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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending April 15, 2010


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(headlines - vo)

J: THERE ARE SIGNS, PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAYS AND NEWS RELEASES GALORE ABIOUT THE DEADLINE,. BUT STILL, PEOPLE AREN'T SENDING IN THEIR CENSUS FORMS.

AND - FROM HERE IT LOOKS LIKE A SNORKELERS DREAM - BUT THERE'S A SILENT DISEASE IN THESE WATERS OFF SOUTH MAUI.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK PLUS - MAUI SHINES BRIGHT AT THE MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL AND WE'VE GOT THE BREATH-TAKING IMAGES FROM PHOTOGRAPHER RANDY JAY BRAUN TO PROVE IT.

IN SPORTS, IT’S OK THAT TIGER DIDN'T WIN THE MASTERS - AND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, IT'S HAPA, KEIKI ART, DRAMA, DANCING - AND EVEN A LITTLE GAMBLING. WE'VE GOT THE LOWDOWN ON THEM ALL AND PLENTY MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE. AND WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. IT'S BEEN ONE OF THE MOST WELL-PUBLICIZED AND PROMOTED EVENTS IN A LONG TIME.

(TURN TO CAM) SO, WHY AREN'T PEOPLE FILLING OUR AND RETURNING THEIR CENSUS FORMS?

(TAKE CENSUS PKG) IT CAN'T BE THAT THEY HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT IT. UNLESS YOU LIVE IS A CAVE OR PURPOSELY AVOID KNOWING WHAT'S GOING ON, YOU CAN'T NOT KNOW THAT THE ONCE-EVERY-10 YEARS CENSUS IS IN PROGRESS...IN FACT THE FIRST PART IS ALMOST OVER. BUT, ON MAUI, YOU WOULDN'T KNOW IT. DESPITE SIGN-WAVING ERVENTS IN KAHULUI AND IN HANA THIS WEEK, THE NUMBERS ARE STILL DISMAL - AT LEAST AS OF TUESDAY MORNING.

Marie Villa, Partnership Spec, HI, for Census 2010

MV01: "Maui right now is at 46 percent.Ten years ago Hawai'i was at 66 overall. Right now we're at 60 percent and the nation is at 66 percent. So Hawaii's not that far, but we're noticing pockets and some areas of each island have a little difficulty mailing back the response."

WHICH IS A POLITE WAY OF SAYING PEOPLE DON'T SEEM INTERESTED - OR THEY'RE AFRAID OF GIVING TOO MUCH INFORMATION. FOR WHATEVER REASON - THE LAW REQUIRES A RESPONSE, AND IF YOU DON'T...

MV02: "If you don't mail back your quesstionaire, someone's going to come knocking at your door. And I tell people, 'avoid that by just filling it out. It's 10 questions. It's easy. It doesn't ask for your Social Security Number. That's really important for people to know this. We do not ask for your social Security Number. And we really want people to understand why it's important."

THAT LIST IS LONG - AND GOES WAY PAST JUST ALLOCATIONS OF ABOUT 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS PER CITIZEN FOR PROGRAMS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT AFFECT YOU OR ME DIRECTLY. MARIE GAVE AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THOSE OTHER REASONS.

MV03: "If we ever get an epidemic of any sort, they only give us enough vaccine for what we counted for. So if 80 percent of usare counted - we only get 80 percent. And that's when you look at the numbers and go 'why is it important."

AND EVEN IF YOUR EXCUSE IS - "I NEVER GOT ONE" OR i"I LOST IT"...

MV04: "If you hsave not received your questionnaire in the mail - there's Safeway, go to the Longs, the nearest K-Mart. And they have the different hours there and you can go pick up your questionnaires there."

