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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending April 29, 2010


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(headlines - vo)

J: VISITORS AND LOCALS TOP OUR HEADLINES THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS AS MAUI SURGES AHEAD OF THE REST OF THE STATE IN VISITOR ARRIVALS AND SPENDING...AND THESE LOCALS ARE THE TOPIC OF STATEWIDE MEETINGS TO MAKE SURE WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THEM COMING BACK.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK PLUS WE'VE GOT AN UPDATE ON MONEY - YOUR MONEY - AND MINE - AS MAJOR BUDGET DECISIONS ARE MADE THIS WEEK ON MAUI AND IN HONOLULU.

IN SPORTS, THE BALDWIN BEARS KNOW HOW TO PUT ON A THRILL SHOW AND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, IT'S EVERYTHING FROM NEWT GINGRICH TO MADAME BUTTERFLY. IT'S ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE. AND THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED TRAFFIC'S A LITTLE SLOWER THESE DAYS AND THE WAIT FOR YOUR FAVORITE TABLE IS A LITTLE LONGER - ALL SIGNS THAT THE TOURISTS ARE COMING BACK.

(TURN TO CAM) WE ALL HOPED - AND, IN OUR HEARTS KNEW - THAT THE VISITOR INDUSTRY CRASH OF 2007 WOULD EVENTUALLY BOUNCE BACK. AND LAST MONTH - BOY DID IT EVER!

(TAKE VISITOR NUMBERS PKG) IT'S AN OLDER TUNE - NOT HEARD IN A BIT - THAT IS MUSIC TO THE EARS OF MAUI'S VISITOR INDUSTRY . AND THE NAME OF THAT TUNE IS "CHA-CHING." MAUI LED THE STATE IN BOTH VISITOR SPENDING AND VISITOR ARRIVALS IN MARCH - AND FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 20-10.

IN VISITOR ARRIVALS, MAUI'S COUNT WAS UP 14.2 PERCENT IN MARCH OF 20-10 OVER LAST YEAR. ADMITTEDLY LAST YEAR WAS AWFUL, SO ANYTHING "UP" IS APPRECIATED - BUT THIS IS WAY UP. MAUI ALSO EXPERIENCED A JUMP IN TOTAL VISITOR DAYS - UP 14 AND A HALF PERCEBNT FROM THE PREVIOUS MARCH TO JUST UNDER ONE AND A HALF MILLION DAYS.

THAT NUMBER IS HUGELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE, WHEN YOU COMPOUND IT WITH THE GIANT LEAP IN VISITOR SPENDING PERDAY - YOU GET THE EQUIVALENT OF AN IN-THE-PARK HOME RUN. EACH VISITOR SPENT AN AVERAGE OF 175 DOLLARS AND 20 CENTS A DAY ON MAUI - A JUMP OF ALMOST 10 PERCENT FROM LAST MARCH. TAKE THAT TOTAL AND MULTIPLY IT BY THOSE TOTAL VISITOR DAYS, AND YOU SEE THE CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION. THAT 25 POINT TWO JUMP IN SPENDING RESULTED IN A TOTAL OF NEARLY 258 MILLION DOLLARS COMING INTO THE MAUI ECONOMY LAST MONTH ALONE.

LANA'I AND MOLOKA'I DIDN'T ENJOY THE MAJOR SUCCESS THAT MAUI DID - BUT THESE ROOM TO BRAG. LANA'I VISITOR COUNT LAST MONTH WAS UP BY MORE THAN TWO PERCENT OVER THE PREVIOUS MARCH. AND ON MOLOKA'I - ARRIVALS FROM THE U.S. MAINLAND WERE UP MORE THAN EIGHT PERCENT.

OVERALL THE STATE ENJOYED A HEALTHY FIRST QUARTER BECAUSE OF MARCH WITH AN OVERALL FOUR PERCENT INCREASE IN VISITOPR ARRIVALS COMPARED TO THE FIRST QUARTER OF 0-9. AND VISITOR SPENDING ALSE SHOWED MARKED IMPROVEMENT - UP FIVE PERCENT TO 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

(ON-CAM TAG) SOME VISITOR INDUSTRY OBSERVERS SAY THE DAYS OF LONG VACATIONS AND HUGE SPENDING ARE OVER - BUT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE NUMBERS DROP THEN CLIMB AGAIN ARE NOW SAYING RECOVERY - AT LEAST ON MAUI IN THE VISITOR INDUSTRY - IS HAPPENING SOONER AND STRONGER THAN EXPECTED. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LOOK OVER THE ENTIRE REPORT, WE HAVE IT FOR YOU ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

(BUDGET)(PiP-STATE CHAMBER)

J: MIRACLES AND HEARTBREAKS. LATE-NIGHT SQUABBLES. IMPASSIONED PLEAS. ENDLESS TESTIMONY AND STARK REALITIES. THOSE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE TERMS THAT DESCRIBE WHAT IT'S BEEN LIKE IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED BUDGET PLANNING YEAR BOTH AT THE COUNTY AND STATE LEVEL.

