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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the week Beginning March 13, 2008



(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.

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J: A BEAUTIFUL MONDAY MORNING AT ONE OF HAWAII'S MOST POPULAR ATTRACTIONS - BUT THERE'S NOT A BOAT IN SIGHT. WE'LL EXPLAIN WHY - AND HOW LONG IT STAYED THAT WAY.

JY: THIS IS A BUSY WEEK FOR THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL - AS MAJOR ISSUES LIKE VACATION RENTALS AND PLASTIC BAGS ARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT. AND NEXT UP: THE NEW BUDGET

J: AND IF YOU'VE LOST COUNT OF HOW MANY TIMES YOU'VE CIRCLED THE KAHULUI AIRPORT BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T PARK AND WAIT FOR YOUR GUESTS - YOU WON'T HAVE TO COUNT ANY MORE.

JY: IN SPORTS, THE A-J-A BASEBALL LEAGUE WRAPS UP THE REGULAR SEASON WITH A LOPSIDED FINALE, WHILE THE LADIES SOFTBALL SEASON STARTED WITH A BANG IN THE M-I-L THIS WEEK. KALAPANA WILL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS AND DETAILS IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND GET SET TO CELEBRATE THE SEA AS THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER TURNS 10. HOLLY CHUNG HAS THE DETAILS ON THAT AND LOT MORE FUN STUFF IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.

JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. ABOUT A THOUSAND PEOPLE A DAY VISIT THE TINY CRESCENT OF MOLOKINI TO SNORKEL IN SOME OF THE CLEAREST WATERS IN THE WORLD.

(Turn to cam) BUT LITTLE MOLOKINI WAS ALSO THE LOCATION OF RECENTLY DISCOVERED UNEXOPLODED ORDNANCE. AFTER THREE DELAYS, THIS PAST MONDAY WAS THE DAY THOSE WORLD WAR TWO-ERA DEVICES WERE SET TO BE SET OFF. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING PICKS UP THE STORY FROM THERE..

(Take Molokini Pkg)

ON AN AVERAGE MORNING IN 2008 SHORTLY AFTER SUNRISE THIS IS WHAT MOLOKINI LOOKS LIKE FROM SOUTH MAUI. EACH DAY DOZENS OF TOUR BOATS BRINGING UP TO A THOUSAND SNORKELERS TO THIS PRECIOUS PLACE. BUT AFTER THREE DELAYS - PRIMARILY BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY STATE, FEDERAL AND HAWAIIAN CULTURAL AGENCIES TO COORDINATE - THE DETONATION OF THREE OLD WORLD WAR TWO ERA BOMBS WAS FINALLY ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE. AT LEAST THAT WAS THE PLAN.

MOLOKINI WAS CLOSED AT 6 A.M. MONDAY - AND A ONE-NAUTICAL MILE SECURED AROUND IT TO DISPOSE OF ABOUT 200 POUNDS OF ORDNANCE.

THEN - AT EXACTLY 9 A.M., THE TIME ANNOUNCED TO MARINERS, AVIATORS AND ALL THOSE AGENCIES...........

.....................NOTHING.

TOUR OPERATORS PASSED THE CRATER ON THE WAY TO TURTLE TOWN, EXPECTING THE ZONE TO BE LIFTED SHORTLY AFTER 9.

BY EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON, WE SET UP IN NORTH KIHEI HOPING TO SHOW YOU WHAT ORDNANCE DEMOLITION ON MOLOKINI WOULD LOOK LIKE. IT HAPPENED ALL RIGHT - AT LEAST OPART OF IT. BUT THERE WASN'T MUCH SMOKE AND IT HAPPENED AFTER OUR CAMERS LEFT.

