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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for March 5, 2009



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J: AFTER THREE YEARS AND A HUNDRED MEETINGS, THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS FINALLY COMPLETED ITS ADVICE ON THE COUNTY'S GENERAL PLAN.

JY: AND - WHILE NOT TOTALLY SCIENTIFIC - THE ANNUAL GREAT WHALE COUNT TALLIES THE TOTAL TONNAGE IN MAUI WATERS.

J: AND TECHNOLOGY THAT'S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK AS EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ADD A TOOL THAT COULD SAVE HUNDREDS OF LIVES EVERY YEAR.

JY: IN SPORTS, M-I-L BASKETBALL HISTORY WAS MADE THIS WEEK AS THE MOLOKA'I LADY FAMERS DO WHAT NO TEAMS HAS DONE BEFORE - EVER! KALAPANA'S GOT DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND HOLLY CHUNG IS HERE WITH DETAILS ON FUN, FOOD AND MUSIC, RANGING FROM UNCLE RICHARD TO RACHMANINOV TO MOJO GUMBO. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

Open (TWO SHOT)

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

JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. IT WAS A HUGE TASK - TAKING ON THE FUTURE OF OUR ENTIRE COUNTY, AND TRYING TO VISUALIZE A PLAN FOR GROWTH.

(TURN TO CAM) THAT'S JUST WHAT THE MAUI GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TOOK ON. AFTER A HUNDRED MEETINGS, THEY FINISHED THEIR TASK THIS WEEK. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING WAS THERE.

(TAKE GPAC PKG) IT'S BEEN MORE THAN THREE YEARS AND AN ESTIMATED 100 MEETINGS SINCE THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS FORMED. LAST SATURDAY AT THEIR LONG-SINCE-ADOPTED HOME AWAY FROM HOME AT KAUNOA SENIOR CENTER, THE GPAC MET FOR THE LAST OFFICIAL TIME. FROM HERE IT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF CIVIC MEETINGS - COMMUNITY V9OLUNTEERS WITH CONSIDERABLE EXPERTISE CONVENING TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO THE COUNTY COUNCIL - WHILE EXTREMELY INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WATCH AND LISTEN CAREFULLY. THE GPAC PROCESS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIX-MONTH PROCESS. IN FACT, IT'S BEEN GOING ON SO LONG, MAUI COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR JEFF HUNT WASN'T EVEN PLANNING DIRECTOR WHEN IT STARTED. WE ASKED HIM IF 100 MEETINGS WAS ENOUGH.

Jeff Hunt, Maui County Planning Director.

JH01: "Well you can't put a number on how many meetings there should have been but what was is just a huge amount of effort and a huge amount of dedication asnd I think the results are reflected in the plan. And the amount of citizen input in the plan will lead to the success of the plan in the future."

ST01:"Has it been enough meetings? I think it has been enough meetings but I think some of them lacked efficiency. So I think we had a bit of a hiccup there but as we move forward we're learning the process and we're getting better and hopefully next time this comes around or in the 10 years - or even five years - when we've suggested to have a review that the process - we will have learned from our mistakes and we can move forward."

THIS IS TRULY TRAIL-BLAZING WORK. ONE INTERESTED OBSERVER COMMENTED THAT THE PROCESS WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE WAY MAUI - AND OTHER COMMUNITIES PAVE THE WAY FOR THEIR FUTURE GROWTH. WE ASKED GPAC CHAIRMAN TOM CANNON IF THIS WAS THE LAST MEETING BECAUSE OF THE CALENDAR - OR BECAUSE THEY ACCOMPLISHED WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO.

Tom Cannon, Chairman, GPAC

TC01" It's the last meeting because of the calendar. Our deadline for the plan was March first, so this is the last day we can meet. It's been a little ove rthree years now - three years and a month. It's been a long process and we've come a long way in getting here."

CANNON NOTED ONE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY AND EVOLUTIONARY CHANGES IN THE WAY MAUI COUNTY DOES BUSINESS SINCE THE GPAC PROCESS BEGAN AND SOPHISTICATED.

TC02: "I think we've built momentum over time and I think we've gotten better tools, too. The County's GIS system has kind of undergone a birth also., I won't say a rebirth because there wasn't one before. They were using paper before and now we have computers and it makes a tremendous difference in the quality and comprehensiveness of the plan."

