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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending February 25, 2010


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J: TWO HISTORIC TERMS AS GOVERNOR - BUT OUR STATE'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE IS NOWHERE NEAR READY TO REST ON HER LAURELS.

AND, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DECISIONS SHE'S SUPPORTING COULD COST DOZENS OF CAREERS IN MAUI COUNTY.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK - PLUS WE'LL TAKE YOU BENEATH THE WAVES IN A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR UNDERWATER CRAFT - AND WE'LL GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON AN ABOVE-THE-WATER CRAFT WHOSE VALUE IS PRICELESS.

WE'VE GOT THOSE STORIES PLUS HISTORIC SPORTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM MAUI'S WEST SIDE AND SOME BIG, BIG SHOWS ARE COMING TO MAUI IN COMING ATTRACTIONS - IT'S ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S ONLY ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. NO MATTER HOW HARD SHE TRIES - IT'S STILL ONE OF THOSE JOBS WHERE SHE CONSTANTLY HEARS, "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?"

(TURN TO CAM) THE ANSWER IS PLENTY - AND, GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE SAYS, THERE'S STILL PLENTY LEFT TO DO BEFORE HER SHIFT IS UP.

(TAKE LINGLE PKG) DURING MOST VISITS TO MAUI AND ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE STATE, GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE MUST ALWAYS BE A GOVERNOR FIRST, A DIPLOMAT SECOND. IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT SHE'S AMONG - JUST FRIENDS - BUT IT HAPPENED A FEW DAYS AGO WHEN THE GOVERNOR WAS HONORED AT A MAUI COUNTY REPLUBLICAN FUNDRAISER AT THE KAMEHAMEHA CLUBHOUSE IN WAIKAPU. A LARGE CROWD GATHERED - AND THE SILENT AUCTION WAS A HIT WITH ITEMS RANGING FROM BEAUTIFUL AND FUN, TO POKING A LITTLE FUN AT A FORMER PRESDIENT HERE AND THERE.

THE EVENING SERVED AS A TRIBUTE TO LATE PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN AS WELL AS GOVERNOR LINGLE - ABOUT WHOM ONE SUPERLATIVE AFTER ANOTHER WAS USED IN DESCRIBING HER CAREER. WORDS LIKE UNPRECEDENTED, HISTORIC, GROUND-BREAKING, AND MORE WERE HEARD OFTEN.

GOVERNOR LINGLE IS NOT ONLY THE FIRST EVER WOMAN ELECTED TO THE STATE'S HIGHEST POST, SHE'S THE FIRST OF JEWISH ANCESTRY. SHE'S THE FIRST GOVERNOR ELECTED FROM MAUI COUNTY. AND, IN A STATE HISTORICALLY IN "BLUE" COLUMN, SHE WON RE-ELECTION BY CAPTURING EVERY VOTING DISTRICT IN THE STATE.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ALSO PRAISED, VIA VIDEO MESSAGES FROM FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NEWT GINGRICH AND FROM FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. DURING HER REMARKS, GOVERNOR LINGLE SAID THE MESSAGES WERE HUMBLING AND AS TOTAL SURPRISE.

BUT THIS STORY ISN'T A TRIBUTE TO GOVERNOR LINGLE AS MUCH AS IT IS AN EXPLORATION INTO WHAT MAKES HER TICK. A NON-STOP SCHEDULE THAT HAS SPANNED THREE DECADES IS ABOUT TO COME TO AN END - BUT SHE'S NOT IN "FINAL STRETCH MODE" AS MUCH AS SHE IS IN "MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP" MODE.

Linda Lingle, Gov., State of Hawai'i

LL01: "Well, you know we're facing some really big challenges - so everybody has to be at the top of their game right now, and be very focused, and spend time on what's important. Right now the most important thing in our state is job creation - we need to get the economy back on track. So whether the issue you care about is education or Health and Human Services or agriculture inspections - the only way we can get back the resources we need for all these government services is by creating more jobs. We can't tax our way out of this problem but we can help to get the economy growing again. That's what I'm focused on in this legislative session is making certain that our job-creation bills get through anf that we can help businesses to start hiring people again."