WE CHECK AGAIN JUST BEFORE SUNSET - THIS TIME FROM NEAR OLOWALU. THE REST OF THE ORDNANCE WAS BLOWN UP - BUT ABOUT A HALF-HOUR AFTER WE LEFT. NO PULITZER PRIZE WINNING VIDEO ON THIS DAY.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MOLOKINI IS FINALLY RID OF THE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS EXPLOSIVES FOUND LAST YEAR AND LIFE CAN RETURN TO NORMAL AT THE FAMOUS SITE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ALALAKEIKI CHANNEL. REPORTING FROM KIHEI FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) THERE ARE FORTY-ONE PERMITTED BOATS THAT TAKE DIVERS TO MOLOKINI, AND A FULL DAY'S LOSS AMOUNTS TO BETWEEN FIFTY AND A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LOST REVENUE TO THE INDUSTRY.

(cOUNTYcOUNCIL Stuff) (PiP-Gladys+Victorino)

J: TWO OTHER MAJOR MAUI INDUSTRIES HAVE ALSO BEEN UNDER SCRUTINY THIS WEEK. IN BOTH CASES WHEN THE ISSUES FIRST CAME UP - THE ANSWER WAS A FAIRLY EMPHATIC NO! NOW, IN BOTH CASES, THE FOLKS WHO MAKE THE RULES MAY BE RECONSIDERING.

EFFECTIVE IN JANUARY, MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES MADE IT CRYSTAL CLEAR - NO PERMIT - NO VACATION RENTAL. WHILE THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS TASKED WITH ENFORCEMENT, AND THE MAUI VACATION RENTAL ASSOCIATION IS DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO TELL POTENTIAL VISITORS THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO WORK THINGS OUT, THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL GETS THE JOB OF MAKING IT WORK OUT. COUNCILMEMBER GLADYS BAISE HAS TAKEN ON THE CHALLENGE - BUT ADMITS SHE'S SOMEWHAT STUCK.

GB01: "Actually right now I'm smack in the middle. And I'm trying very hard to see both side on this TVR issue. Actually I call it Alternative Visitor Accomodations Industry because that's really what it is. Tourism is crucial to olur economy. And tourism is our golden egg - our golden goose and we really don't want to kill it."

COUNCILMEMBER BAISA NOTED INTERNET BLOGS AND TRAVEL GUIDES ARE ALREADY GIVING MAUI A BAD RAP BECAUSE OF VACATION RENTAL SHUTDOWNS.

GB02: "It doesn't make any sense to say - 'The Best Island in the World' Please don't come. That doesn't make any sense and we need to correct that very quickly."

WE ASKED HER ABOUT CRITICISM THE MAYOR HAS RECEIVED AS BEING HEAVY HANDED IN HER FIRM STANCE.

GB03: "I think the mayor has gotten a really bad rap. About a year ago she and Director Hunt were told, these are the laws and you have to enforece them. They really had no choice. What we have to do is act quickly to change the laws to make them something we can all live with. And, as you know, in government, acting quickly is something that is no small feat."

COUNCILMEMBER MIKE VICTORINO SEES MIDDLE GROUND AND BELIEVES A WORKABLE SOLUTION IS COMING. AND HE DOESN'T WANT TOP SEE IT END THERE.

MV03: "But once it's all said and done I really want to see us visit this every year. I want us to do an annual review. Where it's taking us, where it's occurring and what's going on out there. A lot of time we pass laws and - boom - it's done. We mnever talk about it again - until there's a problem and then everyone rushes in. I really think we out to have an annual of this whole TVR and B&B industry."

VICTORINO SAYS THE NEW LAW SHOULD, FIRST, ADDRESS THE EXISTING TVRS AND FIND WAYS TO MAKE THING WORK FOR LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED, SINCERE OPERATIONS RATHER THAN SHUTTING EVERYBODY DOWN, THEN LAYING THE GROUND RULES AND MAKING EVERYBODY STAND IN LINE TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT.

CAN IT HAPPEN THIS YEAR?

GB04: "Absolutely something will hapeen this year. It'll be the first thing I do when we reconvene the Planning Committee in June and I intend top stay at it until we're done."

