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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for March 12, 2009



(EDITOR'S NOTE: Anchor scripts are provided for transcript reference to stories covered on Maui TV News. Scripts may contain abbreviations, codes and characters that are for internal production purposes only. Maui TV News apologizes for any misspellings.

(headlines - vo)

J: IT WASN'T MUCH OF A SECRET - BUT CONGRESSMAN NEIL ABERCROMBIE MADE HIS RUN FOR HAWAII GOVERNOR OFFICIAL ON MAUI THIS WEEK.

JY: MEANWHILE, MAUI'S TOP COP FOR MORE THAN A DECADE IS ABOUT TO RETIRE HIS SHIELD. THIS WEEK - A CONVERSATION WITH CHIEF TOM PHILLIPS.

J: AND THERE WERE A LOT OF FOLKS TALKING ON MAUI THIS WEEK ABOUT A CRITICAL SUBJECT: AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

JY: IN SPORTS, THE LADY WARRIORS TRAVEL TO PATSY MINK FIELD TO FACE THE SABERS OF MAUI HIGH IN SOFTBALL. KALAPANA'S GOT DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND HOLLY CHUNG IS HERE WITH DETAILS ON ANOTHER EXTREMELY-PACKED WEEKEND OF FUN AND INTERESTING THINGS TO DO. SHE'S GOT ALL THE DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.

JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. IT WAS PROBABLY THE WORST-KEPT SECRET IN HAWAI'I POLITICS.

(TURN TO CAM) IN AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WILL BILLED AS A SURPRISE, BY THE TIME CONGRESSMAN NEIL ABERCROMBIE ARRIVED ON MAUI - EVERYONE KNEW WHY HE HAD COME. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING WAS THERE.

(Take Abercrombie Pkg) HIS PLANE WAS DELAYED BY NEARLY AN HOUR SO BY THE TIME CONGRESMAN NEIL ABERCROMBIE ARRIVED AT KANAHA BEACH PARK SUNDAY AFTERNOON - HE WASTED NO TIME PRESSING THE FLESH AND MAKIG FRIENDS.

IN HIS TYPICAL SPIRITED FASHION, ABERCROMBIE EXPLAINED WHY HE PLANS TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR - HERE.

NA01: "That's one of ther reasons I did not want to make the a nnoncement today on O'ahu and say well that's it. I've annouinced the race for Governor. That's not what it is because I believe yesterday and all through the stops that further this afternoon in Kaua;i and tomorrow on the Big Island in Hilo and Kona that I beliece that this nomination is going to be secured on the Neighbor Islands. That's where it's going to be and I think that's what has to be done." ///

HE FURTHER ENDEARED HIMSELF TO THE SMALL BUT ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD BY DOING HIS BEST TO INVOLVE THEM. HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO AVOID THE WORDS I AND ME - REPALCING THEM WITH WE.

NA02: "I say 'we' because this is not about me running for Governor, this is about 'we.' We're creating a new community - not just in Washington with Barack and everybody in the national campaign but we're going to create a campaign at the state and local level and not just here in Hawai'i but all over the country. We're going to bring that hope and change across the nation. That's what's going to happen and Maui is going to be right in the heart and center of it, that's for sure."

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RECENETLY NOTED ABERCROMBIE'S CONGRESSIONAL SEAT AS ONE OF THE SAFEST IN WASHINGTON. HE SAID HE LEARNED AN IMPORTANT LESSON A LONG TIME AGO.

na04: "I remember when I came to the legislateure the first time and I said where's my office. It's a lesson I never, never forgot. They sent me up to an office with a number. The name wasn't nailed on the door. It wasn't painted on the door. I6tbwasn't screwed on the door - it slid off. Thaty wasn't my office. that's belongs to you. That bel;ojgs to the people. I need to use the experience. I need to use the leverage I can bring. I need to use the relationmships I havein Wahington for Hawaii's benefit. I want to come back and anchor - a great 'fanning out' to people - both in Washington and across the nation to bring prosperity and help to Hawai'i. "

IN THE SPAN OF 25 MINUTES, ABERCROMBIE DETAILED HIS HIGH-TECH PLAN TO USE FACEBOOK, TWITTER, MY SPEACE AND EMAIL TO RUN HIS CAMPAIGN

NA03: "I want to hear what you think. We're going to exchange thoughts. We're going to make things move as a result. We can dfo it. I know we can. We're goinjg to share our thoughts. We're going to get involved. We're going to get informed. We're going to bring change home to Hawaii. Imua!"