NOBLE GOALS - THAT WON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. AND WITH TIME WINDING DOWN ON HER FINAL TERM AS GOVERNOR, TIME IS WHAT FRUSTRATES HER MOST.

LL02: "I think anyone that works in government is frustrated by the length of time it takes because there are systems built in that protect the public and those protections cost time. They make it go a little bit slower. I thjink that's just a normal frustration of working in any large organization but especially the government. But I guess what frustrates in a personal way is when people spend time on things that just aren't important in getting our economy back on track. Because these other issues - while they may be important in more normal times - the state is facing it's biggest economic and fiscal crisis in our history as a state. And in order to get through this as quickly as possible, we need to stay very focused.///"

SPECIFICALLY THE GOVERNOR REFERRED TO LEGISLATION THAT DIED THIS WEEK THAT WOULD HAVE LEGALIZED GAMBLING IN HAWAI'I, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES. NEITHER SUBJECT, SHE SAYS, WILL SERVE THE GREATER GOOD OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF HAWAI'I. STILL, SHE BELIEVES IN THE PROCESS - AS FRUSTRATINGLY SLOW AS IT CAN BE - AND SHE TOLD US WHAT STILL KEEPS HER EXCITED ABOUT HER JOB - EVEN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.

LL03: "Well, the people understand exactly what we face - the average person, the average small businessperson. While legislators sometimes become isolated in politics generally - we see it at the national level where they got isolated from the public on the health care bills, where they were so out-of-step with what the average person was thinking that there was this revolt in the country against what they were planning. That's what gives me strength here at home that, as I travel the state and as I talk with average people, small businesspeople - they understand exactly what needs to be done right now and they're really supporting our efforts. So, that's what allows me to keep going is that I know people do understand what we face and they want these bills to get passed for job creation and they want the economy growing again."

(ON-CAM TAG) GOVERNOR LINGLE SPENT THE BETTER PART OF THIS WEEK IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL FOR THE CONFERENCE OF GOVERNORS, BUT THAT STILL WASN'T FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM THE WAR OF WORDS ON THE FURLOUGH FRIDAY ISSUE. ON MONDAY THE TEACHERS UNION FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE STATE LABOR BOARD SAYING THE GOVERNOR DOESN'T HAVE THE POWER TO DISAGREE WITH THEIR RECOMMENDATION. NOW, THE COMPLAINT HAS TO BE INVESTIGATED - ANOTHER EXPENSE IN OUR ALREADY SEVERELY STRAPPED BUDGET.

(TAT PROTEST) (PiP-PROTESTERS)

J: VISITORS STAYING IN HOTELS AND PLAYING GOLF IN WAILEA OR KA'ANAPALI. WHAT COULD THAT POSSIBLY HAVE TO DO WITH A DOZEN OR SO NURSING STUDENTS STAGING A SIGN-WAVING PROTEST ON A MONDAY AFTERNOON IN KAHULUI? PLENTY.

(VO) BECAUSE OF THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATION TAX DISTRIBUTIONS BACK TO MAUI COUNTY, THERE ARE FAR MORE NURSES GRADUATING FROM THE NURSING PROGRAM AT THE NEWLY-RENAMED UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII - MAUI COLLEGE. BUT THAT COULD COME TO A SCREECHING HALT.

(CON'T SOT) Anne Trygstad, RN, Faculty, Allied Health Dept., MCC

AT01: "Prior to a couple of years ago we were only able to graduate 40 nurses a year, but the County helps subsidize additional faculty so we're able to graduate about 80 nurses a year. But with these cuts in funding. these will possibly go away. Additionally there'sd a Maui Community College oral health program - for those individuals who have no dental insurance free dental care. They've served over 30,000 people last year with dental care. That would also go away because it's funded completely by the County."

