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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for February 5, 2009



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J: THEY'RE THE BIG AND COLORFUL GUARDIANS OF THE REEFS - BUT THEIR NUMBERS ARE DROPPING DRASTICALLY. THIS WEEK, LEGISLATION IS PROPOSED TO MALAMA THE UHU.

JY: AND THE LEGISLATURE ALSO MOVES AHEAD WITH OTHER MEASURES TO ADDRESS TOPICS RANGING FROM ELECTION FRAUD TO CYBER-BULLYING.

J: AND OUR CONGRESSWOMAN PAYS A VISIT TO THE MAUI TV NEWS STUDIOS TO UPDATE HER CONSTITUENTS ON HER PLANS FOR THE NEW FEDERAL SESSION.

JY: IN SPORTS, IT'S SPLASH AND DASH AS THE M-I-L WRAPS UP CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SWIMMING AND PADDLING. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND HOLLY CHUNG IS HERE WITH THE "BIG" LIST OF "BIG" FUN TO CELEBRATE OUR BIGGEST LOCALS. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND MAHALO FOR TUNING IN TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S ONLY TELEVISION AND INTERNET NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING.

HC: AND I'M JULIE Y. THEY'RE BIG, COLORFUL AND SLOW. AND THEY'RE A LYNCH-PIN SPECIES OF THE REEF.

(Turn to cam) THE UHU, OR PARROTFISH, HAS BEEN CREDITED AS ONE OF THE MAJOR SAND-CREATING MACHINES IN THE HAWAIIAN ARCHIPELAGO. THEY ARE ALSO ONE OF THE REEF'S MOST EFFICIENT CARETAKERS. NOW, THEY'RE BEING SPEARED AND BAGGED IN RECORD NUMBERS. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING HAS THE STORY ON THE FIGHT TO SAVE THEM.

(TAKE UHU PKG) BEAUTIFUL, COLORFUL, PRODUCTIVE AND PROTECTIVE. THE HAWAIIAN PARROTFISH - BETTER KNOWN TO LOCALS AS UHU, COMES IN A VARIETY OF COLORS - EACH WITH THE DISTINCTIVE BONY BEAK - USED TO FEED AND KEEP CORAL REEFS CLEAN. IT IS SAID THAT THE CRUNCHED CORAL OF A PARROTFISH - WHICH IS EXCRETED IN THE FORM OF SAND, AMOUNTS TO AS MUCH AS A THIRD OF ALL THE SAND IN HAWAII'S NEARSHORE WATERS.

BUT UHU, AND OTHER REEF PROTECTORS LIKE THE KUMU, OR GOATFISH, ARE DISAPPEARING - FAST. DARRELL TANAKA IS A FISHERMAN - HAS BEEN HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE'S SEEN WHAT'S HAPPENED. FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS HE'S FOCUSED MORE ON SPEARFISHING. HE KNOWS WHAT HE ISN'T SEEING ANYMORE.

Darrell Tanaka, Fishermen's Advocate

DT01: "When I first started diving a couple of decades ago, Wailea used to be teeming with Uhu and Kumu. That's hard to believe today, but, yeah, I've got the pictures to prove it. Now you hardly see any. You're lucky to see one kumu down there. It's sad what we did to our ocean."

SCENES LIKE THIS USED TO MAKE IT HARD TO SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CORAL BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY FISH. NOW THEY'RE ALMOST ALL GONE AND BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, TANAKA AND HIS FELLOW FISHERS DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

DT02: "The fishermen on Maui - we got together and we just said, 'we've had enough.' Since the lay-net ban went into effect, a lot of commercial fishers have resorted to SCUBA spearing at night. Now spearing is a very selective type of fishing. When you do it, every other night, catch as much as you can - for profit - it takes its toll on a reef that's aready depleted."

TANAKA APPROACHED MAUI STATE SENATOR SHAN TSUTSUI WHO DRAFTED THE LANGUAGE OF SENATE BILL 378. THE BILL PROPOSES A BAG LIMIT ON CATCHING UHU - MEANING THAT THE MEASURE WAS INTRODUCED BY TSUTSUI, ALONG WITH SENATOR'S ROZ BAKER AND KALANI ENGLISH. THE HOUSE VERSION, HB 14-13, IS ALSO ENDORESED BY NEARLY ALL OF MAUI'S REPRESENTATIVES. THE BILL IS A MAUI-ONLY MEASURE - AND THERE'S A VERY IMPOIRTANT REASON FOR THAT.