FROM KANAHA BEACH FOR MAUI TV NEWS I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) POLITICAL ANALYSTS SAY THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WILL BE VERY INTERESTING IN HAWAI'I. ABERCROMBIE'S ANNOUNCEMENT WILL LIKELY CAUSE A FLOOD OF CANDIDATES TO DECLARE THE INTENTIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR - OR THE CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE THAT WILL BE VACANT IN A YEAR AND A HALF FROM NOW..

(Phillips Retires) (PiP-Chief Phillips)

J: HE'S A DECORATED VETERAN OF AN IMPRESSIVE CAREER WITH THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT. NOW AFTER 33 YEARS - 11 OF THEM AS CHIEF, TOM PHILIPS SPENT A FEW MINUTES THIS WEEK REFLECTING ON ACCOMPLISHMENTS, REGRETS AND DREAMS.

(VO) THERE';S A LEGACY THAT RUNS DEEP AND WIDE AT THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT - AND, FOR THE LAST ELEVEN YEARS, THIS MAN HAS BEEN AT THE HELM. POLICE CHIEF THOMAS PHILIPS WILL OFFICIALLY LEAVE OFFICE ON JUNE FIRST. AMIDST THE MEMORABILIA AND THE MEMORIES, WE SAT DOWN WITH THE CHIEF THIS WEEK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS CAREER - WHAT HE'S PROUDEST OF - AND WHAT HE FEELS STILL NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED.

WHILE RIGHT ACROSS THE HALL THE MAUI POPLIC E COMMISSION WAS MEETING TO DETERMINE HOW TO REPLAC E CHIEF PHILLIPS, THE CHIEF RECOUNTED SOME OF THE MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF HIS WATCH - INCLUDING WHAT MAKES HIS THE PROUDEST.

Thomas Phillips
Chief, Maui Police Department

TP01: "That would be the other thing f or me that's actually kept me going this whole time is our employees and the things they've got going. We have great employees and so often you only see the ones in the press that either get an award or make a major arrest or you see the ones that get in trouble. But you don't really see the day to day - the people that really dedicate themselves to this community every day. Not just Police officers but our dispatchers and our poeple that work in records and the people that work in our training section and the people that work in our administrative section. They work really hard. They do an awful lot for this department and for this community. So, for me, that's kinda the greatest accomplishment we have."///

CHIEF PHILLIPS ALSO TOLD US ABOUT WHERE THE DEPARTMENT HAS EXCELLED - AND WHERE WORK STILL NEEDS TO BE FINISHED. TIME CONSTRAINTS IN THIS NEWSCAST WON'T ALLOW THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW HERE - BUT YOU CAN WATCH IT RIGHT NOW.

(ON-CAM TAG) TO SEE THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH CHIEF TOM PHILLIPS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

TOSS TO B BLOCK

JY: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, SOME OF THE GREATEST MINDS OF MAUI GATHER THIS WEEK FOR A SUMMIT ON ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES FACING RESIDENTS: AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WE'LL TAKE YOU THERE.

J: AND WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A CELEBRATION WHERE THE GUEST OF HONOR WAS UNSPOILED LAND - FOREVER.

