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


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J: FROM THESE SCENES YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT - BUT MAUI WAS BEING HIT WITH A TSUNAMI. WE'VE GOT EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE FOR YOU. AND - THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SIGNS YET THAT THE ECONOMIC PLUNGE MAY SOON BE OVER ARE ALSO ON THE HORIZON.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK - PLUS WE HAVE NEWS FROM ECONOMIC FRONT THAT PROVES WE’RE STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS - AND A RECORD LOAD OF SCHOOL KIDS GETTING INTO THE ARTS. WE'LL EXPLAIN.

WE'VE GOT THOSE SPORTS NEWS AND A LONG LIST OF MUST-SEES AND MUST-DOS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS - ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S ONLY ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. FROM BEGINNING TO END - LAST FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY - THE HOURS WERE TENSE AND IT WAS NOT A DRILL.

(TURN TO CAM) THE NATION OF CHILE IS MORE THAN A QUARTER-WAY AROUND THE GLOBE FROM WHERE WE LIVE. THE DEVASTATION THERE WAS HUGE. THE DEATH TOLL WAS TRAGIC - BUT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. BUT AFTER THE INITIAL BIG RATTLE SHORTLY AFTER 8:30 FRIDAY NIGHT OUR TIME - THAT'S WHEN THE REST OF THE WORLD WENT ON NOTICE.

(ON-CAM) ON MAUI - THE FIRST SIRENS WENT OFF SHORTLY AFTER 6 A.M. THEY SOUNDED ANOTHER SEVEN TIMES SATURDAY MORNING AS PEOPLE IN LOW-LYING AREAS MADE PREPARATIONS AND LEFT. THE FIRST WAVE WAS FORECAST TO MAKE IMPACT AT 11-19 A.M. AND THE PREDICTION WAS FOR A SET OF WAVES IN THE NINE TO 12-FOOT RANGE. OUR MAUI TV NEWS CAMERAS WERE SET UP IN A SPOT THAT WOULD LIKELY HAVE BEEN SAFE - EVEN IF THE BIG ONE WOULD HAVE HIT.

(TAKE TSUNAMI PKG) IT'S A GORGEOUS SUNNY SATURDAY AS A TURTLE GLIDES THROUGH THE MUCH SHALLOWER THAN NORMAL WATERS - EVEN AT LOW TIDE - OF THE ANCIENT KOI'EI'E FISHPOND IN SOUTH MAUI - . MAUI AND ALL OF HAWAII WAITED WITH BAITED BREATH FOR THE TSUNAMI WE WERE ASSURED WAS COMING OUR WAY. AS WATER RUSHED OUT OF THE POND FASTER THAN MOST HAVE EVER SEEN - MOST OF THE WHALE WATCH BOATS FROM MA'ALAEA HARBOR HAD PUT OUT TO SEA TO AVOID BEING KNOCKED AROUND BY A TSUNAMI WAVE ESTIMATED TO COME AT AT 9-12 FEET. THEN, JUST AS QUICKLY, WATER RUSHED BACK IN TO THE POND...CHURNING UP SILT AND DELIVERING NEW SEDIMENT FROM OUTSIDE THE POND WALLS. THIS IS A TIME LAPSE IMAGE SHOWING JUST HOW DRAMATIC THE CANGE WAS IN KIHEI. THAT WALL IS ABOUT FOUR FEET HIGH FROM THE SAND AND THE PROCESS OF DROPPING THE WATER LEVELTOOK ABOUT SIX MINUTES - BUT THIS SPOED-UP VERSION IS ONLY 30 SECONDS. TO REFILL THE POND TOOK EVEN LESS TIME...LESS THAN FOUR MINUTES - BUT SEE HOW THE SILT AND CHURNED SAND SPREAD INTO THE CLEAR WATER.

THE ALL-CLEAR WAS SOUNDED AT 1:50. MAUI AND ALL OF HAWAII AHD DODGED A BULLET - SHOT FROM MORE THAN 6,000 MILES AWAY - TRAVELLING AT CLOSE TO 600 MILES AN HOUR STRAIGHT AT US. THAT'S A PRETTY LUCKY DODGE.

AFTERWARDS, WE SPOKE WITH ONE VISITOR WHO - TO SAY THE LEAST - HAD NEVER BEEN THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE.