DT05: "Maui's reefs are small. They're not big. They're not vast. They don't have good structure. We don't have good currents because of the shape of our island, and also because of the outer islands that protect our coastlines on our leeward sides. We don't the good kind of recruitment that other islands have. People just don't understand Maui's situation. It's terrible. If we don't do nothing, I give it five years' time - there's going to be a species of the parrotfish put on the endangered species list."

IF IT BECOME SLAW, SENATE BILL 378 WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR ANY PERSON TO TAKE, POSSESS OR SELL MORE THAN TWO UHU, KUMU OR MOANO UKALI PER DAY - AND THEY MUST BE AT LEAST 10 INCHES IN LENGTH. COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN WITH SPECIAL PERMITS MAY SELL MORE - BUT ONLY BY SPECIAL COMMERCIAL PERMIT. TANAKA ALSO POINTS OUT THAT NOTHING IS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM HAWAIIAN FISHERMEN.

DT03: "The bill doesn't put an end to it. You can still sell Uhu. You can still catch Uhu. It's just that you can't catch unlimited quantities. That's never good. We've seen that already. We've learned that. It's about time that we put some limits on what we do, or we're not going to have nothing left."

SENATE BILL 378 WAS INTRODUCED IN LATE JANUARY. AT MONDAY'S HEARING IN COMMITTEEE, T5ESTIMONY OVERWHELMINGLY FAVORED THE BAG LIMIT. TANAKA LAMENTED THAT IT TAKES SO MUCH BEAUREAUCRATIC PROCEDURE TO PROTECT PRECIOUS RESOURCES LIKE THE UHU AND THE KUMU - BUT HE ALSO KNOWS HOW THINGS WORK, AND DESCRIBED THE SITUATION AND THE SOLUTION IN THESE SIMPLE TERMS.

DT04: "All fishers take fish. I'm a spearfisher, I take fish. Some fishers are commercial fishermen and they are more responsible for taking more. But all fishers take fish. We extract fish from the ocean - it's what we do. So it is us who must be the stewards of the ocean, too. If we're going to take fish, we've got to do something to give back to the ocean. This is part of giving back: conserving."

BUT NOT EVERYONE WHO LOVES THE OCEAN IS A DIVER OR A FISHERMAN. NOT EVERYONE WORLS FOR D-L-N-R ENFORCEMENT. THAT, TANAKA SAYS, DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE HELPLESS TO DO SOMETHING WHEN WE SEE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.

DT06: "One - you see somebody doing something illegal, don't just shake your head and turn the other way. You call 643-DLNR. That's the number to call for enforcement, 643-DLNR. If you're a fisherman - or even if you're not a fisherman, if you see something being illegally done, you turn 'em in. If you don't do that, you're just as bad as the guy abusing the resource. Don't whine and complkain about how bad things are if you're just going to turn your head and do nothing."

THE NEXT MOVE IS IN THE HANDS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON WATER, LAND, AGRICULTURAL AND HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS WHO HAVE SCHEDULED A PUBLIC HEARING FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 3:15 AT THE STATE CAPITOL. AND YOU CAN HELP - FROM RIGHT THERE AT YOUR COMPUTER. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM. FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES. CLICK ON THE LINK TO SB-378 TESTIMONY AND FOLLOW THE SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS. YOUR VOICE CAN BE HEARD AND HUMAN AT A TIME, FOR ONE SPECIES ATA TIME, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. REPORTING FROM HAIKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) THE UHU IS ONE OF THE FISH TARGETED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES. A SERIES OF MEETINGS ACROSS THE STATE HAVE SOUGHT INPUT FROM ALL SIDES ON THE TOPIC OF BAG LIMITS OF SPECIES LIKE UHU, ULUA AND THEIR KEIKI, THE PAPIO. THE NEXT SESSION IS THIS TUESDAY ON MOLOKAI, 3 TO 5 P.M. AT THE KULANA OIWI BUILDING IN KAUNAKAKAI. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS HOT TOPIC, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(LEGISLATION-NEW BILLS)(PiP-NEW LAWS)

JY: THE ELECTIONS OF 2008 BROUGHT ABOUT CHANGE ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL - BUT VERY LITTLE CHANGE IN HAWAI'I. SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT IS DUE - IN PART - TO AN OUTDATED SYSTEM THAT PREVENTED SOME CANDIDATES FROM RUNNING FOR OFFICE BECAUSE FILING DEADLINES WERE UNCLEAR. IN OTHER CASES, CANDIDATES - PARTICULARLY IN HONOLULU - WERE UNABLE TO WITHDRAW THEIR NAMES FROM A BALLOT BECAUSE OF CONFUSION OVER SUCH DEADLINES.