(VO) LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THE STATE LEGISLATURE VOTED TO NOT RAID THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATION TAX REPAYMENTS TO COUNTIES. THEY ALSO PROMISED NOT TO RAISE THE STATE'S GENERAL EXCISE TAX FROM FOUR TO FIVE PERCENT. SO, WITH A REVENUE SHORTFALL OF MORE THAN ONE-POINT-TWO BILLION DOLLARS, HOW DO YOU MAKE ENDS MEET IN A STATE WHERE THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES A BALANCED BUDGET?

(ON-CAM) TWO STEPS THE LEGISLATURE TOOK IN PASSING THEIR 10-PLUS BILLION DOLLAR STATE BUDGET ON TUESDAY WOULD HAVE PLUGGED THAT GAP - ONE OF THEM BY INCREASING THE PER-BARREL TAX ON CRUDE OIL BY SOME TWO THOUSAND PERCENT. THE TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT OF THAT WAS AN ESTIMATED RISE IN GAS PRICES OF ABOUT FIVE CENTS A GALLON.

(VO) BUT, JUST AS QUICKLY AS THAT OPTION CAME - IT WENT. AMONG GOVERNOR LINGLE'S VETOES THIS WEEK WAS THAT OIL TAX BILL. IN HER REASON FOR OBJECTING THE GOVERNOR SAID THE MEASURE WAS MISLEADING, SAYING, QUOTE

(FF-CG-VO) "The bill deceptively purports to use funds generated from the tax increase to promote energy and food security in the state, but in reality, over half of the money raised by the tax would be diverted for general government operations rather than reducing our dependence on imported oil and food."

(ON-CAM) THE 20-10 LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN HAWAI'I IS SLATED TO END TODAY, APRIL 29TH...BUT IT COULD BE A LONG NIGHT.

(COUNTY BUDGET)(PiP-MAYOR+COUNTYLOGO)

J: MEANWHILE MAUI COUNTY'S BUDGET CHAIRMAN JOE PONTANILLA IS BREATHING A LITTLE EASIER NOW THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE TO FACTOR IN THE LOSS OF TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATION TAX PAYMENTS BACK TO MAUI. THAT WAS A 17-POINT-THREE MILLION DOLLAR "WHAT-IF" THAT HAD TO BE FACTORED INTO ANY FISCAL PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR. BUT HE ALSO GOT A NICE SURPRISE THIS WEEK WHEN A ROUTINE ANNUAL AUDIT OF COUNTY SPENDING SHOWED AN ADDITIONAL FOUR-POINT-NINE MILLION DOLLARS HAD BEEN SAVED IN THE COUNTY'S SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FUND.

(VO) AND WE CAN'T SAY FOR SURE THAT THE CLOUT OF THESE KUPUNA WAS THE ONLY REASON - BUT IT HAS TO HELP WHEN THEY SHOWED UP EN MASSE LAST TUESDAY AT A BUDGET HEARING. BUT, THE COUNTY'S BUDGET WILL NOT CUT OUT TRANSPORTATION FOR CLIENTS OF MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY.

(ON-CAM) ALSO - AT LEAST FOR NOW, FARES WILL NOT BE GOING UP FOR THE MAUI BUS. OVERALL, HOWEVER, THE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S PLAN IS SLIMMER THAN THE ONE THE MAYOR PROPOSED. THIS FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THE COMMITTEE'S PLAN TO THE FULL COUNCIL FOR REVIEW, PUBLIC COMMENT AND APPROVAL BEFORE TAKING EFFECT ON JULY FIRST.

CENSUS-SLOW)(PiP-CENSUS HAND)

J: THE U.S. CENSUS WEBSITE BLURTS OUT "CONGRATULATIONS! SEVENTY-TWO PERCENT HAVE MAILED IN THEIR CENSUS FORMS." THAT WAS AS OF WEDNESDAY MORNING THIS WEEK. THAT NUMBER EQUALS THE AMOUNT OF PARTICIPATION THE LAST TIME THEY DID A CENSUS IN 2000. SO FAR THE MOST RESPONSIVE STATE: WISCONSIN WITH 80 PERCENT PARTICIPATION. THE CITY WITH THE GREATEST RATE: GREEN TOWNSHIP, OHIO AT 86 PERCENT.