(TAKE PETE VOSOT)

THANKFULLY THE SCARE TURNED OUT TO BE LITTLE MORE THAN A SCARE ACROSS THE PACIFIC BASIN - WITH THE ONLY DAMAGE REPORTED BEING A FEW BUOYS THAT BROKE LOOSE FROM MOORINGS IN A HARBOR IN VENTURA CALIFORNIA. IN THE WAKE OF THE EVENT, THOUGH, THERE WERE PROBLEMS. WASTEWATER SYSTEMS IN LOW-LYING AREAS THAT HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN TO AVOID THE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE THAT WOULD HAVE OCCURRED IF THEY HAD BEEN POWERED IF HIT WITH AN SURGE OF SEAWATER, TOOK A WHILE TO COME BACK ONLINE. BECAUSE OF THAT, WASTEWATER ENTERED THE OCEAN IN KAHULUI AND IN THE UPPER WEST SIDE. THOSE AREAS WERE CLEARED OF SWIMMERS SATURDAY AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT GAVE THEM THE ALL-CLEAR BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

ALL-IN-ALL, SCIENTISTS ARE PLEASED THAT THEIR ACCURATE PREDICTION OF A TSUNAMI RESULTING FROM A SEISMIC EVENT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANET OCCURRED WITHIN MINUTES OF WHEN THEY SAID IT WOULD. MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES, HOWEVER, IS PLANNING A SUMMIT MEETING WITH DEPARTMENT HEADS TO ADDRESS THE FEW COMPLAINTS THAT AROSE FROM PEOPLE WHO SAID THERE WERE NO CLEAR EVACUATION INSTRUCTIONS, NO RESTROOM FACILITIES IN PLACES WHERE THEY WERE STRANDED BY FLOOD ZONE BARRIERS AND NO METHOD OF GETTING WORD TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHEN THE ALL-CLEAR WAS SOUNDED. POLICE AND EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS REPORTED NO PROBLEMS WITH THE PUBLIC, RADIO AND TV - AND THE BREAKING NEWS SECTION OF MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM BROADCAST WARNINGS UPDATES AND ALERTS AS SOON AS THEY WERE AVAILABLE. AND THE WEATHER? WELL, IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE COOPERATIVE.

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J: ONE NEWS COMMENTATOR ON C-N-N QUIPPED THAT THE TSUNAMI ALERT IN HAWAI'I WAS POSSIBLY A PUBLIC RELATIONS PLOY - SHOWING A WINTER-WEARY MAINLAND AUDIENCE A SPECTACULAR DAY IN THE ISLANDS WITH DESERTED BEACHES AND BRIGHT BLUE SKIES. OF COURSE THE THREAT WAS VERY REAL – BUT, THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES DIDN’T HURT. YOU SEE, THE TOURISTS HAD ALREADY STARTED COMING BACK. IN FACT, THE NEWEST TOURISM REPORT FOR THE NEW DECADE SHOWED THE MOST POSITIVE NEWS IN TWO YEARS.

(FF-CG-VO) JANUARY OF 20-10 WAS THE FIRST MONTHLY REPORT SINCE MAY OF 2007 - WHEN TOURISM WAS AT IT'S MOST RECENT PEAK - THAT THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN BOTH THE NUMBER OF VISITORS TO MAUI AND IN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY SPENT. IN FACT, IN THE ISLAND-BY-ISLAND BREAKOUT, THE ISLAND OF MAUI GREW IN NEARLY EVERY CATEGORY COMPARED TO JANUARY OF 2009. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WAS A POINT-SIX PERCENT DROP IN THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY DOWN TO NINE-POINT-FIVE DAYS.

IN JANUARY, MAUI SAW 159 THOUSAND AND 42 VISITORS ARRIVE ON THE VALLEY ISLE. THAT'S ALMOST TWO AND A HALF PERCENT MORE THAN LAST JANUARY. THERE WAS A PARTICULARLY LARGE JUMP IN INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS - UP MORE THAN ELEVEN PERCENT COMPARED TO JANUARY OF 0-9. AND THAT ALL IMPORTANT STAT INDUSTRY FOLKS CALL THE P-P-P-D-S, THE PER PERSON PER DAY SPENDING WAS ALSO UP BY MORE THAN THREE PERCENT.