(FF-CG-VO) HOUSE BILL 128 MAKES NOMINATION PAPERS AVAILABLE FOR UP TO TWO MONTHS BEFORE FILING DEADLINES. IF NO ONE IS SEEKING AN OFFICE, AN EXTRA THREE DAYS WILL BE ADDED TO THE FILING PERIOD.

HOUSE BILL 509 SETS THE FILING DEADLINE FOR INCUMBENTS SEEKING RE-ELECTION TO ONE WEEK EARLIER THAN ON-INCUMBENT CANDIDATES. AND HOUSE BILL 510 EXTENDS THE DEADLINE TO FILE NOMINATION PAPERS TO FIVE DAYS AFTER ANOTHER CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM ANY RACE.

(ON-CAM) THERE ARE TWO OTHER MEASURES GOING BEFORE THE HAWAII LEGISLATURE THIS SESSION DESIGNED TO ADVANCE CRIME PREVENTION INTO THE ELECTRONIC AGE.

(FF-CG-VO) HOUSE BILL 615 CHANGES THE CRITERIA FOR THE CRIME OF HARASSMENT TO INCLUDE ALL FORMS OF DIGITAL COMMUNICATION. AND HOUSE BILL 622 CHANGES THE CRITERIA OF HARASSMENT BY STALKING TO ALSO INCLUDE ALL FORMS OF DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS.

(ON-CAM) THE IDEA IS TO ADDRESS THE GROWING PROBLEM OF CYBER-BULLYING, BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS PROSECUTORS TO NOW FORMALLY INTRODUCE EVIDENCE AT TRIAL THAT MAY BE IN THE FORM OF THREATENING EMAILS OR CELL PHONE TEXT MESSAGES.

ALSO THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE AND SENATE PASSED ALONG THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO THEIR OPERATING BUDGETS - TO HELP BALANCE THE STATE BUDGETS. AMONG THE ITEMS CUT ARE LEGISLATOR TRAVEL EXPENSES, EQUIPMENT RENTAL, PRINTING AND MAILING COSTS.

(MVB - 2008 KERPLUNK) (PiP-VisitMauiLogo+down)

J: TOURISM-WISE, 2008 WAS BAD. VERY BAD. AND, BY NOW, YOU MIGHT BE TIRED OF CONSTANTLY HEARING HOW MANY PEOPLE AREN'T VISITING HAWAII IN GENERAL - AND MAUI IN PARTICULAR. WELL, THIS WEEK, WE ASKED THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW BEST: WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?

(VO) Terryl Vencl, Executive Director, Maui Visitor's Bureau

TV01: " Much iof what is going on in our world is not about us - and what we are doing or not doing. Much of what is happening is really out of our reach. However, there are things that we can do. I believe that this is time for all of to take stock and look at our business plans and our infrastructure and make sure that as we begin to come out of this economy - and we will - that we are ready for what is coming down the pike. And what is that? It's probably more competition with higher prices."

THAT MEANS SPRUCE UP, FIX UP, CLEAN UP - LIKE THE JUST-COMPLETED 50-MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION AT THE GRAND WAILEA. WHEN BUSINESS IS DOWN - IT'S NOT INSANE TO SPEND...INSTEAD, SHE SAYS, IT'S LIKELY THE MOST SANE THING TO DO.

IN TERMS OF SEENG THE COLLAPSE COMING, VENCYL POINTS OUT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN - AND ALWAYS WILL BE PEAKS AND VALLEYS - BUT WHAT HAPPENED THROUGH 2008 BLINDSIDED US ALL.

