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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for April 9, 2009



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J: "THINGS THAT MOVE US" TOP OUR NEWS THIS WEEK AS A BLESSING OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES THE LAHAINA BYPASS.

HC: MEANWHILE MAUI COUNTY'S FIRST ATTEMPT AT BYPASSING THE GAS PUMP GOT TURNED ON THIS WEEK.

J: AND THINGS MAY BE LOOKING UP - WAY UP - WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN A COUPLE OF YEARS.

HC: IN SPORTS, IT WAS THE UNOFFICIAL START OF PADDLING SEASON ON MAUI - BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THERE WASN'T SERIOUS COMPETITION! KALAPANA'S GOT DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND SUMMER GADDIS HAS THIS WEEK'S REPORT OF IMPORTANT AND ENTERTAINING THINGS COMING UP ON MAUI FROM EASTER - TO WHAT COULD BE YOUR THEATRICAL DEBUT. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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Open (TWO SHOT)

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

HC: AND I'M HOLLY CHUNG - IN FOR JULIE Y. TWO GENERATIONS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE LAHAINA BYPASS WAS FIRST PROPOSED - AND THINGS ARE FINALLY MOVING FORWARD.

(Turn to cam) ALTHOUGH SOME WORK ON LAHAINALUNA ROAD HAS ALREADY BEGUN, THIS WEEK - WITH BLESSINGS AND SHOVELS - THE PROJECT WAS DECLARED OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY. BUT NOT EVERYONE THERE WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE EVENT. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING HAS THE STORY.

(Take Bypass Pkg) PROGRESS IS ALREADY EVIDENT ON THE LONG-AWAITED LAHAINA BYPASS.

Brennon Morioka, Dir., HI State Dept of Transportation

BM01: "In December what they started on was the temporary detour that you see out here that people have already started using. And what that'as going to do is allow us to start work on the bridge that we're going to be building as a part of the lahainaluna Road overpass."///

FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, IT'S BEEN TALK, MEETINGS, PICTURES AND PROPOSALS. ON THIS DAY - EARTH WAS ACTUALLY MOVED. BUT BEFORE THAT WERE THE SPEECHES. A LOT OF VERY HARD WORKING PEOPLE HAVE PUT THEIR HEARTS AND BACKS INTO THIS PROJECT. AND DOLLARS, TOO AS THE REAL WORK IS DONE BY MAUI WORKERS.

Bill Wilson, President, Hawaiian Dregding

BW01: "We'll be employing several hundred during the scope of the job. Some of those are our craft labor and salaried staff that vreside on the island , but it also includes our sub-contractors and it's my understanding that all of that labor are Maui-based people as well.///So, during the course of the job as it ebbs and flows, we expect about 200 people through the course of the job."

THE HEART OF THE MATTER WAS EVIDENCED DIFFERENTLY BY A HANDFUL OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WHO DIDN'T MINCE ANY WORDS WITH THEIR PROTEST SIGNS - BUT DID NOT DISRUPT THE PROCEEDINGS. AND AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE SPEECHMAKERS FELT THEIR MESSAGE.

James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., Lt Gov., State of Hawai'i

DA01: "Well it tugs at my heart - there's no doubt about it. Is there a conflict? Absolutely. But it's a matter of opinion on the issue they're raising right now, on ceded lands.///, so I think it was something that was miscommunicated from the very beginning. That's not what this appeal was all about. That's not what this case was all about. It really was about , in my analysis, was about righting a wrong. And the wrong was the analysuis by the Hawaii Supreme Court and that needed to be righted for the people of Hawai'i as a whole. So, that was accomplished and now we move on."

ONE PROTESTER POINTED OUT THAT WHILE THE MATTER MAY BE IN U.S. COURTS, SOMETHING AS PERMANENT AS THE LAHAINA BYPASS SHOULD NOT BE BUILT HERE JUST BECAUSE A U.S. COURT SAYS SO.

JA03: "A lot of where this bypass is going through is across ceded lands - it's crossing over ceded lands."

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AINOA DISAGREED, AND TOLD US THAT THE PROJECT DOES NOT CROSS THROUYGH CEDED LANDS. THERE IS MORE TO THIS STORY - FROM BOTH SIDES. TO SEE OUR EXTENDED COVERAGE OF THE BYPASS BLESSING, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO EXTENDED COVERAGE.

BESIDES TRAFFIC RELIEF, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SAYS THERE ARE MORE REWARDS AND LESSONS THAT WILL FLOW BY MEANS OF THE LAHAINA BYPASS - IN TIME.