(ON-CAM) WHAT DOES THAT ALL MEAN? WELL, DOING THE MATH QUICKLY - 159 THOUSAND AND FORTY TWO PEOPLE, STAYING NINE-POINT FIVE DAYS APIECE COMES TO ONE MILLION, 510 THOUSAND, 899 DOLLARS THAT FLOWED INTO OUR ECONOMY IN JANUARY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SAME IS NOT TRUE FOR THE ISLANDS OF LANA'I AND MOLOKA'I. LANA'I SAW A 4-POINT-SEVEN PERCENT DROP IN VISITOR ARRIVALS AND MOLOKA'I AN EIGHT-POINT-THREE PERCENT DROP.

THIS BIGGEST WINNER WAS THE BIG ISLAND WITH A NEARLY FIVE PERCENT JUMP IN ARRIVALS AND 15 PERCENT LEAP IN PER PERSON PER DAY SPENDING. IT MAY BE TOO SOON TO BREAK OUT THE CHAMPAGNE, BUT AS FAR AS TRENDS GO, THIS IS THE SECOND STRAIGHT MONTH OF OVERALL STATEWIDE GROWTH IN THE VISITOR INDUSTRY...THE FIRST TIME THAT'S HAPPENED SINCE THE SHUTDOWN OF ALOHA AND A-T-A AIRLINES IN APRIL OF 2008.

(MACC-250,000 KIDS) (PiP-MACC KIDS)

J: SPEAKING OF BIG NUMBERS, THEY CELEBRATED A MILESTONE AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER THIS WEEK.

(VO) IT MAY LOOK LIKE AN ORDINARY SCHOOL BUS FULL OF EXCITED SECOND GRADERS - BUT ONE OF THESE KEIKI HAS THE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE 250 THOUSANDTH STUDENT TO ATTEND THE ENERGETIC TAIKO PERFORMANCE OF RENOWNED PERCUSSIONIST KENNY ENDO.

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MACC'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS PART OF THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PARTNERS IN EDUCATION PROGRAM.

SINCE 1995 THE MACC HAS OFFERED ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE ARTS EDUCATION TO EVERY PUBLIC, PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL, INDEPENDENT AND HOME SCHOOL IN MAUI COUNTY. FOR STUDENTS IN REMOTE AREAS LIKE HANA, AS WELL AS ON LANA'I AND MOLOKA'I - THE MACC HAS A LONG HISTORY OF BRINGING THE ARTS TO THEM.

(ON-CAM) ONE OF THE MACC'S PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF LATE WAS THE PARTNERSHIP WITH MAUI'S POMAIKA'I ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - AND THE ARTS INTEGRATED PROGRAM THERE - A SYSTEM THAT IS RAISING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT SCORES BY DEVELOPING YOUNG MINDS THROUGH THE ARTS AND - APPARENTLY GETTING KEIKI MORE EXCITED AND INVOLVED IN OTHER INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS AS WELL.

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J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WHILE THE ECONOMY IS SHOWING SIGNS OF RECOVERY - THERE ARE STILL TROUBLE SPOTS WITH A LONG WAY TO GO. AND ONE AGENCY - WHOSE BEEN THERE TO HELP TROUBLED FOLKS NEARLY A HALF-CENTURY - IS LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP TO KEEP THEIR VITAL SERVICES FLOWING. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(BANKRUPTCY)(PiP-SHORT SALE SIGN)

J: WHILE JANUARY SINGLE-HOME SALES ROSE ON MAUI, A RELATED STATISTIC IN FEBRUARY JUMPED DRAMATICALLY - AND NOBODY'S HAPPY ABOUT IT. I'M TALKING ABOUT BANKRUPTCY

(vo) IN MAUI COUNTY, THE NUMBER OF PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY FILINGS ROSE BY MORE THAN 36 PERCENT OVER THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. THE BIG ISLAND WAS HARDEST HIT WITH 77 PERCENT MORE FILINGS THAN IN FEBRUARY 0-9. O'AHU FILINGS JUMPED BY 22 PERCENT. THE STATE'S LONE BRIGHT SPOT WAS KAUAI’ WHERE BANKRUPTCY FILINGS FELL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 18 MONTHS. THEY DROPPED BY 20 PERCENT,

(ON-CAM) STATEWIDE, 291 NEW BANKRUPTCY CASES WERE FILED LAST MONTH COMPARED WITH 226 IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR. THAT’S A STATEWIDE JUMP OF 29 PERCENT. EXPERTS SAY ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR THE LEAP IS THE DROP IN PROPERTY VALUES STATEWIDE, AND THE RESULTING INABILITY TO REFINANCE PROPERTIES.