JY: AND WE'LL BRING YOU THE LATEST IN A HEATED BATTLE BETWEEN SUPPORTERS AND CRITICS OF COUNCILMEMBER WAYNE NISHIKI - AND THE EMBATTLED CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTY'S BOARD OF ETHICS. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

B BLOCK

(Affordable Housing Summit)(PiP - Woman at Board)

JY: AFTER MORE THAN A HUNDRED FORECLOSURES IN DECEMBER IN MAUI COUNTY, THE NUMBERS HAVE SETTLED DOWN A BIT. BUT THE EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE STILL TOUGH TIMES AHEAD - ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. MAUI TV NEWS ATTENDED THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUMMIT AT M-C-C THIS WEEKEND.

(TAKE SUMMIT PKG) WHAT DOES A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS BUY YOU THESE DAYS ON MAUI? THIS AND THIS AND THIS. AND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE ARE MORE HOUSSES FOR SALE AT MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS APIECE THAN THERE ARE UNDER UNDER 250,000 DOLLARS. THAT CRISIS GAVE BIRTH TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSIHNG SUMITT AT MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAST SATURDAY.

Elle Cochran-FACE Member

EC01: "The Whole idea is 'affordable." Really , what dfoes that mean? Howe are we going to get developers out there and mqake sure we can hold them accountable for providing those affordables."

THERE'S A LOT MORE TO THE THE CONCEPT OF AFFOIRDABLE HOUSING THAN JUST BEING ABLE TO AFFORD PAYMENTS ON A "MANSION" LIKE THIS ONE. THERE'S THE WORRY OF LOSING YOUR DREAM HOME TO FORECLOSURE. THAT'S WHY SOME OF THE FINEST MINDS IN HAWAII CAME TOGETHER TO TRY TO FIND REAL ANSWERS TO REAL PROBLEMS.

EC02: "Our openijng sesion od the day was about describing it. What does it mean? Who doesa it affect? What dfomwe do about it? Then the fourworkshops: Home ownwrship. Foreclosure, Land Use sprawl and - did I say home ownership? So each section will have that coming theme, of course, how do you get there?

A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATON WAS AMASSED FROM THE BRAINSTORMING SESIONS - AND IT'S INFORMATION THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU - NO MATTER WHAT STAGE OF FULFILLING THE AMERICAN DREAM OF HOME OWNERSHIP YOU HAPPEN TO LIVE IN RIGHT NOW. ONE ORGANIZATION THAT STOOD OUT AMONG THE REALISTIC OPTIONS FOR NEW HOME BUYERS WHO LIVE ON MAUI IS NA HALE O MAUI - A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST DEDICATED TO SERVING MAUI'S WORKING FAMILIES WHO WOULD LIKE A PLACE TO RAISE THEIR FAMILIES. A SESSION WAS DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THEIR SERVICES TO MAKE HOME OWNERSHIP AND - IF YOU WILL HOME KEEPERSHIP-A REALITY.


WE LIVE IN TOUGH TIMES. MAHALO KE AKUA THERE ARE EVENTS LIKE THIS ATTENDED BY PEOPLE WHO CARE - WHO WANT TO 8:41 PM 3/12/2009HELP MAKE KEEP MAUI HOMEOWNERS IN THEIR HOMES. REPORTING FROM THE CAMPUS OF MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM) IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NA HALE O MAUI'S PROGRAM FOR HOME OWNERSHIP, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(KAUFMAN-ETHICS)(PiP-KAUFMAN/NISHIKI)

J: AFTER ALL THE HOOPLA IN THE NEWSPAPER OF THE BATTLE BETWEEN SUPPORTERS OF COUNTY COUNCILMEMBER WAYNE NISHIKI AND BOARD OF ETHICS CHAIRMAN ALAN KAUFMAN - LAST WEEK WE RECEIVED A BRIEF EMAIL FROM THE COUNTY WITH THE AGENDA OF THE UPCOMING MEETING OF THE BOARD OF ETHICS. ITEM FIVE SIMPLY READ "FAREWELL AND READING OF RESOLUTION FOR EXITING BOARD MEMBER ALAN KAUFMAN."