AS A STATE, HAWAII RANKS 46TH IN THE U.S. IN PARTICIPATION AT 65 PERCENT. MAUI COUNTY IS THE LOWEST IN THE STATE AT 50 PERCENT - AND PORTIONS OF MAUI COUNTY ARE BELOW 30 PERCENT. CENSUS OFFICIALS SAY A LOT OF PEOPLE IN DESTINATIONS LIKE KA'ANAPALI AND WAILEA DON'T COMPLETE FORMS BECAUSE THIS IS A SECOND HOME. HOWEVER, THEY POINT OUT THAT THEY WANT AN ACCURATE COUNT OF WHERE PEOPLE ARE - OR, NOW, WERE - ON APRIL FIRST OF THIS YEAR.

THE NEXT STEP IS DOOR-TO-DOOR CONTACT. CENSUS WORKERS WILL TRY TO REACH THE OCCUPANTS OF EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN HAWAII THAT DIDN'T MAIL IN THEIR FORM. THEY'LL ASK THE SAME 10 QUESTIONS THAT THE FORM DID. AND THE COST OF ALL OF THIS WILL BE SPREAD AMONG ALL TAXPAYERS - AN ESTIMATED 60 TO 70 DOLLARS FOR EVERY DOOR THEY HAVE TO KNOCK ON.

(COP ON TOP)(PiP-COP ON TOP LOGO)

J: THIS WEEKEND IS YOUR ANNUAL CHANCE TO LOOK OUT FOR THE COPS…OR, MORE ACCURATELY, LOOK UP FOR THE COPS.

(VO) THE ANNUAL “COP ON TOP” FUND-RAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IS GOING ON NOW THROUGH SATURDAY HIGH ATOP THE SAFEWAY STORES IN LAHAINA, KAHULUI AND KIHEI. EACH YEAR MAUI POLICE OFFICERS DONATE THEIR OWN VACATION TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND ALL THEY’RE ASKING FOR IS YOUR SPARE CHANGE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO CLIMB TO THE ROOF TO MAKE A DONATION – VERY HELPFUL, AND ENTHUSIASTIC GROUND-BOUND VOLUNTEERS FROM BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ACCEPT YOUR DONATIONS.

(ON-CAM) AS IS THE CASE WITH MOST NON-PROFITS, THIS YEAR SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDING HAS BEEN REDUCED, SO YOUR DONATIONS ARE ESPECIALLY NEEDED. AND EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT IN A POSITION TO DONATE, BE SURE TO SMILE AND WAVE. IT GETS LONELY UP THERE!

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS - A WALK IN THE PARK. MAYBE IT'S NOT QUITE AS SAFE AS IT USED TO BE - BUT A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS IS WORKING TO MAKE IT THAT WAY AGAIN - AND YOU CAN HELP. AND, WE'LL TAKE YOU OUT TO KA'ANAPALI FOR SOME INCREDIBLE JAZZ IN THE MOONLIGHT-COURTESY OF A GENUINE LIVING LEGEND. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(KPAT)(PiP-KIDS IN PARK)

J: THEIR SYMBOL IS THE NEVER-BLINKING STARE OF A PUEO. THEY'RE NOT POLICE, RANGERS, VIGILANTES OR GUARDIAN ANGELS. THEY'RE PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO GO TO THE PARK. AND, WHEN THINGS STARTED HAPPENING THAT MADE IT LESS ATTRACTIVE TO GO TO THE PARK, RATHER THAN QUIT DOING IT - THEY DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

(TAKE KPAT PKG) PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS ARE FAMILY PLACES. OPEN AND FREE TO EVERYONE, THAT ALSO MEANS THEY HAVE BECOME PLACES WHERE UNSAVORY OR ILLEGAL ACTIVITY HAS ALSO SPRING UP. SPRINGING UP IN RESPONSE WAS A CREW OF CARING LOCALS IN BRIGHT YELLOW T-SHIRST CALLING THEMSELVES THE KALAMA PARK ACTION TEAM - OR "KPAT." TEAM MEMBER JEFFERSON STILLWELL RAN DOWN THE HISTORY OF THE EFFORT - AS WELL AS THE RESULTS.

Jefferson Stillwell, KPAT Volunteer

JS01:"There's about - maybe - 20 of us that systematically show up. We used to do this every week and now we're going once a month. The park, at one time - about a year and a ghalf ago - was terribly disarrayed. There was graffiti everywhere. There were gangs - kid gangs - so we started sort of patrolling. Just our presence said, 'well these people - because we connect right to the police - and so we started patrolling both sides of the park here. At first they just sort of followed us around. Then the Police showed, and they walked a few times with us and the mayor walked with us and and councilmembers walked a few times with us . Over a period of time it just became that the nonsense was just too much. They couldn't do it because we're around. And so they just went away."