(meo fundraiser)(pIp-meo logo/ebay)

J: DO YOU LIKE SILENT AUCTIONS? YOU KNOW, THE CHANCE TO SEE WHAT OTHER FOLKS ARE BIDDING ON SOMETHING NEAT WITHOUT HAVING TO JUMP UP, RAISE YOUR HAND OR SHOW THE WORLD YOU REALLY WANT THAT BHUDA WITH THE CLOCK IN HIS BELLY?

WELL, HERE'S ONE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE. IT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW - AND YOU CAN BID AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE FROM THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME.

(FF-CG-VO) MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IS HOLDING WHAT THEY CALL A "VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER" TO HELP BUILD THEIR NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART TRANSPORTATION HUB IN CENTRAL MAUI. HERE'S HOW IT WORKS. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND LOOK UNDER THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES FOR THE LINK TO "FRIENDS OF M-E-O." CLICK IT AND IT WILL TAKE YOU TO A SPECIAL SECTION ON AUCTION WEBSITE E-BAY. THERE YOU'LL FIND DOZENS OF EXTREMELY COOL ITEMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR SALE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. WE'RE TALKING HELICOPTER TOURS ON BLUE HAWAIIAN, GOLF, YOUR OWN PERSONAL MAID, JEWELRY, ART AND A GREAT DEAL MORE. ENTER YOUR BID AND - WHO KNOWS - YOU MAY BE CIRCLING HALEAKALA FOR LESS THAN HALF THE REGULAR PRICE...AND ALL TH PROCEEDS GO TO BENEFIT ONE OF MAUI'S MOST VITAL ORGANIZATIONS.

(ON-CAM) YOU HAVE TO HURRY, THOUGH, THE AUCTION ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT. THIS KIND OF THING MAY BE THE FUTURE OF FUND-RAISING AND IT SURE IS A LOT OF FUN JUST TO PLAY ALONG. AGAIN, GO TO MAUITVNES-DOT-COM, FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AND CLICK THE LINK TO "FRIENDS OF M-E-O."

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J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE MAUI BASEBALL SABERS ARE ON FIRE ON THE DIAMOND IN A SERIES THAT MAY BE A PRE-PEAT OF THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. AND, THE TSUNAMI POSTPONED THE GREAT WHALE COUNT - SO GET SET TO DO YOUR PART FOR BIG-TIME RESEARCH...AND IT DOESN'T GET ANY BIGGER THAN HUMPBACK WHALES. WE'VE GOT THE DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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J: CHECKING SPORTS, A TIP OF THE NON-OLYMPIC CAP TO THE MAUI HIGH SABERS. ON A WEEKEND THAT CANCELLED VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER SPORTING EVENT - AND EVERY OTHER EVENT ON SATURDAY FOR THAT MATTER, THE SABERS ROLLED TO A 4 TO 3 VICTORY OVER THE HILO VIKINGS IN THE MAUI HIGH INVITATIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AT MAEHARA STADIUM. THE WIN COMPLETED A SWEEP FOR THE SABERS WITH A THREE AND OH RECORDS FOR THE TOURNAMENT AND A PRESEASON RECORD OF FOUR AND TWO. MANY ARE SAYING THAT IT COULD BE A PREVIEW FOR THE STATE DIVISION ONE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MAY BETWEEN WHAT MOST ARE CALLING THE TWO BEST IN HAWAI'I.

HOW ABOUT EXPLORING THE WILDS OF THE AFRICAN JUNGLE FROM RIGHT HERE ON MAUI. THROUGH THE WONDERS OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY, YOU CAN. THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AKAKU_ MAUI COMMUNITY TELEVISION IS PRESENTING A MULTIMEDIA TALK STORY SESSION WITH TWO LADIES WHO TREKKED TO THE SAVANNAH AND FED THE EXCURSION BACK LIVE TO STUDENTS RIGHT HERE ON MAUI. IT'S A JUNGLE-TO-JUNGLE EXPLORER TALK STORY AT THE AKAKU STUDIOS FRIDAY NIGHT STARTING AT 6 P.M. GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE DETAILS.