DA02: "The bottom line, though, is that the project is started and it's like anything, you start taking baby steps. And when I was learning a lot of things I was told, 'son, you gotta' walk before you can run' and that's what we're doing. This project is going to get finished, there's no doubt about it."

IN ADDITION TO THE LAND RIGHTS ISSUE, PROTESTERS QUESTIONED THE DECISION-MAKING ON THE PLACEMENT OF THE BYPASS.

John Aquino, Bypass Protester

JA01: "They have no common sense up there. There's this haul cane road, the former Pioneer Mill sugar cane road, and it stretches all the way from Kapolo to Ukumehame. And it's a two-lane haul cane road. Two trucks can go past each other at high speed and they're big."///and they have. And I don't see why they can't save the State and the County a lot of money - and the pavement is already in place - the division of the road, it's already in place."

PROTESTERS WERE FEW IN NUMBER - BUT STOOD OUT WITH THEIR MESSAGES. THROUGH ALL THE SPEECHES, THE BLESSING AND THE CEREMONY, THEY WERE EXTREMELY RESPECTFUL.

JA02: "It's not in our nature to be violent or raise a ruckus. It's not our side. If anything's gonna' start up it's going to come from the other side." ///If they're goping to provoke us, of course we're going to defend ourselves. But our nature on its own, as Kanaka Maole, native Hawaiian, we are a peaceful people."

IT'S PROGRESS - A LONG TIME COMING - AND NOT THE KIND OF PROGRESS EVERYONE AGREES ON. REPORTING FROM LAHAINA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(On-cam tag) AFTER THIS PORTION OF THE PROJECT IS COMPLETE, WORK ON THE NORTH SIDE OF KAHOMA STREAM WILL BEGIN THIS FALL. THIS ENTIRE PROJECT, PHASE ONE-A, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE FALL OF 2011. TO SEE OUR EXTENDED COVERAGE OF FRIDAY'S GATHERING IN LAHAINA, GO TO MAUITYVNEWS-DOT-COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK TO: EXTENDED COVERAGE.

(ELECTRIC CAR)(PiP-SNAPPY NEW CAR)

J: THE TECHNOLOGY IS SO NEW THAT WE'RE NOT SURE IF IT'S CALLED P-HEV, OR "FEEV" OR "FEVV". BUT THE P-H-E-V STANDS FOR PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - AND THE COUNTY HAS A BRAND NEW ONE.

(vo) THERE WASN'T MUCH MYSTERY ABOUT WHAT WAS UNDER THE CAR COVER AT MONDAY'S CEREMONY IN FRONT OF THE COUNTY BUILDING. THE DISTINCTIVE ROUNDNESS OF THE COUNTY'S TOYOTA PRIUS IS UNCHANGED BUT IT HAS SEVERAL DISTINCTIONS THAT MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES DESCRIBED. FOR ONE, THE CAR IS NOW 100 PERCENT ELECTRIC AND CHARGES VIA AN ORDINARY EXTENSION CORD TO FULL POWER IN ABOUT FOUR HOURS. THE OTHER THING IS THE SNAPPY PAINT JOB - DESIGNED AND APPLIED BY THE MAUI HIGH SCHOOL AUTO AND GRAPHICS PROGRAM. THE TECHNOLOGY ISN'T NEW, OF COURSE, AS IS EVIDENCED BY THE RELIABLE SEABURY HALL ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLE BUT WHAT IS REVOLUTIONARY IS THE LITHIUM ION BATTERY.

(ON-CAM) THE CAR IS ONE OF JUST 130 ACROSS THE NATION INVOLVED IN A NATIONAL FEASIBILITY STUDY. IT WILL THE MAYOR'S PERSONAL PRIUS FOR A WHILE SO IF YOU SEE THE GREEN LIGHTNING BOLT WITH THE COUNTY SEAL ZIPPING QUIETLY BY, BE SURE TO WAVE. INCIDENTALLY, THE SYSTEM IS SO EFFICIENT - AND SO POPULAR - THAT IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET ONE FOR YOURSELF RIGHT NOW. THE WAIT FOR THE 11-THOUSAND DOLLAR UPGRADE KIT FOR THE TOYOTA PRIUS IS ABOUT TWO YEARS LONG. BUT THE OPERATING PRICE MIGHT BE WORTH IT. TO FULLY CHARGE THE BATTERY COSTS ABOUT A DOLLAR AND 60 CENTS WORTH OF ELECTRICITY. THAT WORKS OUT TO LESS THAN FIVE CENTS A MILE. FOR COMPARISON, A CAR THAT GETS 22 MILES TO THE GALLON COSTS MORE THAN 12 CENTS A MILE TO OPERATE.

