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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for March 19, 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: NO NEW PROPERTY TAXES AND NO LAYOFFS - THE MAYOR'S UNVEILS HER NEW BUDGET - THEN EXPLAINS WHERE THE MONEY'S COMING FROM - AND SHE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU.

JY: THE MONEY IS THERE - AND NOW THE APPROVAL IS, TOO. THE WEST MAUI HOSPITAL GETS THE GO-AHEAD FROM STATE OFFICIALS.

J: AND NEITHER RAIN, NOR...RAIN COULD STOP THE SECOND ANNUAL MAUI COUNTY AG FESTIVAL FROM FILLING THE CROWD WITH GOOD FOOD AND GOOD IDEAS ABOUT FOOD SUSTAINABILITY.

JY: IN SPORTS, WATER POLO ACTION IN KIHEI SAW THE LADY WARRIORS PUT ON A CLINIC - WHILE THE RUN TO THE SUN PUT A DAMP CHILL ON DOZENS OF UPHILL RUNNERS. KALAPANA'S GOT DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND HOLLY CHUNG IS HERE WITH DETAILS ON EVERYTHING FROM A FABLED JOURNEY THROUGH THE AUSTRIAN ALPS - TO JOURNEY. SHE'S GOT ALL THE DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.

JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. WITH LEAN TIMES NOW, THE PROPOSED 2010 BUDGET WOULD ALSO PROMISE LEAN MEASURES FOR THE NEAR FUTURE.

(TURN TO CAM) SO HOW CAN THE MAYOR PUT FORTH A PLAN THAT PAYS THE BILLS WITHOUT RAISING OUR TAXES? MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING WAS THERE TO FIND OUT.

(Take BudgetPkg) BECAUSE HER OWN CONFERENCE ROOM IS UNDER RENOVATION - A BUDGET EXPENSE FROM LAST YEAR, THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE ROOM WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY WHEN MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES UNVEILED HER PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010. WHILE MANY DEPARTMENT HEADS CAME TO HEAR IF THEIRS WOULD BE SCALED BACK - THE FACT WAS THAT NONE ARE. IN FACT, THE MAYOR PLANS TO ADD 15 NEW POSITIONS IN THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. SO, WE ASKED THE BIG QUESTION - HOW CAN A BUDGET INCREASE WITH NO NEW TAXES AND NO JOB CUTS. A MODEST INCREASE IN UTILITIES WILL ACCOUNT FOR ONLY A FRACTION OF THE INCREASED REVENUES. SO WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM.

Charmaine Tavares, Mayor, Maui County

CT02: "Well the revenue increase came from the hotel classification and the time-share classification because those valuations went up while other properties went down. In the balance it came out plus instead of minus so that was fortunate for us."

IN HER REMARKS, THE MAYOR ANNOUNCED 20 MILLION DOLLARS TOWARD THE LONG-AWAITED KIHEI POLICE STATION. AND SHE EXPLAINED THAT THE FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY HAS ALREADY STARTED TO TRICKLE DOWN TO MAUI COUNTY - TO HELP WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROJECTS.

CT01: "There are some coming in now and we're doing budget amendments for the current fiscal year. Because the CDBG funds that I mentioned - and also the federal highways funds are coming in now and we need to get them out the door as quickly as possible."/// We have some budget amendments coming up next week and hopefully we can get those through quickly and get those projects going."

GOING INTO THE BUDGET PLANNING PROCESS IN THE KIND OF YEAR THE ENTIRE PLANET HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING FINANCIALLY, THERE WAS - UNDERSTANDABLY A LOT OF ANXIETY.

CT03: "I think the anxiety is that they've been hearing all the doom and gloom and expecting our budget to be so short that - oh no - we're going to have to raise property taxes sky high. We're going to have to cut this program, and start laying off people - that was the anxiety, I think. So now that it's here I think they can breathe a little sigh of relief. But we're not clear yet because of that TAT. So if we have to go back and find 18 million dollars and move things around and cut things again - it's going to be difficult."

THE TAT THING THE MAYOR REFERRED TO IS A BILL PENDING IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE THAT WOULD SUSPEND TRANSIENT ACOMODATION TAX PAYMENTS - TAT - TO COUNTIES FOR SIX YEARS. TO AVOID THAT, MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN DANNY MATEO HAS ADDED CAPITOL WATCHDOG TO HIS JOB DESCRIPTION.

