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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending February 11, 2010


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(headlines - vo)

J: IT'S A TWO-MAN SHOW AS TWO OF THE STATE'S TOP EXECUTIVES VISIT ALL THE ISLANDS TO STUMP FOR CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THEM ON MAUI. AND, MAUI'S NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IS LOOKING FOR A LOCAL CONTRACTOR TO BUILD A SPACIOUS NEW VISITOR CENTER.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK - PLUS WE'LL TAKE YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF MAUI'S NEWEST HIGH-TECH TOOL THAT IS HELPING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF WOMEN - AND MEN.

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

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. IT'S A BIG DEAL TO US HERE AT MAUI TV NEWS. AND, APPARENTLY A BIG ENOUGH DEAL THAT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND ANOTHER STATE EXECUTIVE MADE AN UNSCHEDULED VISIT TO MAUI THIS WEEK.

(TURN TO CAM) THE IDEA IS NOBLE AND, ACCORDING TO THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR - A LOT MORE "DO-ABLE" THAN SOME MIGHT THINK. BOTTOM LINE, THE STATE WANTS TO HELP YOU AND ME ADD RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES TO OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES..

(TAKE AIONA-LIU VO-SOT)

James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr. Lt. Gov., State of Hawai'i

DA01: "They'll be able to bring energy efficiency to their home and take care of the up-front costs through the payment of a loan by way of their property taxes."

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR EXPLAINED THE REASON FOR THE WHIRLWIND NEIGHBOR ISLAND TOUR.

DA02: "It's about partnerships. This is a partnership with the State and the County. Our state Constitution dictates - mandates - that for property taxes to be involved - only the counties can manage property taxes. The state can't manage property taxes unless you're talking about a constitutional amendment. We don't havwe the time for that. So we need to partner with the counties. It's really to help them - as well as us throughout the state to not only grow an industry, but also to get more jobs out there."

JOINING AIONA ON MONDAY WAS TED LIU, WHOSE OFFICE DIRECTS ENERGY PROGRAMS. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE TOURISM INDUSTRY CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE BOND LOAN PROGRAM.

Ted Liu, Director, DBEDT

TL01: "A big part of the visitor industry cost is the electricity bill. So we have owners and operators of resorts and hotels talking to us about deep seawater air conditioning, distributed energy on their property, technology such as window tinting. A lot of these hotel rooms get hot in the day. So - automatic window tinting, automatic drapes - things that are off-the-shelf technology that need to be implemented that helps our visitor industry not only meet our energy goals but also be more profitable."

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AIONA UNDERSCORED THAT THE PROGRAM MAY NOT BE FOR EVERYONE - AND NOT EVERYONE WILL PAY FOR IT.

DA03: "Let me make it perfectly clear that this is not in addition - it will not increase your property taxes. This is a purely voluntary program. You will get what is called an energy audit of your home of business and, based on that audit, you will make the decision on whether or not you want to have your home or business retro-fitted so that you can be much more energy efficient. If you decide to do that, then you'll get the opportunity to take out this 20-year loan and pay it back via your property tax assessment. So it's a way of getting a long-term loan and you pay it back twice a year via your property tax assessment. This way the liability and the cost will run with the property as opposed to you, the homeowner or business owner."


(ON-CAM TAG) AFTER HIS QUICK TOUR OF THE OUTER ISLANDS ON TUESDAY LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AIONA TESTIFIED BEFORE A STATE SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE PLAN. THE MEASURE, SENATE BILL 28-15, WAS PASSED BY COMMITTEE AND WILL NOW GO TO THE FULL SENATE FOR A VOTE.

(KEALIA - NEW HQ)(PiP-BIRD)

J: THEY ARE THE HONORED, PROTECTED AND CHERISHED LOCALS, BEAUTIFUL NATIVE BIRDS LIKE THE AE'O AND THE ALAE KE'OKE’O. AND NOW WITH THE PROSPECT OF A BRAND NEW VISITORS' CENTER, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE ANOTHER LOCAL VARIETY OF SPECIES - CONTRACTORS - WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM NATURE'S BOUNTY.

(TAKE KEALIA PKG) THE AE'O IS RIGHT AT HOME IN THE WETLANDS AT KEALIA POND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. IT'S VERY EXISTENCE HERE CREATES A LIVING CLASSROOM FOR THESE THIRD-GRADERS UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF THE HAWAII NATURE CENTER. THIS IS WHERE THE REFUGE OFFICE AND VISITOR CENTER USED TO BE, BUT A FIRE IN NOVEMBER OF 2006 GUTTED THEIR DOUBLE-WIDE TRAILER. NOW THE STAFF, INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE STUFFED INTO A SINGLE-WIDE TRAILER - BUT THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE.

