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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending April 1, 2010


(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: MAUI ESTABLISHES A STRONG POSITION AS THE PLACE WHERE THE STATE'S VISITOR INDUSTRY IS STARTING TO REBOUND WITH TWO STRAIGHT MONTHS OF POSITIVE GROWTH. BUT A DISASTROUS ARTIFICIAL REEF EXPANSION EFFORT IN DECEMBER PUTS A BLACK EYE ON MAUI'S WORLD CLASS DIVING AND FISHING IMAGE. WE'VE GOT THE INITIAL REPORT.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK PLUS WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A MOVING AND SOBERING PRESENTATION AT BALDWIN HIGH DESIGNED TO WARN KIDS NOT TRY METH - NOT EVEN ONCE. THERE'S ALMOST TOO MUCH GOING ON IN MAUI'S SPORTS SCENE AND THERE MAY ACTUALLY BE TOO MUCH GOING ON IN COMING ATTRACTIONS - BUT WE'LL TRY TO GET TO THEM ALL. IT'S A BUSY WEEK AND IT'S ALL IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE. AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S ONLY ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. IF IT SEEMS LIKE HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS ARE BUSIER THAN THEY'VE BEEN IN A LONG TIME - YOU'RE PRETTY OBSERVANT .

(TURN TO CAM) THE NEWEST NUMBERS FROM THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY ARE HEADLINED WITH MAUI'S SECOND STRAIGHT MONTH OF GROWTH IN ARRIVALS. AND WHAT'S MORE - THEY'RE STAYING HER LONGER AND SPENDING MORE.

(TAKE HTA PKG) TWO CONSECUTIVE UP MONTHS DOESN'T EXACTLY CONSTITUTE A MAJOR TREND - BUT IT SURE BEATS THOSE 17 DOWN MONTHS MAUI HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING SINCE THE BOTTOM FELL OUT OF THE VISITOR MARKET AFTER 2007.

A VERY HEALTHY JUMP IN ARRIVALS IN FEBRUARY - PARTICULARLY FROM INTERNATIONAL CITIES - FUELED THE KIND OF MONTH OUR COUNTY NEEDS TO BEGIN TO SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. IN ONE SENSE THEY ARE SORT OF SMALL STEPS BECAUSE VISITOR SPENDING, PER DAY, IS UNCHANGED FROM THE PREVIOUS FEBRUARY. BUT IF YOU TAKE THAT AMOUNT AND HAVE IT SPENT BY SEVEREAL THOUSAND MORE PEOPLE PER DAY - YOU SEE THE EXPLOSION IN TOTAL EXPENDITURES - AND THAT IS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION.

ONE OF THE REASONS - EXPERTS SAY - THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE COMING TO MAUI IS THAT IT'S EASIER TO GET HERE. IN PARTICULAR, NEW DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM CALGARY AND VANCOUVER THAT STARTED LAST FALL RESULTED IN A DRAMATIC JUMP IN CANADIAN VISITORS - UP NEARLY 15 PERCENT TO MAUI. AND MORE WEST COAST VISITORS CAME TO MAUI IN FEBRUARY AFTER ADDITIONAL DIRECT SERVICE WAS ADDED BETWEEN OAKLAND AND KAHULUI. OVERALL, SEATS TO HAWAI'I INCREASED BY MORE THAN FIVE PERCENT. AND IT DIDN'T HURT AT ALL THAT CRUISE SHIP VISITORS INCREASED BY 25 PERCENT ON MAUI.

WHILE THE NEWS WASN'T NEARLY AS GOOD FOR THE OTHER ISLANDS - IT WASN'T ALL THAT BAD. STATEWIDE SO FAR THIS YEAR - TOTAL SPENDING BY VISITORS IS UP BY MORE THAN 31 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. VISITOR DAYS ARE UP AND ARRIVALS ARE, TOO. AND ALL OF THIS DESPITE THE PRO BOWL NOT BEING IN HAWAII THIS YEAR.

IT MAY NOT BE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL JUST YET - BUT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE COMING BACK TO SEE THE LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE HORIZON.