AT THIS LAST MEETING, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TESTIFIED - MANY WITH SUGGESTIONS, MANY WITH PRAISE, AT LEAST ONE WITH WORDS OF CAUTION.

Mark Sheehan, President, Maui Tomorrow

MS01: " I think we need to be very realistic and not drive down the road looking intio the rear view mirror. We think people are going to somehow come here for some reason and when people are broke and losing their homes and losing their jobs, they're not taking vacations. All this is predicated on people coming from somewhere else. Where are the jobs? The hotels are laying people off. Is this a shor thing? I don't think so, I think we're going to be in this downturn for a long time. Then I'm concerned about the water for all of these projects because it's never discussed. And where are the jobs? People aren't going to move someplace where there are no jobs and they're not going to move someplace where this is no food."

SUCH HAVE BEEN THE CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS - A PROCESS WHERE, OBSERVERS SAY, THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN THE REWARD. IT SURE ISN'T BECAUSE THEY DID IT FOR THE MONEY. THEY DID IT FOR THE LOVE OF MAUI.

AMONG THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS BODY IS THE BODY ITSELF. ACROSS 37 MONTHS AND SOME 100 MEETINGS, MORE THAN A THOUSAND HOURS HAS BEEN INVESTED BY EACH MEMBER AND - THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS - NOT ONE MEMBER RESIGNED. THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN SCRUTINIZED EVERY STEP OF THE WAY BY A METICULOUS WATCH GROUP OF OBSERVERS. JEFF HUNT PRAISED EACH MEMBER FOR THEIR EFFORT - BUT KNOWS THIS END IS JUST ANOTHER BEGINNING.

JH02: "I think they're done with their role and now the next step is to take it to the planning commission and then they'll serve their role and from there it goes to the Council. So, they're done but the plan's not done."

SO THE SAGA CONTINUES. REPORTING FROM SPRECKLESVILLE FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) FOR A LOOK AT THE HANDIWORK OF THE GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(Phillips Retires) (PiP-Chief Phillips)

J: AFTER 33 YEARS - HIS ENTIRE CAREER - WITH THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT, POLICE CHIEF THOMAS PHILLIPS WILL RETIRE EFFECTIVE JUNE FIRST. PHILLIPS HAS SERVED AS CHIEF OF THE DEPARTMENT SINCE 1998.

(FF-CG-VO) HIS CAREER BEGAN IN MARCH, 1976. HE WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT AND ASSIGNED TO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS - THEN TO VICE AND NARCOTICS. TWELVE YEARS LATER HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT AND ASSIGNED TO THE MOLOKA'I DISTRICT. AFTER A STINT BACK ON MAUI, PHILIPS WAS PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN AND REASSIGNED TO THE MOLOKA'I DISTRICT.

PHILIPS ACHIEVED THE RANK OF MAJOR IN 1991, THEN WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT CHIEF IN 1995 AND DEPUTY CHIEF IN 96 BEFORE BECOMING MAUI'S CHIEF OF POLICE ON AUGUST FIRST, 1998.

(ON-CAM) THE MAUI POLICE COMMISSION WILL MEET THIS MONDAY TO FINALIZE THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A NEW CHIEF - SOMETHING THAT HASN'T BEEN DONE IN QUITE A WHILE. CHIEF PHILIPS IS OFF-ISLAND MOST OF THIS WEEK ON A CASE IN HONOLULU. JOIN US NEXT WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS AS WE SIT DOWN WITH POLICE CHIEF TOM PHILIPS TO HEAR HIS VISION OF WHERE THE DEPARTMENT WILL GO FOLLOWING HIS TURN AT THE HELM.

(Julie Wood Update)(PiP-Julie Wood)

J: ALSO FROM THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT, WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF MAUI'S CHIEF C-S-I SCIENTIST, JULIE WOOD.

(VO) WE FIRST INTRODUCED YOU TO JULIE IN NOVEMBER AS SHE DETAILED THE EXTREMELY RARE FORM OF CANCER SHE HAS - AND THE REVOLUTIONARY TREATMENT THAT AWAITED HER IN STOCKHOLM SWEDEN. JULIE LEFT FOR SWEDEN IN LATE JANUARY AND HAD HER INITIAL SURGERY AT THE END OF THAT MONTH.