Glynnis Nakai, Manager, Kealia Pond NWR

GK01: "We have been put on a priority list because we had a fire in our office. We had a double-wide trailer further down the road. In November of 2006 we had a fire in the office that pretty much destroyed everything inside. In the meantime we've been leasing a single-wide trailer for our staff and summer interns and volunteers. ///So we were put on a priority list to have a building. The best location so that we're away from the wetland - and are able to expand into a bigger size than what we had was that we acquired 13 acres from Alexander and Baldwin Properties specifically for this upland habitat - specifically for the headquarters and visitor center for Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge."

IT'S NOT MUCH TO LOOK AT RIGHT NOW - JUST A THICKET OF KEAWE TREES NOT FAR FROM THE MOKULELE HIGHWAY - BUT BY NEXT SUMMER, IT'S SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE THIS. THE 75-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT COMPLEX WILL BE CLOSER TO THE HIGHWAY AND FARTHER FROM THE WETLANDS THAN THE OLD OFFICE - BUT ON THAT SITE, THERE WILL BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL SHELTER SO STUDENTS AND VISITORS CAN GET OUT OF THE ELEMENTS BUT STILL BE CLOSE TO THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS. AND NOW THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A CONTRACTOR TO BUILD IT - HOPEFULLY A LOCAL CONTRACTOR.

GK02: "We have just posted the package on fed-biz-ops. That was as of Friday so it's open now for proposals and bids. And it closes on March 8th. On February 22nd there will be a pre-bid meeting here at Kealia at 1:30 so any potential contractors are more than welcome to come and ask questions. They can download the attachments to the solicitation on the fed-biz-ops website."

THOSE ATTACHMENTS INCLUDE ALL THE SPECS, ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS, SURVEYS AND REPORTS. THE HEADQUARTERS AND VISITOR CENTER WILL BE LEED-CERTIFIED AND ENERGY EFFICIENT WITH PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER AND ALL THE LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE AND LOCAL. GLYNNIS DECLINED TO SAY HOW MUCH MONEY WAS ALLOCATED TO THE PROJECT BECAUSE THAT WOULD CERTAINLY AFFECT THE BIDDING PROCESS, BUT SHE DID CONFIRM THAT FUNDING IS FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING FROM THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009. AND SPEAKING OF DATES,

GK03: "We will be open June 30, 2011, so we're expecting about a year for construction. That's fast. We're really lucky to get this funding. It's been very difficult operating out of a trailer but we make do and it's an office for us but it'll be really nice to have something that's attached to the ground - and available for the visitors, but also for our volunteers. They need a home, too, when they come here to help us out. So we're really looking forward to it."

(OON-CAM TAG) REMEMBER, BIDS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE MARCH 8TH. AND REFUGE OFFICIALS STRONGLY ENCOURAGE INTERESTED CONTRACTORS TO ATTEND THE PRE-BID MEETING ON FEBRUARY 22ND. FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE SPECS OF THE BID - AS WELL AS THE MEETING, GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(HOME SALES)(PiP-SAKAMOTO SIGN)

J: JANUARY PROVED TO BE A WILD RIDE IN THE MAUI REAL ESTATE MARKET - WITH DRAMATIC SWINGS IN THE SALES OF SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES AND CONDOMINIUMS.

(FF-CG-VO) FIRST THE UPSWING: SALES OF SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES JUMPED DRAMATICALLY COMPARED TO JANUARY OF 2009. THERE WERE JUST 31 SALES LAST JANUARY. LAST MONTH THERE WERE 46. IT'S A TREND THAT'S ALSO BEING SEEN ON O’AHU, KAUA'I AND ON THE BIG ISLAND. BUT THE GLOOMY SIDE OF THE UPSWING WAS THE MEDIAN SALES PRICE. HOMES LAST MONTH SOLD FOR AN AVERAGE OF 469 THOUSAND DOLLARS. IN JANUARY OF 0-9, SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES WERE AVERAGING 558 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

(CON'T VO) THE DOWNSWING OF THE REPORT WAS THE SALE OF CONDOMINIUM UNITS. IN JANUARY, 2009, 108 UNITS SOLD. LAST MONTH ONLY 71 WERE SOLD. AND THE MEDIAN PRICE THERE WAS DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY, TOO. IN JANUARY 20-10, CONDO SALES AVERAGED 424 THOUSAND DOLLARS. IN JANUARY OF 2009 THE AVERAGE SELLING PRICE WAS 805 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