TV02: "Certainly we all saw the economy sliding but could we have predicted what was happening in the mortgage business? Could we have predicted what was happening in the credit business? I don't think so. So, yeah, it was a steeper and faster fall than most of us thought it would be - including myself - but being the optimist that I am I want everybody to be ready for the turnaround and to be the best."

NO ONE HAS A CRYSTAL BALL - BUT, VENCYL SAYS, THERE ARE ALREADY SIGNS OF LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

TV03: "Airfares are coming down. That's going to encourage people to fly. The other thing that's going to encourage people to take vacatuions - in my opinion - is a level of confidence - consumer confidence. Some of that has got to come, of course, from the federal government but some of that can be built around ourselves. It can come in what we're charging for airfares. It came come in what we're doing with discounts to help to offset some of those airfares. So, I believe there is a way fior us to partake, if you will, in encouraging people to start to move. But I also believe that we're going to come up on a time very soon that people who have put off travelling are no longer going to do that. Tghey're going to be willing to give up something in order to make sure they have a vacation. And, of course it will be up to us to be there - front and center - when they make that decision."

(on-cam) IF THERE'S A SILVER LINING TO THE 2008 NUMBERS, IT IS THAT IS COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. OVERALL, MAUI'S VISITOR COUNT WAS DOWN 15.3 PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. ON THE BIG ISLAND THE DROP WAS 18.4 PERCENT AND ON THE GARDEN ISLAND OF KAUA'I - THERE WERE 20.4 PERCENT FEWER VISITORS IN 2008 THAN IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

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JY: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, HOME FOR A FEW DAYS AFTER THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, CONGRESSWOMAN MAZIE HIRONO DROPPED BY OUR STUDIO TO OUTLINE HER GOALS IN THE 111TH CONGRESSIONAL SESSION.

J: AND DESPITE A MONTH OF RAINFALL THAT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE CLASSIFIED AS ":NORMAL," WATER CONSERVATION IS STILL A HIGH PRIORITY. WE'LL TELL YOU WHY - UP NEXT.

JY: AND WE'LL TAKE YOU OUT TO A CHINESE NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION IN KIHEI - AND TELL YOU A BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AHEAD IN THE YEAR OF THE OX. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(MAZIE HIRONO VISITS) (PiP-MAZIE SMILES)

J: SHE'S AN EXTREMELY MOTIVATED WOMEN WHO IS STILL LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMOST-LEGENDARY PATSY MINK. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, MAZIE HIRONO IS HER OWN PERSON - WITH HER OWN CAUSES.

(VO) ...AND SHE ALSO HAS AN AWFUL LOT OF FREQUENT FLYER MILES - CONSIDERING HOW MANY TRIPS SHE'S MADE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HER OFFICES IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND HONOLULU - AND HER TRIPS TO THE OUTER ISLANDS.

SHE SAT DOWN IN OUR STUDIUOS TO UPDATE US ON NEARLY A DOZEN TOPICS ON HER AGENDA IN A SPECIAL REPORT YOU'LL ONLY FIND AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. HERE'S JUST AN EXCERPT.

(2:52-3:19) MH01: "As you know yesterday we were working because in the House we passed the Recovery Bill - $819 Billion of which, I hope, $1 billion - at least in the House version - will come to Hawai'i to help creat jobs; to support, by some $340 million Medicaid support that will release the State to continue to operate other kinds of programs."

WE DISCUSSED TOPICS RANGING FROM TRANSPARENCY IN REPORTING HOW ECONOMIC STIMULUS MONEY WILL BE SPENT - TO THE AKAKA BILL AND THE KALAUPAPA MEMORIAL. TO SEE THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH CONGRESSWOMAN HIRONO, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE MAZIE HIRONO REPORT UNDER THE EXTENDED COVERAGE HEADING.

(ON-CAM) THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHER TOPICS WE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO DISCUSS WITH THE CONGRESSWOMAN DURING HER BRIEF VISIT, BUT IF YOU'D LIKE TO FOLLOW THE PROGRESS OF HER SUPPORT OF EARLY CHILD EDUCATION, AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN HAWAII AND THE STATE'S CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, VISIT HER WEBSITE. TO GET THERE, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(RAIN-WATER USE)(PiP-DROP)

JY: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVERAL YEARS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS ACTUALLY BEGINNING TO USE THE WORD "NORMAL" TO DESCRIBE RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. LAST WEEK'S STEADY RAINFALL IN WINDWARD AREAS WENT A LONG WAY TOWARD WATERING YARDS, GARDENS AND GOLF COURSES - BUT IT DIDN'T DO MUCH TO ANSWER THE ISLAND'S LONG-TERM DROUGHT RELIEF NEEDS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, KIHEI RECEIVED MORE RAIN THAN HANA DID LAST WEEK. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE EAST MAUI WATERSHED THAT FEEDS UPCOUNTRY RESERVOIRS RECEIVED ALMOST NO RAINFALL AT ALL.

