Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the week Beginning May 8, 2008
(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.
J: WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION JUST SIX MONTHS AWAY, MAUI DEMOCRATS GATHERED ON MAUI TO MAKE THEIR CHOICES - AND THEIR VOICES - HEARD.
JY: THE MAUI COUNTY CONVENTION GAVE STATE LEGISLATORS FROM MAUI THE CHANCE TO RUN DOWN THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE JUST-COMPLETED 2008 LEGISLATURE.
J: AND WITH THE END OF THAT SESSION, COMES A SHOPPING LIST FOR MAUI COUNTY TOTALING MORE THAN 330 MILLION DOLLARS IN CAPITOL IMPROVEMENTS.
JY: IN SPORTS, MOST MAJOR M-I-L SPORTS SEASONS WRAPPED UP THIS WEEK - WITH LOCAL CHAMPS PREPARING FOR STATE TOURNAMENTS. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THOSE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUPS IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: AND HOLLY CHUNG HAS THE DETAILS ON A BUNCH OF ANNUAL FAVORITE EVENTS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
Open (TWO SHOT)
J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU TUNING IN TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING.
JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. ONE HUNDRED AND 80 DAYS FROM TODAY, AMERICANS WILL GO TO THE POLLS TO ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT.
(Turn to cam) BUT BEFORE THAT HAPPENS, THE PARTIES NEED TO DECIDE WHO WILL REPRESENT THEM. MAUI DEMOCRATS HELD THEIR COUNTY CONVENTION THIS WEEK - BUT DID ONE CANDIDATE EMERGE AS THE FRONT RUNNER? MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING WENT THERE TO FIND OUT.
(take demo convention pkg) IN THE BALLROOM OF THE KALIHI GOLF COURSE IN WAIKAPU LAST SATURDAY, IT LOOKED LIKE A WHO'S WHO WITH FAMILIAR FACES EVERYWHERE. THE 2008 MAUI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION BROUGHT TOGETHER A LITTLE OVER A HUNDRED COUNTY DELEGATES. THERE WERE AWARDS AND PLENTY OF SPEECHES FROM THE POWERFUL LEADERS WHO HAVE SHAPED A MIGHTY FORCE REPRESENTING MAUI.
J. Kalani English, State Senator, 6TH District
MIDWAY THROUGH THE EVENT, WE SPOKE WITH MAUI STATE SENATOR J. KALANI ENGLISH. WHILE UNITY IS ONE OF THE MAJOR GOALS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THE ODDS SEEM PRETTY SLIM THAT - ON THIS DAY - MAUI DEMOCRATS WILL UNITE BEHIND JUST ONE CANDIDATE
KE04: "I would say it's unlikely. What happens is they try to consolidate support, but that usually doesn't happen until the O'ahu convention. The delegate counts here will go to the O'ahu convention based on how they vote inside. The likelihood is that they might get behind one - and that's happened before. But you won't know until the vote happens."
Michelle Sewell, Democratic Precinct Worker
MS02: Correct. Not at this point. Right now - this is the point of having these mini conventions across the state is to gather and have these. But it's not just to gather behind the next candidate for President. It's also for other members, for other elected officials to be able to speak. Other resolutions. We talk about other things that we're going to be talking about at the state convention. So we have a variety of things we deal with."
THE PROCESS IS JUST THAT - A PROCESS. WHILE THE LIKELIHOOD IS NEITHER HILLARY CLINTON NOR BARRACK OBAMA WILL GET UNANIMOUS ENDORSEMENT TODAY, SOME PLATFORM ISSUES COME UP AT EVERY CONVENTION.
KE05: "One issue, for example, that always makes it through is the Native Hawaiian issue - justice for Native Hawaiians. That's in our platform here today. It'll more than likely make it through to O'ahu and, for the last 10 years or so, it's also been a part of the national Democratic Party platform."
IF THERE WERE ONE CANDIDATE TO GET BEHIND, WHO WOULD IT BE.
KE06: "My district supports Obama. I have worked with his people. I've worked with Hillary's people. They're both fine candidates. Whihever one gets the nomination - that's who I'll be behind. But my district supports Obama - that's very clear."
MS03: "I'm an Obama supporter. I'm excited about it. I think he really gives us a chance to make a difference."
THE OPINIONS REFLECTED THE OVERWHELMING OBAMA VICTORY OBAMA WON IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUSES ACROSS HAWAII IN FEBRUARY, TYET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DEMOCRATIC VERSION OF DEMOCRACY IN ACTION. REPORTING FROM WAIKAPU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(on-cam tag) STATE DEMOCRATS ARE SUPPOSED TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WILL ENDORSE HILLARY CLINTON OR BARACK OBAMA AT THEIR STATE CONVENTION LATER THIS MONTH IN HONOLULU. THE REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION IS EXPECTED TO PUT IT'S UNANIMOUS SUPPORT BEHIND JOHN MCCAIN WHEN THEY MEET IN HONOLULU NEXT WEEKEND.