(ON-CAM TAG) MAUI WAS THE ONLY ISLAND IN THE STATE TO SEE ACROSS THE BOARD GROWTH IN ALL CATEGORIES. IF YOU'D LIKE TO REVEL IN ALL THE POSITIVE NEWS OF THE FEBRUARY HTA SUMMARY, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(REEF DAMAGE)(PiP-BARGE DROP CEMENT)

J: WHEN YOU SEE THE PICTURES OF ONE-AND-A-HALF TON CONCRETE SLABS CRUSHING BEDS OF LIVING CORAL, YOU CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER- WHO ON EARTH COULD LET SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPEN? WELL, THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE QUESTIONS BEING ASKED IN THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF MEETINGS AND AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION OF THE ARTIFICIAL REEF DISASTER OF '09.

(TAKE REEF MEETING PKG) WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 2009. THREE-QUARTERS OF A MILE OFF SHORE AT KEAWAKAPU BEACH A LARGE AMERICAN MARINE BARGE WITH TWO FORKLIFTS WAS OFFLOADING SOME 1400 CONCRETE FORMS ONTO A DESIGNATED SPOT.

SELF-PROFESSED MAUI REEF ADVOCATE DARRELL TANAKA WATCHED WITH A CONSTANT SMILE - KNOWING THAT THE SO-CALLED HIDEY-HOLES BEING CREATED IN AN AN OTHERWISE STRUCTURE-LESS FLAT BOTTOM WOULD ATTRACT YOUNG FISH AND GIVE THEM A PLACE TO FEED, HIDE FROM PREDATORS - THEN GROW AND MOVE OFF TO OTHER MORE NATURAL REEFS ALONG THE SOUTH MAUI COAST. HE'S BEEN A FAN OF ARTIFICIAL REEFS FOR LEEWARD MAUI FOR YEARS.

THE PROCESS DIDN'T SEEM VERY SCIENTIFIC - AND CURIOUS ONLOOKERS THOUGHT - FOR A TIME - IT WAS AN ILLEGAL DUMP SITE.

THE VIEW FROM ESCORT BOATS SHOWED THE PROCESS WAS STILL NOT PRECISE - LOOKING - BUT NOW, IN HINDSIGHT, IT APPEARS A LOT OF PEOPLE ASSUMED OTHER AGENCIES LIKE THE DIVISION OF AUQUATIC RESOURCES, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, TO AMERICAN MARINE HAD AN ORGANIZED PLAN.

WHEN THE JOB WAS DONE AND THE DUST SETTLED, A SHOCKING SIGHT MET STATE DIVERS...A TOTAL OF 125 OUT OF THE 14-HUNDRED 1.3-TON SLABS HAD LANDED ON LIVE CORAL.

THE JOB WAS HALTED - IN FACT ALL ARTIFICIAL REEF WORK IN THE STATE WAS IMMEDIATELY PUT ON HOLD - AND A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION BEGAN TO DETERMINE FAULT, ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHAT TO DO NEXT. TUESDAY NIGHT IN MAUI, THE BLAME STARTED AT THE TOP.

Laura Thielen, Chairperson, DLNR.

LT01: "The project went wrong and there certainly were mistakes made. So part of tonight is to share that information with the public, hold ourselves accountable for any errors and make sure this doesn't happen again."

THE "TONIGHT" DIRECTOR THIELEN IS REFERRING TO IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS TO DETERMINE WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE GOOF. ARTIFICIAL REEF ADVOCATE TANAKA SAYS THAT'S A LITTLE LATE TO ASSESS BLAME.

Darrell Tanaka, Reef Advocate:

DT01: "I think we should move on from the blame. You can always point fingers but instead I think we need to look at what needs to be done to mitigate this small disaster. ///

THE DISASTER WAS PAINFULLY EVIDENT IN THE PICTURES TAKEN BY NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES BIOLOGISTS AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. EVERY SLAB AND BLOCK THAT LANDED ON CORAL WAS CATALOGUED. EVERYONE AT TUESDAY'S NMEETING AGREED IT WAS A DISASTER - BUT ONE OF THE FIRST AREAS OF DISAGREEMENT WAS - WAS IT AN ACCIDENT, A MISTAKE, OR SOMETHING ELSE?

DT01b: "I think I'd call it an accident. Not many of us knew the reef was there. Hindsight is always 100 percent. We can look back and say we should have done this - we shouldn't have done that. But it is what it is and what's done is done. The coral will grow back. The ocean is resilient. The coral will grow back over time. In time we'll be better off."

LT01b: "The idea of the project was a good idea. The vast majority of the blocks we dropped did their job. A percentage of them hit life reef that we were not aware of before and now we need to go compensate for that resource loss."