AND NOW - WITH THE ADDED MEANDERING PAVED PATHWAY THAT CIRCLES KALAMA PARK, THERE ARE JOGGERS AND SKATERS - WHO FEEL MORE ATHLETIC THAN ANXIOUS ABOUT COMING OUT AFTER DARK.

Tom Bigelow, Kihei Resident

TB01:We believe Kalama Park's a safe park now. We've been coming here for about six years now - and just recently more often since the boys started their in-line hockey. Not only do they do the inline hockey, but they also come to open skates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. So, we're here a lot and we think it's a safe park."

AFTER THREE YEARS ON THIS BEAT, PHIL SCHULTZ SAYS SAYS MANY OF THE MORE COLORFUL LOCALS HAVE COME ACCEPT THEM.

Phil Schultz, KPAT Volunteer

ps01: "We would see some of the people who would spend their evenings here and have their encampments - but, in general - people have been very positive about seeing us. Even those that may not be the 'highest level' among us, they found it to be interesting. When they'd see us come out, the'd say 'Hi, KPAT, good to se you guys again.'"

THE PARK WATCH TEAM IS ARMED ONLY WITH CARDS, BROCHURES AND ADVICE. THEIR ROLE IS - REALLY NOT TO MAKE THE PEACE OR KEEP THE PEACE.

PS02: "I think it shows that this is a place for people to come and enjoy. I'm not sure if it msakes or keeps. It just gives a presence that says , 'hey, we're out here. We're people. We're citizens. We love this park and it's a great place for everybody. And it gives that message that this is a people's park that we all are here to enjoy."

BOB AND LIS RICHARDSON ARE AMONG THE KPAT TEAM MEMBERS - AMONG THEIR PASSION FOR PROJECTS THAT SUPPORT THE UTMOST QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL, THEY WANT TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD NOT JUST ABOUT THE KALAMA PARK ACTION TEAM - BUT ABOUT PARK WATCH PROGRAMS THAT COULD BE ESTABLISHED AT EVERY PARK IN THE COUNTY.

Lis Richardson, Volunteer

LR01: "The main thing we want to tell people is about Park Watch and that i - when you have a group like KPAT - that takes time yo develop. We're not advocating anybody to go out and become a group and monitor their parks or patrol their parks. It takes a long time to get a group together that's established and trained that they know exactly what to do and what not to do in the park. If we're goodwill ambassadors, we're doing a great job by just keeping people informed and to report - ourselves - trouble that we see or maintenance issues that we see. If we see a waterleak, or a swinset that's damaged, or anything like this, we'll report it. What we've found is - just like the National Neighborhood Watch - how successful they've been in the neighborhoods, well we want the same thing in our parks."///

THE TEAM DOESN'T CONFRONT PEOPLE, NOR DO THEY INTERVENE. NOR, REALLY, ARE THEY TATTLING. IF THERE'S A REAL EMERGENCY, THEY - AND WE - SHOULD CALL 9-1-1. IF IT'S A NON-EMERGENCY, CALL THE MAUI POLICE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER AT 244-6400. AND, IN THIS WIRELESS INTERCONNECTED WORLD - IF YOU'VE WITNESSED SOMETHING AMISS AT THE PARK, YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ONLINE.

LR02: "They get home, they sit by their computer. They don't have to make any calss. They can just go to www.mauiparkwatch.com and fill out and online report. And that will get streamlined right to the appropriate authority. That's probably the best thing to do."

WHETHER IT'S A WALK IN THE PARK, THE LONGEST WHEELIE YOU'VE EVER TRIED - OR JUST DRINKING IN A STAGGERING SUNSET, THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS HELPING KEEP GOING TO THE PARK ONE OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MAUI PARK WATCH - INCLUDING HOW TO ESTABLISH A TEAM IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(WHALE MEETING)(PiP-MOM AND BABY WHALE)