(ON-CAM) THAT SURGERY WENT EXACTLY AS PLANNED AND SHE HAS BEEN RECUPERATING AT AN APARTMENT IN STOCKHOLM. WE RECEIVED WORD IN AN EMAIL THIS WEEK THAT JULIE RECEIVED HER FIRST TRANSFUSION OF HEALTHY CANCER-FIGHTING CELLS IN HER OWN BLOOD LAST FRIDAY AND SHE'S DOING FINE. IN FACT, SHE'S DOING WELL ENOUGH TO GO FOR DAILY WALKS AROUND THE CITY.

(FF-CG-VO) HERE'S JULIE ON A MORNING WALK LAST WEEK. BUNDLED UP TIGHT AND DOING QUITE WELL. SHE HAS, THE EMAIL SAYS, STEPPED UP HER PACE OF EXERCISE AND HAS CUT BACK SIGNIFICANTLY ON PAIN MEDICATION.

(ON-CAM) JULIE WOOD IS SCHEDULE FOR ANOTHER TRANSFUSION HER OWN FORTIFIED BLOOD BEFORE SHE RETURNS HOME IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. IN THE EMAIL, WE WERE ASKED TO PASS ALONG HER THANKS TO THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS HER WAY.

(AMR Mobile EKG)(PiP-Portable EKG)

JY: IT'S AN EYE-OPENING STATISTIC. THANKS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR, THERE WILL BE FIVE DOZEN PEOPLE ALIVE ON MAUI WHO WOULD OTHERWISE BE DEAD. THE TECHNOLOGY ISN'T ACTUALLY NEW - BUT WHERE IT WILL BE USED IS. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING HAS THE STORY.

(TAKE AMR EKG PKG) IT LOOKS LIKE A BULKY LAPTOP - BUT THIS STREAMLINED UNIT - CALLED THE LIKEPACK-12 BY MEDTRONICS - IS A LIFE-SAVER, LITERALLY.

David Russell, RN - Dir. Cardiovascular Svcs, MMMC

DR01: "This is tremendously important in saving lives. We're talking - specifically - about heart attacks, and a certain type of heart attacks that are particularly deadly. There are countless studies that show that every minute that you let go by results in increased deaths." ///

THE MAUI MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION JUST DONATED 12 OF THESE UNITS - AT A TOTAL COST OF ABOUT 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS - TO BE INSTALLED IN ALL OF THE AMBULANCES ON MAUI.

MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE THERAPIST PAT GRAGAS SAYS PARAMEDICS IN HAWAII HAVE LONG HAD ACCES TO SO-CALLED 12-LEAD DATA, BUT THEY'VE BEEN UNABLE TO DO MUCH WITH THE DATA WHILE THE AMBULANCE IS ENROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL.

Pat Gragas, Paramedic (MICT)

PG-01:"So now with this monitor we can provide hard data, transmitted wirelessly to the ER, then the physician has hard data right there - he can see for himself. They can provide treatment a lot faster to the patient."

DR02: "For Maui and Maui County patients, I would estimate that the type of heart attack that we're treating, will directly impact and affect saving perhaps 60 lives a year. ///" Perhaps helping or assiting in the rapid diagnostics or other types of heart disease - up to 200 per year."

THE SYSTEM USES A COMBINATION OF CELL PHONE, INTERNET, WI-FI AND HIGH-SPEED T-1 FIBER OPTIC TRANSMISSION TO SEND DIAGNOSTIC-QUALITY IMAGES - 12 OF THEM OF THE HEART OF A STRICKEN PATIENT - ALL IN REAL TIME - PRECIOUS AND CRITICAL MINUTES - WHILE THE AMBULANCE SPEEDS TOWARD THE HOSPITAL. PARAMEDICS SAY "TIME IS MUSCLE" - THE MORE TIME ELAPSES, THE MORE HEART MUSCLE DIES. NOW, THANKS TO THE INTERNET, WI-FI AND HIGH-TECHNOLOGY, TIME IS ON THE SIDE OF THE PATIENT. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW TECHNOLOGY AND HOW IT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON MAUI, VISIT MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

TOSS TO B BLOCK

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WHALES HAVE BEEN IN THE HEADLINES A LOT LATELY - BUT ARE THERE ARE LOT OF WHALES? THE 2009 GREAT WHALE COUNT RESULTS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

JY: ONE MARINE MAMMAL THAT IS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO FIND IS THE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL. WHEN WE COME BACK, GOOD NEWS FOR HAWAII'S STATE MAMMAL.