(DOUBLE DECKER BUS)(PiP-Bus)

HC: AND ON THE TOPIC OF MOVING PEOPLE IN MORE ECONOMICAL WAYS THAN WE HAVE IN THE PAST - ONE DILEMMA STILL PLAGUES TRAFFIC ENGINEERS. EITHER THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE, IN TOO MANY VEHICLES… OR THERE'S NOT ENOUGH PAVEMENT. COUNTY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING INTO A POSSIBLE NEW ALTERNATIVE - BY LOOKING UP. REPORTER JEFF KING EXPLAINS.

(TAKE BUS PKG) WHEN IT COMES UP KAOHU STREET, TWO THINGS COME QUICKLY TO MIND. ONE, THERE'S NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT ON MAUI AND, TWO - WILL IT FIT UNDER TREES AND BRIDGES?

Erik Soderholm, President Soderholm Sales and Leasing

ES02: "On Maui there's only one sketchy place and that's the bridge coming up from Wailuku. And I went and measured it today with my 14-foot bamboo pole which I have inside here which is my measuring stick - cut from my yard in Nu'uanu. The outside lane - you can't do it. It's about 13-7. The inside lane, you could make it. The outside lane going back down is really sketchy. It is about a quarter of an inch."

ONE BUMP OR A LIGHT LOAD AND THOSE SCARS WOULD BE JOINED BY NEW ONES FROM A VEHICLE THAT SOMEONE THOUGHT WOULD FIT. AND THERE ARE HISTORIC CONSIDERATIONS, TOO. THIS BRIDGE WAS BUILT IN 1936. COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR GAVE US THE SIMPLE ANSWER.

DM01: "Lower the road."

HE SAID THE COUNTY HAS ALREADY BEGUN LOOKING INTO WHAT IT WOUOLD COST TO MODIFY THE SCREET BECAUSE KA'AHUMANU AVENUE IS JUST A HIGHLY-TRAVELLED CORRIDOR BETWEEN KAHULUI AND WAILUKU.

THE DOUBLE-DECKER WAS BROUGHT TO MAUI FOR A COUPLE OF WELL-RECEIVED TEST RIDES BY ERIC SODERHOLM. HIS HONOLULU-BASED COMPANY SOLD MAUI COUNTY THE EXISTING GREEN BUSES USED ON MAJOR ROUTES.

ES01: "The benefit of this bus is that is the same length as the existing buses. It's 40 feet long but it's twice as many seats. So we get 81 seats plkus 17 standees for over a hundred people. We have the highest miles per gallon per seat and the lowest emissions because you're getting twice as many people in only one bus with one engine."

THE BUS WAS BUILT IN ENGLAND AND HAS BEEN SHIPPED ACROSS AMERICA AS A DEMO MODEL. THE WARNING SIGNS HAVE A DISTINCT BRITISH FLAIR. SODERHOLM ALSO HAD ANOTHER HUGE CHALLENGE WHEN THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY WAS SHUT DOWN. HE HAD BOOKED HIS BUS ON THE FERRY AT A COST OF 984 DOLLARS. BUT YOUNG BROTHERS STEPPED IN AT THE LAST MINUTE AND ARRANGED THE RIDE OVER FROM HONOLULU - FOR FREE...A NICE BENEFIT CONSIDERING THEIR REGULAR PRICE FOR SUCH A MOVE IS ABOUT FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE DEMAND MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO JUSTIFY THE COST OF THESE NEW BUSES, BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO LOOK AHEAD AS RIDERSHIP CONTINUES TO BUILD ON THE MAUI BUS.

Charmaine Tavares, Mayor

CT01: "I think what we're trying to do here is to try to gert as many people moved without putting so much equipment on the road. And this helps us with that particular challenge."

AND JUDGING BY MIDDAY WAILUKU TRAFFIC AS THE BUS WENT ON IT'S SECOND MAUI TEST RIDE - THE FUTURE MAY BE CLOSER THAN WE THINK. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) WHILE THE PRICE TAG OF AROUND 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS MAY SEEM HIGH, KEEP IN MIND THAT ONE DOUBLE-DECKER BUS WOULD REPLACE TWO REGULAR BUSES - CUTTING THE COST OF GAS, MAINTENANCE, STORAGE AND STAFFING BY HALF. ON TOP OF THAT, THE BUSES ARE CLEANER AND GREENER, GETTING BETTER MILEAGE THAN THE CURRENT MAUI BUSES - AND THEN THERE'S THAT VIEW FROM UPSTAIRS. TO SEE WHAT THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AROUND MAUI MIGHT LOOK LIKE, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, "AFFORDABLE HOUSING." IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE AN OXYMORON. AND ONE WOMAN HAS GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS IN A VERY SHORT TIME TO PROVE IT. THE STORY OF AN ALMOST-INSTANT HOUSE WHEN WE COME BACK.

