED THE RED FLAG AFTER NOTICING SUBTLE CHANGES IN THE OBAMA DAUGHTERS' BODY MASS INDEX THAT SHE HADN'T NOTICED. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILDHOOD OBESITY, CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM.

(PV BILL) (PiP-New Home Under construction)

J: AS PART OF OUR CONTINUING FOCUS IN 20-10 ON MAUI TV NEWS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY, WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON WHAT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE DOING TO FURTHER THE CAUSE. THIS WEEK, THEY TOOK A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. ON TUESDAY A HOUSE BILL IN HONOLULU ADVANCED A PROPOSAL THAT WILL REQUIRE THAT NEW HOMES BUILT IN HAWAII, IF THEY DON'T ALREADY HAVE PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS INSTALLED, BE READY IN CASE OWNERS WANT THEM IN THE FUTURE.

THE BILL WAS PASSED ON IT'S FIRST READING LAST WEEK AND, ON TUESDAY, UNANIMOUSLY ADVANCED THROUGH COMMITTEE. IT WILL REQUIRE THAT NEW HOMES BUILT IN HAWAII BEGINNING IN 2012 INCLUDE CONDUIT, ADEQUATELY SIZED ELECTRICAL BOXES AND BLUEPRINTS WITH LABELING TO FACILITATE THE INSTALLATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS. SOLAR INDUSTRY CONTRACTORS SAY THE COST TO MAKE A NEW HOUSE READY FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC IS ABOUT 100 TO 150 DOLLARS - BUT THE COST TO RETROFIT A HOME IS SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS. A SIMILAR BILL IN THE SENATE IS ABOUT TO GO TO COMMITTEE.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WE GO TO SCHOOL AS WE HEAD TO A BLESSED NEW CAMPUS UPCOUNTRY AND LEARN ABOUT MAJOR SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS THIS WEEK AT TWO MAUI HIGH SCHOOLS. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(CARDEN BLESSING)(PiP-LEIOHU RYDER AND JOHNNY)

J: PUKALANI - IT MEANS A HOLE IN THE HEAVENS. AND DOWN THROUGH THAT HOLE FRIDAY MORNING, THE SUN SHONE DOWN ON A PATCH OF LAND DEDICATED TO CHILDREN - WHILE A CROWD GATHERED TO SHARE IN THE BLESSING.

(TAKE CARDEN PKG) WHEN THE DREAM OF A PERMANENT CAMPUS FOR CARDEN ACADEMY OF MAUI WAS CONCEIVED - MOST OF THESE LITTLE PEOPLE WEREN'T. FOR 10 YEARS THE SCHOOL IN PUKALANI HAS LEASED THE GROUNDS THEY SHARE WITH GRACE CHURCH. NOW, THANKS TO CONVENTIONAL FINANCING AND DIVINE INSPIRATION - THEY HAVE A MORTGAGE AND APERMANENT HOME. THEIR THREE ACRES CAN NOW BE REPAIRED, REMODELED AND MOLDED INTO A SCHOOL CAMPUS WORTHY OF THE VISION CREATED MORE THAN A CENTURE AGO BY MAE CARDEN.

AT LAST FRIDAY'S BLESSING, KAHU LEOUHU RYDER INVOLVED THE CHILDREN IN THE BLESSING OF THE GROUNDS - CENTERING ON THE TREE IN THE CENTER OF THE CAMPUS. THE MOVING CEREMONY WAS COMPLETE WHEN CARDEN DAD - AND RENOWNED REGGAE STAR - MISHKA WAS JOINED BY A CHOIR OF CARDEN CHILKDREN SINGING - APPROPRIATELY - ONE TREE. BOTH THE TREE AND CARDEN ACADEMY IN PUKALANI - ARE NOW FIRMLY ROOTED ON MAUI.

(ON-CAM TAG) CARDEN ACADEMY HAS 104 STUDENTS FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL - R ABOUT ENROLLMENT - GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(SEABURY-NEW CAR)(PiP-SEABURY HALL)

J: JUST UP THE HILL A WAYS AT SEABURY HALL, THERE'S A NEW CAR IN THE PARKING LOT.