(ON-CAM TAG)THE REALTORS ASSOCIATION OF MAUI SAYS THE BIG DUMP IN CONDO SALES THIS YEAR WAS LARGELY DUE TO A SPIKE IN SALES LAST JANUARY AT THE THEN-BRAND NEW HONUA KAI CONDOMINIUM IN KA'ANAPALI. LAST JANUARY THEY SOLD 69 UNITS AT AN AVERAGE PRICE OF 1-POINT-ONE-SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS. THIS JANUARY THEY SOLD EIGHT AT AN AVERAGE PRICE OF 772 THOUSAND, 500 DOLLARS. ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, IT STILL IS - AT LEAST FOR NOW - A BUYER'S MARKET.

(SUPERFERRY RETURNS?(PiP-aLAKAI)

J: IT'S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE THE HAWAI'I SUPERFERRY MADE ITS LAST RUN BETWEEN HONOLULU AND KAHULUI. NOW, ONE MAUI LAWMAKER SAYS IT'S TIME TO REVISIT THE ISSUE - AND DO IT THE RIGHT WAY.

(VO) MAUI STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOE SOUKI AUTHORED A BILL THAT HAS ALREADY MADE IT THROUGH THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. THE BILL SUGGESTS THAT THE STATE LEASE OR BUY THE ALAKAI AND THE SISTER SHIP HUAKAI, OR ANOTHER SIMILAR HIGH-SPEED FERRY.

(ON-CAM) SOUKI SAYS HE BELIEVES IN AN INTER-ISLAND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM OTHER THAN AIR, AND HE HAS THE SUPPORT OF TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR MIKE FORMBY. BOTH SAY THE STATE LEARNED A LOT FROM THE COSTLY MISTAKES MADE THE FIRST TIME AROUND THAT WOULDN'T BE MADE AGAIN. BUT DON'T LOOK FOR IT ANYTIME SOON. THE NEW BILL MERELY DIRECTS THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO LOOK INTO THE FEASIBILITY OF INTERISLAND HIGH-SPEED FERRY SERVICE. THEY HAVE A YEAR TO DO THAT AND IT'S ESTIMATED THAT IT WOULD TAKE ANOTHER YEAR OR TWO AFTER THAT BEFORE THE VESSEL OR VESSELS WOULD SAIL.

(MILITARY SUPERFERRIES)(PiP)

J: BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THERE WON'T BE BIG, FAST CATAMARANS IN HAWAII SOON. THE U.S. ARMY SAYS IT IS LOOKING AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BRINGING AS MANY AS THREE HIGH-SPEED VESSELS TO HAWAI'I - TO BE BASED AT PEARL HARBOR.

(FF-CG-VO) IN 2004 THIS VESSEL, THE HS2-V TOOK PART IN THE RIM OF THE PACIFIC WAR GAMES. THE SHIPS ARE FAST, MANEUVERABLE AND CAN CARRY GREAT LOADS OF PEOPLE AND EQUIPMENT.

AND THEY'RE SELF-CONTAINED. IN THIS IMAGE, ONE OF 14 STRYKER VEHICLES OFFLOADS FROM THE BUILT-IN RAMP OF A SIMILAR VESSEL, KNOWN AS THE HSV-X1 IN TACOMA WASHINGTON.

AND THIS IS AN ARTISTS CONCEPT OF WHAT AN ARMY CATAMARAN MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

(ON-CAM TAG) WORD OF THE PROJECT WAS MADE PUBLIC LAST FRIDAY IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. THE ARMY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO ACQUIRE 12 HIGH-SPEED VESSELS, TO BE BASED AT FIVE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE. THE U.S. NAVY WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE COMMAND OF 10 OF THOSE 12 BIG CATS.

(TOYOTA RECALL) (PiP-mAUI tOYOTA)

J: GAS PEDALS THAT WON'T LET UP. BRAKE PEDALS THAT WON'T STOPTHE CAR - AND NOW REPORTS THAT OTHER TOYOTA VEHICLES MAY HAVE STEERING AND OIL LEAK ISSUES - ALL OF THESE ARE COMING TO BEAR ON THE WORLD'S LARGEST AUTOMAKER. WORLDWIDE, MORE THAN EIGHT AND A HALF MILLION CARS AND TRUCKS ARE BEING RECALLED.