HC: AND WE'LL TAKE YOU OUT TO WHERE SOME LOCALS LIVE IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND - AND WHAT SOME OF THEIR NEIGHBORS DID LAST WEEKEND TO SPRUCE UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

J: AND WE'LL ALSO TAKE YOU TO A PLACE WHERE AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER THIS WEEK IN A VERY SMALL SPACE - AND EMOTIONS ALMOST SHUT THE WHOLE THING DOWN. WE'LL EXPLAIN WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(FABMAC)(PiP - New House)

HC: "HUD." "LEED." "ENERGY STAR." IF YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING INTO BUYING A HOME - ESPECIALLY AN AFFORDABLE ONE - AND ARE LEARNING ALL KINDS OF NEW TERMS, THERE'S ONE MORE TO LEARN: FAB-MAC. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING SHOWS US WHAT A FAB-MAC IS AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHERE IT IS AND WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT.

(take fabmac pkg) ON THE CORNER OF NANI STREET AND CENTRAL AVENUE IN WAILUKU IS A VACANT LOT - OR AT LEAST IT USED TO BE UNTIL A HOUSE SHOWED UP THE OTHER DAY...ALMOST OVERNIGHT.

Francesca Carey, President, FABMAC Homes

FC01: "The House came in at mdnight on March 24th and by the following Monday was completely put together as you it right now."

THE MAINLY MAUI CREW ASSEMBLED THE FINISHED HOUSE AND GROUNDS - INCLUDING THE SYNLAWN THAT ALWAYS LOOKS PERFECT AND NEEDS NO MOWING - IN LESS THAN SIX DAYS. FRANCESCA CAREY IS THE MIND, THE DESIGN AND THE INSPIRATION BEHIND FABMAC HOMES AND HER TRACK RECORD SHOWS.

FC02: "I've been working with these homes for about 14 years. I've been designing and building them a lot on the mainland. I've been living here for such a long time that this just became an obvious solution to something that's been a problem, so this is a house that I designed with a full front porcvh so that it's got a more island feeling. Anad, back in - I think - it was 2002 the HUD codes were revised to include more features that a regular site-built house would have. So basically this is a site-built house, only it was built in a factory."

THE HOUSE IS HURRICANE PROOF - AND, SINCE THE FOUNDATION IS PIER AND BEAM, FLOOD ZONE ISSUES ARE ANSWEWRED AS WELL AS BLUE ROCK OR SANDY LOTS. THE ALL-WOOD CONSTRUCTUION IS BORATE TREATED FOR TERMITES AND THE HARDIBOARD EXTERIOR IS VIRTUALLY IMPERVIOUS TO INSECTS. THIS 12-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT HOUSE IS ATTRACTING A LOT OF ATTENTION - AND THAT'S THE IDEA. IT WILL BE ON THIS CORNER AT 32 CENTRAL AVENUE FOR SEVERAL MORE WEEKS AND YOU'RE INVITED TO TOUR THE HOME, CHECK OUT THE AMAZING QUALITY AND FEATURES - AND LEARN HOW QUICKLY ONE COULD BE UP ON YOUR LOT - TRY 60 DAYS, FROM ORDER TO MOVING IN. IT INCLUDES ALL THE BRAND NEW ENERGY-START CERTIFIED APPLIANCES, COMPLETELY INSULATED WALLS, CEILING AND FLOORS AND - HANG ON FOR THE PRICE.

FC03: "Um this house I'm selling for 189 and that's negotiable."

THIS IS JUST A ONE-STORY HOUSE. BUT THIS IS A TWO-STORY STORY. NEXT WEEK FRANCESCA WILL TELL US HOW SHE CAME UP WITH THE DESIGN AND WE'LL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT HOW HER FABMAC PLAN COULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE CONCEPT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS ON MAUI. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

THIS PORTION OF MAUI TV NEWS IS SPONSORED IN PART BY FABMAC HOMES - OFFERING FREE TOURS OF THEIR INNOVATIVE, FACTIORY-BUILT ENERGY STAR HOME IN WAILUKU BEGINNING APRIL 20TH. PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

(ON-CAM TAG) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FABMAC HOMES AND HOW ONE MIGHT FIT INTO YOUR AFFORDABLE FUTURE, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(Community Work Day)(PiP-Workers)

J: "CLEAN UP AND GREEN UP" IS THE THEME FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN-UP IN HAWAI'I. EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS TURN OUT TO HELP WITH THE SPRING CLEANING OUR PLANET DESPERATELY NEEDS. AND EVEN ON THE SMALL ISLAND WE LOVE TO CALL HOME, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOW UP TO CLEAN UP.