(ON-CAM TAG) THERE ARE EVENTS PLANNED AND PEOPLE READY TO HELP YOU IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE. IT'S FREE, COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL AND - IT'S THE LAW. FOR DETAILS ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU STILL HAVEN'T COMPLETED AND MAILED IN YOUR CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRE, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(TAX DAY)(PiP-1040)

J: TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO FILE YOUR FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS - OR YOUR EXTENSION FORMS. HAWAII STATE INCOME TAX RETURNS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MIDNIGHT TUESDAY. THIS AFTERNOON IN KAHULUI A GROUP CALLED "TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY" HELD A TEA PARTY, AND THEIR PLANS EVEN INCLUDED A REANACTMENT OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DUKE AIONA WASD ALSO ON THE SCHEDULE TO ADDRESS THE CROWD.

BY THE WAY - SPEAKING OF APRIL 15TH - THE SO-CALLED "TAX FREEDOM DAY" THIS YEAR IN HAWAI'I WAS DECLARED AS APRIL NINTH. TAX FREEDOM DAY IS THE MILESTONE DAY IN EACH YEAR WHEN ALL THE WORK YOU'VE DONE SO FAR JUST GOES TO PAY THE TAXES YOU'LL BE CHARGED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. FROM HERE ON, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE PUTTING MONEY IN YOUR OWN POCKET. JUST FOR COMPARISON, TAX FREEDOM DAY LAST YEAR DIDN'T COME UNTIL APRIL 13TH.

(MCLT-BUY BACK)(PiP-DALE BONAR)

J: AND SPEAKING OF TAKING BACK WHAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE, THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST HELD A FUNDRAISER SATURDAY NIGHT IN LAHAINA TO "BUY BACK THE BEACH."

(VO) SATURDAY NIGHT AT OLD LAHAINA LU'AU, HUNDREDS TURNED OUT TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE LAND TRUST. dONATIONS AND A HEFTY LIVE AUCTION RAISE A GOOD CHUNK OF MONEY FOR THE EFFORT - EVEN IN THESE LEAN TIMES.

Dale Bonar, Exec. Dir., Maui Coastal Land Trust

DB01: "Generally it's been a pretty good fundraiser for us. we'll clean 60-70,000 dollars which is terriffic because it goes into our unrestricted fund. It helps the in-house operations of the organization. Like so many non-profits, we're seeing a little bit of a decrease in general funding and giving so it's very refreshing to see all these people coming out and supporting the cause that we're all so committed to."

IN THIS THE EVENT'S NINTH YEAR THE CULINARY ARTISTRY OF SOME OF MAUI'S FINEST CHEFS WAS SHOWCASED - AND MUCH APPRECIATED. AND - WE HAD TO ASK - AFTER NINE YEARS, ARE THERE ANY MORE BEACHES TO BUY BACK?

DB02: "Ha. Yes. In the current century there are. That may not be the case in the next century - with climate change and sea level rise, but yes there are. Unfortunatekly these are very things to do and often what we'll do is work with the landowners where we may be purchasing an easement in the property - which means they get to own it, they use it, but it restricts what they will do. And that's a lot cheaper than trying to buy the outright fee.

THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST MADE MAJOR HEADLINES AT THE END OF 2009 AFTER BROKERING A DEAL WITH THE EARDMAN FAMILY THAT WILL KEEP MORE THAN 12,000 ACRES OF THE ULUPALAKUA RANCH PRISTINE AND UNDEVELOPED FOREVER. SO - WITH THAT KIND OF SUCCESS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, HOW DO YOU TOP IT?

DB03: "There is the possibility of something even larger on the scene for next year. Now I realize that sounds pretty vague, but there are other great opportunities. One of the things - because of what the eardmans have done - is given us - the Land Trust - a great deal of credibility with the larger landowners who look and say, 'well, if the Eardmans are doing it, these folks must have their wits about them there. So, we've been approached by a number of different folks and there's a lot of possibilities in the wind."