(FF-CG-VO) DESPITE THE STEADY RAINFALL IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI LAST WEEK, WATER USE WAS UP SLIGHTLY FROM THE WEEK BEFORE. THE SAME FOR MOLOKA'I. HANA AND LAHAINA SAW THEIR WATER USE DROP SLIGHTLY.

(ON-CAM) INCREASING TRADE SHOWERS THIS WEEK HAVE BROUGHT MORE RAIN TO THE EAST MAUI WATERSHED, AND - THEREFORE - TO UPCOUNTRY RESERVOIRS. BUT, WEATHER OBSERVERS SAY, EVEN WITH THE GENEROUS RAINFALL RECEIVED IN JANUARY - IT'S STILL ONLY A THIRD OF THE WINTER WET SEASON AND WE'RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET.

(JULIE WOOD)(PiP-JULIE WOOD)

J: WE HAVE A PROGRESS REPORT FOR YOU ON THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIMINALIST WHO'S IN THE FIGHT OF HER LIFE - FOR HER LIFE.

(VO) MAUI'S CHIEF C-S-I, JULIE WOOD, LEFT MAUI ON JANUARY 19TH TO TRAVEL TO STOCKHOLM SWEDEN FOR SURGERY IN ADVANCE OF A REVOLUTIONARY TREATMENT FOR THE EXTREMELY RARE FORM OF CANCER SHE HAS.

(ON-CAM) FIRST -THE SHOCKING NEWS. ON THE EVE OF THEIR TRIP CAME A PHONE CALL FROM THE MEDICAL STAFF IN SWEDEN SAYING THE SURGERY WAS OFF BECAUSE OF A NEWLY-PASSED LAW. A SCRAMBLE OF PHONE CALLS, AND LIKELY A FEW WELL-PLACED PRAYERS, AND THAT OBSTACLE WAS OVERCOME. SHE ARRIVED SAFELY AND UNDERWENT SEVERAL HOURS OF SURGERY ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH. BY THE NEXT DAY SHE WAS ALREADY WALKING AROUND AND THIS PAST MONDAY SHE WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. THE NEXT PHASE OF HER TREATMENT COMES LATER THIS MONTH WHEN THEY INFUSE HER BODY WITH HER OWN BLOOD REFRESHED WITH CANCER-FIGHTING CELLS.

IT'S A FASCINATING PROCESS AND YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS GO A LONG WAY. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JULIE'S HOPE, VISIT JULIE'S HOPE-DOT-COM. AND WE'LL BRING YOU MORE UPDATES AS THEY COME IN, EITHER HERE IN OUR NEWSCAST, OR ON THE BREAKING NEWS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

TOSS TO C BLOCK

JY: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, ONLY IN HAWAII WOULD OCEAN AND SWIMMING SPORTS BE AT THEIR PEAK IN WINTER. KALAPANA'S GOT HIGHLIGHTS AND DETAILS OF TWO ALL-WET CHAMPIONSHIPS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: THEN, HOLLY CHUNG WILL BE HERE WITH THE GREAT BIG LIST OF GREAT BIG THINGS TO SEE AND GREAT BIG THINGS TO DO. SHE'S GOT IT ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: IT ALL CAME DOWN TO LESS THAN A SECOND - ONE VERY EXCITING - AND VERY WET - SECOND!

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

THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE WRAPPED UP TWO TEAM SPORTS THIS WEEKEND - AND BOTH EVENTS FEATURED BIG-TIME FINISHES.