J: AND WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT TWO PROMINENT ORGANIZATIONS AND SOME GREAT NEWS THEY ALSO GOT THIS WEEK. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

B BLOCK

(Whale Count))(PiP - WHALES)

JY: IF YOU'RE AMONG THE PEOPLE WHO THINK THERE ARE FEWER WHALES AROUND MAUI THAN THERE WERE LAST YEAR - YOU'RE NOT ALONE. THE GREAT WHALE COUNT THIS WEEK PROVED IT. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING HAS THE NUMBERS.

(TAKE WHALE COUNT PKG) THE SCENIC LOOKOUT ALONG THE PALI HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVORITE SPOT TO WATCH THE BEHAVIOR OF HUMPBACK WHALES. BUT ONCE A YEAR - IT'S A SEMI-OFFICIAL SPOT TO DO JUST THAT. THE GREAT WHALE COUNT OF 2009 LAST SATURDAY BROUGHT OUT 235 VOLUNTEERS - IN THEIR WINTER WEATHER GEAR - TO TRY TO SPOT THE GIANT MAMMALS - WHICH IS TOUGH TO DO UNDER SUCH WINDY CONDITIONS.

Quincy Gibson, PhD, Director of Research, PWF

QG01: "Well, it definitely affects our ability to see them because the white caps make it much more challenging to see the blows and the dorsal fins if they're not being very active. We're able to see all the big, splashy behaviors, of course, but if they're resting or just laying around on the surface it's much more difficult to find them."

BUT DOES BLUSTERY WEATHER CAUSE THE WHALES TO STAY BELOW THE SURFACE WHERE IT'S CALM?

QG02: "We don't think so. We actually have a theory that they're more active when the seas are rougher - it tends to be the case when you're out whale watching but we're not sure if that's 100 percent accurate."

THE MORE THE BETTRER. VOLUNTEERS FOR THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION EVENT ARE ASSIGNED TO ANY OF 13 DIFFERENT SPOTTING SITES AROUND THE ISLAND OF MAUI. THE FOUNDATION STRIVES TO HAVE 15 COUNTERS AT EACH SITE - DIVVIED UP INTO SEGMENTS OF A COMPASS TO AVOID OVERLAPPING.

Jacque Sanchez, Volunteer Counter

JS01: "We counted - our little group of five - we counted about 80 sightings of pods."

THIS IS SANCHEZ' SECOND YEAR AT THIS AND HER MAIN OBSERVATION - BESIDES THE FACT THAT IT WAS VERY WINDY

JS02: "We saw less this year than we did last year. But we were in a different spot."

WHILE THE PROCESS SEEMS UNSCIENTIFIC SINCE MANY PEOIPLE MIGHT SPOT AND COUNT THE SAME WHALE - AND THERE'S A POPULAR BELIEF THAT FOR EVERY WHALE YOU SEE ON THE SURFACE THERE ARE THREE NEARBY, THEY STRIVE FOR ACCUARCY.

QG03: "No, we're actually very careful about that and we try to make sure that we only count the whales that we see at the surface. I hagve heard that beforte that there are three whales for every one you see - but it's not a scientific number - so you never know what's going on below the surface. So to keep that under control, we just count the ones that come to the surface to breather - because they all have to breathe at some point."

BUT ACCUARCY ISN'T AS MUCH THE GOAL EACH YEAR AS CONSISTENCY OF THEIR METHODOLOGY - AND BY DOING THE SAME THING FROM THE SAME VANTAGE POINTS YEAR AFTER, IT'S THE TRENDS THAT THEY LOOK FOR THE MOST. AND THIS YEAR, THY'VE ALSO MADE ANOTHER OBSERVATION.

QG04: "Something interesting that we're noticing right now is that perhaps the season is peaking a little bit later this year and that may the reason that the sightings are down for this particular whale count as well."

THE FINAL COUNT THIS YEAR WAS A THOUSAND AND 10 ANIMALS - DOWN FROM LAST YEAR'S RECORD COUNT OF MORE THAN 17-HUNDRED HUMPBACK WHALES. BUT - AGAIN - THE PEAK OF THE SEASON MIGHT BE AHEAD OF US WHICH MEANS THAT WHETHER YOU'RE AN OFFICIAL KOHOLA SPOTTER - OR JUST DOING IT FOR FUN, THERE'S LOTS MORE WHALE SEASON TO COME. REPORTING FROM THE PALI AT PAPAWAI FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM) IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE NORTH PACIFIC HERD OF HUMPBACK WHALES IS GROWING AND NOW STANDS AT ABOUT 18,000 ANIMALS. ONLY ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF THE HUMPBACKS IN THE HERD MAKE THE ANNUAL MIGRATION TO MAUI. AND THE AVERAGE STAY FOR EACH WHALE IS ABOUT NINE WEEKS.