J: WHALE WATCHING SEASON FOR 20-10 IS PRETTY MUCH OVER AROUND HERE. THERE ARE A FEW STRAGGLERS LEFT AROUND HAWAI'I - BUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE 7,000 OR SO THAT COME HERE EACH YEAR HAVE HEADED HOME. THERE WEREN'T AS MANY WHALE ENTANGLEMENTS THIS YEAR AS THERE WERE LAST YEAR IN LOCAL WATERS - BUT, SADLY, THERE WERE REPORTS OF AT LEAST ONE, AND POSSIBLY TWO ABANDONED WHALE CALVES THIS YEAR . IN WORLDWIDE WHALE NEWS, THE INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION, OR IWC, THIS YEAR - FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1986 - IS CONSIDERING ALLOWING WHALES TO BE HUNTED, BUT UNDER STRICT QUOTAS. IF THAT HAPPENS, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST LEGAL COMMERCIAL WHALING IN NEARLY 25 YEARS. BUT THE IDEA IS TO PUT UNDER A MICROSCOPE THE ILLEGAL WHALING THAT TAKES PLACE OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN EVERY YEAR. THE IWC WILL MEET IN MORROCCO IN JUNE AND WILL DEBATE THE PROPOSAL THEN.

(VO) MEANWHILE, HERE IN HAWAI'I, THE SUBJECT OF OUR FAVORITE 45-TON LOCALS HAS BEEN THE FOCUS OF A SERIES OF STATEWIDE MEETINGS. THIS WEEK ABOUT 50 PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY HEADQUARTERS IN KIHEI TO TALK STORY ABOUT HOW WHALES - OR, MORE PRECISELY, PEOPLE ARE MANAGED AROUND WHALES. WITH THE POPULATION GROWING, MORE INTERACTIONS ARE INEVITABLE AND MARINE BIOLOGISTS - AS WELL AS JUST PLAIN OLD WHALE LOVERS - WANT TO MAKE SURE THE WHALES ARE AS UNDISTURBED AS POSSIBLE. STILL, WHEN THERE'S A SERIES OF GOVERNMENT-ANNOUNCED MEETINGS, THERE WILL BE SOME WHO THINK THE HAMMER IS ABOUT TO COME DOWN ON WHALE WATCHING.

(TAKE ALLEN TOM VO/SOT)

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO GET MORE CONNECTED WITH KOHOLA - THE HAWAIIAN WORD FOR HUMPBACKS, YOU CAN. YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR EMAIL AND NEWSLETTER UPDATES FROM THE MARINE SANCTUARY AND THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION. FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO GET THE KOHOLA CONNECTION, CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. BY THE WAY, HERE'S A PIECE OF WHALE TRIVIA YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW. HUMPBACK WHALES WERE NEVER A FAVORITE TARGET OF THE WHALING SHIPS IN OLDEN DAYS AND WHY? BECAUSE UNLIKE OTHER SPECIES OF WHALES, WHEN HARPOONED AND KILLED - HUMPBACK WHALES SINK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN.

(HENRY ALLEN)(PiP-HENRY ALLEN POSTER)

J: THE TERM "LIVING LEGEND' MAYBE DOESN'T HAVE AS MUCH CLOUT AS IT USED TO - POSSIBLY BECAUSE IT'S AN OVERUSED TERM, OR THE STANDARDS ARE LOWER THAN THEY USED TO BE. WHATEVER THE REASON, MAUI GOT A RARE EXPERIENCE LAST WEEKEND TO BE TREATED TO THE ARTISTRY OF A TRUE HAWAIIAN LIVING LEGEND, HENRY KALEIALOHA ALLEN. AND IT HAPPENED IN A PERFECT PLACE UNDER PERFECT CONDITIONS.

(TAKE HENRY ALLEN PKG) THE SOUND IS UNMISTAKABLY HAWAIIAN - AND HERE'S A BEAUTIFUL SAMPLE:

(WHERE i LIVE)

ONE OF FANS IN THE CROWD ENJOYING THE MUSIC LAST WEEKEND AT KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL WAS NONE OTHER THAN HENRY KALEIALOHA ALLEN, RECENTLY DECLARED A LIVING HAWAIIAN LEGEND. THE OCCASION WAS THE SECOND ANNUAL HENRY KALEIALOHA ALLEN HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL AND FOR FANS OF THE SOUND - IT WAS A TREAT FOR ALL THE SENSES. FOR HENRY, THIS PURE HAWAIIAN SOUND THAT HAS BEEN HIS PASSION FOR MORE THAN 65 YEARS, WAS ONLY HALF-HAWAIIAN TO START, AND THE OTHER HALF MIGHT SURPRISE YOU.

Henry Allen, Steel Guitar Pioneer

HA01:"I started when I was - like - nine years old. I played and learned from my uncle, Albert Mersberg, from Kohala Mai. My uncle was half-Hawaiian and half-German. And his father was my grandfather and he was pure German - from Germany, so he helped me get started with the steel."