THOSE IN ATTANDANCE AT TUESDAY'S PUBLIC MEETING AT KAMALI'I ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN KIHEI WERE SHOWN DETAILS IMAGES OF THE REEF DAMAGE - INCLUDING ONE SHOT OF A CORAL HEAD SUPPORTING A ONE-TON-BLOCK. IN THIS CASE, THE BLOCK IS HEAVY - BUT THE FACT THAT IT'S BLOCKING THE LIGHT IS WHAT WILL LIKELY BE A DEATH SENTENCE TO THIS CORAL PATCH.

SO THAT RAISES THE FIRST OF SEVERL QUESTION : WHAT DO WE DO RIGHT AWAY?

BASICALLY THERE ARE THREE OPTIONS: 1, DO NOTHING - THE LEAST EXPENSIVE OPTION, CHALK IT UP AS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND LET NATURE BEGIN TO TAKE IT'S COURSE. 2, MOVE ALL THE BLOCKS - EXPENSIVE AND VERY RISKY TO DIVERS WHO WOULD HAVE TO ATTACH AIR BAGS. OR THREE, MOVE SOME OF THE MOST DAMAGING CEMENT CHUNKS TO AT LEAST PARTIALLY MITIGATE THE DAMAGE. TANAKA SAYS IN THE FOUR MONTHS SINCE THE INCIDENT, ENOUGH NEW CORAL HAS ALREADY STARTED TO GROW BACK OVER THE CONCRETE FORMS THAT MOVING SLABS WOULD CAUSE EVEN MORE DAMAGE.

DT01C: "Absolutely. I believe if the Z modules are moved - at least most of them , you're not really going to accompolish anything except risking further damage. But you could carefully move some of the modules and stack them carefully. You know, you take away one fish house and you build another."

OF THE 50 OR SO SCIENTISTS, DIVERS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES - THERE MAY BE 45 OR 46 DIFFERENT OPINIONS WHAT TO DO. BUT THE HEAD OF THE DLNR ALREADY HAS HER POSITION IN PLACE AND IT IS SOLID.

LT01C: "I think people should be very cautious befor jumping into any more artificial reef work. I have stopped all artificial reef projects within the department for now. And I think we need tol go back and look at the record we need to go back and start the permit process again. So there's not going to be any new projects soon and for future administrations, I think the public sholuld weigh in. If we're going to have artificial reefs in the future we need to have clearer rules and protocol to make sure this doesn't happen again."

OH YEAH, AND WHO PAYS FOR THE INVESTIGATION AND ANY SLAB MOVING OR REMOVING?

LT01D; "We will need to find federal funding, grant funding and perhaps forego some of the discretionasry funding that we have to make sure thast we can make this right."

DT01d "We gotta take the good out of whatever bad thing happened. There is always something good. We learned that perhaps throwing flat cement z modules off the side of a barge isn't the way to do things. Perhaps we need to change the way we do things, but still do them because our reefs aren't going to stop suffering tomorrow. We need to build structure. The trouble with Maui's reefs is that we don't have enough structure - the fish have no place to hide - there's no place to call home because there's no hidey-holes and no caves. And most of Maui's reefs on the leeward side are flat . Artificial reefs provide the nice little hidey-holes that juveniles need to grow and hide from predators. We still need to build on these artificial reefs - but maybe in a smarter way.

(ON-CAM TAG) YOU CAN SEE THE CLOSE-UP HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS OF THE REEF DAMAGE IN A COPY OF THE REPORT AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES. BY THE WAY, DIRECTOR THIELEN SAID THIS WAS JUST THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH THE PUBLIC TO ESTABLISH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES TO MAKE SURE THIS KIND OF THING NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN - AND IF ARTIFICIAL REEFS WILL EVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

(TSUNAMI AWARENESS MONTH) (PiP-Hilo Tsunami)

J: APRIL HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS TSUNAMI AWARENESS MONTH.

(VO) IT WAS 64 YEARS AGO TODAY, APRIL FIRST, THAT A 7.8 EARTHQUAKE IN THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS SENT WAVES TOPPING 25 FEET HIGH SURGING OUR WAY AT SOME 500 MILES AN HOUR. IN HANA 14 PEOPLE DIED. ON THE BIG ISLAND 165 LOST THEIR LIVES.