(ON-CAM TAG) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WONDERFUL WORK OF THE MAUI COASTAL LAND TRUST, JUST FOLLOW THE LINK FROM OUR WEBSITE. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: COMING UP ON MAUI TV NEWS, WE'VE GOT A WIDE RANGE OF VERY HAWAI'I STORIES - IN FACT, VERY MAUI STORIES - FROM THE CORAL REEF TO REAL ESTATE TO THE MERRIE MONARCH. ALL THAT AND MUCH MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(CORAL DISEASE)(PiP-CORAL DISEASE)

J: IT MADE WORLD HEADLINES THIS WEEK WHEN A CHINESE COAL FREIGHTER RAN AGROUND - DIGGING A TWO-MILE GOUGE THROUGH THE GREAT BARRIER REEF IN AUSTRALIA. IN THE PROCESS, IT LEAKED OIL AND SMEARED THE REEF WITH PAINT THAT'S TOXIC TO MARINE LIFE. THE RECOVERY OF THE EARTH'S LARGEST NATURAL STRUCTURE COULD TAKE 20 YEARS OR LONGER.

BUT IT BARELY GOT ANY MENTION WHEN A SMALL AND MUCH LESS OBVIOUS INVADER BEGAN TO KILL PARTS OF OUR REEFS IN HAWAI'I - AND SOME RIGHT HERE ON MAUI.

(TAKE CORAL VO) THERE'S AN OUTBREAK OF CORAL DISEASE IN THE WATERS OFF AHIHI-KINAU PRESERVE. IT WAS DISCOVERED - ACCIDENTALLY - DURING A ROUTINE UNDERWATER SURVEY ABOUT A HALF-MILE FROM SHORE. THE DISEASE IS CALLED MONTIPORA WHITE SYNDROME AND - WHILE THE CAUSE ISN'T PINPOINTED, SCIENTISTS SAY IT'S USUALLY FROM A PATHOGEN LIKE CHEMICALS FROM RUNOFF.

Darla White, Special Project Coord., DAR/DLNR

DW01: "Montipora - which is the genus of the coral - white syndrome, wich simply indicates tissue loss."

A SIMILAR OUTBREAK IS HAPPENING IN KANEOHE BAY ON O'AHU - WHERE SCIENTISTS SAY IT MAKES MUCH MORE SENSE BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF POLLUTANTS IN THE WATER THERE.

DW02:"There are two different types of Montipora Whie Syndrome. The one in Kane'ohe Bay is moving rapidly. The one here is moving more slowly. So there are actually two different forms of the disease - buit basically they have the same result: you have a loss of tissue, bare skeleton, then algae comes in and covers it over, so they both lead to mortality."

THESE IMAGES ARE FROM THE CORAL IN THE SHALLOW WATERS AT AHIHI-KINAU AND YOU CAN SEE THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE - BUT WHAT SCIENTISTS ARE LOOKING AT EVEN MORE CLOSELY IS HOW QUICKLY THE DISEASE SPREADS - BECAUSE THE WHITE CORAL INDICATES DEAD CORAL - AND THAT'S WHERE ALGAE QUICKLY MOVE IN AND CAN SMOTHER REMAINING LIVING CORAL.

(ON-CAM TAG) SCIENTISTS KNOW THAT CORAL REEFS ARE THE BASE OF THE OCEAN'S ECOSYSTEM AND IF THEY'RE NOT HEALTHY - THAT THE FISH AREN'T HEALTHY - AND EVENTUALLY WE WON'T BE HEALTHY. AND WE TELL YOU ALL OF THIS NOT JUST BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT BUT BECAUSE YOU CAN HELP. THERE ARE ONLY A HANDFUL OF SCIENTISTS WITH THE TIME TO DIVE AND INSPECT CHANGES IN CORAL REEFS - BUT THOUSANDS OF THE REST OF US DO IT ALMOST EVERY DAY. A STATEWIDE PROGRAM CALLED "EYES OF THE REEF" HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO THAT SNORKELERS, SURFERS, SWIMMERS AND BOATERS CAN REPORT THINGS THAT DON'T SEEM RIGHT - ALLOWING THE EXPERTS TO ACT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

(FF-CG-VO) THEY OFFER FREE TRAINING FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A HEALTHY REEF LOOKS LIKE AND HOW TO SPOT THINGS THAT AREN'T RIGHT.