MV04: "Realistically, I hope so. To be honest, I don't think so."

THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT OF WORK AND COMPROMISE TO BE ACHIEVED. IN THE MEANTIME,

MV05: "One of the things I have out now is a resolution asking the mayor to grant these permitees - or these people who have applied and were told not to - grant them time to work with us until we get these things in place. then apply. And then if they don't qualify, then that's it, no amnesty. You're out of business."

THERE ARE OTHER MAJOR TOPICS BEFORE THE COUNCIL THIS WEEK - INCLUDING A GREEN LIGHT FOR THE PULELEHUA PROJECT TO MOVE FARTHER ALONG IN WEST MAUI. AND THE ISSUE OF PLASTIC BAGS.

MV01: "If you've ever driven up Omaopio Road it looks like snow in those trees but t's really plastic bags. So it's time to look at banning them and maybe phasing out the plastic bags."

GB05: "I think the plastic bag issue needs a little more research. I certainly support the idea of environmental awareness. I don't like to see plastic bags floating around in the air and floating around in the ocean. I just think we need a general awareness of keeping our environment clean.

THIS WEEK THE COUNCIL LISTENED TO EXPERTS FROM THE OUTDOOR CIRCLE AS WELL AS FROM RETAIL MERCHANTS ON THE PROS AND CONS OF NO LONGER OFFERING "PLASTIC" AS ONE OF THE CHOICES. THE ISSUE WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS WHILE THE COUNCIL DEVOTES FULL ATTENTION ON NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.

MV02: "At that point in time I'm hope we can really work with something. Maybe Mike's bill with a few changes. I'm hoping we can propose something that works in San Francisco and other major metropolises that will work toward the banning of plastic bags."

VICTORINO SAYS THE PHASE OUT WOULD LIKE BE SPREAD OUT TO ABOUT FIVE YEARS BECAUSE A LOT OF SMALL RETAILERS HAVE A LOT OF PLASTIC BAGS ON HAND THAT THEY'VE ALREADY PAID FOR.

(On-cam tag) TO KEEP UP WITH BOTH OF THESE THORNY ISSUES, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS -DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.


(Cell Phone Lot)(PiP-AirPortSecurity)

JY: IT'S HAPPENED TO ALL OF US. OUR GUESTS ARRIVE AT KAHULUI AIRPORT AND SAY THEY JUST WANT TO BE PICKED UP AT THE CURB BY BAGGAGE CLAIM. BUT - WE GET THERE TOO EARLY, OR THE FLIGHT IS LATE AND YOU HAVE TO CIRCLE. SOMETIMES ENDLESSLY. SECURITY WON'T ALLOW YOU TO WAIT AT THE CURB AND YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY TO PARK. FINALLY, MAUI HAS CAUGHT UP WITH MOST OF THE REST OF THE WORLD.

(vo) THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS OPENED A CELL PHONE WAITING LOT AT KAHULUI AIRPORT TO ALLOW MOTORISTS TO PARK AND WAIT FOR PASSENGERS ON ARRIVING FLIGHTS. THE NEW CELL PHONE WAITING AREA - A CONCEPT SIMILAR TO THE ONE AT HONOLULU AND MOST LARGE MAINLAND AIRPORTS - HAS NOW BEEN ESTABLISHED AT ALL FIVE OF HAWAII'S MAJOR AIRPORTS. THE NEW LOT IS LOCATED ALONG HEMALOA STREET, NEXT TO THE UPS CARGO FACILITY. HEMALOA STREET IS THAT LAST RIGHT TURN YOU CAN MAKE BEFORE ENTERING THE MAIN AIRPORT PROPERTY.

THE LOT WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 5 A.M. UNTIL 10 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT. USERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO WAIT UP TO AN HOUR ON THE PROPERTY.