(MONK SEAL FUNDING)(PiP-MONK SEAL)

J: PLAYFUL. MISCHIEVOUS AND CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. IN 2008 THE HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL WAS NAMED HAWAII'S STATE MAMMAL - MOVING THE KOHOLA - OR HUMPBACK WHALE TO THE STATUS OF HAWAII'S STATE MARINE MAMMAL. THE HAWAIIANS CALL IT ILIO HOLO KAUAUA - THE DOG THAT RUNS IN ROUGH WATERS. THE MONK SEAL WAS PLACED ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO AND TODAY THEIR NUMBERS TOTAL BARELY MORE THAN A THOUSAND. THEIR DOWNFALL HAS BEEN TRACED TO SHARK PREDATION, CHANGING AND DIMINISHING FOOD SUPPLY, MARINE DEBRIS ENTANGLEMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND - ULTIMATELY - MAN.

WELL, HAWAII STATE SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE HAS WORKED TO FOCUS A PORTION OF THE OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2009 TO DEDICATE MORE THAN FIVE-POINT-SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS TO ENACT THE NOAA HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL RECOVERY PLAN. THE MARINE CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INSTITUTE HAS BEEN BEHIND THE NON-STOP GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE PLIGHT OF THE PLAYFUL AND IMPORTANT CREATURES. LAST YEAR, IN ADDITION TO THE NEW STATE TITLE, THE INSTITUTE ALSO CONVINCED ALL FOUR COUNTIES IN THE STATE TO RESOLVE TO DEVOTE FEDERAL FUNDS TOWARD RESURRECTING THE POPULATIONS OF MONK SEALS.

THE FOCUS OF THE FUNDING WILL BE ON PROGRAMS THAT WORK TO DIRECTLY REDUCE THE FACTORS THAT THREATEN THE SEAL POPULATION AS WELL AS ENCOURAGING THE CONDITIONS FOR THE SEALS TO BREED MORE - AND MORE SUCCESSFULLY. EARLY INDICATORS ARE THAT THE EFFORTS ARE BEGINNING TO PAY OFF. WHILE MONK SEAL POPULATIONS IN THE FAR NORTHWEST HAWAIIAN ISLANDS ARE STILL DROPPING - THE NUMBER OF SEALS IN THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS IS STARTING TO GROW THANKS TO THE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

(MEO-MCLT GRANT SUCCESSES)(PiP-MEO LOGO)

JY: TWO MAUI ORGANIZATIONS GOT GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK FOR PROGRAMS FOCUSING ON HAWAIIAN FAMILIES AND LAND. MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY RECEIVED A 50-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS TO SUPPORT THE KE KAHUA CULTURAL LEARNING CENTER PROJECT IN WAIEHU. IT'S PART OF THE "BEST" PROGRAM. BEST STANDS FOR "BEING EMPOWERED AND SAFE TOGETHER." THE GRANT WILL GO TOWARD THE PROJECT TO ENCOURAGE NATIVE HAWAIIAN PRACTICES THAT SEEK TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF FORMERLY INCARCERATED PERSONS AND NATIVE HAWAIIANS IN THE AREAS OF FOOD, SHELTER AND SAFETY.

(ff-cg-vo) THE FUNDS WILL ALLOW APPROXIMATELY 200 NATIVE HAWAIIANS TO ATTEND A PROJECT ORIENTATION, PROVIDE THEM WITH MATERIALS AND TOOLS AND TRAIN A WORK CREW OF ABOUT 50 TO PREPARE A SITE, BUILD A GREENHOUSE, CREATE A WATER PROJECT AND BUILD A STONE WALL TO CREATE MULCH AND COMPOSTING AREAS.