(vo) FIRST WE MAKE OUR WAY OUT TO THE KIHEI AQUATIC CENTER FOR THE M-I-L SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY AFTERNOON. IN THE WOMEN'S 200-METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY, THIS SHAPED UP TO BE A GOOD ONE. THAT'S CURRENT M-I-L RECORD HOLDER ELIZABETH MATTHEWS IN LANE 4 AND LAHAINALUNA SPEEDSTER KORAL GILL IN LANE 5, TO HER IMMEDIATE LEFT. MATTHEWS BUILDS A QUICK LEAD IN THE FIRST 25, BUT WATCH AS GILL CLOSES THE GAP NEAR THE 50-METER MARK. IN THE END, IT WAS THE SENIOR'S EXPERIENCE AND ENDURANCE THAT WON OUT AS MATTHEWS TOUCHED THREE SECONDS AHEAD OF GILL TO WIN THE RACE. BALDWIN'S MADELINE CLARKE TOOK THE THIRD SPOT.

IN THE MEN'S 200 I-M, NOTE THE GAZELLE-LIKE FLYING START TAKEN BY SEABURY HALL'S RIDGE ALTMAN. THIS RACE WAS A DEAD HEAT THROUGH THE FIRST 50 BETWEEN ALTMAN, BALDWIN’S MATTHEW PATAO-TORRES ON THIS SIDE AND MAUI HIGH'S BRANDT SAKI ON HIS OTHER SIDE. AT THE FINISH, IT WAS THE FAVORITE - ALTMAN FROM SEABURY TAKING FIRST WITH THE SABER, SAKI, TWO SECONDS BACK. BALDWIN'S PATAO-TORRES WAS THIRD.

AND WATCH WHAT BALDWIN'S KIAKAHI MATSUMOTO DOES TO GET PSYCHED FOR THE RACE - YEAH, THAT'S A DRY-LAND KICK TURN. WILL IT BRING HIM GOOD LUCK? AT SIX-FEET, FOUR INCHES, HE'S HALF-WAY ACROSS THE POOL AT THE START AND JUST KEEPS GETTING TALLER. THE 50-METER SPRINT IS JUST THAT AS MATSUMOTO TAKES FIRST, WITH JAKE RODRIGUES FROM LAHAINALUNA IN SECOND AND SEABURY HALL'S JAMES MATSUI IN THIRD.

(FF-CG-VO) IN THE END, THOUGH, IT BOILED DOWN TO THE VERY LAST RACE FOR THE LADIES. THE 400-METER FREESTYLE RELAY SAW THE LADY BEARS EDGE THE LADY LUNAS BY LESS THAN A SECOND TO CLAIM THE M-I-L SWIMMING TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. SEABURY HALL WAS THIRD. FOR THE BOYS, THE SPARTANS TOOK IT ALL THE WAY - WITH A DECISIVE SEASON WIN OVER THE SECOND-PLACE BALDWIN BEARS. LAHAINALUNA CAME IN THIRD.

(VO) THE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET SATURDAY ALSO FEATURED AN EXHIBITION BY THE M-I-L'S VARSITY DIVERS. THAT'S M-I-L CHAMPION SHEYENNE MACHIDA OF MAUI HIGH DOING A HANDSTAND ONE-AND-A-HALF-SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME DIZZY JUST WATCHING. ON THIS DIVE, MACHIDA TEAMS UP WITH DANAE OLASO OF BALDWIN FOR A VERY PRETTY TANDEM DIVE.

(ON-CAM) THE OTHER BIG FINISH THIS WEEKEND WAS BACK-DOOR VARSITY SWEEP IN M-I-L PADDLING. THE LADIES OF KAMEHAMEHA NARROWLY CLINCHED THE M-I-L CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A SECOND PLACE VARSITY FINISH AT HANAKAO'O - CANOE BEACH PARK IN LAHAINA.

THE BALDWIN LADY BEARS CAME ON STRONG LATE IN THE SEASON – WINNING THE LAST TWO RACES, BUT IT WAS A LITTLE TOO LITTLE TOO LATE AS KAMEHAMEHA MAUI CLAIMED ALL THREE VARSITY CHAMPION PADDLING SLOTS, AND NUMBER ONE QUALIFYING POSITIONS FOR THE STATE PADDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS SATURDAY - HERE ON MAUI FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN TEARS - ALSO AT HANAKAO'O PARK IN LAHAINA.