(ON-CAM TAG) AIRPORT OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE WAITING AREA WILL BE A MAJOR CONVENIENCE FOR THOSE EXPECTING ARRIVALS BY NOT ONLY SAVING GAS AND FRAYED NERVES, BUT BY GREATLY REDUCING THAT ENDLESS CIRCLE OF TRAFFIC DOING LAPS UNTIL THEY SEE THEIR GUESTS AT BAGGAGE CLAIM.

IN ADDITION TO THE CELL PHONE WAITING LOT AT KAHULUI AIRPORT, A NEW EXPRESS LANE HAS BEEN ADDED AT THE PARKING LOT EXIT. THE NEW LANE ACCEPTS CREDIT CARDS AND SHOULD SIGNIFICANTLY CUT THE TIME IT TAKES TO EXIT THE AIRPORT LOT DURING PEAK TIMES.


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J: COMING UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, GOOD DEEDS GO PUNISHED. FOLKS WHO DONATED TO THE SIERRA CLUB SATURDAY HAD THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS STOLEN DURING THE HAIKU HO'OLAULE'A.

JY: AND WATER USERS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING GOOD HABITS. NOW OFFICIALS HOPE A DRY SPELL DOESN'T UNDO ALL THE GOOD THAT'S BEEN DONE.

J: AND WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE ON A COUPLE OR MAJOR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT PROJECTS. AND WE''L GIVE YOU A HINT: NEITHER ONE OF THEM IS SPEEDING UP ANY TIME SOON. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(SIERRA cLUB THEFT)(PiP-Cashbox/SierraClub)

J: IT WAS TURNING OUT TO BE - PERHAPS - ONE OF THE BEST FUNDRAISERS EVER FOR THE MAUI SIERRA CLUB. THEN, IN AN INSTANT, IT WAS GONE.

AT SATURDAY'S HAIKU HO'OLAULE'A AND FLOWER FAIR, SIERRA CLUB MEMBER LUCIENNE DE NAIE WAS ACCEPTING DONATIONS THAT, ACCORDING TO CLUB TREASURER BOB BABSON, CAME CLOSE TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS. WHEN SHE TURNED TO HAND A RECEIPT TO A DONOR, A WOMAN SNATCHED THE BOX AND RAN. WITNESSES SAY THE THIEF WAS A CAUCASIAN WOMAN, 40 TO 50 YEARS OLD, WITH A MEDIUM BUILD AND DARK HAIR.

(FF-VO-cg) THE CLUB IS ASKING THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN SEVERAL WAYS. FIRST, IF YOU DONATED TO THE SIERRA CLUB BY MEANS OF A CHECK ON SATURDAY, THEY ASK THAT YOU STOP PAYMENT ON IT IMMEDIATELY. SECOND, THEY'RE ASKING BANKS AND CHECK CASHING SERVICES TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANYONE TRYING TO CASH OR DEPOSIT CHECKS MADE OUT TO THE MAUI SIERRA CLUB. AND THIRD, IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP MAKE UP FOR THE STOLEN DONATIONS , PLASE SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO THE MAUI GROUP OF THE SIERRA CLUB, POST OFFICE BOX 7-9-1-1-8-0, PAIA, HAWAII 96779. IF YOU MISSED THAT ADDRESS, YOU CAN GET IT FROM OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

(ON-CAM) AND FINALLY, THE POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE THEFT TO PLEASE COME FORWARD. THE CASHBOX WAS RECOVERED AFTER THE HEIST AND POLICE HAVE CHECKED IT FOR FINGERPRINTS - BUT ARE NOT SAYING WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL.

(water use)(PiP-WaterDrop)

JY: DESPITE ALMOST NO RAINFALL ACROSS MAUI COUNTY LAST WEEK, WATER USE TOTALS ARE ABOUT A HALF-MILLION GALLONS A DAY LESS THAN THEY WERE AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. BUT - THEY ARE HIGHER THAN THE WEEK BEFORE LAST, SO OFFICIALS ARE STARTING TO GET A LITTLE NERVOUS.