(FF-CG-VO) IN MAY OF 1960, A QUAKE OFF THE COAST OF CHILE NEARLY IDENTICAL TO THE ONE WE HAD FIVE WEEKS AGO SENT A PACIFIC WIDE TSUNAMI OUR WAY. THE BIG DIFFERENCE: IN 1960, 61 PEOPLE DIED IN HILO WHEN A SURGE OF 35 FOOT WAVES SWEPT ASHORE WITH LITTLE WARNING - AND MUCH OF THAT NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY. THE CHILE QUAKE OF FEBRUARY 27 SENT A WAVE SHOOTING OUR WAY - YET NO LOSS OF LIFE AND NO DAMAGE. NOW OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED THAT THERE WAS DAMAGE OF SORTS - DAMAGE BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN'T TAKE THE WARNINGS SERIOUSLY - AND WERE NOT PROPERLY PREPARED FOR A WAVE WE WERE PROMISED WOULD ARRIVE.

(ON-CAM)APRIL IS TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS MONTH. ON TUESDAY MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES SIGNED A PROCLAMATION DESIGNATING THIS MONTH AS A TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS THAT THERE REALLY IS NO TSUNAMI SEASON - THEY CAN HAPPEN ANYTIME. LAST WEEK GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE ISSUED A STATE PROCLAMATION ON THE SAME TOPIC. THE POINT IS TO GET US ALL TO TAKE THE THREAT SERIOUSLY.

(tAKE TSUNAMI PKG) FROM LONG BEFORE SUNRISE THIS WAS A FAMILIAR SOUND ON THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 27TH. THE TSUNAMI GENERATED BY AN EARTHQUAKE 6,000 MILES AWAY WAS COMING - AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT ALL THE TOOLS OF TECHNOLOGY TOLD US.

BY THE TIME THE ACTUAL WAVES WERE FORECAST TO ARRIVE - THEY DIDN'T. THERE WAS AN IMPRESSIVE TIDAL FLOW AT THE ANCIENT KO'IE'IE FISHPOND IN KIHEI - BUT THAT WAS ABOUT IT. SCIENTISTS SAY THEY WEREN'T WRONG IN THEIR PREDICTION - INSTEAD WE GOT LUCKY. WITH 15 HOURS TO PREPARE- FOLKS TOOK THEIR TIME. MAUI DISTRICT PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATOR MARC NISHIMOTO REMINDS US, THIUGH, THAT A LOCAL GENERATED WAVE WOULDN'T GIVE US THE LUXURY OF TIME.

Marc Nishimoto, Public Health Educator, DOH, Maui Office

MN01: "The worst case scenario is that we have a local tsunami in which we may have 15 to 20 minutes of lead time. There are no buoys between here and thew Big Island so we will go with the standard procedure of 0- uif there;'s an earthquake strong enough to knock you to the ground, you head uphill as fast as you c an."

NISHIMOTO CONDUCTED A SURVEY AFTER THE FEBRUARY SCARE AND GOT SOME INTERESTING RESPONSES - AND UNDERSCRORED SOME OLD ONES, TOO.

1. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT READYFOOD, WATER, WATER, MEDICINE, IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS, IN A SAFE AND CONVENIENT PLACE - EASY TO GRAB AND GO IF YOU NEED TO.

2. KNOW, IN ADVANCE, WHERE THE SHELTERS ARE IN YOUR AREAS AND THE QUICKETS AND SAFEST WAY TO GET THERE.

3. INUNDATION ZONES BECAME INVISIBLE LINES THAT - ONCE PEOPLE CROSSED THEM, POLICE WOULDN'T LET THEM GO BACK UNTIL AFTER THE ALL-CLEAR. BUT MANY SUCH PLACES HAD NO PORTA POTTIES OR SERVICES AVAILABLE. HIS SUGGESTION - OPEN EMERGENCY SHELTERS EARLIER BECAUSE, NO MATTER HOW PREPARED PEOPLE MAY BE - EVACUATIONS DON'T HAPPEN THAT OFTEN, SO A LOT OF US WOULD GETLOST.

4. BRING AN EXTRA ROLL OR TWO OF YOUR OWN TOILET PAPER WHEN YOU EVACUATE. THAT'S ONE SUPPLY YOU DON'T WANT TO BE WITHOUT AT ANY SHELTER.

AND EVEN IF THERE ARE PORTA-POYTTIES AT EMERGENCY SHELTERS, THE COUNTY NEEDS TO KEEP EVERYONE'S NEEDS IN MINDS.