Danny Mateo, County Council Chairman

DM01: "You know that - for us right now - is really the biggest concern. So for us - all the members - we just have to continue to be vigilant. We need to be there. We need to be knocking on their doors, reminding them of the importance of the TAT - the impacts it has on our total County. And, you know what, I don't know what the positions are in terms of political jockeying but the reality is there's major impacts and major impacts continue to add to the hurt that already exists in our communities, So, for all of our representatives, we're watching. We want to work with you but you need to listen to the please of our council, our county and the people of our County."

FEDERAL STIMULUS - COUNCILMEMBERS SERVING AS WATCHDOGS OVER THE HAWAII LEGISLATURE - AND A CONTINUNING DECLINE IN THE ECONOMIC FORECAST - JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE THE 2010 BUDGET PROCESS CHALLENGING AND UNIQUE. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ff-cg-tag) THE MAYOR HAS PLANNED A SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS TO GET YOUR INPUT ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET. CHECK THE SCREEN FOR THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION OF THE PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING NEAREST YOU. YOU CAN ALSO SEND YOUR INPUT TO THE MAYOR'S OFFICE VIA EMAIL. FOR THAT LINK GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(W. Maui Hospital) (PiP-Bryan Hoyle)

J: MEANWHILE, THE MONEY'S NEVER BEEN THE ISSUE - BUT THE RED TAPE HAS. NOW THAT RED TAPE HAS BEEN CUT THROUGH AND THE WEST MAUI HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER HAS A GREEN LIGHT TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION.

(VO) NEARLY 15 ACRES HAVE BEEN DEDICATED TO THE HOSPITAL SITE - ADJACENT TO THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER - FOR A CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL THAT WILL INCLUDE 25 ACUTE CARE BEDS AS WELL AS A 40-BED SKILLED NURSING FACILITY. THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE AND WILL COST ABOUT 45 MILLION DOLLARS.

(on-cam) THE FINAL APPROVAL CAME LATE FRIDAY FROM THE STATE HEALTH PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY. ACTUALLY, THE APPROVAL WAS SOMETHING OF A FORMALITY SINCE - IN MOST CASES - THAT AGENCY GENERALLY ACTS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED PANEL WHICH, AFTER PUBLIC MEETINGS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT. THE IDEA OF A WEST MAUI HOSPITAL HAS BEEN PART OF THE LAHAINA COMMUNITY PLAN FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

(legislature-Votes this week) (Pip-State Capitol)

JY: DEPENDING ON WHICH SIDE OF THE ISSUES YOU'RE ON, THERE WAS GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FROM THE STATE CAPITOL THIS WEEK.

ON MONDAY MORNING THE HAWAII SUPREME COURT RULED THAT ACT 2 - THE LAW THAT ALLOWED THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY TO OPERATE WHILE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT WAS COMPLETED - WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE JUSTICES RULES THAT, WHILE THE LAW WAS WRITTEN TO APPLY TO ANY LARGE CAPACITY FERRY THAT MIGHT OPERATE IN HAWAI'I - THE REALITY IS THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE - THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY - AND THAT MADE THE NEW LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE RULING WAS A VICTORY FOR PLAINTIFFS MAUI TOMORROW AND THE KAHULUI HARBOR COALITION.

(vo) THIS IS JEFF KING WITH A LATE ADDITION TO THIS STORY. TODAY, THE ALAKAI MADE HER LAST TRIP TO MAUI - AT LEAST FOR NOW. CAPTAIN ADAM PAERSONS COZIED THE SHIP UP TO THE DOCK - AS HE'S DONE HUNDREDS OF TIMES. AS MAUI SUPERFERRY EMPLOYEES DID THEIR JOB, FORMER EMPLOYEES GOT THE CHANCE TO COME TO THE DOCK TO SAY GOODBYE. MEANWHILE, SUPERFERRY CEO TOM FARGO TOLD US HOW MONDAY'S NEWS OF THE UNCONSITUTIONALITY OF ACT 2 HIT HIM

Tom Fargo, CEO Hawaii Superferry

TF01: "I have to tell you I was surprised by that decision. I really was. Obviously we'd operated for the past year every day. We successfully navigated the Winter. We've had a couple of weather days - one when the whole state was shut down and the other when the port was shut down. So, we demonstrated to all of our customers - especially our business customers that we provide regular and reliable operations. And certainly in that same period of time, we also proved that we could operate without any significant environmental impact and we've got loads of data that demonstrates that. "

WHILE LAST MINUTE APPEALS SEEM TO BE LONG SHOTS, FARGO TOLD US THAT HE HOLDS NO ANIMOSITY TOWARD ANY GROUP THAT BROUGHT THEIR BUSINESS TO AN END.