(VO) CLOSER TO HOME, MAUI TOYOTA HAS ALREADY SERVICED NEARLY 400 CARS AND TRUCKS THAT WERE INCLUDED IN THE RECALL BECAUSE GAS PEDALS COULD GET STUCK DOWN. ON WEDNESDAY WE LEARNED THAT THERE IT A TOTAL OF TOYOTA PRIUS VEHICLES ON THE ROAD, AND THE SERVICE CENTER AT MAUI TOYOTA WAS CONTACTING OWNERS TO BRING THEIR CARS IN FOR THE SOFTWARE UPDATE THAT ENSURES THE BRAKES WILL REPOND WHEN THEY SHOULD.

(ON-CAM) IN HAWAI'I THERE ARE ABOUT 460 PRIUS VEHICLES - INCLUDING THE ONE DRIVEN BY MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES. NATIONWIDE, TOYOTA WILL HAVE TO FIX ABOUT 133 THOUSAND OF THE HYBRID GAS ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, IT'S TAKEN A WHILE - BUT DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY IS CATCHING UP IN DIAGNOSTIC MEDICINE. COMING UP, WE'LL TAKE YOU A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY ON MAUI THAT'S MAKING HUGE STRIDES IN KEEPING WOMEN HEALTHY. AND, WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT TO EXPECT AS THE 20-10 CENSUS NEARS. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)
(DIGITAL MAMO)9PiP-WOMAN'S BACK)

J: ASK ANY WOMAN WHOSE HAD ONE - AND SOME MEN HAVE, TOO - AND THEY'LL TELL YOU THERE'S NOTHING PLEASANT ABOUT HAVING A MAMMOGRAM. BUT THE FACT IS, EARLY BREAST CANCER DETECTION SAVES LIVES. AND NOW, ONE MAUI CLINIC IS SEEING WHAT NO MAMMOGRAM HAS SHOWN BEFORE.

(TAKE MDI PKG) YOUR HEART SPEEDS UP A LITTLE BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT'S COMING. BUT WHEN YOU WALK IN TO MAUI DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING IN TRIANGLE SQUARE IN KAHULUI - THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT LEI'S SMILE AND DEMEANOR THAT HELP'S TREMENDOUSLY. STILL, THE PROCESS IS UNCOMFORTABLE AND THERE'S ALWAYS THE POSSIBILITY OF BAD NEWS. THAT'S WHERE THE STEADY HAND AND REASSURING WORDS OF 22 YEAR TECHNICIAN CAROLYN LUDWIG COMES INTO PLAY. NOW THERE'S SOMETHING THAT MAKES THE EXPERIENCE EVEN LESS PAINFUL - MAYBE NOT PHYSICALLY DURING THE EXAM - BUT AFTERWARDS. STATE OF THE ART DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY HAS COME TO MAUI.

DOCTOR ANDREW KAYES, THE RADIOLOGIST AT MAUI DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY - MAYBE NOT ENOUGH TO CALL IT A QUNATUM LEAP INTO THE FUTURE - BUT CLOSE.

Andrew Kayes, MD, Radiologist, Maui Diagnostic Imaging

AK01: "I don't know if it's a quantum leap, but it's definitely a big step forward in my mind as far as making sur we detect more cancers earlier, and the literature would support that. And it's not that the old system was bad. It was certainly good, but the new system is much better."

BETTER IN A NUMBER OF WAYS - AND NUMBERS ARE THE BIG DEAL. WITH DIGITAL IMAGING, THE AMOUNT OF RADIATION IS LOWER ON THE PATIENT. WITHOUT BIG PIECES OF FILM TO DEVELOP - THERE'S LITTLE OR NO WAITING TIME FOR PATIENTS TO WAIT AND SEE IF THEIR MAMOGRAM CAME OUT OK OR NEEDS TO BE REDONE - AN EXTRA PAIN NOBODY WANTS.

AK04:It's a network link. As soon as the technologis takes the mammography image it's available to me. As soon as she takes the image, it's available on my screen."

THE HOLOGIC DIGITAL MAMOGRAM SYSTEM WAS INSTALLED IN NOVEMBER. AS PART OF THEIR GRAND UNVEILINGFOLLOWING THE BLESSING, MDI PROVIDED 20 FREE MAMOGRAMS TO WOMEN SERVED BY MALAMA O KE OLA - MAUI'S COMMUNITY CLINIC.

DIGITAL DOESN'T MEAN AUTOMATIC. YOU STILL NEED A TRAINED EYE - A HUMAN EYE - TO SEE WHAT THESE IMAGES REVEAL, BUT THE DIGITAL SYSTEM EVEN PROMPTS THE DOCTOR TO CHECK FOR AREAS OF CONCERN.