(vo-sot) LAST SATURDAY THE TRAIL NOW KNOWN AS THE SOUTH MAUI HERITAGE CORRIDOR WAS SPRUCED UP AGAIN - AS IT IS REGULARLY BY BOB AND LIS RICHARDSON AND THEIR INTREPID BAND OF ABOUT 60 REGULAR HELPERS. ONCE THIS SPOT WAS AN IMPROMPTU GARBAGE DUMP. NOW IT'S A PLACE TO EXPLORE, LEARN ABOUT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE LOCALS, OR JUST WATCH THE CANOES AND THE FISHERMEN.

UP THE BEACH AT KAMAOLE POINT - WHERE THE UA'U KANI ARE BEGINNING TO RETURN TO THEIR BURROWS - AND SOME ALREADY HAVE - A GROUP OF COMMUNITY WORKDAY VOLUNTEERS IS WRAPPING UP THEIR SECOND TASK OF THE MORNING. AFTER RE-MULCHING THE CORRIDOR TRAIL, THEY'RE PLANTING NATIVE PLANTS AND GRASSES THAT HAVE GRACED THE BIRDS NESTING AREA FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. AND SPEAKING OF THOUSANDS, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT AS MANY AS 3,000 MAUI RESIDENTS - AND VISITORS TURN OUT TO HELP GREEN UP AND CLEAN UP OUR ISLAND. WE ASKED LIS RICHARDSON WHY.

Lis Richardson, Hoaloha'Aina

LR01: "It is so gratifying. We get so many accolades - we don't need it. We get so many people that come by and say thank you. The trail has connected Kihei with Wailea. It's just fun. We meet a lot of great people. What's not to like?

(ON-CAM TAG) THE NATIONWIDE "KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL" CAMPAIGN IS CREDITED WITH SOME AMAZING STATISTICS - INCLUDING KEEPING SOME 1-POINT-FOUR MILLION TIRES OUT OF LANDFILLS AND DIVERTING 189 MILLION PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES TO RECYCLING CENTERS INSTEAD OF THE DUMP. ON MAUI, THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY WORK DAY CLEAN-UP AND GREEN-UP CONTINUES THROUGH THE END OF MAY. TO GET INVOLVED IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, CONTACT COMMUNITY WORK DAY. JUST FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

(HUMANE SOCIETY MEETING)(PiP-MHS-PET FACE)

HC: THE FAMILY PET. THE VERY IDEA CONJURES UP AN IMAGE OF A PRECIOUS FACE, A WAGGING TAIL AND A BEST FRIEND WHO LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT. BUT, MONDAY NIGHT IN WAILUKU AT THE ANNUAL BOARD MEETING OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY, WHILE FAMILY PETS WERE THE MAIN TOPIC - IT WAS TRAGEDY AND BLAME INSTEAD OF SMILES AND WAGS ON THE AGENDA - AND MAUI TV NEWS WAS THERE.

(TAKE HUMANE PKG) MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE CRAMMED INTO A SPACE DESIGNED FOR LESS THAN A THIRD THAT MANY FOR A BOARD MEETING - SO YOU KNEW IT WOULD BE NO ORDINARY BOARD MEETING. THE ANNUAL BOARD MEETING OF THE MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY COMES ON THE HEELS OF TWO MAJOR INCIDENTS - THE CONTROVERSIAL TERMINATION OF 20 YEAR ANIMAL CONTROL VETERAN OFFICER AIMEE ANDERSON - AND THE HIGHLY PUBLICIZIED EUTHENIZATION OF A FAMILY PET FROM UPCOUNTRY MAUI.

AS BOARD CEO ANTHONY LAID DOWN THE RULES FOR TESTIMONY, RULE NUMBER ONE WAS NO REBUTTALS - SO WHEN HE RESPONDED TO A CRITICISM OF HIS EFFORTS, THE ROOM ERUPTED AND BOARD MEMBER DAVID CAIN THREATENED TO CLOSE THE MEETING.