IT WOULD APPEAR THE APPEALS BY MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES AND THE STATE'S OTHER THREE MAYORS HAD AN EFFECT ON THE HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE. LATE WEDNESDAY THE COMMITTEE VOTED TO SUPPORT KEEPING THE TAT-RETURNS FLOWING TO THE COUNTIES. THE FULL HOUSE VOTE IS STILL AHEAD - BUT IT IS A PROMISING SIGN. FOR THE LATEST ON THE PROGRESS OF HOUSE BILL 25-98, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.

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J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WHILE THERE'S CONTROVERSY ABOUT WHERE IT'S PARKED, IT'S HARD TO DISAGREE THAT THE FLYING SUBMARINE IS A VERY COOL DEVICE. AND WE'LL GIVE YOU A PROGRESS REPORT ON A MUCH OLDER FORM OF OCEAN TRANSPORTATION - ONE THAT'S BEING CRAFTED BY AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(SUB SAVIATOR)(PiP-SUB)

J: TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. RUN SILENT RUN DEEP. HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. STORY ABOUT SUBMARINES ARE ALWAYS FRAUGHT WITH THE DRAMA OF RISKING YOUR LIFE TO STUFF YOURSELF INSIDE A PRESSURIZED TUBE AND FLY - BLINDLY FOR THE MOST PART - BENEATH THE WAVES.

WELL, THE TECHNOLOGY HAS COME A VERY LONG WAY - BUT THE DRAMA AND THE RISKS ARE STILL VERY REAL.

(TAKE SUB PKG) IN A WAY - THIS IMAGE SEEMS BACKWARDS. IT LOOKS LIKE SOME KIND OF FIGHTER JET THAT MAY HAVE WOUND UP IN THE OCEAN...BUT THEN, WHY WOULD THEY BE PUTTING IT BACK? WELL, IT'S NOT A FIGHTER JET - BUT IT IS A FLYING OBJECT - AN UNDERSEA FLYING CRAFT - NIMBLE AND AGILE, AS THEIR YOUTUBE VIDEO DEMONSTRATES - BUT IT DOESN'T GO QUITE THIS FAST. IN FACT, THE TOP SPEED OF THE CRAFT IS ABOUT THE SAME AS AN OUTRIGGER CANOE IN A RACE - AROUND 6 KNOTS. SPEED ISN'T WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT EXPLORATION - BOLDLY GOING WHERE MAN HAS GONE BEFORE...BUT IN A WAY MOST OF US NEVER COULD...UNLESS YOU'VE GOT THE CASH.

John Lewis, Managing Director, SAS

JL01: "If you'd like an Orca sub, we could build you one for approxuimately 2.19 million dollars."

LIKE I SAID, MOST OF US NEVER COULD. BUT, THIS STORY ISN'T ABOUT SELLING MINI-SUBS EITHER. IT'S ABOUT A POINT IN TIME, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY - MERGING TO CREATE A SPECIALIZED VEHICLE TO SERVE A MULTITUIDE OF PURPOSES. HERE'S HOW IT WORKS.

JJ02: "Well this is a submarine that uses flight controls, primarily, to fly around under water as opposed to simple submarines that fills ballast tanks to sink, then fills them with air to rise. So that give us a lot of control. It's very fast and you have a lot of distance that you can get to during any one day."

Capt. Alfred ScottMcLaren, USN Ret, PhD. Chief SAS pilot

AM01: "This is a straight mechanical control - so you really have to meld yourself - become one with it. It just becomes part of you. And once you do that, it's very smooth handling. I'm also an instrument-rated pilot with aerobatics. And it's just like melding yourself to the airplane. Once you just surrender to it - go with its movements - what she tells you, then it's really sweet."

IT'S POWER COMES FROM ELECTRIC BATTERIES, SO THERE ARE ZERO EMISSIONS ABOVE OR BELOW THE SURFACE - AND IT CAN GO WELL BELOW THE SURFACE.