TF02: "Obviously I'm not interested in point fingers or assessing blame. We've had a lot of support from the state, from the legislature - but mostly from the people who clearly liked it. I mean they liked riding on the ship. And of course the small businesses. We had great customers in FedEx, Loves, CFI and Expediters and a host of other small businesses that used to watch come on and off the ferry every day. I think we've just got to set things right - that the environmental impact statement is resolved. You've got good infrastructure in place and - as I've said from the get-go here, I think there's a clear need - a clear and unmet need for a high-speed ferry system in this state and we've demonstrated it's doable."

ALAKAI WILL LIKELY RETURN TO HER HOME SHIPYARD IN ALABAMA WHERE THE SECOND SUPERFERRY IS ALMOST COMPLETE. WHEN ASKED WHAT CONDITIONS NEED TO EXIST FOR THEM TO COME BACK TO HAWAII, FARGO SAID

TF03: "Well I think to run any business you have to remove the uncertainty, right? That's really key. You have to have the kind of environment where you can sail everyday, take good care of your customers - and that's precisely what our aim is. And I really hope we get to that point because, once again, I think the people of this state benefit tremendously from this capability."

AND REMOVING THAT UNCERTAINTY WILL TAKE TIME AND MONEY - NEITHER OF WHICH ARE IN ABUNDANCE FOR ANYONE RIGHT NOW. REPORTING FROM PIER TWO IN KAHULUI, I'M JEFF KING.

MEANWHILE, ON MONDAY THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TOOK UP THE ISSUE OF BAG LIMITS ON HAWAIIAN PARROTFISH, OR UHU, AND THE HAWAIIAN GOATFISH - THE KUMU. THE BILL, KNOWN AS SB-378, HAD RECEIVED UNANIMOUS APPROVAL IN THE STATE SENATE. HOWEVER, THE HOUSE COMMITTEE REVIEWING THE MEASURE DEFERRED IT TO A LATER DATE, SAYING THEY WANTED MORE TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE EFFECTS ON LOCAL FISHING RIGHTS. THE BILL'S AUTHORS HAVE UNTIL THIS MONDAY TO RESUBMIT FOR CONSIDERATION THIS SESSION.

TOSS TO B BLOCK

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE SECOND MAUI COUNTY AG FEST BROUGHT OUT BRAVE SOULS WHO DIDN'T MIND THE RAIN - AND IT BROUGHT OUT GREAT IDEAS TOWARD MAKING MAUI MORE LOCALLY SUSTAINABLE. WE'LL TAKE YOU THERE.

J: AND WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE ON MAUI'S TOP SPELLER - AND THE AMAZINGLY CHALLENGING WORDS IT TOOK TO FINALLY TRIP HIM UP AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND ON O'AHU.

B BLOCK

(Ag Fest)(PiP - Windmill/scarecrow)

JY: THE MISSION: TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT LOCAL AGRICULTURE AND ITS VITAL ROLE IN CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR MAUI. BUT REALLY, IT WAS A CHANCE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, ENJOY GREAT FOOD AND MUSIC - AND DODGE THE DOWNPOURS. THE SECOND ANNUAL MAUI COUNTY AG FESTIVAL TOOK OVER THE LU'AU GROUNDS AT MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION SATURDAY. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING BRINGS US THIS STORY.

(TAKE AG FEST PKG) BESIDES KEEPING THE TRADEMARK WINDMILL VERY ACTIVE, THE THE SECOND MAUI COUNTY AG FEST AT MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION PROVED A NUMBER OF THINGS: THERE IS AN AMAZING VARIETY OF HOME GROWN SPECIALTIES FROM FOOD TO DRINK TO HOUSING MATERIALS, PLANTS, FLOWERS AND MORE. ANOTHER THING IT PROVED IS THAT MAUI PEOPLE WILL SHOW UP AT A MAJOR EVENT LIKE THIS RAIN OR SHINE - AND IT DID PLENTY OF BOTH. THE FIRST EVENT WAS HELD AT THE WAR MEMORIAL SOCCER FIELD - BUT SOMEHOW - THE SETTING OF A LUSH SPOT BUSTLING WITH NATURAL GOODNESS JUST MADE MORE SENSE - THAT'S WHY THIS YEAR'S EVENT WAS HELD AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION.