(ON-CAM) THE OTHER MAUI AGENCY TO GET GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK IS THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST. THE WAILUKU-BASED ORGANIZATION RECEIVED NATIONAL RECOGNITION ACCREDITATION FROM THE LAND TRUST ACCREDITATION COMMISSION. THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE - OF THE 18-HUNDRED LAND TRUSTS IN THE NATION, FEWER THAN A HUNDRED ARE ACCREDITED - AND THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST IS THE ONLY ONE IN HAWAII. ACCREDITED LAND TRUSTS MUST MEET RIGOROUS STANDARDS FOR PROTECTING IMPORTANT NATURAL, CULTURAL AND WORKING LANDS - FOREVER.

THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2001 AND SERVES ALL OF MAUI COUNTY. SINCE THEY FORMED, MORE THAN 4,000 ACRES HAVE BEEN DEDICATED TO REMAIN NATURAL FOR ALL TIME. IN ADDITION THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST OWNS AND MANAGES THE WAIHE'E COASTAL DUNES AND WETLANDS REFUGE, A 277-ACRE SITE DEDICATED TO REMAIN A NATURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCE FOR ALL GENERATIONS TO COME.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BOTH OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE IMPORTANT WORK THEY DO, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

TOSS TO C BLOCK

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, IT WAS HISTORIC! THE MOLOKA'I LADY FARMERS WIN THE BIGGEST M-I-L GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME EVER. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS..

JY: THEN, HOLLY CHUNG WILL BE HERE WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF "BEES." SHE'S GOT DETAILS UP NEXT INCOMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: THERE'S BIG, AND THEN THERE'S HUGE!

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. I'M KALAPANA.

"BIG" IS WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP. "HUGE" IS WHEN YOU DO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - ON THE BIGGEST COURT IN THE STATE! THAT'S WHAT THE POWERFUL LADY FARMERS OF MOLOKA'I DID LAST FRIDAY NIGHT AS THEY WON THE HAWAII HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONSHIP.

AND TO ADD TO THE SWEETNESS OF THE VICTORY, NOT ONLY WAS IT THE FIRST STATE TITLE FOR MOLOKA'I - IT WAS THE FIRST-EVER STATE TITLE IN GIRLS' BASKETBALL BY ANY TEAM FROM THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE.

(FF-CG-VO) THE LADY FARMERS WON IT ALL BY DEFEATING KAMEHAMEHA HAWAI'I BY A FINAL SCORE OF 45 TO 42 LAST FRIDAY NIGHT IN FRONT OF A HUGE CROWD AT THE BALIDSDELL ARENA IN HONOLULU. MOLOKA'I WAS LED BY THE BIG-TIME SHOOTING AND DEFENSE OF BIG KALEI ADOLPHO. THE SIX-FOOT-ONE-INCH SOPHOMORE STYMIED THE WARRIOR DEFENSE WITH TWO HUGE BLOCKED SHOTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

(ON-CAM) THE LADY WARRIORS FROM THE BIG ISLAND WON THE TITLE IN 2005 AND 2007 AND IT LOOKED LIKE A PATTERN MIGHT BE FORMING TOWARD 2009 WITH A SCORING SURGE IN THE THIRD QUARTER. AT THE END OF THREE, MOLOKA'I WAS BEHIND 39 TO 33. BUT THEN MOLOKAI'S DEFENSE BECAME EXTREMELY STINGY - AND KAMEHAMEHA WAS UNABLE TO SCORE A SINGLE FIELD GOAL IN THE FINAL QUARTER...ALLOWING THE LADY FARMERS TO SURGE BACK AND WIN IT 45-42.

THE LADY FARMERS MAKE M-I-L HISTORY AS NOT ONLY THE FIRST EVERY M-I-L CHAMPS IN GIRLS' BASKETBALL, BUT AS ONE OF THE TRAVELLIN-EST TEAMS AROUND. MOLOKA'I PLAYED 22 GAMES THIS SEASON - AND ONLY THREE OF THEM WERE AT HOME IN THE MOLOKA'I GYM.

ADOLPHO WAS NAMED THE TOURNAMENT'S MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER AND FOR GOOD REASON. IN THE FINAL GAME SHE SCORED 21 POINTS AND COLLECTED 19 REBOUNDS - AND SHE BLOCKED SIX SHOTS.