OR, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, PICTURE YOURSELF ON THE SET WITH RICHARD DAWSON IN THE ORIGINAL FAMILY FEUD GAME SHOW SET. IT'LL BE HERE ON MAUI FRIDAY NIGHT AT LULU'S IN LAHAINA CANNERY MALL STARTING AT 9 P.M. BRENTON KEITH WILL BE THE CHEESY GAME SHOW HOST AND YOUR FAMILY COULD BE THE FEUDERS. SOUND LIKE FUN? THEN COME CHECK IT OUT. ENTRY FEE IS 10 DOLLARS AND THE DOORS OPEN AT 8 AT LULU'S.

AMONG THE MAJOR EVENTS POSTPONED BY LAST WEEK'S TSUNAMI ALERT WAS THE ANNUAL GREAT WHALE COUNT. WHILES WHALES LIKELY DIDN'T CARE WHETHER OR NOT A BIG WAVE WAS ON THE WAY, PEOPLE DID - SO THE EVENT WAS CANCELLED. THE COUNT HAS BEN RE-SET FOR THIS SATURDAY AT VARIOUS POINTS ACROSS THE ISLAND OF MAUI. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART, CONTACT THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION FOR DETAILS. THEY HAD 175 PEOPLE SIGNED UP AND THEY COULD USE EVEN MORE. TO FIND THEM, CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

MAUI'S NEW WHOLE FOODS IS MAKING A SPLASH IN THE COMMUNITY BY SUPPORTING HEALTHY NON-PROFITS WITH A HEALTHY SHARE OF THEIR PROCEEDS. ON WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK IT WAS THE MAUI FARM. THIS SATURDAY THE MAUI FOOD BANK WILL BE THE BENEFICIARY OF A SILENT AUCTION WHERE YOU CAN BID ON FABULOUS MEALS FROM MAUI'S TOP 10 RESTAURANTS. PLEASE BRING A CAN OF FOOD OR OTHER NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR THE FOOD BANK AS YOUR ENTRY, THEN BROWSE THE LIST FOR AMAZING MEALS AT A FRACTION OF THE RETAIL COSTS. YOUR CHOICES INCLUDE ROY'S, CAPISCHE, SENSEI, THAILAND CUISINE AND MANY OTHERS. THE FUN STARTS AT 3 P.M. AT THE NEW WHOLE FOODS IN THE MAUI MALL.

BUT YOU ALSO HAVE ANOTHER DELICIOUS OPTIONS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT. IT'S 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 HEADLINE UNCLE WILLIE K. TICKETS ARE JUST 75 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

HOW THIS GUY CAN HIT SO MANY DRUMS SO QUICKLY WITH SUCH INCREDIBLE INTENSITY AND RHYTHM WILL AMAZE YOU. KENNY ENDO'S TAIKO DRUMMING POWERHOUSE OF A PERFORMANCE BRINGS TOGETHER EAST AND WEST IN ONE SHOW THIS SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. TICKETS FOR THIS MULTI-MEDIA FEAST FOR THE EYES AND EARS RANGE FROM 12 TO 32 DOLLARS.

THEN, FEAST YOUR EYES ON ONE OF MAUI'S VERY FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENTS WHEN ART MAUI OPENS TO THE PUBLIC THIS SUNDAY. THE FREE EXHIBITION BRINGS TOGETHER SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED ARTISTS AROUND - AND THEY HAPPEN TO ALL BE FROM AROUND HERE! ART MAUI TAKES OVER THE SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL ART GALLERY FROM MARCH SEVENTH THROUGH APRIL SECOND. THERE'S NO ADMISSION CHARGE. PARKING FREE AND EASY AT THE MACC AND THE GALLERY IS OPEN DAILY FROM 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M.

THAT SAME SUNDAY NIGHT THERE'S A FEAST FOR THE REST OF YOUR SENSES IN THE CASTLE THEATER WITH "KO'OLAU - A TRUE STORY OF KAUA'I." HAWAII-BORN WRITER AND DIRECTOR TOM LEE USES A VARIETY OF UNIQUELY CRAFTED PUPPETS ALONG WITH LIGHT AND SOUND TO TELL THE STORY OF A FAMILY TRYING TO ELUDE CAPTURE IN THE 1890'S TO AVOID BEING SHIPPED OFF TO KALAUPAPA. BECAUSE OF THE INTENSITY OF THE STORY, AGES 13 AND UP ARE RECOMMENDED. TICKETS FOR 5 P.M. SHOW IN THE CASTLE THEATER ARE 22 DOLLARS.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHAPE YOUR KIDNEYS ARE IN? DO YOU REALLY? HOW ABOUT A FREE SCREENING? IT'S AVAILABLE FOR YOU FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 2 P.M. NEXT THURSDAY AT THE MAUI RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER ON EAST LIPOA PARKWAY IN KIHEI. HAWAI'I LEADS THE NATION IN KIDNEY DISEASE AT A RATE 30 PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE SAFE - AND HEALTHY - FOR FREE. FOR DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