(LEGISLATORS SUCCESS)(PiP-McKelvey, English)
J: ALL OF MAUI'S STATE LEGISLATORS ARE DEMOCRATS, AND MOST OF THEM ATTENDED THE PARTY CONVENTION SATURDAY. WE TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THEIR IMPRESSIONS ON THE JUST-COMPLETED LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
J. Kalani English, State Senator, 6TH District
KE01: "First of all I'm verry happy it's over. We had a very intense session. We're in the middle of an economic downturn - which meant shrinking monies. We also had huge layoffs with Aloha Airlines. The loss of Moloka'i ranch and the shutdown of ATA Airlines. It was a tough session, but Maui County did very well.///"
ENGLISH TOUTS HIS BIGGEST VICTORY
KE02: "For me it was the passage of the Harbors Modernization Plan. That was my bill. I worked with the Administration and the Legislature to get it passed. In essence, it's 862 million dollars to renovate almost all of our harbors. Bring them up to speed. Put in the infrastructure that's needed - including Hana. It's a milestone piece of legislation. This comes around every 75 ofr 100 years this type of infrastructure improvement."
ENGLISH POINTED OUT THAT KAHULUI HARBOR IS ALREADY AT CAPACITY AND HONOLULU HARBOR IS EXPECTED TO MAX OUT WITHIN TWO YEARS, SO THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. AND HE ADDS..
KE03: "I want to make something really clear. People saw conceptual plans and thought that was it. They're conceptual. With the loss of two cruise ships from Hawaiian waters, I know the department is starting to take a look at those conceptual plans and redesign them. So, the voices of Maui that said 'we don't this here,' I think that's being heard.///"
REPRESENTATIVE ANGUS MCKELVEY DETAILED MORE OF THE HARBOR WORK THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN HIS HOME DISTRICT OF WEST MAUI.
Angus McKelvey, HI State Rep, 10th District
AM01: "We secured millions of dollars to finally get our infrastructure improved. We have 2.1 million dollars to replace the wiring in the Lahaina pier that's practically falling in the water. The great thing we put in a proviso, meaning that the state can't spend a dime on other harbors statewide until they do Lahaina Harbor."
MCKELVEY POINTED OUT THAT MORWE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE ON MALA WHARF, AND HE TOUTED ANOTHER NEED BEING FILLED ABOVE LAHAINA.
AM01-b: "And six million for a long-awaited cafeteria at Lahainaluna. I mean - the way it is now - kids are literally eating in the dirt."
MCKELVEY ECHOED THE SENTIMENT THAT MAUI COUNTY FARED VERY WELL.
AM02: "Let's pout it into perspective. For years we've know that Maui contributes a great amount to the state and it all seems to stay in Honolulu. This year Maui got more than most Honolulu comunities."
(on-cam tag) THE GENERAL ELECTION IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH THIS YEAR. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER AS A CANDIDATE FOR SEATS IN THAT ELECTION IS JULY 22ND. HAWAII'S STATE PRIMARY IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH.
IF YOU'RE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE YET, PLEASE DO. THE DEADLINE FOR VOTER REGISTRATION FOR THE STATE PRIMARY IS AUGUST 21ST. AND TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION, YOU HAVE TO BE REGISTERED TO VOTE NO LATER THAN OCTOBER THE SIXTH. IF YOU MISSED ANY OF THOSE DATES, DON'T WORRY. YOU'LL FIND LINKS TO THAT INFORMATION BY VISITING MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICKING THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
(CIP Projects)(PiP-HI Legislature, chamber)
JY: THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING AND THE PROJECTS ARE AMBITIOUS. THE JUST-COMPLETED 2008 HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE EARMARKED MORE THAN A THIRD OF A BILLION DOLLARS IN CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO START IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPENDING INCLUDE MAJOR EDUCATION PROJECTS. TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS WILL GO TO BUILDING A NEW SCIENCE BUILDING AT MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE NEW CENTER IS EXPECTED TO BECOME THE BASE FOR FOUR-YEAR DEGREES ON THE MAUI CAMPUS. TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS IS SET ASIDE TO BUILD THE NEW KIHEI HIGH SCHOOL. OTHER SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE SIX MILLION DOLLARS FOR A NEW CAFETERIA AT LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL, A NEW SEVEN MILLION-DOLLAR MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER AT MAUI HIGH AND A NEW SCIENCE AND ADMIN BUILDING FOR HANA HIGH AND ELEMENTARY.