JL03: " Well the depth is about a thousand feet and range - depending on how fast you want to go and the way you use your batteries, you could probably go about 10 or 15 miles."

AND WHILE DOWN THERE THE S-A-S POLICY IS LOOK BUT DON'T TOUCH. THEY DON'T LAND, THEY DON'T HAVE A CLAW TO GRAB, BUT THEY HAVE VERY SHARP EYES.

JL04: "Our general way of going is not to touch anything - not to disturb anything. We're there to observe - quietly and not disturb the environment. We do carry two high-definition cameras and in the rear cockpit you can see the video screen and sometimes the underwater high definition sees better than the pilots do."

PLUS THE CRAFT'S UNIQUE ABILITY TO STAY NETRALLY BUOYANT MEANS THEY CAN HOVER, GO BACKWARDS AND DO IT WITHOUT DISTURBING THE ENVIRONMENT. THE UNDERSEA WORLD IS VAST THAT THERE ARE VAST AREAS STILL NEVER SEEN BY ANY HUMAN. BUT THE SUB AVIATOR'S CHIEF PILOT, CAPT. ALFRED SCOTT MACLAREN, HAS SEEN MORE OF THE UNDERSEA WORLD THAN ALMOST ANYONE - WITH HIS FIRST SUB RIDE MORE THAN A HALF-CENTURY AGO. HIS NAVY CAREER INCLUDED A STINT AT PEARL HARBOR ON THE U.S.S. QUEENFISH - BUT IT WAS WHERE HE WENT FROM THERE THAT'S SO REMARKABLE.

AM03: "We left here in July, 1970, and went to the Arctic and surveyed all 52-hundred kilometers - the entire Siberian shelf during the height of the Cold War."

DUE TO HIS UNDERSEA EXPERIENCE NAVIGATING VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE ARTIC CIRLCLE UNDERWATER, THEY CALL MCLAREN THE ARTIC FOX. THOSE DIVES WERE LONG BEFORE SUB AVIATOR WAS CREATED. AND THAT'S NOT ALL THIS UNDERSEA VETERAN HAS SEEN.

AM02: "Well the coolest thing I've seen - I made two dives on the Titanic with the Russians. I was on the team to make the first manned dives on the German Battleship, Bismark in 2001 and 2002, a full 16,000 feet beneath the sea and I've dived the hydro-thermal vents with the Russians.""///

...SO YOU GET THE SENSE YOU'RE IN PRETTY CAPABLE HANDS LEARNING FROM MCLAREN. AT SIX FOOT THREE, THE ARTIC FOX IS A BIG GUY - AND JUST ABOUT AS BIG AS THE SUB CAN HANDLE....IT'S A TIGHT FIT - BUT LEWIS SAYS THEY'VE NEVER HAD A COMPLAINT ABOUT CLAUSTROPHOBIA.

JL05: "People always ask that but these domes - when they come down - have asbsolute clarity. There's no distortion in the lens. So the effect is - when you go underwater - they just disappear. And it feels like you're in an open-cockpit biplane in the underwater environment. It's really a special experience."

THERE ARE DOZENS OF SAFETY FEATURES - ENOUGH OXYGEN FOR 48 HOURS, FIGHTER-JET-TYPE DISPLAYS AND CONTROLS, HIGH-DEF CAMERAS FOR EXPLORATION, ARCHAEOLOGY AND ICTHIOLOGY STUIDIES AND DOCUMENTARY FILMING...AND, PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY - ALMOST UNIMAGINABLE FUN

JL06: "Oh this is the best fun there is. It's a most amazing craft. People who would like to SCUBA dive, and maybe have problems with their ears or they don't like the claustrophobia of wearing all that gear, this is a way to go to the underwater environment and see it up close - be much more like a fish, blend in with the environment and yet have tyhe autonomy to go whereever you want. Because you're using flight controls and a joystick and rudder pedals, it's a very intuitive interface that people can understand very, very quickly."