MN02: "One of the responses back was that there portable toilets but none for disabled people, so. it's an issue that needs to come up and be addressed."


(ON-CAM TAG) AS AN ADDED ALERT METHOD IN THE 21ST CENTURY INFORMATION AGE, THE MAUI DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICE HAS STARTED A TWITTER PAGE TO MAKE CONSTANT SITUATION UPDATES AVAILABLE BY COMPUTER OR MOBILE PHONE. FOR THAT LINK, GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE PEER-TO-PEER OUTREACH PROGRAM AT BALDWIN HIGH IS TACKLING A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE AND IT'S MAKING AN IMPACT. WE HAVE THAT STORY UP NEXT. AND, SPOILER ALERT- WE'LL ANNOUNCE NEXT WEEK'S WINNERS FROM MAUI IN THE STATE'S SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS PROGRAM. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(PEP-BALDWIN)(PiP-METH-LOGO)

J: THE PICTURES WERE GRAPHIC. THE STORIES WERE JUST SKITS - BUT PLAYED OUT SITUATIONS THAT MANY IN THE AUDIENCE HAVE SEEN IN REAL LIFE - AND IT'S SCARY.

(TAKE METH PKG) OPEN-METH PSA HOOKS

POWERFUL - DISTURBING - IN YOUR FACE - AND HOPEFULLY, EFFECTIVE. THE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS CREATED FOR THE HAWAI'I METH PROJECT DON'T PULL ANY PUNCHES BECAUSE THE SUBJECT IS SO IMPORTANT - THE TOPIC SO DEADLY. BUT EVEN WITH HAUNTING VISUALS LIKE THESE, IT'S STILL NOT ENOUGH. SO THE HAWAII METH PROJECT IS TAKING THEIR MESSAGE ON THE ROAD. THIS WEEK THEY CAME TO BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL FOR PEER-TO-PEER OUTREACH. THERE WERE SKITS - BUT NOBODY WAS LAUGHING. THE PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM IS A POWERFUL ONE BECAUSE THE MESSAGE COMES FROM FELLOW STUDENTS WHO SAY IT HELPS MAKE THE POINT.

Matthew Patao-Torres, Baldwin Student:

mp01:"Yeah it does. It helps a lot. Because it's coming from their peers, their friends, people that they know. They just know the person so it's easier to get to know the person and easier to understand it."

Cindy Adams, Exec Dir, HI Meth Project

CA01: "We measure success a couple of ways. One is, I'm always out in the community so I talk to a lot of people. And the second thing is we actually do a annual survey in all the schools - public and private - to measure changes to behavior, changes in attitude toward meth among teenagers."

Diane Omura, PEP Coordinator, BHS

DO01: "It's basically all the teen risk issues - from teen pregnancy prevention to depression, suicide prevention. We also do all of the drugs and alcohol prevention as well as sex assault. So it's the gamut of things that these kids are facing today."

ONE SKIT CALLED A HUMAN VIDEO REENACTED - WITHOUT WORDS - A PARTY WHEN METH SHOWS UP AND SOMEBODY LEAVES - THE HARD WAY,

(ON-CAM TAG) THOSE DISTURBING - BUT EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT METH:-NOT EVEN ONCE - ARE ABOUT TO BE REPLACED WITH A NEW SERIES THAT ARE EVEN HARDER-HITTING. YOU'LL BE SEEING THEM SOON ON A TV NEAR YOU. TO LEARN MORE OF THE STARTLING FINDINGS OF THE HAWAII METH PROJECT, FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

(SBA WINNERS)(PiP-SBA LOGO)

J: THEY ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST IN A TIME WHEN IT'S A STRUGGLE IN HAWAII TO EVEN STAY IN BUSINESS. I'M TALKING ABOUT THE 20-10 HAWAII SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS. ACROSS THE STATE THIS YEAR 28 SMALL BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS ADVOCATES HAVE BEEN SINGLED OUT AS TOPS IN THEIR FIELDS.

(VO) ON MAUI BRAD ALBERT AND MATTIAS BESSASO, CO OWNERS OF RISING SUN SOLAR IN HAIKU WERE NAMED SMALL BUSINESS PERSONS OF THE YEAR FOR MAUI COUNTY. THE HAIKU-BASED COMPANY HAS BEEN A LEADER IN PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLATIONS AND EDUCATION IN MAUI COUNTY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ALBERT ALSO SERVES AS PRESIDENT OF THE HAWAI'I P-V COALITION, AN ADVOCACY GROUP PROMOTING CLEAN SOLAR ENERGY AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO FOSSIL FUELS.