Warren Watanabe, Exec Dir. Maui County Farm Bureau

WW01: "I think it's great. It's a better location and it seems like the people like it here better."

AND IT'S ALSO A CHANCE TO DRIVE HOME THE TOPICS OF FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY.. AND THAT THEME HAS BEEN EMPHASIZED HERE TODAY.

ww02: "We think it has and if Hawaii and Maui County want to get serious about self-sufficiency and sustainability they need to support what we call the local commercial farmers and ranchgers. These are the guys that are producing products that you see in your Safeway, Foodland and those kinds of outlets."

Sandra Lee Kunimoto, Chairperson, State Board of Agriculture

SK01: "I think people now - with the economic situation - are more taking stock in where does their food come from. They're more award and they understand that if we buy local that we're supporting our local communities and everyone wants to do that."

THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE AG FEST - AND PARTICLUALRY DELIGHTED THAT IT SUPPORTS THE CONCEPT OF LOCAVORES - PEOPLE WHO EAT WHAT'S GROWN LOCALLY.

SK02: "Absolutely. We have a very active Buy Fres, Buy Local program and we are in partners with many folks suce as the Maui County Farm Bureau, the Hawaii Farm Bureau, the College of Tropical Agriculture. All of thgose folks are our partners and everyone is working together to support local agriculture."

ON THIS DAY THERE WAS LOTS TO SUPPORT - FROM COFFE TO BAMBOO TO ICR CREAM. AND THERE WAS LOTS TO ENJOY - LIKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AND HULA BETWEEN DOWNPOURS, AND DURING THEM. THERE WERE DISAPLAYS AND PONY RIDES AND - WHILE THERE WERE ACTIVITIES FOR KEIKI - THE REALITY IS THAT FARMING ON MAUI, IN GENERAL IS AN UPPER MIDDLE AGE PROFESSION.

WW03: "That's one of the discouraging things - and why we need events like this. We have a downward trend in the number of farmers. And, as I've been saying all along, the average age of farmers in Hawaii is 60 years old. We need to generate more younger people into the industry. I think there's a misconception that farming is just hard work but we're also trying to emphasize different areas in agriculture work whether it's in resaearch developmnent or those other areas where we need. Although there is going to be a critical need for food production and fiber production."

WHILE ALL THE TENTS WERE WELL ATTENDED - ESPECIALLY WHEN IT RAINED THE HARDES, THE MOST POPULAR WAS THE TASTE EDUCATION TENT WHERE SOME OF MAUI'S VERY FINEST CHEFS SHOWED OFF THEIR SKILLS USING ONLY LOCAL INGREDIENTS - FROM LAND AND SEA. ONE OF THE MORE INTRIGUING WAS THE MALA RESTAURANT CREATION - BABAGENOUSH.

Mark Ellman, Owner Mala Restaurant and Maui Tacos

ME01: Babagenoush is a mediterranean - MiddleEastern dish that features roasted eggplant - pureed, with tahini - which is sesame paste, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic and a little salt and pepper."///(that's what you served today) That's what I served today we use local long Japanese eggplant, we roast it in the oven with olive oil on them - pureed - mixed with the tahini. And we served it on a pita with fried chickpeas and a little extra virgin olive oil."

ELLMAN HAS BEEN TO BOTH AG FAIRS AND TO THE ULUPALAKUA THING. WHILE HE LOVED THE VIEW FROM UPCOUNTRY, HE IS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE POTENTIAL OF THIS NEW SETUP AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION.

ME02: "Although Ulupalakua was a fantastic location, this is a much mofre practical spot for parking, etc., etc., etc., it's bigger. If this is the first event and it's this big of a success, I can't wait 'til next year."