Shane O'Brien, Pilot Trainee

SO01: "I actually have a medical condition that means I can't SCUBA dive, so this is actually my first experience of being underwater - get down to a hundred feet and look back up at the sun at the surface - it's an unbelievable experience."

THIS IS NOT A PLEASURE CRAFT - ALTHOUGH THERE'S CERTAINLY PLENTY OF THAT. IT'S NOT A PASSENGER CRAFT, SO THEY DON'T SELL RIDES. THE SUB AVIATOR IS A FOT-NOW, ONE-OF-A-KIND PROTOTYPE THAT WAS BLESSED WHEN IT ARRIVED AT MALA WHARF BY KAHU LYONS NAONE - CAPTURED ON VIDEO FOR THE CANADIAN DISCOVERY CHANNEL ON THE EXPERIENCES OF THE ARCTIC FOX. THE SUB AND CREW WILL ONLY BE ON MALA WHARF THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH - BUT YOU CAN CONTACT THEM THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE TO LEARN HOW TO TRAIN AS A SUB AVIATOR PILOT. THAT TRAINING INCLUDES FULL FLIGHT CHECK WITH THE CREW CHIEF, THEN A FULLY ATTENDED LAUNCHING AND THE CONSTANT ATTENTION OF "SUB DADDY,' THE RIGID INFLATABLE WITH CONSTANT UNDERWATER COMMUNICATION AND A VERY COOL TRACKING SYSTEM THAT KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE THE SUB IS AT ALL TIMES. BUT THAT'S NOT TOUGH TO DO ON THIS GORGEOUS DAY IN WEST MAUI. AS THE ARTTIC FOX PREPARES TO DIVE, HE TAKES HIS STUDENT PILOT THROUGH A SERIES OF PORPOISE MOVES, DIVIUNBG AND SURFACING JUST LIKE FLIPPER. AND, AFTER CONSTANT RADIO COORDINATION, THE ARTIC FOX EVEN BRINGS THE SUB AVIATOR UP FOR A BREACH. AT THIS POINT, OUR CREW IS TAKEN BACK TO SHORE BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAS TO GET SOME WORK DONE, WHILE THE ARCTIC FOX TAKES ANOTHER STUDENT PILOT BELOW FOR ANOTHER INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SUB AVIATOR SYSTEMS - OR ABOUT THE COLORFUL CAREER OF CAPTAIN MACLAREN, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(NEW BOOK)(PiP-bOOKcOVER)

J: WHILE THE STATE'S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER HAS VERIFIED THAT SHE HAS PERSONALLY SEEN THE HAWAII BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SCHOLARS OF BLACK HISTORY IN HAWAI'I SAY THERE IS PRECIOUS LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS IN AND FROM HAWAII.

(FF-CG-VO) DR. AYIN ADAMS HAS JUST RELEASED A NEW BOOK TITLED "AFRICAN AMERICANS IN HAWAI'I - A SEARCH FOR IDENTITY." LAST SATURDAY AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER, PROMINENT CITIZENS - BLACK, WHITE AND ASIAN, CAME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE WORK THAT UNCOVERS SOME FASCINATING FACTS. FOR INSTANCE, AFRICAN AMERICANS WEREN'T BROUGHT TO HAWAI'I AS SLAVES BUT ARRIVED OUT OF THE SAME CURIOSITY AS ALL THE OTHER CULTURES AND ETHNICITIES THAT MAKE UP OUR POPULATION. YET HER BOOK ALSO TRACES THE ROOTS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TIME SPENT LIVING ON O'AHU, AND HOW THAT MULTI-CULTURAL AND MULTI-RACIAL UPBRINGING MADE HIM THE MAN HE IS TODAY.

(ON-CAM) DOCTOR ADAMS SAIS SHE WAS COMPELLED TO WRITE THE BOOK BECAUSE SHE SAW IT AS A POWERFUL TOOL IN A MULTI-CULTURAL PLACE LIKE HAWAI'I WHERE, AS SHE SAYS, " THE BONDS OF FEAR, MISTRUST AND COLOR PREJUDICE CAN BE RELEASED IN SHARING, LEARNING, HISTORY, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION."