(ON-CAM) IF YOU'D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE "EYES OF THE REEF" PROGRAM HERE ON MAUI- GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(REAL ESTATE)(PiP-SAKAMOTO RE SIGN)

J: THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT SALES WERE UP FOR BOTH SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES AND FOR CONDOMINIUMS ON MAUI LAST MONTH. AND THE BAD NEWS ISN'T REALLY ALL THAT BAD - PARTICULARLY IN THE CONDO SALES MARKET.

(FF-CG-VO) SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES JUMPED 25 PERCENT IN MARCH 20-10 COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. THERE WERE 70 LAST MONTH - 56 LAST MARCH. THE NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS IN THE CATEGORY IS THAT THE MEDIAN SALES PRICE WAS DOWN - AGAIN - LAST MONTH BY NINE PERCENT FROM A LITTLE MORE THAN A HALF-MILLION LAST YEAR TO 460 THOUSAND THIS YEAR.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS, GOOD NEWS CATEGORY WAS IN CONDO SALES. IN MARCH OF 2009 ONLY 67 SOLD. LAST MONTH THERE WERE 122 CONDOMINIUMS SOLD ON MAUI. THAT'S A FOUR-YEAR HIGH. AND THE MEDIAN SALES PRICE WAS ALSO GOOD NEWS - UP NINE PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR'S 468,000 DOLLARS TO THIS YEAR'S MARCH AVERAGE OF 512,250 DOLLARS

(ON-CAM TAG) THE BIGGEST HOTSPOT FOR SINGLE-HOME SALES ACTIVITY CONTINUES TO BE CENTRAL MAUI - WHILE THE HOTBED OF CONDO ACTION IS KA'ANAPALI. SALES THERE LAST MONTH WERE MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT THEY WERE LAST MARCH - AND THE SELLING PRICE IS UP AS WELL.

(MERRIE MONARCH WINNERS)(PiP-KEALII)

J: HE IS QUOTED AS SAYING "HULA IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, THEREFORE THE HEARTBEAT OF THE PEOPLE OF HAWAI'I." KING DAVID KALAKAUA EARNED THE TITLE OF THE MERRIE MONARCH - AND THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL THAT BEARS HIS NAME NEVER FAILS TO BRING UP CHICKEN SKIN AS DANCERS GLIDE AND CHANT AND THE CULTURE IS REVERED AND CHERISHED.

(FF-CG-VO) THIS YEAR'S EVENT SAW SCORING CLOSER THAN MANY HAD SEEN IN YEARS-WITH JUST 10 POINTS SEPARATING THE FIVE WINNERS IN THE WOMEN'S MODERN HULA. WHILE MANY OF THE WINNERS CONTINUE TO BE FROM O'AHU HALAU - MAUI DID ITSELF PROUD THIS YEAR - IN PARTICULAR, KEALI'I REICHEL'S HALAU KE'ALAOKAMAILE. REICHEL'S HALAU WON FIRST PLACE IN BOTH THE MODERN AND ANCIENT HULA FOR WAHINE - AS WELL AS THE OVERALL TOP PRIZE FOR COMPETITION AMONG WOMEN. AND, FROM HIS HALAU, OROLANI KOA TOOK THIRD PLACE IN THE MISS ALOHA HULA CONTEST AND WON THE THOUSAND-DOLLAR HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE AWARD.

MANY THANKS TO RANDY JAY BRAUN FOR THESE EXQUISITE IMAGES FROM THIS YEAR'S EVENT.