(VO) IT WAS A MEETING SOME THOUGHT WOULD ELICIT THE KIND OF SPARKS THAT LAST BOARD OF ETHICS MEETING PRODUCED. INSTEAD - IT WAS ALMOST A GHOST TOWN. MAUI CITIZEN SEAN LESTER WAS THE LONE TESTIFIER AND HE APPEARED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THE BOARD MIGHT HAVE OF HIS COMPLAINT AGAINST BOARD CHAIRMAN ALAN KAUFMAN. LESTER ALLEDGED THAT KAUFMAN HAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN THE OPEN MATTER OF THE REVIEW OF COUNCILMEMBER WAYNE NISHIKI'S FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FILINGS PRIOR TO LAST NOVEMBER'S ELECTION.

ALAS, NO ONE HAD ANY QUESTIONS FOR LESTER - AND HIS COMPLAINS WAS DISMISSED BECAUSE, THE BOARD SAID, IT DID NOT MEET THE CRITERIA NECESSARY FOR A COMPLAINT. BESIDES, THE TOPIC WOULD BE MOOT BECAUSE - THIS IS CHAIR ALAN KAUFMAN'S LAST MEETING WITH THE BOARD OF ETHICS. HIS FOUR-YEAR TERM EXPIRES ON MARCH 31ST. NONETHELESS, LESTER SAYS HE WILL RE-FILE HIS COMPLAINT.

ETHICS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR NANE ALULI THEN READ A PROCLAMATION PRAISING THE EFFORTS OF KAUFMAN TO KEEP COUNTY EMPLOYEES AND PRACTICES ACCOUNTABLE FOR FOLLOWING THE RULES DURING HIS TENURE.

THE NISHIKI MATTER WAS RAISED ONLY BRIEFLY WHEN HIS ATTORNEY GLEN KOSAKA TOLD THE BOARD THAT HIS CLIENT COULD APPEAR BECAUSE HE WAS SICK. KAUFMAN COUNTERED THAT IT DIDN'T MATTER BECAUSE THE BOARD DID NOT HAVE OUTSIDE COUNSEL PRESENT EITHER.

KAUFMAN SURPRISED SOME IN THE ROOM BY RECOMMENDING THAT PREVIOUS BOARD ACTIONS AGAINST NISHIKI BE REVERSED BECUAS THERE HAD BEEN NO L;EGAL FINDING THAT NISHIKI, IN FACT, HAD TECHNICALLY VIOLATED ETHICS STANDARDS BY NOT FILING FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES WHEN THE LAW REQUIRED. THE BOTTOM LINE - TO BE CONTINUED...

(ON-CAM) TO BE PART OF THE CONTINUING SAGA OF THE ETHICAL BATTLE, YOU MIGHT WANT TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW. THE NEXT MEETING OF THE BOARD OF ETHICS IS SET FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KALANA PAKUI BUILDING IN WAILUKU.

(BUY BACK THE BEACH)(PiP-OLL DANCERS-WILLIE K)

JY: A GROUP THAT HAS DEDICATED ITSELF TO DOING WHAT IS PONO FOR THE AINA GOT A BIG BOOST THIS WEEK. THE EIGHTH ANNUAL "BUY BACK THE BEACH" LU'AU AT OLD LAHAINA LU'AU GOT RAINED ON FOR THE FIRST TIME IN IT'S HISTORY - BUT IT CERTAINLY DIDN'T GET RAINED OUT. MAUI TV NEWS WAS THERE.

(TAKE BUY BACK BEACH PKG) FOR ONE OF MAUI'S MAJOR ANNUAL FUNDRAISERS - THIS YEAR THE FASHION TREND WAS RAIN PONCHOS - COURTESY OF OLD LAHAINA LU'AU. THE EIGHTH ANNUAL BUY BACK THE BEACH BENEFIT LU'AU HAS NEVER BEEN RAINED ON BEFORE.