BUT THE MEETING WENT ON WITH REPORTS AND EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY FROM ANDERSON, AND - AMONG MANY OTHERS - TERESA RABANES, THE OWNER OF LUCKY, THE FEMALE BLUE HEELER MISTAKENLY PUT TO DEATH AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY LAST AUGUST.


HERE - FOR THE RECORD, IS THE UNEDITED TESTIMONY OF FORMER MAUI COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER AIMEE ANDERSON.

THE NEXT SPEAKER, NANCY FISHER OF KIHEI, DREW APPLAUSE WITH HER SUGGESTION TO THE BOARD THAT ANDERSON BE REINSTATED.

AND HERE, FOR THE RECORD, IS THE UNEDITED TESTIMONY OF TERESA RABANES - THE OWNER OF LUCK, A FEMALE BLUE HEELER MISTAKENLY PUT TO SLEEP LAST AUGUST ONLY A DAY AFTER SHE WAS BROUGHT INTO THE SHELTER.

TESTIMONY BY OTHERS BROUGHT INTO QUESTION THE MANAGEMENT STYLES OF THE BOARD AND THE CEO OF THE MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY. BY THE END OF THE MARATHON CROWDED MEETING, THE BOARD PROMISED THAT THE TESTIMONY WOULD BE HEEDED AND IF CHANGE WAS NEEDED, IT WOULD HAPPEN. WHTEHER OR NOT THAT DOES THAT PLACE WILL DECIDE HOW BIG A MEETING ROOM THEY'LL NEED FOR NEXT YEAR'S BOARD MEETING. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM-TAG) AGAIN, TO VIEW OUR EXTENDED COVERAGE OF MONDAY NIGHT'S HUMANE SOCIETY MEETING, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK TO EXTENDED COVERAGE.

TOSS TO C BLOCK

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, SATURDAY MARKED THE UNOFFICIAL START TO THE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACING SEASON ON MAUI - AND THE OFFICIAL START OF LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON. KALAPANA HAS HIGHLIGHTS AND DETAILS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

HC: THEN SUMMER GADDIS WILL BE HERE WITH FUN IDEAS FOR YOUR EASTER WEEKEND - AND BEYOND. SHE'S GOT DETAILS ON ALL THE COMING ATTRACTIONS UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: K: WHILE NORTH DAKOTA DIGS OUT OF MORE SNOW, AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE BEGINNING TO BLOOM IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL - ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES OF LIVING IN PARADISE IS THAT IT'S ALWAYS OUR FAVORITE SEASON OF SUMMER.

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M KALAPANA. AND JUST TO BE SURE THERE'S NO CONFUSION, THIS IS A SPORTS REPORT - NOT A WEATHER REPORT. BUT THE BIG WINNER IN THIS SPORTS REPORT: THE FOUR SEASONS. SO, IF YOU'RE A LITTLE CONFUSED - THAT'S OK...I AM TOO.

(vo) OUT TO KA LAE POHAKU IN KIHEI FOR THE 27TH ANNUAL PADDLERS' OPEN OUTRIGGER CANOE RACE. IT'S A CHANCE FOR NOVICE PADDLERS TO COMPETE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A CHARITY EVENT THAT RAISES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THE YOUTH PADDLING PROGRAM OF KIHEI CANOE CLUB. BUT IT'S ALSO A CHANCE FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS - AS MOST OF THE TEAMS SIGNED UP REPRESENTED MAUI'S MAJOR RESORTS - AND, FOR MANY YEARS, THE MAUI FOUR SEASONS TEAM HAS WON IT ALL.

THIS YEAR WAS GREAT MUSIC, A CHANCE FOR KOKUA AND CAMARADERIE - AND A CHANCE TO SEE FOUR SEASONS CREWS DO IT ALL AGAIN AS THEY WON THE SIX-MAN FINAL EVENT. (SLIGHT PAUSE) THEN THEY WON THE FIRST FOUR PLACES IN THE COED-SIX PERSON RACE AND, PRETTY MUCH EVERY OTHER EVENT THEY ENTERED.

BUT MY FAVORITE RACE OF THE DAY WAS “THE STRONGEST WOMAN ON THE BEACH.” PICTURE THIS: JUST YOU, PADDLING A 400-POUND CANOE ALL BY YOURSELF FOR A QUARTER-MILE. THE STEERSPERSON WAY IN THE BACK CANNOT PADDLE - ONLY KEEP YOU GOING STRAIGHT.