AND RAIN OR SHINE, YOU SHOULDN'T MISS IT NEXT YEAR EITHER. REPORTING FROM WAIKAPU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAUI COUNTY FARM BUREAU, ITS MEMBERS AND THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(sPELLING bEE-sALAZAR)(PiP-Gabriel Salazar)

J: SPELL THE WORD "OPPROBRIOUS." GO AHEAD, WE'LL WAIT. I CAN'T EITHER. BUT THAT’S THE WORD THAT FINALLY TOOK OUT MAUI SPELLING CHAMP GABRIEL SALAZAR DURING SUNDAY'S STATE SPELLING BEE ON O'AHU.

(VO) SALAZAR REPEATED AS MAUI DISTRICT CHAMP THIS YEAR DURING LAST MONTH'S SPELLING BEE AT IAO SCHOOL. FIRST RUNNER UP TALIA JAFFE AND SALAZAR TRAVELLED TO HONOLULU FOR THE STATE FINALS THIS WEEKEND.

(ON-CAM) WHILE YOUNG TALIA WENT OUT IN AN EARLIER ROUND - IT CERTAINLY WASN'T BECAUSE THE WORDS WERE EASY. THE WINNER THIS YEAR WAS DEFENDING CHAMPION TALMADGE NAKAMOTO FROM KONAWAENA MIDDLE SCHOOL ON THE BIG ISLAND. SALAZAR WENT OUT IN THE FIFTEENTH ROUND. THEN NAKAMOTO DEFENDED HIS CROWN FOR THREE MORE ROUNDS BEFORE WINNING IT ALL. AMONG THE WORDS THAT I HAVE NEVER USED IN A SENTENCE AND CANNOT SPELL WERE BOMBILATION, CANTABANK, PHONASTHENIA AND GRAPHOSPASM. NAKAMOTO NOW TRAVELS TO THE NATION'S CAPITOL TO COMPETE FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE.

TOSS TO C BLOCK

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, YOU'D THINK IN A "RUN TO THE SUN" IT SHOULD GET WARMER AS YOU GET CLOSER TO THE SUN. NUH-UNH. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS ON THAT GRUELING EVENT AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM M-I-L WATER POLO UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

JY: THEN, HOLLY CHUNG WILL BE HERE TO TAKE US ON A JOURNEY THROUGH MUSICAL AUSTRIA - AND A JOURNEY TO, WELL, JOURNEY. IT'S ALL UP NEXT INCOMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: I BELIEVE SOME MIGHT CALL IT HYPERBOLAE, AN OXYMORON OR JUST...CONFUSING.

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

I'M TALKING ABOUT THE ANNUAL "RUN TO THE SUN" EVENT ON MAUI. NOW I WOULD THINK THAT AS YOU GET NEARER THE SUN IT SHOULD GET WARMER. BUT, NOOOOO.

(FF-CG-VO) RUN TO THE SUN IS A GRUELING 36-MILE UPHILL DASH FROM THE MAUI MALL ALL THE WAY TO THE SUMMIT OF HALEAKALA. SATURDAY MORNING AT 4:30 NEARLY A HUNDRED HEARTY SOLES SET OUT IN LESS-THAN IDEAL CONDITIONS. BY THE TIME THE SUN CAME UP - IT FAILED TO COME OUT, AND THE RAN CAME DOWN. PHOTOGRAPHER AUBREY HORD TOLD MAUI TV NEWS THAT IT WAS IN THE 40S BY THE TIME THE RUNNERS PASSED KING KEKAULIKE HIGH SCHOOL. IN FACT IT WAS SO COLD, THAT THE RACE WAS SHORTENED BY THREE MILES BECAUSE IT WAS JUST TOO COLD AND WINDY - AND ICY - AT THE SUMMIT. AND HOW COLD WAS IT AT THE LOWER FINISH LINE? TRY 31 DEGREES AT THE 86-HUNDRED FOOT LEVEL.

YOUR OVERALL RUN TO THE SUN WINNER WAS SEAN MEISNER OF OREGON WITH AN ASTOUNDING TIME OF FIVE HOURS 30 MINUTES AND 47 SECONDS. THE TOP FEMALE FINISHER WAS ELLEN HART OF COLORADO - WITH A TIME OF SIX HOURS AND EIGHT MINUTES.