(FF-CG-VO) THE GREATEST RAINFALL IN MAUI COUNTY WAS HANA-SIDE LAST WEEK, AND THE INCREASE IN WATER USE FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTY SHOWS IT. WATER USE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI JUMPED BY NEARLY A MILLION GALLONS A DAY.

(on-cam) DEMAND WAS HIGH ENOUGH IN LOWER KULA LAST WEEK THAT THE WATER DEPARTMENT HAD TO PUMP WATER UP FROM THE MAKAWAO SYSTEM. DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR JEFF ENG SAYS THAT IF USE CONTINUES TO INCREASE AT THIS PACE, OUTDOOR WATERING RULES ME NEED TO BE IMPOSED.

(TRANSPO UPDATES)(PiP-DitchWitch/ALAKAI)

J: TRYING TO GET AROUND BOTH ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI AND BETWEEN A COPUPLE OF ISLANDS ISN'T GOING TO GET ANY EASIER RIGHT AWAY. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TELLS MAUI TV NEWS THAT THE TRENCH-DIGGING WORK ALONG HONOAPIILANI HIGHWAY BETWEEN MAALAEA AND THE WIND FARM WILL CONTINUE. CREWS ARE PRIMARILY WORKING ON THE MIL-LONG STRETCH OF ROAD FROM THE MAALAEA SHOPS TO THE GATE AT THE BASE OF THE KAHEAWA WIND FARM. THOSE MULTI-COLORED TUBES ARE FOR FIBER OPTIC CABLE BEING INSTALLED IN A STATEWIDE PROGRAM CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS. THAT STRETCH OF WORK RUNS WEEKNIGHTS BETWEEN 9 P.M. AND 5 A.M. ON THE MAUKA SIDE OF THE ROAD.

MEANWHILE, THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY IS THE WORST TIME TO TRAVEL NORTH ON THE PI'ILANI HIGHWAY BETWEN LIPOA AND THE WAIPUILANI BRIDGE. THE SAME FIBER OPTIC CABLE PROJECT HAS SHUT TRAFFIC DOWN TO ONE LANE WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 8:30 A.M. AND 3:30 P.M. AS USUAL, THE STATE'S PRESS RELEASE POLITELY ADVISES MOTORISTS TO USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING THROUGH THOSE AREAS DURING THOSE TIMES - AND TO PLAN AHEAD AND ALLOW A LITTLE EXTRA TRAVEL TIME.

AND, TRAVELLING BY CAR TO AND FROM MAUI WON'T BE POSSIBLE AGAIN UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 22ND. HAWAII SUPERFERRY SAYS REPAIRS TO DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE DRYDOCK PROCESS WILL KEEP THE ALAKAI HIGH AND DRY FOR SEVERAL MORE WEEKS. THE SUPERFERRY HAS BEEN OUT OF SERVICE SINCE FEBRUARY 13TH AND, IF THE SCHEDULE STAYS THIS WAY, WILL HAVE BEEN OUT OF SERVICE LONGER THAN IT HAS BEEN IN SERVICE.


(bOYS AND gIRLS) (PiP: RipkenLogo)

JY: KALAPANA WILL HAVE BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS IN SPORTS IN JUST A FEW MINUITES HERE ON MAUI TV NEWS - BUT IT WAS A GRAND SLAM ON MONDAY FOR MAUI KEIKI. THE CAL RIPKEN SENIOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED A 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF MAUI. THE MONEY WILL SUPPORT CHARACTER-BUILDING AND ATHLETIC PROGRAMS.

RIPKEN FOUNDATION STAFF MEMBERS ARE ON MAUI TO TECH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS STAFF - AND MEMBERS - THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BASEBALL AND LIFE SKILLS, "THE RIPKEN WAY." IN ADDITION TO CASH, TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS, THE FOUNDATION IS ALSO PROVIDING 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REFURBISH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MAUI HOME FIELD AT THE LAHAINA RECREATIONAL CENTER.