AFTER A STINT WITH THE HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT GLEE CLUB, HENRY TOOK HIS TALENT TO HOLLYWOOD IN 1956 AND TRADED IN HIS STEEL GUITAR FOR THE ACOUSTIC JAZZ GUITAR. IN NO TIME, HE WAS A MASTER OF BOTH. HIS CAREER HAS TAKEN HIM AROUND MOST ODF THE GLOBE ABOARD SHIPS PLAYING BOTH STEEL GUITAR AND JAZZ GUITAR - AND UKULELE. AND, NOW, THE LIKES OF ALAN AKAKA AND HIS TRIO ARE CARRYING ON THE LEGACY.

WE MENTIONED THAT THIS WAS THE PERFECT PLACE - KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL - PROUDLY, AND LEGITIMATELY PROCLAIMING THEMSELVES AS HAWAII'S MOST HAWAIIAN HOTEL. ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT AS TRADITIONAL AS IT GETS, OR IS IT?

Mike White, GM, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

MW01: "It's hard for me to rate this against some of the other things we do. This is a really special event because it brings back a lot of the older music of Hawai'i with Hawaii's - really - own musical instrument: the steel guitar. And it's really fun to listen to this genre of music because so much of Hawaiian music today is reggae and sha-lang-a-lang. And we try to stay much closer to the real thing here."///

THE EVENING'S MC WAS FORMER DISK JOCKEY AND NOW STATE SENATOR BRICKWOOD GALUTERIA - WHO LATER JOINED HENRY FOR A SET OF MUSIC ONSTAGE - NOT A BAD GUITARIST FOR A FORMER DISK JOCKEY.

BUT THE EVENING BELONGED TO THE STEEL GUITAR LEGEND OF HENRY KALEIALOHA ALLEN.

(ON-CAM TAG) AS A SPECIAL TREAT, A LITTLE LATER IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS, WE'LL FEATURE A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF HENRY'S SONGS FROM SATURDAY NIGHT - NOT ON THE STEEL GUITAR - BUT THE UKULELE. ALL I CAN SAY IS CHICKEN SKIN GUARANTEED.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: COMING UP IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. A PERFECT SEASON FOR THE BALDWIN BASEBALL BEARS APPEARED TO BE GOING DOWN IN FLAMES - UNTIL THEY LIT THE FUSE AND SKYROCKETED TO ANOTHER M-I-L CHAMPIONSHIP. AND, IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, WE'VE GOT TWO THINGS TO SAY: VARIETY AND GOOD LUCK CHOOSING. THAT AND HENRY ALLEN'S PERFORMANCE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS COMES BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS - TALK ABOUT COMING FROM BEHIND? THE BALDWIN BASEBALL BEARS CAPTURED THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE DIVISION ONE TITLE LAST SATURDAY IN GRAND HEART-STOPPING ACTION. AFTER TRAILING KAMEHAMEHA MAUI EIGHT TO NOTHING, THE BEARS EXPLODED WITH AN EPIC MAULING THE WARRIORS BY A FINAL SCORE OF 18 TO EIGHT. THE BEARS NOW GET SET FOR THE STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS THAT START NEXT WEDNESDAY IN HONOLULU.

AND, TURNING TO COMING ATTRACTIONS - UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EXTREMELY LARGE FAMILY THAT CAN DISPATCH ONE OR TWO MEMBERS IN VARIOUS PLACES ACROSS THE ISLAND - THEN COME BACK AND TALK STORY ABOUT ALL THEY FUN THEY HAD - YOU'RE GONNA MISS OUT ON SOMETHING.

STARTING AT THE BEGINNING, THERE'S THE ART OF TRASH - A COLLECTION OF FORMER JUNK THAT IS AS ENTERTAINING AS IT IS CAPTIVATING. THE EXHIBIT IS OPEN DAILY AT THE MAUI MALL THROUGH MAY 15TH, WHEN EVERYTHING GETS DISPOSED OF - AGAIN...OR MORE LIKELY, RECYCLED.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND IS ONE OF THE OLDEST EVENTS AROUND. THE SAINT JOSEPH'S FEAST HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY - IN UPCOUNTRY AND EVERY YEAR - DECADE - CENTURY - CONTINUES TO DRAW THOUSANDS FOR AMAZING LOCAL FOOD, CRAFTS, ENTERTAINMENT, PLANTS AND MORE. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL EARLY LEARNING CENTER.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT "RAW FOOD?" I'M NOT TALKING JUST STUFF THAT HASN'T BEEN COOKED - BUT OF PLANTS THAT ARE STILL ALIVE. THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, RAW FOODS ADVOCATE AND AUTHOR JEREMY SAFRON WILL MAKE A PRESENTATION - AN EDIBLE ONE - IN THE PA'INA BUILDING AT UH-MAUI COLLEGE. IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION, AN INTEREST, OR JUST A CURIOSITY, BE THERE FRIDAY STARTING AT 6 P.M. TICKETS ARE 40 DOLLARS - AND HALF-PRICE FOR UH-MAUI COLLEGE STDENTS AND FACULTY.