(ON-CAM) IN ADDITION TO BEING 10 MILES LONGER THAN A MARATHON, THE ANNUAL RUN TO THE SUN EVENT IS ALSO AN EXERCISE IN MATURITY. THIS YEAR, AMONG THE 79 WHO FINISHED THE RACE, THERE WERE 16 COMPETITORS OVER THE AGE OF 50 AND 10 MEN AND WOMEN WHO WERE OVER THE AGE OF 60 - INCLUDING TWO MEN WHO ARE 67 YEARS OF AGE.

WHO SAYS LIFE IS ALL DOWNHILL AFTER YOU REACH 40? CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO EVEN ATTEMPTED THIS YEAR'S RUN TO THE SUN.

MEANWHILE, A COUPLE OF UPCOUNTRY TEAMS CAME DOWN TO SEA LEVEL TO ENGAGE IN A MUCH WARMER SPORT AS THE LADY WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI FACED THE LADIES OF KING KEKAULIKE. IT WAS THE SEASON OPENER FOR BOTH TEAMS IN WATER POLO.

(TAKE VO) OUT TO KIHEI AQUATIC CENTER FOR THIS FRIDAY MATCH AND IT WAS LOPSIDED FROM THE START. EXPERIENCE AND A DEEP BENCH QUICKLY PUT KAMEHAMEHA ON TOP. AFTER SOME GOOD PASSING, KALEI GUTH GETS IT PAST THE NA ALII GOALIE.

WHILE NA ALII DID MIX IT UP A LITTLE, THE LADY WARRIORS FOCUSED ON TEAM WORK AND GETTING KAULANA ANE OPEN AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. GOAL!

AS THE SECOND PERIOD BEGINS YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER REASON KAMEHAMEHA DOMINATED THIS MATCH - DEFENSE. THEY ALMOST NEVER ALLOWED NA ALII INSIDE THE SHOOTING ZONE. BACK ON OFFENSE, IT LOOKED LIKE ANOTHER SURE SCORE FOR THE LADY WARRIORS BUT KAINOA KALAOKAMAILE GETS A BRICK AND KIMBERLY CHIN IS BLOCKED. AT THE OTHER END OF THE POOL, NA ALII TAKE A LONG SHOT AND IT'S GOOD!

BUT - THE WARRIORS HAD TEAMWORK AND MOMENTUM ON THEIR SIDE. HERE A PASS TO WARRIOR ALLYN KALAIWALA RESULTS IN ANOTHER SCORE. AND KEELEY HASSELL'S PASS TO GUTH RESULTS IN, YOU GUESSED IT - ANOTHER GOAL.

FINAL SCORE IN THIS ONE, KAMEHAMEHA LADY WARRIORS 20, LADY NA ALII - NINE.

(ON-CAM) AND WHILE THE WARRIORS SPREAD THE SCORING AROUND - THEY DIDN'T SPREAD IT TO FAR. KELEI GUTH SCORED EIGHT OF THE WARRIOR GOALS, KAULANA ANE SCORED SEVEN AND ALLYN KALAIWALA HAD FOUR.

THIS WEEK IN THE M-I-L IT'S TENNIS, WATER POLO, GOLF, SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL. WE'LL HAVE SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU NEXT WEEK.

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. IF YOUR TEAM HAS SIGNUPS, PLAYOFFS, OR AN UPCOMING SEASON OR MAJOR SPORTING EVENT, LET US HELP YOU GET THE WORD OUT. 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: GET YOUR IPODS READY FOR A WHOLE NEW PLAYLIST BECAUSE THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT MUSIC AND CELEBRATION YOU’LL WANT TO REVISIT FOR WEEKS TO COME.

ALOHA AND WELCOME TO COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I’M HOLLY CHUNG WITH A GREAT LINEUP OF CULTURAL EVENTS FEATURING THE VERY BEST ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS, BOTH MAUI’S-OWN AND WORLD-RENOWN.

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN! IT’S HO`OMAU 2009, NA LEO PULAMA O MAUI ‘S 22ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR PUNANA LEO O MAUI - THE HAWAIIAN IMMERSION PRESCHOOL THIS SATURDAY AT KEOPUOLANI PARK AMPHITHEATRE. THIS YEAR’S THEME IS: “HE NANI WELO NO.” TRANSLATED, “A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY INDEED,” THIS ALL-DAY EVENT FROM 9AM ‘TIL SUNSET FEATURES AN EXCITING AND ENTERTAINING LINE-UP OF HOMEGROWN STARS LIKE NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD WINNERS KAINANI KAHAUNAELE AND `ULUWEHI GUERRERO AND HIS HALAU KAULUOKALA. ALSO FEATURED ARE MAUI FAVORITES NUFF SEDD WITH DANI GIRL. TICKETS ARE $10 IN ADVANCE OR $15 AT THE DOOR, WITH KEIKI 10 AND UNDER FREE!