(FF-CG-VO) LAST WEEK THE SEABURY HALL ENGINEERING TEAM UNVEILED THEIR SECOND FULLY CONVERTED ELECTRIC VEHICLE. THE PROJECT BEGAN IN 2007 WITH A DONATED 1995 TOYOTA COROLLA AND THE GOAL TO SHOW THAT ELECTRIC VEHICLES COULD BE A VIABLE TRANSPORTATION OPTION ON MAUI. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, EVERYTHING THAT WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IN THIS CAR WAS REPLACED WITH AN ELECTRIC MOTOR AND A 144-VOLT BATTERY.

(ON-CAM) ALONG THE WAY THE TEAM OF STUDENTS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF TEACHER MARTIN EMDE, RE-ENGINEERED THE DASHBOARD TO MONITOR THE ELECTRIC MOTOR. THEY ALSO REPLACED THE ORIGINAL SEATS WITH MUCH LIGHTER ONES. THIS SECOND SEABURY HALL ELECTRIC CAR IS EXPECTED TO OUTPERFORM THEIR FIRST MODEL - NOW THREE YEARS OLD WITH 3,000 MILES ON IT. THE NEW CAR IS EXPECTED TO REACH TOP SPEEDS OF 75 MILES PER HOUR AND HAVE A RANGE OF ABOUT 60 MILES. THAT'S TWICE WHAT THEIR CURRENT CURRENT-POWERED CAR CAN DO.

EMDE'S PROGRAM AT SEABURY HALL IS ALSO BUILDING ANOTHER ELECTRIC VEHICLE FROM SCRATCH - AND THEY'RE PLANTING BIO-FUEL HIGH YIELD OIL CROPS ON THE CAMPUS THAT WON'T BE MATURE FOR SEVERAL YEARS - BUT ARE EXPECTED TO YIELD THE JUICE TO FUEL FUTURE STUDENT PROJECTS.

(MHS-SCIENCE FAIR)(PiP-SCIENCE FAIR LOGO)

J: MEANWHILE, NOT TO BE OUTDONE - YOUNG SCIENTISTS FROM CENTRAL MAUI DID OUR COUNTY PROUD AT THE STATE'S SCIENCE BOWL COMPETITION LAST WEEKEND IN HONOLULU.

(FF-CG-VO) THE TEAM FROM MAUI HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED TO THE FINAL ROUND, FINISHING IN THIRD PLACE BEHIND PUNAHOU AND IOLANI. FOR THEIR EFFORTS, THE SABER TEAM BRINGS HOME A 300-DOLLAR CASH AWARD FOR THEIR SCHOOL'S SCIENCE DEPARTMENT.

(ON-CAM) TEAMS FROM BALDWIN AND KING KEKAULIKE ALSO COMPETED IN THE EVENT AND KING K BROUGHT HOME THE WILD CARD AWARD AND A 50-DOLLAR PRIZE. NOW IOLANI WILL REPRESENT HAWAI'I IN THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOWL COMPETITION IN WASHINGTON D.C. AT THE END OF APRIL. IN TOTAL, 24 TEAMS FROM ACROSS THE STATE COMPETED IN THE FAST-PACED EVENT THAT IS RUN ALONG THE LINES OF THE TV GAME SHOW, JEOPARDY. MAUI HIGH HAS A HISTORY OF DOING WELL AT THE HAWAI’I SCIENCE BOWL - HAVING WON IT ALL THREE YEARS IN A ROW FROM 2003 THROUGH 2005.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, A TEAM FROM BALDWIN HIGH IS SO GOOD THEY WON THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - WITHOUT EVEN HAVING TO PLAY. WE'LL HAVE THE DETAILS UP NEXT, ALONG WITH A RUNDOWN OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO A VERY BUSY VALENTINE'S DAY. DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOOD WHEN YOU GET THE DAY OFF...AND WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BALDWIN BEARS LAST SATURDAY IN MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE SOCCER. WHILE THE BEARS WERE IDLE, KING KEKAULIKE AND SEABURY HALL BATTLED TO A ONE-ONE DRAW...AND THE RESULT OF THE MATCH WAS THAT THE BEAR'S RECORD OF 13 WINS, NO LOSSES AND ONE TIE GAVE THEM BOTH THE DIVISION ONE CROWN AND THE OVERALL M-I-L TITLE IN BOYS SOCCER. BALDWIN IN SEEDED THIRD FOR THE STATEWIDE SOCCER TOURNAMENT IN HONOLULU THIS WEEKEND.