(MAKAHIKI CAnoe) (PiP-CANOE)

J: LAST NOVEMBER WE BROUGHT YOU THE CHICKEN-SKIN STORY OF A TREE THAT BECAME A VERY LARGE PART OF A PROPHECY FULFILLED FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE SEASON OF MAKAHIKI. EVERY YEAR EACH DEPARTMENT AT THE KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL PREPARED HAND-MADE HO'OKUPU - OR GIFTS - FOR THE MAKAHIKI CELEBRATION. THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE ENTIRE STAFF WORKED ON ONE GIFT - AND WHAT A TREASURE IT'S TURNING OUT TO BE!

(VO) A YOUNG BOY NAMED KA'ILILA'AU LINDSEY PREDICTED ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO THAT THIS TREE WOULD ONE DAY BE A STRONG BEAUTIFUL CANOE. TRAGICALLY THE BOY DIED IN AN ACCIDENT - BUT THE FAMILY DONATED THE TREE WITH THE SIMPLE REQUEST THAT IT BE NAMED FOR THEIR SON.

AFTER THE INITIAL OFFERING OF GIFTS, THE TREE WAS ROUGHLY SHAPED INTO A CANOE HULL AND BROUGHT TO THE HOTEL GROUNDS SO EVERYONE COULD WORK ON IT.

WELL, HERE'S THEIR PROGRESS. THE FOUR-SEAT SAILING CANOE IS A WORK OF ART, SHAPED BY A MASTER CARVER - BUT ALL THE FINISHING WORK DONE BY HOTEL STAFF. THE CANOE WAS SUPPOSED TO LAUNCH THIS WEEKEND FOR THE END OF THE MAKAHIKI SEASON -

(ON-CAM) BUT THE FLU BUG HAS RUN WILD THROUGH THE K-B-H STAFF, SO THE LAUNCHING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEKEND. AND WE'LL BE THERE TO WITNESS IT AND BRING YOU THE STORY.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, WOW...MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS IN BOTH DIVISION ONE AND DIVISION TWO MADE ALL THE WAY TO THE FINALS. UP NEXT - WHO MADE IT ALL THE WAY. AND, ART, MUSIC, ART AND EVEN MORE MUSIC. WE'VE GOT THE DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS - IT'S ALWAYS FUN WHEN HISTORY IS MADE AND IT'S GOOD HISTORY, Y'KNOW? THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE BLAIDSDELL ARENA IN HONOLULU AS THE LADIES OF LAHAINALUNA PUT ON A SCORING CLINIC IN THE FOURTH QUARTER TO WIN THE DIVISION ONE TITLE IN H.H.S.A.A. BASKETBALL. MVP WAS MILIKA TAUFA WHO SCORED A GAME-HIGH 26 POINTS AS THE LUNAS DEFEATED THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS FROM KONAWAENA TO CAPTURE THE CROWN. THE 47 TO 45 WIN CAPPED A PERFECT 17 AND OH SEASON FOR LAHAINALUNA. IN DIVISION TWO, IT WAS OH SO CLOSE BUT NOT TO BE FOR THE LADY FARMERS WHO FELL TO KAIMUKI BY A FINAL SCORE OF 41 TO 32.

AND WITH THE FOCUS ON VANCOUVER AND THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES - JULIA MANCUSO LIVES IN RENO THESE DAYS - BUT SHE STILL COMES HOME TO MAUI TO SURF TO STAY IN SHAPE FOR THE DOWNHILL AND GIANT SLALOM. SHE TOOK THE SILVER IN WOMEN'S DOWNHILL BEHIND THE U.S.A.'S LINDSEY VONN.