OTHER HIGH-TICKET SCHOOL ITEMS INCLUDE 41 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN WAILUKU, TWO MILLION FOR A NEW CAFETERIA AT PAIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF UPGRADES TO KING KAMEHAMEHA THE THIRD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LAHAINA.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND HOW MUCH EACH MAUI COUNTY PROJECT RECEIVED, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.
J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, HOW MUCH DO THE EXPERTS BELIEVE VISITORS WILL SPEND IN MAUI COUNTY OVER THE NEXT YEAR?
JY: IF YOU FOUND YOUR LAWN A LITTLE PARCHED LAST MONTH - GOOD FOR YOU. WE'LL TELL YOU JUST HOW MUCH RAIN WE DIDN'T GET IN APRIL IN MAUI COUNTY - AND WHAT KINDS OF EFFORTS RESIDENTS ARE MAKING TO CONSERVE WATER.
J: AND WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT ONE MAUI ORGANIZATION'S PLAN TO HELP A VERY IMPORTANT SEGMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
(mvb NUMBERS) (PiP' Visit Maui logo)
JY: EVERY YEAR, THE CHIEF ECONOMIST OF THE BANK OF HAWAII ISSUES HIS ECONOMIC FORECAST. THIS YEAR, THOUGH, WHILE PAUL BREWBAKER WAS ASSEMBLING HIS NUMBERS, TWO AIRLINES WENT OUT OF BUSINESS AND AN ENTIRE ISLAND LOST HALF OF ITS JOBS. HIS OUTLOOK FOR THE STATE IS RATHER BLEAK, BUT MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING FOUND CAUSE FOR HOPE, AND FILES THIS REPORT.
(Take MVB Package) THE LOSS TO THE ECONOMY OF MOLOKA'I WHEN THE RANCH SHUT DOWN A MONTH AGI IS STILL BEING TALLIED. AND THE LOSS OF TWO AIRLINES IN THREE DAYS MEANS FEWER ARRIVALS. BEFORE ALL THAT HAPPENED, MAUI, TOURISM-WISE, WAS HAVING A GREAT YEAR.
Terryl Vencl, Exec. Dir., Maui Visitors Bureau
TV01: "Year to date, up through March, we were very strong. Up in arrivals 1 percent. We were up in visitor days 7 percent. Expenditures up six percent. International Travel up 12 percent. People wonder why that's important. Well, it's important because - in the end - that's going to help us carry through the rest of the year as we may have some struggles."
OF COURSE THOSE STRUGGLES HAVE ALREADY BEGUN. WHILE OFFICIAL NUMBERS WON'T BE OUT UNTIL LATER THIS MONTH, AIRINE ARRIVALS ARE DOING WHAT MOST EXPECTED.
TV02: " We have what is called a 'passenger count,' and as of April 27 that passenger count was down about 18 percent. What does that mean? It means about 20,000 fewer passengers."
REMEMBER, THOUGH, THAT A PASSENGER ISN'T ALWAYS A NEW VISITOR. THAT NUMBER ALSO INCLUDES RESIDENTS WHO TRAVEL BY AIR - THE ONLY INTERISLAND TRANSPORTATION STATISTIC THAT'S AVAILABLE. THAT MEANS THAT LOCALS ARE EITHER TRAVELLING BY ANOTHER METHOD...OR THEY'RE JUST STAYING HOME.
BUT WITH AN ECONOMIC ENGINE AS POWERFUL AS TOURISM, MAUI CAN HARDLY AFFORD TO JUST WAIT UNTIL IT GETS BETTER.
TV03: "One of the thingsd we've done in crises of the past is look at other economies and see how they're doing. That's where we need to go - to places where the dollar holds up well against our and try to entice those visitors to come here and help us out while the US economy is a bit sluggish."
TV04: "Having said that, Canada is exploding on us. The dollar is good against ours and they love us. Maui gets more Canadian visitors than any other idland."
VENCYL POINTED OUT THAT ALASKA AIRLINES WILL BE ADDING SERVICE TO MAUI BEGINNING IN JULY FROM THE NORTHWEST AND FROM ALASKA, MAKING IT EVEN EASIER FOR CANADIANS TO VISIT. SHE POINTS OUT THAT OIL PRICES WILL TAKE THEIR TOLL ON AIRLINES, WHO WILL TAKE IT OUT ON PASSENGERS IN THE FORM OF RISING AIRFARES. THUS IT MAY BE A WHILE BEFORE RECORD VISITOR COUNTS HAPPEN AGAIN. BUT VISITORS WILL KEEP COMING TO MAUI - AND HERE'S WHY.