AKVO1: "There's a tool on here called computer-aided detection, which lets me push a button and zoom in on areas the computer finds of concern. For example, in this image the computer wants me to look at those two areas that it has brought out for me..."

THERE ARE NO LONGER HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS AROUND TO DEVELOP THE MAMOGRAM FILMS IN A DARKROOM. WITH ALL OF THESE ADVANTAGES, MAUI DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING IS ABLE TO SEE MORE PATIENTS IN A DAY - AN AVERAGE OF 20 INSTEAD OF THE FORMER MAXIMUM CASE LOAD OF ABOUT 15. DOCTOR KAYES SUMS IT UP.

AK02: "We're going to see more, earlier, and we're going to see things better. And the advantage of being able to manipulate the image on the fly - wheres you want to make things a little bit brighter or a little bit darker - to me, that's a big advantage as well."

SO, IN THIS CASE - MORE IS BETTER. AND BETTER MEANS EARLIER DETECTION OF POTENTIAL BREAST CANCERS, AND EARLIER DETECTION MEANS SAVING LIVES. THERE ARE OTHER CONVENIENT BENEFITS AS WELL - LIKE THE FACT THAT THE IMFORMATION IS DIGITAL, SO IF YOU MOVE TO ANOTHER PLACE AND NEED TO PROVIDE YOUR PREVIOUS MAMMOGRAMS, RATHER THAN LUG A HUGE BROWN ENVELOPE FULL OF FADING PLASTIC - YOU COULD STORE UP TO SEVEN MAMMOGRAMS ON A CD...AND A LIFETIME'S WORTH ON A DVD.

AK03: "Oh it's fantastic. Yeah. You can store everything on a hard drive. Then, as another example, people bring us films - let's say they live part of the year on Maui, part of the year on the mainland and they might have some mammograms from the mainland, some mammograms from Maui - we can digitize an analog image of their whole mainland mammograms. Then we have a record of that and we don't have to worry about losing it so we have a complete medical record - which is also, to me , a huge advantage because in mammography, comparison films are our best friend to see if there have been subtle changes."

DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY IS NOT NEW - IT'S BEEN IN MAINLAND METROPOLITAN AREAS FOR YEARS. BUT, MAUI ISN'T A METROPOLITAN AREA. WHILE MOST PEOPLE LOVE THAT FACT, WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE AND PREVENTIVE SCREENINGS - IT CAN BE A LIABILITY.

AK05: "On the outer islands, we can be a little behind the curve, just because we're smaller populations of people. And it's just good to know that we have the exact same thing that they have in Honolulu, that they have in Los Angeles, that they have in San Francisco. It's the exact same system and it's right here on Maui."

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY OF DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY AT MAUI DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING - OR IF YOU’RE CONVINCED AND YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT OFF THAT APPOINTMENT ANY LONGER, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(2010 census)(PiP-CENSUS TAKER)

J: THEY SAY THEY'LL NEED ABOUT 19,000 QUALIFIED APPLICANTS. FROM THAT THEY EXPECT TO FILL ABOUT 3,000 JOBS IN HAWAII. THOSE ARE JUST TWO OF THE IMPORTANT NUMBERS RELATED TO THE 20-10 CENSUS. AND HERE'S ANOTHER IMPORTANT NUMBER. THE LAST CENSUS IN HAWAI'I IN 2000 RECEIVED SUCH POOR PARTICIPATION, THAT CENSUS OFFICIALS SAY OUR STATE LOST OUT ON ABOUT 310 MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDS OVER THE LAST DECADE.

CERTAINLY THE GOAL OF 100 PERCENT PARTICIPATION IS KINDA' LOFTY, BUT THEY'LL TRY. AND THEY'RE LOOKING TO HIRE. THE JOB PAYS FROM 17 TO 20 DOLLARS AN HOUR AS A CENSUS TAKER AND IT IS JUST TEMPORARY. AND YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT, BUT IT'S AGAINST THE LAW TO NOT COMPLETE A CENSUS FORM. REMINDER POSTCARDS ARE SCHEDULED TO GO OUT TO EVERY HOME IN THE NATION IN EARLY MARCH. OFFICIAL CENSUS FORMS WILL BE MAILED BY THE MIDDLE OF MARCH AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO SEND THEM BACK BY APRIL FIRST - NATIONAL CENSUS DAY.