Dale Bonar, Executive Director, Maui Coastal Land Trust

DB01: "It has not - this is the first time. And it's not really rain, you understand. This is the gentle 'ua from heaven - the blessings that are showering down lightly on us here. And as you see, everyone is staying, they throw on the ponchos. They're having a great time."///

THEY WERE HAVING A GREAT TIME AND THERE WERE A LOT OF THEM - ON A SATURDAY NIGHT IN A YEAR WHERE THE ECONOMY IS STRETCHING EVERYBODY A LOT THINNER - WHEN OLD LAHAINA LU'AU COULD HAVE MADE A TIDY SUM OPENING THEIR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC. INSTEAD, THEY DONATE ALL OF THIS.

Michael Moore, Partner/Owner, OLL

MM01: "Sometimes there's more important things than the profit for the night. Protecting our shoreline - our beautiful coastline on this island is something that we all need to work together on."///

LOOKING AROUND THE RAIN-SOAKED CROWD - NONE OF WHOM LEFT WHEN THE SKIES BLESSED THE ASSEMBLY WITH RAIN - SOME OF MAUI'S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE ARE HERE. WE ASKED MOORE IF THAT MEANT HE GOT OUT THE GOOD SILVERWARE AND THE EXTRA FANCY RECIPES.

MM02: "We feel like we're a premium brand a star - five-star product every night, so that's what we're offering tonight as well. To be honest, though, this is a Land Trust benefit. They put all the organizational effort into it. We host it. We donate the venue the food and the labor but they do all the work. They are always kind enough to let us perform along with the other great entertainment they provide, but, really it's a Land Trust Event."

DURING HIS REMARKS TO THE CROWD, BONAR ANNOUNCED A PENDING LAND TRUST PROJECT THAT WILL ADD 12,000 ACRES OF MAUI LAND TO THE MANAGED CARE OF THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST. WE ASKED IF HE COULD TELL US MORE.

DB03: "Because of the work we do with land owners - they're concerned about making sure things are all done right. So we want to make sure all the ts are crossed and all the is are dotted. So we don't release specific information until the land owner says 'OK I'm ready to move forward.' But it will be Upcountry Maui and it will be a large swath that will be visible from much of Maui."

THAT'S THE KIND OF NEWS THAT BUILDS THE MOMENTUM OF THIS ORGANIZATION - AND KEEPS THEIR FAITHFUL SUPPORTERS COMING TO THIS EVENT YEAR AFTER YEAR. ONE SIGN OF THE TIGHTENING ECONOMY, THOUGH WAS THE LIVE AUCTION - IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT THINGS ARE TIGHTER FOR EVERYONE AS THE OPENING BIDS ON SOME ITEMS KEPT GETTING LOWER AND LOWER. THE ENTERTAINMENT BY OLD LAHAINA LUAU WAS TYPICALLY SUPERB - AND THE MUSIC OF WILLIE K WAS ASTOUNDING AS ALWAYS - BUT THE REAL CHICKEN SKIN MOMENT WAS WHEN HIS DAUGHTER JOINED HIM FOR HER OWN HULA.

WHILE THE FINAL TALLY ISN'T IN YET, BONAR TOLD US HOW MUCH THIS EVENT MEANS TO THE LAND TRUST IN DOLLARS AND CENTS EACH YEAR.

DB02: "It's generally between 60 and 70,000 dollars. The Old Lahaina Lu'au has just been magnificent. They donate the evening to us. The staff shows up and works. Michael and Tim Moore, Ron Aguilar - who own Old Lahaina Lu'au have always been tremendous supporters and they turn it over. And so everything, ticket sales, things that we get from the auctions - all of that comes to us. So it's our biggest, most successful fund raiser of the year."

AND EVEN AS BAD AS THINGS ARE IN THIS PARTICULAR YEAR, MOORE HAD NO SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT HOSTING THE EVENT.

MM03: "Oh no, not at all. Like I said we all have to look at the bigger picture. Maui is our home and - in many ways - our product for the visitor industry, so we've got to do as much as we can to protect - take care of - that product and that home. So, no. Business is challenging - perhaps the mosty challenging than it'sa been in the 23 years we've been doing this, but that doesn't mean you don't give back and do the right thing - pono."