A LITTLE LATER FRIDAY NIGHT IT'S SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WHEN COMEDIAN DAVID SPADE TAKES THE STAGE USUALLY ALL SET UP FOR ULALENA IN LAHAINA. IRREVERENT, FUNNY AND TOPICAL, SPADE'S APPEARANCE IS PART OF THE MAUI CELEBRITY SERIES. TICKETS RANGE FROM 45 TO 125 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

THEN COMES SATURDAY - A VERY BUSY DAY AND EVENING - AND HERE ARE JUST SOME OF YOUR CHOICES.

STARTING EARLY, THERE ARE SEVERAL CLEAN-UP EVENTS PLANNED WHERE YOU CAN SHOW UP, SPRUCE UP, PLUCK AND PLANT AND SO ON. THE GROUP UPCOUNTRY SUSTAINABILITY WILL BE ORGANIZING TO CLEAN UP THE AREA AROUND THE PA’IA YOUTH AND CULTURAL CENTER STARTING AT 9-45. IN WEST MAUI, YOU CAN LEND A HAND TO MALAMA HONOKOWAI AND HELP CONTINUE THE LEGACY STARTED BY THE BELOVED ED LINDSEY. THE GROUP MEETS AT 9 A.M. AT THE PU'UKOLI'I TRAIN STATION.

SATURDAY MORNING THERE'S A CHANCE FOR YOU TO MEET ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND OUTSPOKEN AMERICANS AROUND. NEWT GINGRICH AND HIS WIFE, CALLISTA, WILL BE FEATURED IN A BREAKFAST PRESENTATION STARTING AT 8 A.M. AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUBHOUSE IN WAIKAPU. TICKETS FOR THE EVENT AND SPEECH ARE FIFTY DOLLARS. FOR MORE DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

STARTING AT NINE SATURDAY MORNING IT'S MAUI'S ONE AND ONLY OFFICIAL AIR SHOW AT THE OLD PU'UNENE AIRPORT. IT'S INCREDIBLE WHAT RADIO CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT CAN DO - AND YOU CAN COME SEE THEM DO IT ALL - FOR FREE. AEROBATICS, PYLON RACING, EVEN WORLD WAR I AND TWO DOGFIGHTS. THERE WILL BE JETS AND HELICOPTERS, TOO. MORE THAN 50 AIRCRAFT ARE SCHEDULED TO FLY SATURDAY MORNING.

FROM THE AEROBATIC TO THE AEROMATIC - SATURDAY IN KA'ANAPALI, IT'S THE 21ST ANNUAL MAUI ONION FESTIVAL AT WHALER'S VILLAGE. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE THAT MIGHT INCLUDE OR INVOLVE THE ALMIGHTY MAUI ONION WILL BE FEATURED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. FOOD SAMPLING, RECIPES, RAW-ONION-EATING CONTESTS AND MORE AND NOT ONLY IS THE ALL-DAY EVENT FREE, BUT PARKING AT WHALER'S VILLAGE FOR THE EVENT IS ALSO FREE. THE 21ST MAUI ONION FESTIVAL RUNS FROM 9:30 A.M. TO 10 P.M.

FROM THIS SATURDAY THROUGH NEXT FRIDAY THERE IS A SINGULARLY UNIQUE MAUI EVENT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS. IT'S THE MAUI CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL - FEATURING WORLD-CLASS ARTISTS, TIMELESS MUSIC AND CHICKEN-SKIN LOCATIONS. IT BEGINS WITH BACH, BEETHOVEN BRAHMS… AND MAKAWAO. THE CONCERT IS IN MAKAWAO AT THE MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH. THE OTHER CONCERTS ARE ALSO HELD IN CHURCHES - INCLUDING MODAY'S SUNSET CONCERT AT KEAWALAI CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN MAKENA. FOR TICKET PRICES AND MORE INFORMATION GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S EVEN MORE TO CHOOSE FROM THIS SATURDAY. "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE" IS A BENEFIT FOR SCIENCE AND MUSIC EDUCATION. FROM NINE UNTIL FOUR AT THE HAIKU HOME OF AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER TOM SEWELL, BROWSE AMAZING PHOTOS, ORIGINAL ART AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS ALONG THE JUNGLE TO JUNGLE THEME. THERE'S NO ADMISSION CHARGE, BUT SALES WILL BENEFIT THE JUNGLE TO JUNGLE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM. WE'VE GOT MORE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