THE CENSUS IS DONE EVERY 10 YEARS IN AN EFFORT TO COUNT EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN THE U.S. THE RESULTS DETERMINE THINGS LIKE POLITICAL REPRESENTATION AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS AND TO - HOPEFULLY - FAIRLY - DIVVY UP ABOUT 300 BILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL MONEY. AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? WELL, TO YOU – NOTHING TO PARTICIPATE . BUT IT COSTS US ALL, AS TAXPAYERS, ABOUT 14 BILLION DOLLARS.

TO FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY TO APPLY FOR A CENSUS JOB - AND FOR AN APPLICATION, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(HTA GRANTS)(PiP-HTA LOGO)

J: HERE ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS: "TO RESPECT, ENHANCE AND PERPETUATE HAWAII'S NATURAL RESOURCES TO ENSURE A HIGH LEVEL OF SATISFACTION FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS." THAT'S THE WORDING IN THE HAWAII TOURISM STRATEGIC PLAN AND, APPARENTLY THERE ARE AT LEAST 27 ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE STATE THAT MEET THOSE REQUIREMENTS, SO THEY GET CASH. THIS WEEK THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED THAT MORE THAN TWO DOZEN AGENCIES AND BUSINESSES WOULD SHARE IN A ONE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THAT MISSION STATEMENT. THREE OF THOSE AGENCIES ARE ON MAUI.

THE HAWAI'I WILDLIFE FUND WILL RE-ESTABLISH AN EDUCATIONAL STATION AT ULAINO ROAD TO PROTECT THE SPOT KNOWN AS "THE BLUE POOL." RANGERS, RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS WILL ALWAYS BE ON HAND TO MAKE SURE THE AREA ISN'T LOVED TO DEATH. IN ADDITION, SOME OF THE SO-CALLED "GUIDE BOOKS" THAT ENCOURAGE TRAMPLING ON PRIVATE AND CULTURAL LANDS WILL BE CONTACTED AND CORRECTIONS STRONGLY ADVISED.

ANOTHER MAUI RECIPIENT IS THE SAVE HONOLUA COALITION. THEY WILL RECEIVE ENOUGH MONEY TO RENT A PORT-A-POTTY AT THE EXTREMELY POPULAR BEACH, AND TO CONDUCT QUARTERLY CLEAN-UPS OF THE AREA.

AND THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION RECEIVED TWO SHARES OF THE GRANT - ONE TO PROMOTE AND CONDUCT THEIR "VOLUNTOURISM PROGRAM" YEAR ROUND, ENCOURAGING VISITORS TO HELP MAINTAIN OUR AINA. THE OTHER SHARE IS TO PUT AN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION STATION AT ULUA BEACH IN WAILEA - STAFFED BY A PROFESSIONAL NATURALIST AND VOLUNTEERS - TO HELP VISITORS - AND LOCALS - APPRECIATE HOW FRAGILE THE REEF ECOSYSTEM IS.

THE HTA GRANT PROGRAM PROVIDES AN AVERAGE OF JUST MORE THAN 37,000 FOR EACH OF THE 27 PROJECTS THEY'VE SELECTED THIS YEAR.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, FIRST THEY HIRED AS COACH. THEN THEY SIGNED THEIR FIRST PLAYER. THEN THEY CAME UP WITH THEIR NAME. UP NEXT WE'LL SHOW WHAT NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI WILL LOOK LIKE. AND, I HOPE YOU'RE IN SHAPE BECAUSE THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL KEEP YOU MOVING ALL ACROSS THE ISLAND. DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS - THEY CAME UP WITH A NAME - AND NOW THEY HAVE A LOOK. NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI - THE STRONG MAUI WARRIORS - ARE MAUI'S NEWEST PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL TEAM AND THEY'LL TAKE THE FIELD THIS SUMMER. THIS WEEK THEY UNVEILED THEIR NEW - AND VERY COOL - LOGO - AND THEIR NEW UNIFORMS.

(FF-CG-VO) THE LOGO INCORPORATES ALL THE FACTS AND FEATURES A STERN LOOKING MAUI WARRIOR. THE HOME UNIFORMS WILL FEATURES THE ENTIRE TEAM NAME AND THEIR AWAY UNIFORMS WILL BE EMBLAZONED WITH JUST "MAUI."

(ON-CAM) THEY'RE STILL BUILDING THEIR GOLDEN LEAGUE TEAM AND EXPECT TO BE READY FOR THEIR SEASON OPENING ON MAY 21ST AT VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA. YOUR FIRST CHANCE TO SEE NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI WILL BE ON JUNE 8TH IN A DOUBLED-HEADER AT MAEHARA STADIUM AGAINST A TEAM FROM TIJUANA MEXICO.

AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LADY LUNAS IN MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC BASKETBALL. LAHAINALUNA IS RANKED SECOND IN THE STATE IN BASKETBALL RANKINGS. THEY CLOSED THEIR UNBEATEN SEASON LAST WEEKEND WITH A LOPSIDED 72 TO 28 WIN OVER THE LADY SABERS OF MAUI HIGH.

I HOPE YOU'RE IN THE KIND OF SHAPE THESE ATHLETES ARE IN BECAUSE YOU'LL NEED TO BE TO KEEP UP WITH EVENTS COMING TO MAUI OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

IT STARTS FRIDAY WITH THE ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY KAISER PERMANENTE AND THE MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THIS WILL BE GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE'S LAST ADDRESS TO THE MAUI CHAMBER AS GOVERNOR AND IT PROMISES TO BE A GOOD ONE. TICKETS ARE 36 DOLLARS FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS AND 46 DOLLARS FOR NON-MEMBERS. REGISTRATION STARTS AT 11 AND THE PROGRAM STARTS PROMPTLY AT NOON AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUB IN WAIKAPU. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM.

WITH VALENTINES DAY WEEKEND UPON US - THERE ARE TONS OF WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU. THE MAUI ORCHID SOCIETY'S ANNUAL VALENTINES DAY ORCHID SHOW AND SALE TAKES CENTER STAGE AT THE MAUI MALL THIS SATURDAY. FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 4 P.M., COME SEE THE INCREDIBLE VARIETY OF LOCALLY-GROWN NATURAL MASTERPIECES - AND TAKE SOME HOME TO THE ONE YOU LOVE.

OR IF YOU'RE INTO THRILLING STORYLINES, SATURDAY IS YOUR CHANCE TO MEET BEST-SELLING AUTHOR DOUG ABRAMS. HE'LL BE ON MAUI FOR THE HAWAII LAUNCH OF HIS NEW ECO-THRILLER "EYE OF THE WHALE." IT'S PART OF THE "WATCHING WHALES, SAVING WHALES" SYMPOSIUM AT THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT AND SPA IN KA'ANAPALI. ABRAMS WILL SPEAK STARTING AT 2-30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON, THEN BE ON HAND TO AUTOGRAPH COPIES OF THE NEW BOOK. WE'VE GOT MORE OF THE DETAILS FOR YOU ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, FOR ART-LOVERS, THE ANNUAL WEEK-LONG MAUI PLEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL BEGINS THROUGHOUT OLD LAHAINA TOWN. 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 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 - AND AGAIN SUNDAY NIGHT, 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.

SATURDAY EVENING UPCOUNTRY - IT'S AS ROMANTIC AS YOU CAN IMAGINE - ESPECIALLY IF YOUR IDEA OF ROMANCE INCLUDES GOATS. "A WALK AROUND THE BLACK FOREST" IS THE ANNUAL VALENTINE'S DINNER AT SURFING GOAT DAIRY. STARTING AT 6-30 ON SATURDAY EVENING, AND AGAIN SUNDAY EVENING - FOR JUST 79 DOLLARS A PERSON, ENJOY APPEATIZERS FROM FRANCE, ORIGINAL BLACK FOREST HAM, SALAMI AND DUCK PATE, CHEESE, SMOKED TROUT, QUAIL EGGS, CRACKLING GOOSE FAT AND MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE. FOR RESERVATIONS, FOLLOW THE LINK FROM THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE WEST SIDE ON SATURDAY NIGHT, IT'S THE "WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL AT THE WESTIN MAUI IN KA'ANAPALI. THIS FREE EVENT STARTS AT 6-30 IN THE HALEAKALA BALLROOM AT THE WESTIN AND FEATURES BREATH-TAKING DOCUMENTARY FILMS ON ANIMAL AND PLANT LIFE FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

WHEW! AND THAT'S JUST SATURDAY. COME VALENTINE'S MORNING, GET UP EARLY AND BRING THE KEIKI TO KAHANA FOR THE EIGHTH ANNUAL KEIKI SURF CONTEST. PRIZES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN AGE GROUPS RANGING FROM 8 TO 17 AT POHAKU PARK - ALSO KNOWN AS S-TURNS. COMPETITION BEGINS AT 8 SUNDAY MORNING.