RIPKEN'S FAMOUS SON, CAL JUNIOR, A 2007 INDUCTEE INTO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME, SAYS MAUI WAS CHOSEN FOR THE GRANT - IN PART - BECAUSE OF THE WORK AND EFFORT OF THE EUGENE FREEDMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION. FREEDMAN WAS A PART-TIME MAUI RESIDENT, WHO SERVED FOR MANY YEARS ON THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SADLY, HE DIDN'T LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THIS DREAM COME TRUE. FREEMAN PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 28TH WHILE VISITING HIS SON HERE ON MAUI.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF THE FIRST SET OF CLASSES AND CLINICS FOR MAUI YOUTH, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.


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HC: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, IT'S BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AND - DID WE MENTUION BASEBALL? KALAPANA WILL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: THEN HOLLY CHUNG JOINS US WITH DETAILS ON TWO MAJOR CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE UNDER THE SEA. DETAILS ON THOSE - PLUS A MAJOR FOOD BANK DRIVE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.


(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: WITH THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING JUST A WEEK AWAY, BASEBALL IS IN THE AIR. WHILE ONE SEASON WRAPPED UP - THE REST ARE JUST GETTING STARTED.

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

THE A-J-A- LEAGUE - WHICH STANDS FOR AMERICANS OF JAPANESE ANCESTRY FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DIDN'T KNOW - WRAPPED UP THEIR REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEK, WHILE LADIES SOFTBALL IN THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE GOT OFF TO A RIP-ROARING START.

(vo) TO MAEHARA STADIUM FOR THE FINAL GAME OF THE 2007-A-J-A SEASON, A MATCHUP BETWEEN ASAHI'S AND WAILUKU. THAT'S WAILUKU IN ORANGE AND GET USED TO THE SIGHT BECAUSE THEY WERE UP FOR A LONG TIME TO START THIS GAME. AFTER LETTING A COUPLE GET BY, BIG NUMBER 17 CHAZ SATO GETS EVERY BIT OF THIS ONE...AND YES, IT'S OUTA' HERE! A TWO -RUN HOME RUN AT MAEHARA. AND WHILE HE LOOKS LIKE HE’S BEEN DOING IT ALL HIS LIFE, SATO SAID THAT'S HIS FIRST HOMER OF THE SEASON.

IT LOOKED LIKE IT MIGHT BE A LONG DAY FOR ASAHI'S PITCHER, KEENAN KALUAU WHEN WAILUKU'S PORTLY PITCHER MARK MAKIMOTO EASILY LOOPED THIS ONE TO RIGHT FIELD. THE NUMBERS MOUNTED FOR A WHILE - BUT THEN KALUAU SEEMED TO GET A RHYTHM WHEN HE FANNED TRAVIS IKEDA, THEN WHISTLED ONE BY TYLER LOWEN, ONLY TO FALL BEHIND, LOADING THE BASES WITH THIS PITCH...THEN WALKING IN A RUN WITH THIS PITCH.

THERE WASN'T EXACTLY STANDING ROOM IN THE STANDS...BUT THERE WAS PLENTY OF SITTING ROOM UNDER THE PALMS BESIDE LEFT FIELD. ASAHI'S WARMED UP A NEW PITCHER. AND WAILUKU'S MAN ON THE MOUND, MARK MAKIMOTO MAY NOT BE LONG ON STYLE - BUT HE DOES GET THE JOB DONE. FIRST HE STRIKES OUT ASAHI'S DEAN KAWAMURA. THEN HE FANS KALUAU AND FORCES CHAD FERNANDEZ TO GROUND OUT TO END THE INNING.

TOP OF THE SECOND NOW AND MORE OF THE SAME FOR THE MEN IN ORANGE. THE BASES FILL UP QUICKLY BUT ASAHI'S NEW PITCHER CONTINUES A TREND BY WALKING IN ANOTHER WAILUKU RUN. ASAHI FINALLY GETS A THIRD OUT BUT THIS ONE WAS READY FOR A FORK!. WAILUKU WENT ON TO WIN IT 13-4.