(ON-CAM) ALSO FROM MAUI, IN THE FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS CATEGORY, CONGRATULATIONS TO BILL AND MAUREEN MARRS - OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF MARMAC ACE HARDWARE IN KAHULUI FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS. THE FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION AWARD FOR MAUI COUNTY IN THE SBA GOES TO LESLIE MULLINS, THE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF STRATEGIST AT PLAYBOOK CONSULTING GROUP IN KIHEI.

ALL THE MAUI WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT THE ANNUAL MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SBA AWARDS LUNCHEON NEXT FRIDAY AT THE KAHILI GOLF COURSE - WE'VE GOT DETAILS ON THAT COMING UP IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON THIS WEEKS EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BY THE WAY, THE WINNER OF THE STATE'S TOP SMALL BUSINESS AWARD IS STEPHEN BALDRIDGE, A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER FROM HONOLULU WHO WILL REPRESENT THE STATE OF HAWAII AT THE NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS EVENT IN WASHINGTON D.C. NEXT MONTH.

(BUS BENCHES)(PiP-BUS BENCHES)

J: THEY'RE NOT MUCH TO LOOK AT. NOBODY "OFFICIALLY" KNOWS WHO MADE THEM - BUT ACROSS THE ISLAND GOOD SAMARITANS HAVE BUILT AND PLACED COLORFUL WOODEN BUS BENCHES AT MANY OF THE COUNTY BUS STOPS. THEY MAY NOT MEET FEDERAL SAFETY STANDARDS BUT THEY SURE ARE HANDY AND APPRECIATED WHEN YOU HAVE TO WAIT A WHILE FOR THE MAUI BUS TO COME BY. WELL, DESPITE THE COUNTY'S DEEPENING BUDGET WOES, THE MAYOR WANTS REAL BUS SHELTERS TO TAKE THEIR PLACES.

(VO) EVENTUALLY THERE WOULD BE SHINY NEW WIND, RAIN AND SUN-PROOF SHELTERS AT MORE THAN 140 BUS STOPS AROUND THE ISLAND - BUT IT'S NOT AN EASY TASK. FOR ONE THING THE COUNTY WOULD HAVE TO BUY THE LAND OR SECURE A LEGAL EASEMENT TO BUILD A SHELTER ON THE ROADSIDE AT EVERY BUS STOP. THAT'S NOT CHEAP. THEN, SOME OF THE MOST-USED SHELTERS WOULD ALSO FEATURE SOLAR-POWERED INTERIOR LIGHTS, TRASH CANS, BIKE RACKS AND BUS ROUTE SIGNAGE. DEPENDING ON HOW FANCY THEY GET, THE TOTAL COST COULD RANGE FROM SOMEWHERE BETWEEN TWO MILLION AND FOUR AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

(ON-CAM) MAUI COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR DON MEDIEROS SAYS THE MOST HEAVILY USED STOPS WOULD BE BUILT FIRST - LIKE THE ONE AT THE QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER - WHERE 865,000 FOLKS GOT ON AND OFF THE BUS LAST YEAR. OTHERS ARE ON WAIALE ROAD NEAR M-TRIPLE-C AND KA HALE O KE OLA HOUSING COMPLEX., AND NEAR UWAPO ROAD AND OHUKAI ROAD ALONG SOUTH KIHEI ROAD.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: COMING UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS - IT'S A LONG WEEKEND FOR SOME - AND YOU'RE GOING TO NEED IT WITH ALL WE'VE GOT FOR YOU IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(C-BLOCK)

J: J: THERE IS - LITERALLY - TOO MUCH GOING ON IN MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE SPORTS TO EVEN BEGIN TO GIVE A RUNDOWN - LET ALONE THE STANDINGS. RIGHT NOW IN THE M-I-L THERE'S BASEBALL, SOFTBALL, WATER POLO, VOLLEYBALL, GOLF AND TENNIS - NOT TO MENTION BOWLING AND TRACK AND FIELD. FOR THE LATEST SCHEDULES, CHECK THE SPORTS TODAY SECTION OF THE MAUI NEWS.

AND THE LIST OF COMING ATTRACTIONS MIGHT BE EVEN LONGER BUT - TAKING AN EXTREMELY DEEP BREATH, WE'LL TRY TO GET TO AS MANY UPCOMING EVENTS AS POSSIBLE THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR CALENDAR.