AND SPEAKING OF THIS WEEKEND - AND NEXT WEEK...ZOUNDS, THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON. TWO ONGOING SHOWS THAT ARE FREE INCLUDE "A CELEBRATION OF HAWAII 2010" AT THE VIEWPOINTS GALLERY ON BALDWIN AVENUE IN MAKAWAO. ADMISSION IS FREE. THE GALLERY IS OPEN EVERY DAY AND THE SHOW RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 16TH.

THE SECOND MAUI ART GLASS EXPO IS ALSO FREE AND OPEN DAILY NOW THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY AT THE WAILEA MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA. THE DISPLAY IS OPEN FROM 8 A.M. TO 10 P.M. EVERY DAY. THERE'S NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION AND THERE'S VALIDATED SELF-PARKING AVAILABLE.

NOW TO THE ONE-OF-A-KIND-EVENTS, STARTING WITH THE ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT MONTESSORI HALE O KEIKI. THE ORCHID BALL FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 6 TO 11 AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUBHOUSE IS A SPECTACULAR PARTY WITH LAVISH ARRAYS OF FOOD, DRINK, ENTERTAINMENT, SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, LIVE MUSIC AND DANCING AND LOADS OF FUN TO BENEFIT THE GOOD WORK OF MONTESSORI SCHOOL. TICKETS RANGE FROM 150 TO 250 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND THERE ARE DISPLAYS AND EVENTS PLANNED ALL MONTH ALL OVER MAUI. ON SATURDAY, STARTING AT NOON AT BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC IN KAHULUI THERE WILL BE A VIDEO AND PRESENTATION ON THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF BLACK INDIANS, PRESENTED BY EARL SUNDANCE SHEPPERD. THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED WITH A FASHION SHOW OF AFRICAN GARB PRESENTED BY NUBIAN PAGEANT SYSTEMS. IT'S FREE AND EVERYONE IS INVITED.

SATURDAY NIGHT IS THE ANNUAL BLACK TIE AND SLIPPAS FUNDRAISER - A BENEFIT FOR IMUA FAMILY SERVICES. FROM 5-30 UNTIL NINE, JOIN YOUR FRIENDS, BROWSE THE SILENT AUCTION - AND BE SURE TO BID BECAUSE PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE WONDERFUL WORK OF IMUA FAMILY SERVICES. SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES GRAMMY WINNER AMY HANAIALI'I. IT ALL STARTS AT 5-30 AT ROY'S KAHANA BAR AND GRILL ON THE WEST SIDE. FOR MORE DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-CM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

OR - IF YOU FEEL LIKE STAYING UP ALL NIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT, WHY NOT PUT THAT INSOMNIA TO GOOD USE AND PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD - SEVERAL TIMES - FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. THE ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE WALK RUNS - OR WALKS - FROM 6 P.M. SATURDAY UNTIL 6 A.M. SUNDAY. FOR 100 DOLLARS, REGISTER YOUR TEAM TO WALK IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST TO CANCER, HELP FUND THE WORK TO TREAT THOSE CURRENTLY ENDURING CANCER - AND THE DREAM OF AN EVENTUAL CURE. IT STARTS AT 6 SATURDAY NIGHT AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM IN WAILUKU.

LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW. NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH, IS AN EXTREMELY BUSY DAY - AND NIGHT. ON THURSDAY MORNING, MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES WILL DELIVER HER "STATE OF THE COUNTY" ADDRESS IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON HIGH STREET IN WAILUKU. HER REMARKS BEGIN AT 10 A.M. YOU CAN BE THERE IN PERSON, OR WATCH IT LIVE ON AKAKU - MAUI COMMUNITY TELEVISION OR HEAR IT LIVE ON KNUI RADIO.