UP NEXT, THE 73RD - YES - 73RD ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR A-J-A- BASEBALL, COMING TO MAEHARA STADIUM ON APRIL 5TH AND 6TH.

(on-cam) DAIMYO TOOK THE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THEIR WIN OVER THE MAUI A'S EARLIER ON SUNDAY.

MEANWHILE SATURDAY WAS A BIG DAY DOWN THE BLOCK AS M-I-L SOFTBALL GOT UNDER WAY. AFTER A CEREMONY RENAMING THE BASEBALL DIAMOND AT MAUI HIGH IN THE HONOR OF FAMOUS GRADUATE AND CHAMPION FOR WOMEN'S SPORTS, PATSY MINK, THE SABERS HOSTED KAMEHAMEHA MAUI AND FOUGHT BACK FROM A SIX-RUN DEFICIT TO CLINCH THEIR SEASON OPENER BY A FINAL SCORE OF 15-10. MEANWHILE, BACK AT WAR MEMORIAL, A BATTLE ROYAL WAS BREWING BETWEEN BALDWIN AND MOLOKAI. AFTER EDGING THE LADY FARMERS THE PREVIOUS DAY, THE LADY BEARS HAD THEIR HANDS FULL BUT WERE ABLE TO PULL IT OUT IN THE END, DEFEATING MOLOKAI 12-9.

THE SEASONS ARE JUST GETTING STARTED FOR THE BOYS, TOO, IN M-I-L BASEBALL - AND FOR THE LOCAL BIG-LEAGUERS AS WELL. BOTH OF MAUI'S FAMOUS NATIVE SONS ARE OFF TO PRETTY GOOD STATS FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS. SAINT ANTHONY GRAD SHANE VICTORINO ALREADY HAS A DOUBLE AND A STOLEN BASE IN SPRING TRAINING WITH THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES - WHILE BALDWIN GRAD KURT SUZUKI IS BOASTING A VERY RESPECTABLE 333 WITH THE OAKLAND A'S.

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. IF YOUR TEAM HAS A SEASON - OR SPECIAL SPORTING EVENT COMING UP AND YOU'D LIKE PEOPLE TO SHOW UP, THEN GET THE WORD TO US FIRST. SEND YOUR NOTICES TO SPORTS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. WE'LL DO WHAT WE CAN TO GET A CREW OUT TO CAPTURE THE ACTION. FOR MAUI TV NEWS I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.

(coming attractions)

HC: THIS WEEK, WE LOOK TO THE DEPTHS OF OUR BEAUTIFUL HAWAIIAN WATERS TO CELEBRATE ITS AMAZING CREATURES AND LOOK UP TO THE HEAVENS TO ADMIRE MAUI’S SHINING STARS. ALOHA EVERYONE! I’M HOLLY CHUNG, WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS, ON MAUI TV NEWS.

CELEBRATE MAUI OCEAN CENTER’S 10TH ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA, ON THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH, AND CONTINUING ALL MONTH LONG. AS PART OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, A 10 DAY EVENT CALLED “ONLY IN HAWAI’I” WILL TAKE PLACE FROM MARCH 17TH THRU THE 26TH, FEATURING MARINE LIFE THAT IS FOUND ONLY IN HAWAIIAN WATERS AND NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH.

LAHAINA CELEBRATES THE ANNUAL MIGRATION OF PACIFIC HUMPBACK WHALES TO MAUI WITH ITS OCEAN ARTS FESTIVAL. ON THURSDAY THRU SUNDAY, MARCH 13TH THRU THE 16TH, MARINE BIOLOGISTS, ARTISTS, DANCERS, AND MUSICIANS WILL HONOR THE WHALES, IN A CELEBRATION THAT PROMISES TO BE FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY, UNDER LAHAINA’S BANYAN TREE.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CATCH BALDWIN HIGHSCHOOL’S RISING STARS, DAN D’EGNUFF AND TREVOR KOMATSU, AS THEY PLAY 20 DIFFERENT CHARACTERS, WITH AS MANY COSTUME CHANGES. GREATER TUNA FINISHES IT’S RUN ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH AND 15TH, AT 7:30 PM. TICKETS ARE 10, 8, AND 6 DOLLARS.