PONO - DOING WHAT'S RIGHT - IT'S WHAT TONIGHT AND THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALL ABOUT. REPORTING FROM LAHAINA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST AND THE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT WORK THEY DO ON MAUI, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

TOSS TO C BLOCK

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, IT'S TIME TO PLAY BALL AS THE 2009 SOFTBALL SEASON OPENS FOR THE LADIES OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI AND MAUI HIGH. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS..

JY: THEN, HOLLY CHUNG WILL BE HERE WITH DETAILS ON AN VERY BUSY WEEKEND OF FUN THINGS TO SEE AND DO. IT'S ALL UP NEXT INCOMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: PSYCH! THAT'S THE SABERS’ SECRET WEAPON.

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

THE MAUI HIGH LADY SABERS FACED THE LADY WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI TWICE LAST WEEK - WITH EACH TEAM FIERCELY GUARDING THEIR OWN TURF. KAMEHAMEHA TOOK THE SEASON OPENING GAME BY A CONVINCING SCORE OF 8-ZIP - AND - COME SATURDAY - HEADED TO PATSY MINK FIELD IN KAHULUI HOPING FOR MORE OF THE SAME.

(vo) SATURDAY MORNING - UNDER THREATENING SKIES, IN THE FIFTH INNING, THAT'S MAUI HIGH'S ALANNAH CORATIBO ROCKETING TO STEAL SECOND AND SHE BEATS THE THROW - MUCH TO THE DELIGHTS OF HER TEAMMATES IN THE DUGOUT. BUT, TWO PITCHES LATER MAUI HIGH'S NUMBER 13 POPS UP TO WARRIOR CHASTYNE CABANES TO RETIRE THE SIDE.

TOP OF THE SIXTH NOW AND THE WARRIORS LEAD TWO TO ONE. THAT'S WHEN MAUI HIGH'S KANOE PSZYK (PSYCHE) REALLY GOES TO WORK. THE SOPHOMORE PITCHER QUICKLY GOT AHEAD OF THIS BATTER - AND - DO YOU THINK SHE'S GOT HER GAME FACE ON?

PSZYK FORCES THE INFIELD GROUNDER AND IT'S A QUICK TOSS FOR OUT NUMBER ONE.

IT ONLY TOOK FOUR PITCHES TO STRIKE OUT THE NEXT WARRIOR BATTER.

THEN, SIX PITCHES LATER - PSZYK - THREE ( as in “strike three”) TO RETIRE THE SIDE AND YOU KINDA' GET THE IMPRESSION THIS YEAR'S SABERS HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL AHEAD OF THEM.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH NOW AND SABER KERRI GOMES PEPPERS THIS ONE TO SECOND. TOO HOT TO HANDLE AND SHE'S SAFE. TWO PITCHES LATER KERRI HEADS FOR SECOND - AND THE THROW IS HIGH - SAFE AGAIN. NOW THE TYING RUN IS IN SCORING POSITION. AFTER KERRI STEALS THIRD THE WARRIORS CALL TIME OUT.

NEXT UP FOR THE SABERS - RED HOT KANOE PSZYK. SHE CAN PITCH BUT CAN SHE HIT? OH YEAH! SHE DROPS ONE BEAUTIFULLY INTO RIGHT FIELD, SCORING GOMES AND WINDING UP IN SCORING POSITION HERSELF. A WILD PITCH ADVANCES PSZYK TO THIRD. AND NOW IT'S QUIZ TIME. WITH PSZYK ON THIRD AND WITH THE NEXT BATTER GROUNDING RIGHT BACK TO THE PITCHER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? WARRIOR KIERSTON PERRY OPTS FOR THE PICKLE BUT - THIS WAS THE DAY FOR THE PSZYK AS SHE BEATS THE WILD THROW - AND SCORES - BUT WINDS UP FACE FIRST AT HOME.

SHE'S OK AND THE SABERS ARE UP THREE TO TWO. THE WARRIORS FAILED TO SCORE IN THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH SO THAT'S HOW THIS ONE ENDED AT PATSY MINK FIELD. LADIES SOFTBALL. IT'S AS EXCITING AS EVER!