(ON-CAM) IN FACT, A LITTLE LATER IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS, WE'LL FEATURE EVEN MORE OF RANDY'S STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 2010 MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL- SET TO MUSIC.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, HE WAS HUMBLE - AND EVEN GRACIOUS LOSING AT THE MASTERS AND EVERYONE SEEMED FINE WITH TIGER WOODS RETURN TO COMPETITIVE GOLF. AND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, CLASSIC ANNUAL FAVORITE EVENTS ARE COMING THIS WEEKEND - ALONG WITH NEW FUN STUFF. DETAILS WHE MAUI TV NEWS RETURNS.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS - IT SOMEHOW SEEMED LIKE THE RIGHT THING WHEN TIGER WOODS DIDN'T WIN THE FIRST TOURNAMENT HE ENTERED AFTER HIS HUMBLE RETURN TO THE GAME OF GOLF - AND WAS MERELY QUIETLY LISTED AMONG THE RUNNERS-UP BEHIND THREE-TIME MASTERS CHAMPION PHIL MICKELSON. MEANWHILE, IN THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE, BALDWIN FACES KAMEHAMEHA THIS WEEK IN MAKENA AND THE BOYS OF SEABURY HALL TAKE ON THE MAUI HIGH SABERS ON THE WAIEHU MUNICIPAL COURSE.

MEANWHILE, IT'S AN EXHIBITION - NOT A COMPETITION WHEN MAUI'S YOUNG ARTISTS CREATE AN IMAGINARY NEIGHBORHOOD. THE EVENT IS CALLED
"CELEBRATING THE ARTIST IN ALL OF US". IT'S AN IS AN ANNUAL EXHIBITION AT THE SHAEFFER GALLERY AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. FROM NOW THROUGH APRIL 24, THE WORK OF STUDENTS FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE WILL FOCUS ON THE THEME OF IMAGINARY NEIGHBORHOODS. TWO AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL PIECES BY STUDENTS FROM ACROSS MAUI COUNTY WILL BE ASSEMBLED INTO A HUGE, RAMBLING IMAGINARY NEIGHBORHOOD. ADMISSION IS FREE AND THE GALLERY IS OPEN DAILY FROM 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M.

AT THE SAME TIME, BIG STRONG MEN FROM ACROSS MAUI WILL GATHER TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR STRENGTH - BY NOT BEING TOUGH OR MACHO. "MEN OF STRENGTH - ROOTS OF CHANGE" IS A WORKSHOP DESIGNED TO PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN MAUI COUNTY. THE NATIONALLY RENOWNED GROUP CALLED "MEN CAN STOP RAPE" IS CONDUCTING THE EVENT ON MAUI THIS WEEK - TEACH MEN TO BE ALLIES OF WOMEN. THERE'S STILL TIME TO TAKE PART. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

TAKE A DYLAN THOMAS CLASSIC, INSERT 45 OF MAUI'S FINEST ACTORS WHO PLAY MORE THAN 60 ROLES, STUFF IT ALL INTO THE STEPPINGSTONE PLAYHOUSE THEATER IN QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER, AND YOU'VE GOT "UNDER MILK WOOD." THE MAUI ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTION RUNS FROM THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT AND PROMISES TO DELIVER A PERFORMANCE THAT'S BEAUTIFUL AND BAWDY, SAD AND SENSUAL. TICKETS ARE 16 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 12 DOLLARS FOR SENIORS AND STUDENTS.

OR, REST UP IF YOU WANT TO TRY TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING STARTING SATURDAY. BEGINNING AT 10 A.M. IN UPCOUNTRY MAUI, IT'S HO'OLAULE'A 2010, "E KULIA I KA NU'U," THE SIXTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION AT KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOL IN UPCOUNTRY. ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE AND THERE ARE GAMES OF FUN AND SKILL, CRAFTS AND ONO GRINES, PLUS A MULTITUDE OF HISTORICAL, CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL THINGS IN WHICH TO TAKE PARK - ALONG WITH THE HIGHLY DIGNIFIED DUNK TANK. THE EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE AND STARTS AT 10 A.M. SATURDAY ON THE KAMEHAMEHA CAMPUS ON A'APUEO ROAD IN PUKALANI.