THIS WEEKEND IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO TAKE IN THE SECOND MAUI ART GLASS EXPO. IT'S ALSO FREE AND OPEN DAILY NOW THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE WAILEA MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA. THE INTRICATE DETAILS OF GLASS ART IS MIND-BOGGLING AND - IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET - THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE. THE DISPLAY IS OPEN FROM 8 A.M. TO 10 P.M. BUT ONLY THROUGH THIS WEEKEND. THERE'S NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION AND THERE'S VALIDATED SELF-PARKING AVAILABLE.

THERE'S A SPIRIT ON MAUI THAT CONSTANTLY RENEWS ITSELF BY FINDING NEW WAYS TO BLESS PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE BLESSED. ONE SUCH GROUP IS THE JOY CLUB - A NON-PROFIT AGENCY WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE APPROACHING DEATH. THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE STUDIO MAUI, IT'S QUITE A GATHERING AS RAM DASS, BODHI BE AND LEILAH BE WILL JOIN MARK TAKAHA IN AN INAUGURAL SPIRIT DANCE. IT PROMISES TO BE MEMORABLE, MOVING AND UPLIFTING. THE JOY CLUB AT STUDIO MAUI STARTS AT 7 P.M. FOR DETAILS CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

COME SATURDAY MORNING - IT MAY BE THE LEAST SCIENTIFIC SURVEY IMAGINABLE, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE PRETTY ACCURATE YEAR AFTER YEAR. I'M TALKING ABOUT THE GREAT WHALE COUNT. PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION NEEDS SPOTTERS ACROSS THE COUNTY BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 11-30. CONTACT PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

COME SATURDAY NIGHT - HOW 'BOUT SOME ROCK AND ROLL ON THE WEST SIDE. THIRD EYE BLIND WILL BE PLAYING ONE CONCERT UNDER THE STARS - OCEANFRONT - AT THE ROYAL LAHAINA RESORT. VIP TICKETS ARE 85 DOLLARS AND INCLUDE TABLE SEATING AND TWO DRINK TICKETS. GENERAL ADMISSION IS 65 DOLLARS. GATES OPEN AT 5-30. WE'VE GOT THE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

ALL MONTH LONG WE'VE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT EVENTS THAT CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THIS SUNDAY IT WRAPS UP WITH A POETRY READING BY MAUI AUTHOR AND POET AYIN ADAMS AT BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC IN KAHULUI. AND TO GET YOUR HEART STIRRING, THE POWERFUL SOUNDS OF THE DRUMS OF PASSION WILL ALSO BE FEATURED. THE EVENT IS FREE, EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND IT STARTS AT 11 A.M.

FOR DINNER SUNDAY NIGHT, HAVE A GREAT MEAL, BE WAITED ON HAND AND FOOT BY THE LIKES OF GLADYS BAISA, SANDY BAZ, ALAN ARAKAWA AND MANY OTHER LOCAL LUMINARIES AT DENNY'S IN KAHULUI. IT'S A BENEFIT FOR THE MAUI HIGH SCHOOL PTSA PROJECT GRADUATION. TWENTY PERCENT OF YOUR DINNER TAB AND ALL OF YOUR TIPS WILL GO TO FUND A SOBER GRADUATION PARTY FOR THE SABER CLASS OF 20-10. YOU CAN DINE ANYTIME YOU LIKE BETWEEN 4 AND 9 P.M.