(on-cam) BOTH TEAMS START THE SEASON AT ONE AND ONE.

AND THE SEASON IS OVER IN BOYS BASKETBALL FOR THE 2009 SEASON. OVERALL, MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE TEAMS WENT FIVE AND SIX FOR THE TOURNAMENT. THE BEST FINISH WAS BY THE MOLOKA'I FARMERS WHO FELL IN THE THIRD-PLACE GAME SATURDAY TO KOHALA BY A FINAL SCORE OF 70 TO 55. THE LONE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE M-I-L TO MAKE THE ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM WAS FARMER JOSEPH AKAKA WHO HAD NINE POINTS, ELEVEN REBOUNDS AND FIVE BLOCKED SHOTS IN THE FINAL GAME.

IT'S A VERY BUSY TIME IN THE M-I-L, PARTICULARLY FOR MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES. THIS WEEK THERE'S COMPETITION IN VARSITY SOFTBALL, TENNIS, GOLF AND WATER POLO. VARSITY BASEBALL OFFICIALLY BEGINS NEXT WEDNESDAY. WE'LL PICK ONE OR MORE OF THE UPCOMING MATCHES AND HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU NEXT WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

OR, IF YOURS IS ONE OF THE TEAMS PLAYING THIS WEEK OR THIS WEEKEND, LET US KNOW AND WE'LL SEE IF WE CAN GET A FILM CREW OUT TO CAPTURE THE ACTION. AND – IF YOURS ISN’T AN M-I-L TEAM BUT YOU’D LIKE TO HELP GETTING THE WORD OUT FOR YOUR UPCOMING SEASON OR MAJOR SPORTING EVENT, LET US HELP. SEND YOUR NOTICES – AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE – TO SPORTS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND WE’LL DO WHAT WE CAN TO GET VIDEO ON TV FOR YOU. THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK. I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.

(Coming Attractions)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

HC: IT'S ANOTHER EXTREMELY BUSY - AND FUN - WEEKEND COMING UP, WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE - JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE.

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M HOLLY CHUNG WITH BUSY LIST - SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO GRAB PEN AND PAPER.

ALL WEEKEND LONG IT'S THE LAHAINA OCEAN ARTS FESTIVAL UNDER AND AROUND THE FAMOUS BANYAN TREE. ENJOY LIVE HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND HULA AS LOCAL ARTISTS PRESENT THEIR BEST MARITIME-THEMED ARTWORK IN A VARIETY OF MEDIA. THERE'S A KEIKI ART CONTEST, WHALE PHOTO DISPLAYS AND THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER WILL BE THERE WITH A CREATURE FEATURE TOUCH POOL. ADMISSION IS FREE.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND, YOU'LL FIND THE SHAKA STEEL DRUM BAND ALL ACROSS THE ISLAND. BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY'S STEEL DRUM BAND WILL PLAY THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL AT 7 P.M. SATURDAY YOU'LL FIND THEM UNDER THE BANYAN TREE AT THE LAHAINA OCEAN ARTS FESTIVAL. ON SUNDAY, SHAKA STEEL WILL WRAP UP THEIR MAUI PERFORMANCES WITH A 7 P.M. CONCERT AT THE LAHAINA CHAPEL OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS. FOR INFORMATION, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WILL BE YOUR LAST TWO CHANCES TO KEEP UP WITH THE VON TRAPPS. THE SOUND OF MUSIC IS FILLING THE IAO THEATER WITH PERFORMANCES AT 7:30 FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS AND A SUNDAY MATINEE AT 3 P.M. TICKETS ARE 18 AND 20 DOLLARS. AS A SPECIAL TREAT, THIS SATURDAY EVENING'S 7:30 PERFORMANCE IS A SPECIAL AUDIENCE SING-ALONG - SO PRACTICE UP ON YOUR DO-RE-MI'S.