GOING INTO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE LADY FARMERS WERE THE FOURTH SEED IN DIVISION TWO. IN DIVISION ONE, THE LADIES OF LAHAINALUNA WERE ALSO THE TOURNAMENT'S FOURTH SEED. THEY WENT OUT IN THE QUARTERFINALS LAST WEEK AND ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON WON THE TOURNAMENT'S THIRD-PLACE GAME DEFEATING THE LADY GOVERNORS OF FARRINGTON HIGH 56 TO 52. LAHAINALUNA'S MALIKA TAUFA POSTED A GAME HIGH 22 POINTS AND 12 REBOUNDS TO EARN A SPOT ON THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM. IN THE D-1 CHAMPIONSHIP, IT WAS KONAWAENA OVER PUNAHOU 54 TO 50...AND IT TOOK TWO OVERTIMES TO DECIDE IT.

ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR THE M-I-L. LAHAINALUNA'S THIRD PLACE FINISH AT STATE WAS THE BEST EVER FOR A DIVISION ONE SCHOOL FROM THE M-I-L. AND, OF COURSE, MOLOKAI'S CHAMPIONSHIP IS ONE THEY'LL BE CHANTING ABOUT ON THE FRIENDLY ISLE FOR GENERATIONS!

AND DON'T BE FOOLED BY SHOE SIZE, THIS WEEK'S IT'S THE BOYS WHO HAVE BIG SHOES TO FILL - NOT TO MENTION AN EXTREMELY TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW. M-I-L DIVISION ONE CHAMPS THE BALDWIN BEARS ARE SEEDED FOURTH AT THE BOYS’ STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. AND - IN DIVISION TWO, IT'S THE MEN OF MOLOKA'I WHO ARE ALSO SEEDED FOURTH.

SWITCHING UNIFORMS, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAUI HIGH SABERS. THE MAUI HIGH INVITATIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT WRAPPED UP SATURDAY WITH THE SABERS TAKING THE HIGHEST FINISHING SPOT OF ANY M-I-L TEAM. THE SABERS BEAT THE IOLANI RAIDERS 8 TO 7 SATURDAY AFTERNOON TO CLAIM THIRD PLACE IN THE TOURNAMENT. THE M-I-L REGULAR SEASON FOR BASEBALL BEGINS MARCH 18TH.

AND, FOR THE LADIES, SOFTBALL BEGINS THIS WEEK. THIS SATURDAY KAMEHAMEHA MAUI TAKES ON THE LADY SABERS AT MAUI HIGH AND THE LADY BEARS OF BALDWIN TAKE ON KING KEKAULIKE AT EDDIE TAM FIELD. BOTH GAMES START AT 10 A.M.

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. IF YOUR TEAM HAS SIGNUPS OR A SPECIAL SPORTING EVENT COMING UP, LET US HELP YOU GET THE WORD OUT. SEND YOUR NOTICES TO SPORTS AT MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO GET A FILM CREW OUT TO COVER THE ACTION. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.


(Coming Attractions)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

HC: FROM BUILDING THE BEST BAND TO BUYING THE BACK THE BEACH - IT'S A BUSY BUNCH OF DATES AND TIMES TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR FOR FUN.

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M HOLLY CHUNG - AND HERE WE GO!

THE SEARCH FOR THE BEST TEEN BAND IN HAWAII IS ON! "BAND CHAMP," THE STATEWIDE TALENT COMPETITION OF 13 THROUGH 18 YEAR-OLD GROUPS WILL MAKE ITS MAUI STOP THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. SPECIAL GUEST 10-FEET WILL ALSO BE THERE TO WOW THE CROWD FOR THE 7-30 PERFORMANCE. THE STATEWIDE WINNER WILL RECEIVE FIVE-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH, A CUSTOM WASHBURN GUITAR, A RECORDING CONTRACT, MOBI P-C-S PHONES AND THEY WILL OPEN FOR A TOM MOFFAT-PRODUCED CONCERT. TICKETS ARE JUST 10 DOLLARS. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BAND CHAMP, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

IF YOU'RE LIKE MOST PEOPLE - YOU LIKELY HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS WHEN IT COMES TO THE TOPIC OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THIS SATURDAY - FROM 9 UNTIL 2, AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUMMIT WILL BE HELD IN THE KA LAMA BUILDING AT MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE. LEARN WHAT MAKES AFFORDABLE "AFFORDABLE," HOW TO QUALIFY FOR HOME OWNERSHIP AND HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME OUT OF FORECLOSURE IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. THIS FREE EVENT WILL ALSO INCLUDE PRESENTATIONS BY TWO MEMBERS OF THE BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION TEAM. THAT THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUMMIT, FROM 9 TO 2 THIS SATURDAY IN THE KA LAMA BUILDING ON THE MCC CAMPUS.