GOOD LUCK DECIDING, BECAUSE THERE'S ANOTHER ALL-DAY EVENT SATURDAY THAT PROMISES TO BE AMAZING. IT’S "CULTURE & ARTS DAY," A CELEBRATION OF MAUI'S MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY AT KEPANIWAI HERITAGE GARDENS AT IAO VALLEY. THIS FREE EVENT IS FROM 9AM TO 4PM. WHILE NO ONSITE PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE THAT DAY, FREE PARKING AND SHUTTLES WILL BE PROVIDED IN WAILUKU AT THE COUNTY PARKING LOT AND THE MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT IN WAILUKU. ENJOY PERFORMANCES BY THE MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, TAU DANCE THEATER, KAPOLEI CHORALE, AND MANY MORE! IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CELEBRATION, HAWAII NATURE CENTER IS OFFERING FREE ADMISSION TO ITS INTERACTIVE NATURE MUSEUM AND DISCOUNTED PRICES FOR ITS RAINFOREST WALKS.

KEEP SATURDAY NIGHT OPEN FOR “FUR BALL 2009,” PRESENTED BY THE MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY. ENJOY THE GREAT AMBIANCE OF THE WAILEA MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA STARTING AT 5PM, WITH FOOD AND BEVERAGES, SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, AND DANCE AWAY TO THE SMOOTH RHYTHMS OF JIMMY MAC AND THE KOOL KATZ. THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “CLEOCATRA, QUEEN OF THE NILE, WHERE ALL CATS ARE REVERED.” TICKETS ARE 125 DOLLARS EACH AND TABLE SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.

THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER HOSTS A FLURRY OF BIG-NAME PERFORMERS THROUGHOUT THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT, SO BE SURE TO BE IN THE KNOW, BECAUSE EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THEM.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22ND, STARTS OFF WITH SLAM 2009 AT THE MACC, FEATURING RAIATEA HELM. MAUI’S TAU DANCE THEATER PRESENTS THE 5TH ANNUAL HAWAI‘I-JAPAN YOUTH EXCHANGE CONCERT, AN EXCITING SHOWCASE OF DANCE AND MUSIC WITH THE YOUTH DANCERS OF JAPAN'S YUKO ANAMI BALLET, KAPOLEI CHORALE AND TAU DANCE THEATER. SHOWTIME IS 7:30PM. FOR MORE INFO, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

LONG-TIME JOURNEY FANS WILL APPRECIATE THE COMPARABLE VOCAL STYLE OF LEAD VOCALIST ARNEL PINEDA TO THE ICONIC STEVE PERRY AS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ROCK BANDS OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MAUI FOR A 7 O'CLOCK PERFORMANCE ON THE LAWN OF THE MACC THIS MONDAY. ACROSS MORE THAN THREE DECADES, POWER BALLADS AND SONGS LIKE "DON'T STOP BELIEVING", "FAITHFULLY", "OPEN ARMS", "SEND HER MY LOVE", "WHO'S CRYING NOW", AND JOURNEY’S SIGNATURE SONG "DON'T STOP BELIEVING" - YOU'LL HEAR THEM ALL. TICKETS ARE 55, 65 AND 75 DOLLARS - WITH LIMITED $125 PREMIUM SEATS AVAILABLE.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, ALSO AT THE MACC, IT’S NA LEO PILIMEHANA IN CONCERT, NEXT SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH, AT 7-30 IN THE CASTLE THEATRE. CELEBRATED AS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND AWARD-WINNING FEMALE HAWAIIAN GROUPS EVER, NALANI CHOY, LEHUA KALIMA HEINE, AND ANGELA MORALES ARE THE ”VOICES BLENDING TOGETHER IN WARMTH.” PRE-SHOW FESTIVITIES BEGIN AT 5:30PM. FOR MORE DETAILS, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

IN FACT, 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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J: 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'S AG FESTIVAL AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION.

JY: 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.

J: ALOHA.

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