ON THURSDAY EVENING AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUBHOUSE, GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE REAGAN DINNER. THE EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MAUI COUNTY AND THE EVENING WILL FEATURE A TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN AND A FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO GOVERNOR LINGLE. THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC, A SILENT AUCTION, BUFFET DINNER AND A NO-HOST BAR. TICKETS ARE 75 DOLLARS PER PERSON. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

ALSO ON THURSDAY EVENING IT'S THE 19TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER FOR ROTARY CLUB OF LAHAINA. "A SWEETHEART AFFAIR" WILL FEATURE MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARD WINNER GEORGE KAHUMOKU JUNIOR STARTING AT 6 THURSDAY EVENING AT LULU'S IN LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. TICKETS ARE JUST 50 DOLLARS APIECE - AND 30 OF THAT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE. FUNDS RAISED GO TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAHAINA AND LAHAINA ROTARY YOUTH FOUNDATION - WHICH AWARDS MORE THAN 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS EACH YEAR TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS FROM WEST MAUI, MOLOKAI AND LANA'I.

ALSO ON THURSDAY EVENING - FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, IT'S BLACK GRACE - CONTEMPORARY DANCE WITH ROOTS IN THE SAMOAN AND MAORI COMMUNITIES OF AOTEAROA - NOW KNOWN AS NEW ZEALAND. THE EXPLOSION OF COLOR, RHYTHM AND DANCE STARTS AT 7-30 IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. TICKETS ARE PRICED FROM 12 TO 35 DOLLARS.

THE NEXT NIGHT, ON THE GREAT LAWN AT THE MACC - IT'S THE BEACH BOYS IN CONCERT. ONE OF THE GREAT THING ABOUT THEIR CONCERT IS THAT THE SONGS ARE SO SHORT YOU GET TO HEAR DOZENS OF THEM - AND THEY'RE ALL ON THE LIST. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW THROUGH ALL OF THE USUAL MACC OUTLETS.

FOR ART-LOVERS, THE ANNUAL WEEK-LONG MAUI PLEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL STARTS NEXT SATURDAY, THE 13TH IN LAHAINA. ARTISTS WILL SET UP ACROSS THE HISTORIC TOWN TO CAPTURE VISTAS ON CANVAS. THE CONTEST OFFERS LOCALS - AND VISITORS - THE CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT THIS UNIQUE STYLE OF OUTDOOR PAINTING. FOR ALL THE DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

ANOTHER EVENT IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH COMES NEXT SATURDAY AT BARNES AND NOBLE IN LAHAINA. MUSIC AND PRESENTATIONS BY SODENGI, AYIN ADAMS AND DRUMS OF PASSION COMBINE TO CELEBRATE THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. THE EVENT IS FREE AND IT STARTS AT 1 P.M.

SATURDAY NIGHT THE 13TH - AND AGAIN SUNDAY NIGHT THE 14TH, IT'S AN ANNUAL FAVORITE AT THE MACC WITH KEALI'I REICHEL'S KUKAHI 20-10. WITH 19 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS TO HIS CREDIT AND INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR HIS CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC, THE EVENT WILL FEATURE MUSIC AND HULA. TICKET PRICES RANGE FROM 12 TO 55 DOLLARS.

AND DON'T FORGET THAT FEBRUARY 14TH IS VALENTINE'S DAY AS WELL AS CHINESE NEW YEARS. THERE ARE BIG TIME VALENTINE'S DAY EVENTS PLANNED ALL OVER THE PLACE. OHANA RANCH IN KULA WILL HAVE PONY RIDES, MINIATURE HORSE CART RIDES, FACE PAINTING AND MORE STARTING AT 1 P.M. ROTARY CLUB OF MAUI IS HOSTING A WHALE WATCH FROM ONE UNTIL 5 ON THE FOUR WINDS OUT OF MA'ALAEA HARBOR. VALENTINE’S NIGHT, IT’S THE ANNUAL SEA OF LOVE DINNER UNDER THE SEA AT THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER. AND, THERE'S A SWEETHEART OF UNITY DINNER DANCE AT UNITY CHURCH OF MAUI, STARTING AT 6 P.M.