THIS FRIDAY IS GOOD FRIDAY - ALL COUNTY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY. IT ALSO MEANS IT'S FIRST FRIDAY IN WAILUKU - WITH THE ALMOST-COMPLETELY IMPROVED MARKET STREET CORRIDOR BUSTLING WITH FUN, MUSIC AND GREAT FOOD AND DEALS STARTING AT 5-30 FRIDAY EVENING.

GOING ON NOW THROUGH SATURDAY, IT'S THE MAUI ORCHID SOCIETY'S ANNUAL EASTER ORCHID AND PLANT SALE NEAR CENTER COURT AT THE MAUI MALL. THE FACES ON THESE UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL PLANTS ARE MESMERIZING - AND THEY ARE FOR SALE. THE SHOW AND SALE RUN THROUGH SATURDAY AT THE MALL FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END. AND THAT EVEN INCLUDES ART MAUI. THIS YEAR'S EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION WILL CLOSE FRIDAY NIGHT SO YOU'D BETTER HURRY TO TAKE IN THE BEST OF THE BEST CREATED BY MAUI'S MOST GIFTED ARTISTS. ADMISSION IS FREE AT THE SCHAEFFER GALLERY AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER.

FRIDAY NIGHT IN PA'IA, THERE'S A VERY SPECIAL EVENT PLANNED FOR A PRECIOUS YOUNG LADY. "AN EVENING FOR JACQUELINE" AT CHARLIE'S SALOON IN PA'IA IS A FUND-RAISER TO HELP EIGHT YEAR-OLD JACQUELINE WENZLER-STEVE'S FIGHT AGAINST CANCER. LIVE MUSIC WILL FEATURE LOCAL FAVORITES "THE NEVERMINDS," ALONG WITH "LET THE GRASS GROW" AND THE WORRELL FAMILY BAND. YOUR DONATION IS YOUR ADMISSION PRICE AND 100 PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO FUND JACQUELINE'S CANCER TREATMENT. YOU'LL FIND EVEN MORE DETAILS ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNES-DOT-COM.

GOOD LUCK TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE. IT STARTS EARLY AT THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY AT 726 SOUTH KIHEI ROAD. FROM 7-30 TO 10 A.M., IT'S THEIR ANNUAL GARAGE SALE. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT THE WHALE SANCTUARY HEADQUARTERS.

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF ON THE ISLAND OF LANA'I SATURDAY, YOU'LL ENJOY "LANA'I COUNTS," FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 3 P.M. AT DOLE PARK. ADMISSION IS FREE. THERE WILL BE GAMES, FUN, FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT BY LANAI'I'S OWN COMIC CELEBRITY WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE NAMED LANA'I. HE'LL BE YOUR EMCEE FOR THIS EVENT THAT IS DESIGNED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE 20-10 CENSUS. YOU'RE ALSO ASKED TO BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO DONATE TO THE MAUI COUNTY FOOD BANK. WE'VE GOT MORE DETAILS ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE VALLEY ISLE SATURDAY, FARMERS HAWAII PROUDLY PRESENTS "DA KIDNEY 'DA KINE" DAY AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER. PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WILL BE OFFERING FREE SCREENING FOR KIDNEY DISEASE, DIABETES AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. AND THIS FREE FAMILY EVENT ALSO FEATURES LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT, AND A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY OF HAWAIIAN QUILTS. DA KIDNEY DA KINE DAY TAKES OVER CENTER STAGE AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER SATURDAY FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 2 P.M.

ALL DAY SATURDAY THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION IN WAIKAPU WILL BE THE FRESHEST PLACE IN HAWAI'I. IT'S THE THIRD ANNUAL MAUI COUNTY AG FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY THE MAUI COUNTY FARM BUREAU. IT REALLY IS AMAZING HOW SIMPLE IT WOULD BE TO FEAST ON DELICIOUS FRUIT, VEGETABLES, BEEF, POULTRY AND SEAFOOD - ALL THE TIME - AND NEVER HAVE TO EAT ANYTHING THAT HAD TO BE SHIPPED OR FLOWN HERE. THAT'S HOW HAWAIIAN'S DID IT FOR CENTURIES AND IT WORKED PRETTY WELL FOR THEM, AND THAT'S WHAT THE AG FESTIVAL IS ALL ABOUT - LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, AND ONO GRINES TO THE MAX. ADMISSION IS FREE, THERE ARE GAMES FOR KEIKI, NON-STOP ENTERTAINMENT AND THE EVER-PRESENT "MORE." FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM.