SATURDAY EVENING IN KIHEI, AFTER THEY'VE CLEANED UP FROM A TOUGH DAY OF CLEANING UP, COMMUNITY WORK DAY WILL PRESENT "MALAMA MAUKA TO MAKAI: ALOHA." THE KIHEI CHARTER SCHOOL AUDITORIUM ON OHUKAI STREET IS THE SCENE WHERE A VARIETY OF SPEAKERS - INCLUDING SENATOR ROZ BAKER, REPRESENTATIVE JOE BERTRAM, KEALIA REFUGE MANAGER GLYNNIS NAKAI AND OTHERS WILL DETAIL HOW FRAGILE OUR SOUTH MAUI ECOSYSTEM IS - AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROTECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. THE EVENT IS FREE AND IT STARTS AT 5 P.M.

THEN SATURDAY NIGHT - IT'S HOT! H-O-T STANDS FOR HAWAI'I OPERA THEATER AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. AND IT ALSO DESCRIBES HOW YOUR HANDS WILL LIKELY FEEL AFTER ALL THE APPLAUSE. IT'S THE MACC PREMIERE OF GREAT AMERICAN VOICES IN AN UNFORGETTABLE STRING OF MELODIES FROM OPERA'S MOST FAMOUS AND BELOVED ARIAS TO THE VERY BEST OF BROADWAY. LA TRAVIATA, LA BOHEME, MADAME BUTTERFLY AND SOUTH PACIFIC, MY FAIR LADY, PORGY AND BESS...IT WILL BE A NIGHT TO REMEMBER FEATURING SOLOISTS WHO HAVE PERFORMED THESE CLASSICS AROUND THE GLOBE. TICKETS RANGE FROM 15 TO 55 DOLLARS. THE CONCERT STARTS AT 7-30 IN THE CASTLE THEATER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

AND ALL OF THAT - IS SATURDAY.

SUNDAY IT'S AN ANNUAL FAVORITE AT THE MACC WHEN THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO BRING THEIR LEGENDARY SOUND TO THE HO'ONANEA SERIES. THEIR CONCERT STARTS AT 7-30, THEN SPANS 30 YEARS OF UNFORGETTABLE MUSIC. TICKETS FOR THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO RANGE FROM 12 TO 37 DOLLARS.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEKEND, THE ANNUAL SEABURY CRAFT FAIR IS COMING UP NEXT SATURDAY - SO REST UP. THE 37TH ANNUAL EVENT TAKES OVER THE CAMPUS STARTING AT 10 NEXT SATURDAY MORNING.

AND THE 10TH ANNUAL MAUI MATSURI IS COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF MAY 14TH AND 15TH. BUT NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 7TH, THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL PREVIEW EVENT YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS. A KIMONO FASHION SHOW AT CENTER STAGE OF QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FREE LIVE PERFORMANCE BY THIS YEAR'S MOST-NOMINATED NA HOKU ARTIST, ULUWEHI GUERRERO. THERE WILL EVEN BE TAIKO DRUMMING. IT'S FREE AND THIS FAMILY FUN EVENT STARTS FRIDAY AT 6-30.

AND LOOKING A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD - THE ARTS ARE COMING TO KIHEI. PRO ARTS OF THE PACIFIC WILL BE OPENING A NEW THEATER PLAYHOUSE IN AZEKA MAKAI - RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO TACO BELL. THEIR PREMIERE PERFORMANCE WILL BE A REPRISE OF THEIR HUGELY FUNNY AND SUCCESSFUL RENDITION OF CINDERELLA. THE PLAY DEBUTS FRIDAY, MAY 14TH AND RUNS WEEKENDS THROUGH THE END OF MAY.

WE'VE GOT ALL THE DETAILS ON THESE EVENTS AND EVEN MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST CLICK THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND THAT'S A QUICK LOOK AT ALMOST TOO MANY COMING ATTRACTIONS. UP NEXT, TO WRAP UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS - WE'VE GOT A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FOR YOU BY HENRY KALEIALOHA ALLEN FROM HIS STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL APPEARANCE LAST WEEK AT KA'ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL.

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J: AS WE LEAVE YOU THIS WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH A BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE BY HENRY KALEIALOHA ALLEN OF THE CARLOS SANTANA CLASSIC, "EUROPA." BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU CAN WATCH MAUI TV NEWS ANY TIME YOU WANT TO - FROM - 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, MAHALO HOU - AND ENJOY THE MUSIC.

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