IN CENTRAL; MAUI - ALSO STARTING AT 10 A.M. IT'S THE THIRD ANNUAL "JOIN HANDS" VOLUNTEER FAIR AND VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARDS PROGRAM. GATHERING AROUND CENTER STAGE AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER WILL BE 25 LOCAL NON-PROFIT AGENCIES - ALONG WITH POLYNESIAN DANCERS AND INFORMATIONAL DISPLAYS - ALL DESIGNED TO GET YOU EXCITED ABOUT GIVING A LITTLE OF YOUR TIME TO HELP OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. THIS FAMILY FUN EVENT IS FREE AND IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE PROGRAM RECOGNIZING THE SELFLESS EFFORTS OF VOLUNTEERS. WE'VE GOT MORE DETAILS AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM. JUST CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

SATURDAY NIGHT - GOOD LUCK CHOOSING BETWEEN A COUPLE OF EXTREMELY TEMPTING EVENTS. ONE OF HAWAI''IS MOST BELOVED MUSIC DUOS BRINGS THEIR SHOW TO THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC. YOU CAN SUMMON UP ALL THE MEMORIES, EMOTIONS AND FEELING IN ONE WORD: HAPA. NATHAN AWEAU AND BARRY FLANIGAN TAKE TO THE CASTLE THEATER STAGE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7-30 FOR ONE PERFORMANCE. TICKET PRICES RANGE FROM 12 TO 37 DOLLARS. IT'S PART OF THE MACC'S HO'ONANEA SERIES.

OR, IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN EVENING OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT, HOW ABOUT "CHANCE, DANCE AND ROMANCE?" IT'S THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF THREE OF MAUI'S ROTARY CLUBS IN A FUNDRAISER BENEFITTING MAUI YOUTH AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. FROM 6 UNTIL 10 SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUB HOUSE IN WAIKAPU - ENJOY THE MUSIC OF JIMMY MAC AND THE KOOL KATS - ALONG WITH A SILENT AUCTION AND A VERITABLE PLETHORA OF CASINO GAMES FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

NEXT WEEK INCLUDES THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY - BUT ALL WEEK LONG THERE ARE SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNED AT HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK. PERHAPS THE BIGGEST THING TO MENTION IS THAT ENTRANCE TO THE PARK IS FREE FOR PRIVATE VEHICLES FROM THIS SATURDAY THROUGH NEXT SATURDAY. AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS ARE JUNIOR RANGER DAY ON SATURDAY, A WESTSIDE WAIKAMOI HIKE ON SUNDAY AND A BUNCH OF PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT THE VISITORS CENTER. IT CULMINATES WITH THE EAST MAUI TARO FESTIVAL NEXT SATURDAY AT THE HANA BALLPARK.

NEXT TUESDAY IS THE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE KIHEI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION - AND IT OUGHT TO BE A GOOD ONE. DIRECTOR OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, LAURA THIELEN, WILL BE THERE TO DISCUSS THE FINDINGS OF THE DAMAGE TO THE REAL REEF AT KEAWAKAPU WHEN THEY TRIED TO EXPAND THE ARTIFICIAL REEF. SHE'LL ALSO EXPLAIN PLANS TO DEVELOP RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND THE IMPACT OF THE STATE'S BUDGET SHORTFALL ON HER DEPARTMENT. REFRESHMENTS START AT 6 ON TUESDAY AT KIHEI COMMUNITY CENTER AND THE MEETING RUNS FROM 6-30 UNTIL 8. OH, AND PLEASE BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR THE MAUI FOOD BANK.