SUNDAY, OF COURSE IS EASTER SUNDAY. MAY YOU ENJOY A DAY OF PEACE AMONG THOSE YOU LOVE.

MONDAY NIGHT IT'S SPIRIT OF A DIFFERENT KIND AT THE WAR MEMORIAL GYM. STARTING AT 6 P.M. IT'S MAUI SPIRIT NIGHT - AN EVENING OF HEART-RACING CHEERS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY FEATURING THE MAUI CHEER BABES, CHEER 808 AND MAUI EXTREME CHEER. ADMISSION IS 15 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR.

MEANWHILE, ON THE WEST SIDE MONDAY EVENING, IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR TWO CENTS IN ON THE PROPOSED 20-11 BUDGET FOR MAUI COUNTY. THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING AT LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER STARTING AT 6-30. THE SAME COMMITTEE WILL BE AWAITING YOUR INPUT ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN KAHULUI AT MAUI WAENA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL IN THE CAFETERIA. THAT MEETING ALSO STARTS AT 6-30.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE HEREAFTER - OR IS THIS ALL THERE IS? PSYCHIC LISA WILLIAMS WILL PRESENT SOME PRETTY COMPELLING EVIDENCE - AND LIKELY A FEW CHICKEN SKIN MOMENTS IN HER "MESSAGES FROM BEYOND," AT 7-30 NEXT THURSDAY IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC. TICKETS RANGE FROM 48 TO 68 DOLLARS.

LOOKING TO NEXT WEEKEND - NEXT FRIDAY IT'S THE ANNUAL MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC UPDATE AND SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS LUNCHEON. AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER, LOCAL WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT THE EVENT – WHICH STARTS AT 11 A.M. IN THE NAHELE ROOM OF THE KAHILI GOLF COURSE. CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM FOR TICKET PRICES AND MORE INFORMATION.

THEN FRIDAY NIGHT, IT'S THE RED ROCKER AND HIS WABO-LY FRIENDS IN CONCERT ON MAUI. NORTH SHORE RESIDENT SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS WILL PLAY ONE SHOW NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7-30 IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC. TICKET PRICES RANGE FROM 45 TO 65 DOLLARS.

AND A WEEK FROM SATURDAY IT'S THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST'S ANNUAL BUY BACK THE BEACH LUAU. FOR THE NINTH YEAR IN A ROW, THE EVENT TAKES OVER THE OLD LAHAINA LUAU FOR AN EVENING OF AMAZING FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT, LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS, AND THE BEST LU'AU ON MAUI. THE FUN STARTS AT 5-30 NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT. WE'VE GOT DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND, ON OUR WEBSITE, YOU'LL ALSO FIND A LINK FOR DETAILS ABOUT NEXT SUNDAY'S ANNUAL "CULTURE AND ARTS DAY" AT KEPANIWAI PARK IN IAO VALLEY. WE'LL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT IT NEXT WEEK - BUT WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU A HEADS-UP ABOUT THIS VERY SPECIAL DAY OF INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT AND ART.

AND THAT'S A WRAP ON THIS WEEK'S BUSY LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS. WE'LL BE BACK TO WRAP UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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J: THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - AVAILABLE WHENEVER IT’S CONVENIENT FOR YOU TO WATCH - ANYTIME, ON DEMAND, AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND STATEWIDE ON NEWS ON DEMAND ON OCEANIC DIGITAL CHANNEL 953. AND DON'T MISS OUR WEEKLY REPORTS EVERY FRIDAY ON KHON-2'S "WAKE UP 2-DAY" PROGRAM BETWEEN 5 AND 8 A.M. FOR DAILY NEWS UPDATES, MAUI TV NEWS IS ON THE RADIO. EVERY AFTERNOON AT ONE MINUTE BEFORE THE HOURS OF 3, 4 5, AND 6 P.M. ON KAOI RADIO AT 11-10 ON THE AM DIAL.

AND WE DO ALL THAT ON TOP OF OUR REGULAR UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

MAHALO FOR TUNING IN THIS WEEK. HAPPY EASTER FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU, WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. UNTIL THEN, ALOHA KAKOU.

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