AND, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LADY SOCCER WARRIORS AS WELL. KAMEHAMEHA CLINCHED THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT M-I-L TITLE THIS WEEK WITH THEIR 3-NIL VICTORY OVER LAHAINALUNA SATURDAY. THAT GIVES KAMEHAMEHA THE TOP M-I-L SEED AT THE STATE SOCCER TOURNAMENT THIS WEEK ON O'AHU.

THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.

(Coming Attractions)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

HC: THE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBED THIS WEEK'S RUNDOWN OF COMING EVENTS IS "BIG."

ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M HOLLY CHUNG WITH THE RUNDOWN OF RUNNING, DANCING AND LOTS OF OTHER "BIG" THINGS TO SEE AND DO THIS WEEK.

STARTING SATURDAY, IT'S THE POPULAR ANNUAL FAVORITE - "RUN FOR THE WHALES" IN SOUTH MAUI - A SCENIC 2-K AND 5-K WALK AND RUN, AS WELL AS A HALF-MARATHON ALONG A SCENIC ROUTE FROM WAILEA TO MAKENA. PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE A T-SHIRT, POST-RACE BREAKFAST AND MEDALS FOR THE TOP FINISHERS. YOUR ENTRY FEES BENEFIT THE MARINE EDUCATION PROGRAMS OF THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THEN, SATURDAY NIGHT, "BIG" DESCRIBES THE DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA THAT WILL TAKE OVER THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. "JUDY'S GANG" WILL PERFORM THEIR ANNUAL TAP AND JAZZ REVIEW TITLED, "YOU'RE AN ANIMAL,” SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M. AT THE MACC. THIS TWO-HOUR SPARKLING SPECTACULAR FEATURES 110 TAPPERS AND DANCERS, IN AGES RANGING FROM TWO TO "SEASONED CITIZENS," FILLING THE STAGE. TICKETS RANGE FROM NINE TO 14 DOLLARS AND KEIKI UNDER FIVE ARE FREE.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON IT'S BACK ON THE WATER WITH THE SOROPTIMISTS' INTERNATIONAL WHALE WATCH CRUISE FUNDRAISER. FROM FOUR UNTIL 6 PM, FOR JUST 35 DOLLARS PER PERSON, ENJOY A NARRATED WHALE WATCH - AND ENJOY COCKTAILS AND HEAVY PUPU. THE BOAT LEAVES FROM MA'ALAEA HARBOR. FOR DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

ON THE TOPIC OF "BIG," NEXT TUESDAY WE'LL ALL GET A GLIMPSE OF JUST HOW BIG A CHALLENGE THE NEXT YEAR WILL BE FOR ALL OF US LIVING HERE IN MAUI COUNTY. MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES WILL PRESENT HER THIRD "STATE OF THE COUNTY" ADDRESS AT 10 A.M. TUESDAY IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF THE COUNTY BUILDING. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO THIS FREE EVENT - BUT SEATING IS LIMITED. THE MAYOR'S SPEECH WILL ALSO BE CARRIED LIVE ON AKAKU-MAUI COMMUNITY TELEVISION ON CHANNEL 53 AND LIVE ON THE RADIO ON 11-10 AM, KAOI. IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS, THE MAYOR'S ADDRESS WILL BE AVAILABLE - IN TRANSCRIPT FORM - AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT THE FOCUS GREEN SERIES OF LECTURES CONTINUES AT THE MACC. NEXT WEEK, RAY C. ANDERSON - AN ENTREPRENEUR WHO BUCKED THE SYSTEM BY DEVELOPING A CARPET MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY THAT DEFIED THE ODDS TO BECOME A FINANCIAL SUCCESS WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, TOO. THE FOCUS GREEN LECTURE, SPONSORED BY THE DOWLING COMPANY, BEGINS AT 6 P.M. THURSDAY IN THE MC COY STUDIO THEATER. ADMISSION IS JUST FIVE DOLLARS, AND STUDENTS WITH A VALID STUDENT ID ARE ADMITTED FREE. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE HAWAII NATURE CENTER.