YOUR WINNER, LESLIE BAILEY - PADDLING FOR JUST HER SECOND SEASON. IN SECOND PLACE, LAUREN VANDER VEER - AND THE CROWD FAVORITE IN THIRD: DEB PEARSALL FROM KIHEI CANOE CLUB - A GOLDEN MASTER PADDLER, MEANING SHE'S FROM SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW - THAT'S A TECHNICAL TERM FOR AGE 55 OR OVER.

( FF-CG-VO)FOUR SEASONS WAS THE OVERALL WINNER AGAIN THIS YEAR WITH 35 POINTS. WAILEA MARRIOTT CAME IN SECOND WITH 13 POINTS.

(CON'T VO) MEANWHILE, DOWN SOUTH KIHEI ROAD A COUPLE OF MILES, IT WAS THE OPENING OF LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON ON MAUI. NOW, PART OF THE FUN OF LITTLE LEAGUE IN HAWAII IS THAT EVERYONE GETS TO HIT. NOBODY REALLY KEEPS SCORE FOR THE PEE WEES AND, YES, PLAYERS LIKE KURT SUZUKI AND SHANE VICTORINO WERE HERE ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. IN THIS MATCHUP BETWEEN THE MARINERS AND THE ORIOLES, A KEY DEFENSIVE PLAY ENDS THE INNING AND PLAYERS, MOMS, DADS AND AUNTIES LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.

FOR THE JUNIORS, THE GIANTS AND THE RED SOX SHOW A LOT MORE SKILL...IN WHAT PROMISES TO BE A MOST ENTERTAINING SEASON.

YOU CAN CATCH KIHEI LITTLE LEAGUE ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND FROM NOW AND THE END OF JULY AT KALAMA PARK. AND JUST SEE IF IT DOESN'T BRING BACK A MEMORY OR TWO.

(ON-CAM) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. IF YOUR TEAM HAS A TRYOUTS OR A SPECIAL SPORTING EVENT COMING UP, PLEASE GET THE WORD TO US AND WE'LL HELP YOU SPREAD THE NEWS. SEND YOUR NOTICES TO SPORTS-AT-MAUI TV NEWS-DOT COM AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE AND WE’LL HELP YOU GET THE WORD OUT. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S SUMMER GADDIS WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.

(Coming Attractions)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

S: THIS EASTER WEEKEND, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MAUI’S FINEST OFFERINGS—FROM FOOD, FLOWERS, CULTURAL PERFORMANCES, AND EVEN A CHANCE TO ADD YOUR OWN SHINE TO THE SHOW! ALOHA, EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “COMING ATTRACTIONS.” I’M SUMMER GADDIS.

KICKING OFF THE WEEKEND WITH A BIT OF FLORAL FLAIR, THE MAUI ORCHID SOCIETY’ S ANNUAL EASTER ORCHID SHOW AND PLANT SALE WILL BE HELD THROUGH SATURDAY AT THE MAUI MALL, NEAR IHOP, FROM 9AM TO 4PM EACH DAY. AN EXOTIC ARRAY OF ORCHID PLANTS GROWN BY LOCAL GROWERS AND HOBBYISTS WILL BE ON COLORFUL DISPLAY AND AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.

AFTER YOU’VE GOTTEN YOUR BLOOM-FIX, MAKE WAY FOR EASTER THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT AT KING’S CATHEDRAL, FOR 7:30 PERFORMANCES OF “INDESTRUCTIBLE LIFE." WITNESS A TALENTED CAST OF OVER 100 DANCERS, ACTORS, AND SINGERS, RENDER A MODERN RETELLING OF THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS. WITH ORIGINAL SONGS LIKE THE REGGAE-DRIVEN "MAKE WAY FOR THE LAMB," OR THE STOMPING BEATS OF "COME FOLLOW ME", AN ENTERTAINING TIME IS SURE TO BE HAD BY ALL. COST IS $10 FOR ADULTS, AND $5 FOR CHILDREN 3-12. KIDS UNDER 3 ARE FREE.

AND—ASPIRING MAUI THESPIANS ARE INVITED TO TAKE THE STAGE THEMSELVES THIS SATURDAY. PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS OF THE PACIFIC LLC, IN ASSOCIATION WITH MAUI ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS CINDERELLA AND NEEDS TO CAST THEIR PLAY. FROM 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM SATURDAY AT STEPPINGSTONE PLAYHOUSE AT QUEEN KA’AHUMANU CENTER, PRO-ARTS IS AUDITIONING SINGERS AND ACTORS FOR THEIR MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF THE CLASSIC FAIRY TALE. NINE ACTORS PLAY ALL THE ROLES INCLUDING CINDERELLA, HER UGLY STEPSISTERS, HER DEVIOUS STEPMOTHER, THE HANDSOME PRINCE, AN ORGANIZED RAT, AND, OF COURSE, THE MAGICAL FAIRY GODMOTHER IN THIS FRACTURED FAIRY TALE. FOR ALL THE DETAILS, GO TO MAUITVNEWS.COM AND CLICK ON “COMING ATTRACTIONS.”