WE'LL HAVE DETAILS ON ALL THE VALENTINE'S EVENTS NEXT WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS, BUT WE THOUGHT WE'D LET YOU KNOW - IN ADVANCE - THAT THERE'S A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. THAT'S A LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

(D Block)

(WHOLE FOODS)(PiP-WHOLE FOODS LOGO)

(VO) J: THESE EMPTY STORE SHELVES AREN'T AT ANOTHER FAILED BUSINESS - BUT JUST THE OPPOSITE. THEY WERE JUST INSTALLED AT THE BRAND NEW WHOLE FOODS STORE IN MAUI MALL. IF IT WERE A YEAR AGO, SOME MIGHT SAY IT WOULD BE CRAZY TO OPEN A BIG, BRAND NEW HIGH-END SUPERMARKET IN MAUI'S ECONOMY. WELL, CRAZY BECVAME BOLD, AND BOLD IS ABOUT TO BECOME A REALITY.

WHOLE FOODS WILL OPEN IN LESS THAN THREE WEEKS. THE STORE'S EMPLOYEES - TEAM MEMBERS - ARE GOING THROUGH THE LAST PACES OF THEIR TRAINING IN WHOLE FOODS UNIVERSITY. EVERYTHING IN THE STORE IS ORGANIC - A WHOLE FOODS TRADITION. EVEN THE REUSABLE BAGS THEY SELL HAD A PREVIOUS LIFE. THE DECOR IS DECIDELY LOCAL - WITH MURALS DONE BY LOCAL ARTIST LANAKILA KELLIHER. SO, IT'S DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER OF THE WHOLE FOODS CHAIN. OR IS IT?

Elyse Detzel, Mktg Director, Whole Foods, Maui

ED01: "Yes and no. That's a really good question. Whole Foods Market, of course, has certain standards for all our products, so in that sense all stores are similar. But the product mix and what we actually showcase in our stores is unique to the stores in the neighborhoods our store are actually located in. So, for example, our Kahala store is very indicative of a Honolulu store - with a huge presence of local produce and products. As well, Maui will have that same local presence. But in terms of what is on our shelves is a reflection of what the community is asking for. So, it will change and evolve over time. So each store is its own unique place."

(Con'y VO) THE STORE'S GRAND OPENING IS SET FOR FEBRUARY 24TH AT 9 A.M. IT ALL STARTS WITH A BLESSING AND BREAD-BAKING, FOLLOWED BY A LINEUP OF GIVEAWAYS, IN-STORE SPECIALS AND CLASSES. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(CENTER-UP)

J: AND THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BEFORE WE GO WE WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT A NEW FEATURE WE'VE ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE. IT'S A BREAKING NEWS ARCHIVE. OUR BREAKING NEWS PAGE IS UPDATE OFTEN - EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR WITH STORIES AND PICTURES OF IMPORTANT MATTERS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. AND THANK YOU FOR CHECKING. THE PAGE GETS THOUSANDS OF HITS EVERY DAY. BECAUSE OUR RESOURCES ARE LIMITED, WE CAN'T BE THERE TO COVER EVERY ONE OF THOSE STORIES AND BRING THEM TO YOU IN OUR NEWSCAST - BUT THEY ARE IMPORTANT SO YOU'LL FIND THEM ON OUR BREAKING NEWS PAGE.

AND IN OUR ONGOING MISSION TO CREATE A EVER-GROWING ARCHIVE OF THE CONTEMPORARY HISTORY OF MAUI NEI, WE'RE NOW PROUD TO ADD THE BREAKING NEWS ARCHIVE, WHERE YOU CAN GO BACK AND SEE - AND SEARCH - THE HEADLINE STORIES FROM OUR BREAKING NEWS PAGES, CONVENIENTLY SORTED BY MONTH. IT'S ANOTHER WAY WE'RE CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT OF DEVOTING COVERAGE TO THE STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY. AND, IN THE COMING WEEKS, LOOK FOR A DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT LOOK TO MAUI TV NEWS. DETAILS SOON.

MAHALO HOU FOR TUNING IN THIS WEEK TO MAUI TV NEWS. AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

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