PUT ON YOUR RUBY SLIPPERS AND TAKE TOTO TO THE MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY’S WIZARD OF PAWS FURBALL FUNDRAISING EVENT, ON SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH, FROM 5 TO 11 PM, AT THE WAILEA BEACH MARRIOTT. ENJOY AN EVENING OF DELICIOUS FINE DINING AND LIVE LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT. TICKETS ARE 125 DOLLARS.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH, YOU CAN HELP 6 YEAR OLD JACQULINE STEVES IN HER FIGHT AGAINST BONE CANCER. AN EVENING FOR JACQULINE WILL BE HELD AT JACQUES’ NORTHSHORE BISTRO, STARTING AT 8 PM. IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO BE SEEN AND ROCK OUT WITH LOCAL BANDS. THE SUGGESTED DONATION IS ONLY 10 DOLLARS, AND ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO JACQULINE.

OVER 5,000 KEIKI FROM OUR ISLAND OHANA, DON’T KNOW WHERE THEIR NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM. YOU CAN CHANGE THIS REALITY, BY PARTNERING WITH MAUI FOOD BANK, FOR THEIR HELP THE CHILDREN SPRING FOOD AND FUND DRIVE, FROM MARCH 15TH TO APRIL 30TH. SPONSORING A FOOD DRIVE, AT YOUR BUSINESS, SCHOOL, PLACE OF WORSHIP, OR COMMUNITY GROUP, IS EASY, FUN, AND WILL TOUCH THE LIVES OF OUR PRECIOUS KEIKI. FOR MORE INFORMATION, FOLLOW THE LINK FROM OUR WEBSITE, AT MAUITVNEWS.COM, OR CALL THE MAUI FOOD BANK AT 808 243 9500.

LOCAL GIRL, AMY HANAIALI’ GILLIOM, ALWAYS ENTHRALLS US WITH HER LEO KI’E KI’E, OR FALSETTO STYLINGS. ENJOY A NIGHT OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC, MUSICAL THEATER FAVORITES, JAZZ, AND R & B, WHEN ONE OF MAUI’S MOST BELOVED SHINING STARS SINGS HER HEART OUT, AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER’S CASTLE THEATER, ON SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH AT 7:30 PM. TICKETS ARE 37, 28, AND 10 DOLLARS.

IF YOU’D LIKE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE EVENTS AND MORE, FOLLOW THE LINK FROM OUR WEBSITE, AT MAUITVNEWS.COM. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT FUTURE EVENTS GOING ON IN MAUI, PLEASE SEND ME AN E-MAIL, AT MAUITVNEWS.COM, AND I’LL DO MY BEST TO INCLUDE IT IN AN UPCOMING BROADCAST. I’M HOLLY CHUNG AND THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK’S COMING ATTRACTIONS. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS, RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S SHOW. BEFORE WE GO, WE'D LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU CAN WATCH MAUI TV NEWS ANYTIME FROM OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS.COM, AND ANYTIME ON TELEVISION IN HAWAII ON OCEANIC DIGITAL CABLE CHANNEL 110 ON NEWS ON DEMAND. AND YOU CAN HEAR DAILY NEWS UPDATES FROM MAUI TV NEWS WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS ON 11-10 AM, KAOI. PLUS, IF YOU MISS THOSE AFTERNOON UPDATES ON THE RADIO, YOU CAN CATCH THEM ANY TIME BY CLICKING THE LINKS FROM OUR HOME PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST LOOK FOR THE RADIO ON OUR WEBSITE.

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JY: ALOHA

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