SATURDAY NIGHT, IT'S THE EIGHTH ANNUAL "BUY BACK THE BEACH" BENEFIT LU'AU HOSTED BY OLD LAHAINA LU'AU. DOORS OPEN AT 5:15 FOR AN ALL YOU CAN EAT GOURMET BUFFET, NO-HOST BAR AND ALL THE WONDERFUL AMBIENCE THAT COMES WITH MAUI'S BEST LU'AU. AND IT ALL BENEFITS THE MAUI COSTAL LAND TRUST, THE ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO PRESERVING AND PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. TICKETS ARE 150 DOLLARS EACH - AND TABLE SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. FOR INFORMATION, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS..

OR, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - MAYBE YOUR TASTE RUNS MORE TOWARD JAZZ AND GUMBO. SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7-30 IN THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER AT THE MACC, ENJOY THE ECLECTIC MUSICAL STEW OF MOJO GUMBO. GET SET FOR A SET OF R AND B, BLUES, FOLKS, LATIN AND NEW ORLEANS FUNK. AND - TO MAKE THE EVENING EVEN TASTIER, ENJOY LATITUDE 21 NORTH FOR SOME IRRESISTIBLE RHYTHMS AND PERCUSSION, GREAT JAZZ AND MORE. TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS.

WHILE MOST OF MAINLAND SWITCHES TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ON SUNDAY, THE MACC WILL SPRING BACK FORWARD WITH THE ANNUAL FAVORITE - MAUI POPS SPRING FEST. FROM ROCK TO RACHMANINOV, GUEST CONDUCTOR JIM DURHAM LEADS A LAS VEGAS REVUE-TYPE SHOW FEATURING ELVIS, A MAGICIAN AND JIMMY BORGES AS FRANK SINATRA - ALL ACCOMPANIED BY MAUI'S FINEST FINE MUSICIANS - INCLUDING SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST HYPERION KNIGHT PERFORMING RACHMANINOV'S PIANO CONCERTO NUMBER TWO. TICKETS FOR THE 3:30 SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT IN THE CASTLE THEATER RANGE FROM 10 TO 36 DOLLARS AND ARE HALF-PRICE FOR KEIKI.

A FULL MOON HIKE AND CHICKEN SKIN TALES - IT'S ALL WAITING FOR YOU THIS SUNDAY NIGHT ALONG THE COASTAL DUNES OF MAUI’S NORTH SHORE. SCOTT FISHER OF THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST WILL LEAD THE HIKE - STARTING AT 6 P.M. AND SHARE THE HISTORY AND FOLKLORE OF THE AREA. YOU'LL WATCH THE FULL MOON RISE, ENJOY A LIGHT DINNER AND DESSERT - AND , MAYBE, HEAR FOOTSTEPS LIKE YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE. RESERVATIONS ARE A GOOD IDEA AND TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS PER PERSON. FOR INFORMATION, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, THERE'S A NEW TRADITION ABOUT TO START ON THE WEST SIDE. THE LAHAINA RESTORATION FOUNDATION WILL PRESENT "THE HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES" EVERY SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH ON THE LAWN OF THE BALDWIN HOUSE MUSEUM. THE FREE EVENT RUNS FROM 11 TO 12-30 AND WILL FEATURE "BRADDAH POKI" AS YOUR EMCEE. THIS MONTH ENJOY THE MUSIC OF UNCLE RICHARD HO'OPI'I. NEXT MONTH IT WILL BE OLA HOU ON APRIL NINTH AND ON MAY 14TH - ULUWEHI GUERRERO. FOR INFORMATION ON THE SERIES, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

IN FACT, YOU'LL FIND LINKS TO ALL THESE FUN THINGS AND MORE BY CLICKING THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT COM. AND, FOR MAUI’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY CALENDAR - BE SURE TO CHECK OUT CALENDAR MAUI-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: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BEFORE WE GO THIS WEEK, WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH SOME OF THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SUNDAY'S BARRYFEST BENEFIT FOR MANA'O RADIO AT KEOPUOLANI PARK.

J: 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, JOB OPENINGS AND MORE. YOU'LL FIND IT ALL AT MAUITVNEWSDOT-COM. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

JY: ALOHA.

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