ALSO ON SATURDAY, FROM 10-2, THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF HAWAII PRESENTS MAUI "DA KIDNEY DA KINE" DAY AT QUEEN KA’AHUMANU CENTER. ENJOY NON-STOP LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT, PRIZE GIVE-AWAYS; FREE EARLY-DETECTION SCREENINGS FOR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND DIABETES; A HEALTH FAIR, ORGAN DONATION/TRANSPLANTATION EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS BOOTHS. THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF THE NATIONAL AND HAWAII ORGAN DONOR QUILTS.

YOU'RE INVITED TO MAUI’S MOST UNIQUE EASTER EGG HUNT THROUGH SUNDAY AT THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER. PARTICIPATE IN THE EASTER SCAVENGER EGG QUEST FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FUN PRIZES FROM MAUI OCEAN CENTER. GOLDEN EGGS WILL BE PLACED THROUGHOUT THE AQUARIUM ON EXHIBIT SIGNAGE, IDENTIFYING WHERE TO FIND CLUES TO COMPLETE THE EGG QUEST. THE EASTER SCAVENGER EGG QUEST PUTS AN EDUCATIONAL TWIST ON A TRADITIONAL EGG HUNT AND IS A FUN ACTIVITY THAT INVOLVES BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE EASTER WEEKEND, JOIN THE FRIENDS OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK TO HELP PRESERVE THE NATIVE HABITAT OF HALEAKALA CRATER. FROM 9A.M. UNTIL NOON EACH DAY MUCH-NEEDED VOLUNTEERS WILL HIKE INTO THE CRATER, STAY FREE FOR THE NIGHT IN HOLUA CABIN, CARE FOR NATIVE VEGETATION, AND ENJOY SOME AMAZING STAR-GAZING, SUNRISES AND THE WHOLE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE. FOR THE RECORD, RABBITS ARE WELCOME, AS LONG AS THEY’RE MADE OF CHOCOLATE. TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS.COM AND CLICK ON “COMING ATTRACTIONS.”

WE’RE WRAPPING UP OUR WEEKEND APPROPRIATELY—ON A FULL TUMMY, THAT IS—WITH THE EASTER SUNDAY SPECIAL AT THE AWARD-WINNING SEASCAPE MA`ALAEA RESTAURANT. LUNCH WILL BE PREPARED BY JAMES BEARD, RISING STAR NOMINEE, AND CHEF HENRY TARIGA. A GUITARIST WILL SERENADE RESTAURANT GUESTS FROM 12 P.M. TO 1 P.M. THE SEASCAPE MA`ALAEA RESTAURANT IS OPEN FROM 11 A.M. TO 3 P.M. LUNCH RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEKEND, A POWERFUL PERFORMANCE IS COMING TO THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. "TWO MEN: TWO HAWAIIAN DESTINIES" PLAYS NEXT SATURDAY, AT 7:30 P.M. AND NEXT SUNDAY, AT 2:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M. IN THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER. TICKETS ARE $25.00 FOR ADULTS AND $15.00 FOR SENIORS AND STUDENTS.

FOR DETAILS ON THESE EVENTS AND MORE GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP AND WOULD LIKE A LITTLE EXTRA PUBLICITY - WE CAN HELP. SEND YOUR NOTICES, AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S REPORT. I'M SUMMER GADDIS. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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HC: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO CORRECT AN ERROR WE MADE IN A REPORT IN LAST WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. THE WINNING ROBOTICS TEAM FROM MAUI HIGH WILL BE JOINED BY WAIALUA, MIKINLEY AND MOANALUA HIGH SCHOOLS FROM O'AHU AT THE WORLD ROBOTICS CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT WEEK IN ATLANTA. ALSO, THE BALDWIN ROBOTICS TEAM MADE IT AS FAR AS THE QUARTER-FINALS IN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST WEEK IN HONOLULU.

J: THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THIS WEEK'S SHOW AND, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR BREAKING NEWS, IMPORTANT LINKS TO NEWSMAKERS, COMING ATTRACTIONS, AND EXTENDED VERSIONS OF MANY OF THE NEWS STORIES WE COVER. YOU'LL FIND IT ALL AT AT MAUITVNEWSDOT-COM. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

HC: ALOHA.

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