MEANWHILE, JUST DOWN THE HIGHWAY ON TUESDAY EVENING - AT KAMALI'I ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING THE PLAN TO PUT A 22 MEGAWATT WIND FARM ON THE SLOPES OF ULUPALAKUA. PART OF WHAT MAKES THE PROPOSAL SO REVOLUTIONARY IS THE PLAN FOR BATTERY STORAGE OF POWER GENERATED OVERNIGHT. THE MEETING STARTS AT 6. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TUESDAY NIGHT, THE SAME PROPOSAL WILL BE THE TOPIC OF A COMMUNITY MEETING ST 5-30 WEDNESDAY IN THE ULUPALAKUA COMMUNITY CENTER - RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE TEDESCHI VINEYARD TASTING ROOM.

APRIL 22ND, 1969 WAS THE FIRST OFFICIAL CELEBRATION OF "EARTH DAY." EACH YEAR THE IDEA GETS BIGGER AND BIGGER AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE REALIZE THE PLANET SEEMS TO BE GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER. THERE ARE SEVERAL EVENTS PLANNED TO HONOR MAKUAHINE HONUA - INCLUDING COMPLIMENTARY TOURS AT O'O FARMS IN KULA - AND A CHANCE TO LEARN A GREAT DEAL ABOUT ORGANIC FARMING. ON THE WEST SIDE, CHEF JAMES MCDONALD WILL HOST A FREE COOKING DEMONSTRATION AT HONUA KAI RESORT AND SPA STARTING AT THREE O'CLOCK. AND PACIFIC-O RESTAURANT WILL FEATURE A SPECIAL O'O FARM MENU THAT EVENING TO HONOR THE DAY. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

NEXT SATURDAY THERE'S A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART. THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA CELEBRATE THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR AND THEIR ANNUAL SCOUT-O-RAMA AT THE WAR MEMORIAL COMPLEX IN WAILUKU WILL FEATURE ALL THOSE MERIT-BADGE-TYPE EVENTS YOU REMEMBER INCLUDING KNOT-TYING, ROPE CLIMBING, FLAGPOLE RAISING AND MORE. THE EVENT IS FREE AND RUNS FROM 9 A.M. TO 8 P.M.

AND FOR THE OTHER END OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC SPECTRUM, IT'S A MISERABLE FACT OF LIFE THAT WE GET OLD...BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVE TO GIVE UP THE SIMPLE PLEASURES OF LIFE. AARP-HAWAII AND TRIPLE-A-HAWAII ARE HOLDING A "CAR FIT" EVENT FOR SENIORS NEXT SATURDAY. IT'S A COMPREHENSIVE TEST AND LESSON ON MAKING SURE YOU'RE STILL FIT TO FIT BEHIND THE STEERING WHEEL...AND THAT YOU CAN SEE OVER IT INSTEAD OF THROUGH IT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CAR-FIT EVENT, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD, THE ANNUAL ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION WALK FOR 20-10 IS CALLED "THE PARADE OF PASSION." IT'S ACTUALLY BEING HELD ON O'AHU - BUT ANYONE FROM THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS WHO RAISES AT LEAST A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PLEDGES WILL BE FLOWN TO HONOLULU TO TAKE PART IN THE WALK AROUND THE WARD CENTER. ONE OF THE SLOGANS IS "NO PAIN...IS GAIN." TO SIGN UP AND START COLLECTING PLEDGES, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM.

AND THAT'S A WRAP ON THIS BUSY WEEK'S BUSY LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS - RIGHT AFTER THIS.

(D BLOCK)

(CENTER UP)

J: AS WE LEAVE YOU THIS WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH MORE OF THE AWESOME IMAGES CAPTURED BY AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER RANDY JAY BRAUN. RANDY GRACIOUSLY ALLOWED MAUI TV NEWS PERMISSION TO SHOW SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS OF THIS YEAR'S MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL.

BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - AVAILABLE WHENEVER YOU WANT TO WATCH IT - ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD 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. WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. UNTIL THEN, ALOHA.

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