IF YOUR PURSUITS ARE MORE ATHLETIC, THEN THIS SATURDAY OFFERS A CHALLENGE MOST HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN A SERIES OF FREE SO-CALLED ADAPTIVE SPORTS CLINICS. IT'S ALSO YOUR CHANCE TO MEET MAUI RESIDENT AND BEJING PARALYMPIAN BETH ARNOULT. SHE'S LEADING THE WHEELCHAIR TENNIS CLINIC STARTING AT 8 SATURDAY MORNING AT THE WAR MEMORIAL TENNIS COURT IN WAILUKU. EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR, THE TRAINING WILL NOT ONLY CHALLENGE YOU - BUT ALSO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF FACING AN OPPONENT WHO IS IN A WHEELCHAIR. ALSO THIS MONTH, WHEELIE BASKETBALL CLINICS ARE BEING HELD ON TUESDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 4 UNTIL 6 AT THE WAILUKU GYM. IT'S FREE, WHEELCHAIRS WILL BE PROVIDED, IT’S GREAT EXERCISE - AND A LOT OF FUN.

IF YOU ENJOY THE SPORT OF RUNNING - BUT DON'T WANT TO BREAK A SWEAT, THEN SATURDAY'S RUN TO THE SUN IS FOR YOU. THAT'S BECAUSE THE ENTIRE FIELD OF PARTICIPANTS IS FULL. HOWEVER, THEY STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE AID STATIONS ALONG THE COURSE WHICH STRETCHES FROM PAIA TO THE SUMMIT OF HALEAKALA. FOR INFORMATION, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S EVEN MORE ON SATURDAY. IF YOU'RE ON THE NORTH SHORE, MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE HAIKU HO'OLAULEA AND FLOWER SALE AT THE HAIKU COMMUNITY CENTER. THE ALL-DAY FREE EVENT WILL FEATURE FOOD, GAMES, ENTERTAINMENT A FLOWER AND PLANT SALE AND A LEI MAKING CONTEST.

IF YOU'RE IN CENTRAL MAUI, QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER'S CENTER COURT IS THE PLACE TO BE. ENJOY LIVE MUSIC FROM SOME LOCAL MAUI FAVORITES BETWEEN 11 A.M. AND 3 P.M.

SPEAKING OF GREAT LOCAL MUSIC, NEXT WEEK THERE ARE TWO FREE BAND CONCERTS TO TELL YOU ABOUT. TUESDAY EVENING IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER IT'S THE LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL BAND STARTING AT 7 P.M. THEN, WEDNESDAY NIGHT - IT'S THE LUNAS' CROSS-TOWN RIVALS FROM BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL. THE BALDWIN BAND TAKES TO THE CASTLE THEATER STAGE FOR A FREE SHOW BEGINNING AT 7 P.M.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEKEND, THE 22ND ANNUAL FAVORITE, HOO'MAU 2009, WILL TAKE PLACE AT KEOPUOLANI PARK AMPHITHEATER. THE ALL DAY EVENT IS A BENEFIT FOR PUNANA LEO O MAUI - THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION PRE-SCHOOL. THERE WILL BE LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS, FOOD CRAFTS, LOTS OF GREAT MUSIC, A KEIKI FUN ZONE AND MUCH MORE. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE AND 15 DOLLARS AT THE GATE.

THEN, NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT IT'S ANOTHER ANNUAL FAVORITE AS THE MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY PRESENTS "FUR BALL 2009," THE GALA BENEFIT FUNDRAISER. THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "CLEOCATRA, QUEEN OF THE NILE - WHERE ALL CATS ARE REVERED." IT ALL STARTS AT 5 P.M. AT THE WAILEA MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA AND WILL FEATURE FOOD AND BEVERAGE, SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS AND DANCING MUSIC BY - WHO ELSE - JIMMY MAC AND THE KOOL KATZ. TICKETS ARE 125 DOLLARS EACH AND TABLE SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.

YOU'LL FIND ALL THE DETAILS 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 SATURDAY NIGHT'S "BUY BACK THE BEACH" BENEFIT LU'AU AT OLD LAHAINA LU'AU.

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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