MEANWHILE, UPCOUNTRY MAUI WILL BE THE SITE OF OLD HAWAI'I AT THE VIEWPOINTS GALLERY. IN ADDITION TO THE CURRENT ART EXHIBIT, THEY'RE OFFERING A CLASS SUNDAY ON THE ART OF CREATING KAPA. THE HANDS-ON WORKSHOP RUNS FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M.. COST IS 100 DOLLARS PLUS 30 DOLLARS FOR MATERIALS. WE'VE GOT MORE DETAILS FOR YOU ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND DON'T FORGET THAT SUNDAY 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. THERE'S A SWEETHEART OF UNITY DINNER DANCE AT UNITY CHURCH OF MAUI, STARTING AT 6 P.M.

AND SUNDAY EVENING IS THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SEA OF LOVE DINNER AT MAUI OCEAN CENTER. IMAGINE SEMI-PRIVATE SEATING UNDERWATER AS ELEGANT LINEN-DRAPED TABLES GRACE THE EXHIBITS AT THE OCEAN CENTER. THE MENU IS LONGER THAN A GIANT SQUID TENTACLE - AND THE FEAST IS PREPARED BY THE AWARD-WINNING CHEFS AT SEASCAPE MA'ALAEA RESTAURANT. PRICE IS JUST 99 DOLLARS A PERSON - PLUS GRATUITY AND TAX. AND WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE DESSERTS! SEATING TIMES ARE BETWEEN 6 AND 8 P.M. FOR RESERVATIONS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

DO YOU - OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE - SUFFER FROM DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, OBESITY, HIGH CHOLESTEROL OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? IF SO, THE KAHULUI CHIP PROGRAM IS FOR YOU. "CHIP" STANDS FOR CORONARY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT. YOU'RE INVITED TO A FREE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION SESSION TO SEE HOW SIMPLE LIFESTYLE CHANGES CAN SHOW REMARKABLE RESULTS IN JUST 30 DAYS. THE MEETINGS ARE SET THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY AT THE KAHULUI ADVENTIST CHURCH ON PU'UNENE AVENUE IN KAHULUI. FOR DATES AND TIMES, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

MAJOR ONGOING EVENTS THIS MONTH 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 NEXT TUESDAY.

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.

MONDAY IS PRESIDENT'S DAY - ALL SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, BANKS AND THE POST OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED. POOLS AND TRASH COLLECTION, HOWEVER, WILL BE ON REGULAR SCHEDULE.

MONDAY IS ALSO THE ANNUAL SWEETHEART BALL, SPONSORED BY THE HAWAI'I BALLROOM DANCE ASSOCIATION. FROM 6 UNTIL 9-30, YOU CAN TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC AND DISPLAY YOUR BEST MOVES AT THE ELLEAIR BALLROOM OF THE MAUI BEACH HOTEL. TICKETS ARE 35 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR AND THAT INCLUDES LIGHT REFRESHMENTS. A CASH BAR WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE.

NEXT WEEK IS YOUR NEXT CHANCE TO GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE. THE MAUI COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE STARTS IN CENTRAL MAUI AT BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE ALL-PURPOSE ROOM FROM 8-30 TO 5-30 ON TUESDAY. THEN, ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, THE DRIVE MOVES TO THE CAMERON CENTER ON MAHALANI STREET.

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND ONE OF THE MAJOR EVENTS WILL HAPPEN NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. AUTHOR AYIN ADAMS WILL BE ON HAND TO RELEASE HER NEW BOOK "AFRICAN AMERICAN AMERICANS IN HAWAI'I: A SEARCH FOR IDENTITY.” STARTING AT 4-30 IN THE HAYNES CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE MACC, THE EVENT WILL ALSO INCLUDE A TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE BOOK'S SUBJECTS - PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. ON HAND WILL BE THE DAUGHTER OF A FAMOUS HONOLULU BUFFALO SOLDIER, WILLIAM WADDELL - HIS DAUGHTER DR. KATHRYN WADDELL. THE MAYOR WILL ALSO BE THERE. THE EVENT IS FREE AND EVERYONE IS INVITED.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON ALL OF THESE EVENTS - AND EVEN MORE - 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.

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J: AND THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BEFORE WE GO WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE TO THE NEWEST FEATURE ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. SINCE WE ADDED THE BREAKING NEWS ARCHIVE PAGES LAST WEEK, THE ARCHIVE PAGES - AND THE BREAKING NEWS PAGE - HAVE RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF HITS. 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. 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 DATE. IT'S ANOTHER WAY WE'RE CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT OF DEVOTING COVERAGE TO THE STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY. AND, IN JUST A FEW 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 KAKOU.

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