DO YOU WANT TO DO YOUR PART TO NOURISH THE AINA, REDUCE INVASIVE SPECIES AND RE-GROW NATIVE HAWAI'I - BUT ONLY HAVE A TINY YARD TO DO IT IN? THEN NEXT THURSDAY EVENING YOU CAN LEARN HOW. THE SOUTH MAUI SUSTAINABILITY GROUP WILL BE SHOWCASING A SMALL PERMACULTURE GARDEN AT THE KIHEI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GARDEN. IT STARTS WITH A SITE VISIT TO THE GARDEN AT 5-30, THEN A PANEL DISCUSSION AND HOW-TO INFO FROM THE EXPERTS FROM 6-30 UNTIL 8 AT KIHEI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON EAST LIPOA ACROSS FROM THE KIHEI AQUATIC CENTER.

THERE ARE LOTS OF GREAT CONCERTS COMING TO MAUI IN MARCH - AND WE'LL HAVE MORE DETAILS AS THEY GET CLOSER. ON MARCH 12TH IT'S MICHAEL MCDONALD AND BOZ SKAGGS. ON THE 13TH AND 14TH IT'S LIMA WELA - OR "HOT HANDS" AT THE MACC. SUAVE CROONER JULIO IGLESIAS WILL BE SUAVE AND CROON AT THE MACC ON MARCH 16TH AND JAKE SHIMABAKURO WILL DAZZLE YOU ON HIS UKULELE ON MARCH 27TH. CHECK OUT COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM FOR TICKET DETAILS AND SHOW TIMES.

BUT THERE'S ONE MORE THING WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU THE HEADS-UP ON BEFORE WE GO THIS WEEK: ON MARCH 13TH, NINTH-LIFE HAWAII, MAUI’S ONLY NON-PROFIT NO-KILL CAT RESCUE AND SANCTUARY WILL BE HOLDING ANOTHER OF THEIR LOW OR NO-COST SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS. FERAL CATS, TRAPPED CATS, YOUR OWN CATS - THEY CAN FIX THEM ALL OVER A SIX-DAY CLINIC PERIOD. NOW THERE'S A SUGGESTED DONATION OF 35 DOLLARS PER PET - BUT THEY EMPHASIZE THAT NO FAMILY WILL BE TURNED AWAY BECAUSE OF AN INABILITY TO PAY. THAT'S HOW SERIOUS THEY ARE ABOUT REDUCING MAUI'S FELINE POPULATION. FOR DETAILS INCLUDING LOCATION, TRANSPORTATION AND EVERYTHING ELSE, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

AND THAT'S A PARTIAL RUNDOWN OF A VERY BUSY WEEK AHEAD IN COMING ATTRACTIONS. WE'LL WRAP UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OPF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.

(D Block)

(CENTER-UP)

J: THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - AND THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. WE ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE THE CONFIDENCE YOU PUT IN OUR BREAKING NEWS PAGE LAST SATURDAY AS THE TSUNAMI APPROACHED MAUI. THAT PAGE ALONE RECEIVED NEARLY 70,000 HITS THAT DAY AS WELL AS MORE THAN TWO GIGABYTES OF BANDWIDTH. THAT'S TECHIE FOR "LOTS OF PEOPLE WANTING TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT'S GOING ON."

WHETHER YOU WATCH US ACROSS THE STATE OF HAWAI'I ON NEWS ON DEMAND ON OCEANIC DIGITAL CHANNEL 953, OR ONLINE FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM - OR ON OUR WEEKLY REPORTS ON KHON-2'S "WAKE UP 2-DAY" OR EVERY WEEKDAY AFTERNOON ON THE RADIO WHEN WE DO THE NEWS AT ONE MINUTE BEFORE THE HOURS 3, 4, 5 AND 6 P.M., WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONFIDENCE AND ESPECIALLY WE APPRECIATE YOU TUNING IN.

SO, UNTIL NEXT WEEK, MAHLO HOU FOR WATCHING. A HUI HOU KAKOU.

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