NEED A JOB? HALEAKALA IS HIRING. HALEAKALA IS HOSTING A CAREER FAIR FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THESE FAIRS ARE A GREAT WAY TO LEARN THE INS AND OUTS OF STARTING A CAREER IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. THE FIRST CAREER FAIR WILL BE NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3RD AT HANA SCHOOL FROM 4 UNTIL 7 P.M. THE SECOND CAREER FAIR WILL BE IN WAILUKU AT THE CAMERON CENTER NEXT THURSDAY MARCH 4TH FROM 5 UNTIL 8 P.M.. IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE KINDS OF JOBS AVAILABLE AND IF YOU MIGHT QUALIFY, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEKEND, THERE ARE TWO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS OPTIONS FOR YOU. MAUI CHEF AND FOOD WRITER MOLLY JACOBSEN WILL BE CELEBRATING HER BIRTHDAY MARCH SIXTH AT THE BRAND NEW WHOLE FOODS IN KAHULUI. FROM THREE UNTIL 4-30 THAT DAY, ENJOY ALICE IN WONDERLAND-THEMED TASTE TREATS, RECIPES AND PREPARATION IDEAS - AND GENERAL WHOLESOME FUN AT WHOLE FOODS. MOLLY WILL BE JOINED BY CHEFS JAMES MCDONALD OF I'O, BRIAN ETHRIDGE OF CAPISHE AND DANA PASTULA OF CAFE O LEI. PROCEEDS FORM THE SALES OF TASTE TREATS WILL BENEFIT THE MAUI FOOD BANK.

BUT I DID SAY TWO DELICIOUS OPTIONS. THE OTHER IS THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THE CRUCIAL WORK OF HALE KAU KAU. IT'S THEIR 11TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AND THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "MUSIC FEEDS THE SOUL. HALE KAU KAU HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY PREPARING FRESH HOT MEALS FROM THEIR KIHEI KITCHEN AT SAINT TERESA'S CHURCH FOR 18 YEARS - MORE THAN 50,000 MEALS PER YEAR. THE FUNDRAISER WILL FEATURE A FULL BUFFET, AND MUSIC BY TONY SMITH, BUDDY MAHALO AND HEADLINER UNCLE WILLIE K. TICKETS ARE JUST 75 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

AND IT MAY BE HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT IT'S ALREADY TIME FOR ART MAUI. NOW IN THEIR 32ND YEAR, THE SCHAEFER GALLERY SHOWCASES SOME OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE AND REFRESHING WORKS OF ART IMAGINABLE. ART MAUI STARTS ON SUNDAY MARCH 7TH. IT'S FREE AND THE GALLERY IS OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M.

AND, HERE'S AN INTERESTING WAY TO SPEND FURLOUGH FRIDAY...HOW ABOUT COOKING CLASSES WITH CHEF DAVID PAUL? YES, AN ACTUAL FURLOUGH FRY..DAY. STARTING THIS FRIDAY, THE 26TH, FROM 9 UNTIL 10 A.M. AT WHALER'S VILLAGE IN KA'ANAPALI, THERE WILL BE AN OPEN FARMER'S MARKET, THEN FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 1 PM. CHEF DAVID PAUL WILL BE GIVING FREE COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND LESSONS FEATURING HEALTHY FRIED FOODS THAT ARE ALL LOCALLY GROWN. THIS IS PLANNED TO BE THE FIRST OF MONTHLY FURLOUGH FRY-DAYS AT WHALER'S VILLAGE AND IT'S SURE TO BE A BLAST. NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND HOW ABOUT A GIFT TO WRAP UP THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. MAKANA IN CONCERT IN THE INTIMATE SETTING OF THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER AT THE MACC. EVERYTHING FROM SLACK KEY TO JAZZ TO BLUEGRASS TO ROCK AND BEYOND, MAKANA'S STYLE IS MESMERIZING AND IT'S ONLY GOING TO HAPPEN ONCE. THE SHOW STARTS SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7-30 AND TICKETS ARE 32 DOLLARS.

AND - QUICKLY - A TIP TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR A CONCERT THAT IS SURE TO SELL OUT. MICHAEL MCDONALD AND BOZ SKAGGS WILL FILL THEIR AIR WITH THE 170 BAZILLION HIT SONGS BETWEEN THEM ON FRIDAY MARCH 12TH. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH ALL THE USUAL MACC OUTLETS.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON ALL OF THESE EVENTS, 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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SO, UNTIL NEXT WEEK, MAHLO FOR WATCHING. A HUI HOU KAKOU.

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