LOOKING TOWARD VALENTINE'S DAY, THE MAUI ORCHID SOCIETY'S ANNUAL VALENTINE'S DAY ORCHID SHOW AND PLANT SALE RUNS FROM THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AT THE MAUI MALL FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. EACH DAY. COME SEE A BEAUTIFUL EXHIBIT AND PURCHASE A BLOOMING PLANT FOR YOUR VALENTINE.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE WHALES, THE ANNUAL "WHALE QUEST KAPALUA" IS COMING UP NEXT WEEKEND - FEBRUARY 13TH THROUGH THE 15TH AT THE KAPALUA RESORT. ACTIVITIES INCLUDES BREATH-TAKING PHOTOGRAPHIC AND VIDEO DISPLAYS BY RENOWNED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WRITER AND VIDEOGRAPHER FLIP NICKLIN AND JASON STURGIS OF WHALE TRUST. THERE'S EVERYTHING FROM WHALE-WATCHING TO KEIKI BREACHING IN A BOUNCY CASTLE - EVEN WHALE KARAOKE. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

ALSO LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEKEND - FRIDAY NIGHT THE 13TH KENNY RANKIN TAKES THE STAGE AT THE MC COY STUDIO THEATER AT THE MACC. THE UNMISTAKABLE STYLE OF THE SINGER-SONGWRITER IS FEATURED IN ALL-TIME FAVORITES, TOO, INCLUDING PENNY LANE, YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE. TICKETS ARE 39 DOLLARS.

AND, HERE'S A UNIQUE IDEA FOR VALENTINE'S DAY: HOW ABOUT GETTING LOST IN A WHISPERING WINDS BAMBOO FOREST WITH YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE? ON VALENTINE'S DAY FROM 11 A.M. UNTIL 2 P.M., WHISPERING WINDS BAMBOO - LOCATED 30 MINUTES PAST HANA NEAR KIPAHULU, WILL HOST TOURS OF IT'S BAMBOO NURSERY, THEIR BAMBOO FOREST AND THEIR TROPICAL HARDWOOD FORESTS. THE ADVENTURE IS FREE, BUT IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AND TO CALL FOR DIRECTIONS.

TO DO THAT, AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EVERYTHING WE'VE MENTIONED THIS WEEK, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP, LET US HELP YOU SPREAD THE WORD. SEND YOUR NOTICES, AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE, TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT COM. THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S REPORT. I'M HOLLY CHUNG. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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JY: IN CHINESE LEGEND THE LION IS A MYTHICAL, HEAVENLY BEING THAT COMES TO EARTH TO REPLACE STALE, OLD ENERGY WITH RENEWED, FRESH AND VIBRANT ENERGY. THE LION IS ATTRACTED BY CROWDS, BRIGHT COLORS AND NOISE. BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT - BEING A HEAVENLY CREATURE - THE LION IS A VEGETARIAN. THAT'S WHY LETTUCE IS OFTEN PLACED AS A DONATION. SATURDAY NIGHT IN KIHEI, THE LIONS CAME TO DOLPHIN PLAZA,

(VO) AFTER MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CROWDS, THE LIONS SPY THE LETTUCE AND MUST CLIMB TO RETRIEVE IT. AS A SHOW OF BLESSING, THE LETTUCE IS ACCEPT BY THE LION AND CHEWED - THEN IT'S LEAVES ARE SPRAYED BACK IN FRONT OF AN ESTABLISHMENT AS A BLESSING OF GOOD FORTUNE. THIS CROWD CAME TOGETHER TO ENJOY THE PRESENTATION BY THE SHAOLIN ARTS DANCE GROUP, AND TO ENJOY POTSTICKERS AND NOODLES FOR PROSPERITY AND LONG LIFE.

(ON-CAM) INCIDENTALLY, THE YEAR OF THE OX IS THE SECOND YEAR OF THE CHINESE ZODIAC AND IS GENERALLY KNOWN AS A YEAR OF CHANGE. MANY WOULD AGREE THAT LAST YEAR, THE YEAR OF THE RAT, WAS A TIME OF TURMOIL. MAY WE ALL SEE A MUCH MORE REWARDING YEAR OF THE OX. KUNG HEE FA CHOI!

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J: AND WE HOPE TO SE YOU AGAIN NEXT WEEK AT THIS SAME TIME. UNTIL THEN, PLEASE CHECK US OUT FOR DAILY UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, IMPORTANT LINKS TO NEWSMAKERS, COMING ATTRACTIONS AND MORE. YOU'LL FIND IT ALL AT MAUITVNEWSDOT-COM. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

JY: ALOHA.

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