TV05: "People are not going to quit taking vacations. They lead very stressful lives. They feel that they're owed a vacation. Our job is to stay competitive so that when people want to relieve that stress, they know that Maui is the place to come to rest and resjeuvenate and get ready for the next year."
AND JUST WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO COME HERE. REPORTING FROM THE WORLD'S FAVORITE ISLAND FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(on-cam tag) IF YOU MISSED SOME OF THOSE NUMBERS, OR WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW THEM AGAIN, YOU CAN READ THE COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO SHOW TRANSCRIPTS.
J: WHILE MOST RAIN GAUGES ACROSS MAUI COUNTY RECORDED WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS AGAIN IN APRIL, THERE WERE A FEW BRIGHT SPOTS - OR MAYBE - WET SPOTS.
(ff-cg-VO) BOTH KULA AND ULUPALAKUA RECEIVED WELL-ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN APRIL, BUT IT WAS STILL ONLY ENOUGH TO TOTAL ABOUT HALF OF WHAT THEY USUALLY GET BY THE END OF APRIL. THERE WERE TWO WEATHER SYSTEMS THAT BROUGHT RAIN TO MOST OF MAUI COUNTY - MOST OF IT FALLING IN EAST MAUI AND IN KAHALAWAI. THE ONLY SPOT IN THE COUNTY THAT IS CLOSE TO NORMAL IS OHEO GULCH WHICH HAS ACTUALLY RECEIVED 109 PER CENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL. THE NEXT CLOSEST IS JUST 59 PER CENT OF AVERAGE AT PU'U KUKUI.
(on-cam) THAT MAKES IT THE SECOND-WETTEST SPOT IN THE STATE BEHIND KAUA'I'S MOUNT WAIALEALE. PU'U KUKUI HAS RECEIVED 82 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR IN 2008. AN AVERAGE YEAR WOULD SHOW NEARLY 140 INCHES OF RAIN BY NOW. MOUNT WAIALEALE, BY COMPARISON, HAS RECEIVED 118 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR THIS YEAR. THEIR AVERAGE BY NOW IS ONLY ABOUT SIX INCHES MORE THAN WOULD NORMALLY FALL AT PU'U KUKUI.
(Water Use)(PiP-Rain Drop)
JY: EVEN WITH THE CONTINUED - VERY DRY CONDITIONS, WATER CONSUMPTION IN MAUI COUNTY REMAINS COMPARATIVELY LOW. IN FACT, EVEN WITH MORE USERS THIS YEAR, WATER CONSUMPTION IS NEARLY FIVE MILLION GALLONS A DAY LESS THAN IT WAS AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.
(FF-VO-CG) THE BIGGEST SAVINGS WERE IN CENTRAL AND UPCOUNTRY MAUI. DEPARTMENT OF WATER SUPPLY OFFICIALS SAID THEY COMMEND CUSTOMERS IN THOSE AREAS FOR EXERCISING RESTRAINT WHEN IT COMES TO USING WATER. THEY'RE QUICK TO ADD, THOUGH, PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
(on-cam) EVEN WITH THE REDUCED CONSUMPTION, THE WATER DEPARTMENT IS STILL PUMPING WATER UP TO THE LOWER KULA SYSTEM FROM HALI'IMAILE TO MAINTAIN STABLE LEVELS IN THE PI'IHOLO RESERVOIR. AND THE ADD THAT - WITH THE EVEN DRIER MONTHS OF SUMMER AHEAD OF US, PLEASE CHECK YOUR PROPERTY FOR LEAKS AND, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, USE LOW-FLOW FIXTURES.
(MEO-SENIOR FOOD COUPONS)(PiP-MEO LOGO)
J: THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND SUGGESTED CUTBACKS ARE A STRAIN ON EVERYONE - BUT EVEN MORE SO ON OUR KUPUNA. MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IS STEPPING IN TO HELP OUT AT LEAST A LITTLE.
STARTING MAY 15TH, MEO WILL BEGIN DISTRIBUTING FIFTY DOLLARS IN COUPONS TO QUALIFYING SENIORS - OVER THE AGE OF 60 - IN MAUI COUNTY, WHO EARN LESS THAN 22 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR. THE COUPONS ARE GOOD FOR FRESH, LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE ONLY. NOW, WHILE THAT MAY SOUND RESTRICTIVE, THINK ABOUT IT. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES NUTRITIOUS, LOCALLY GROWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR FREE TO QUALIFYING SENIORS. AND, THE PROGRAM PROVIDES ECONOMIC STIMULUS BY MAKING THOSE COUPONS GOOD AT MOST FRESH PRODUCE AND ROADSIDE STANDS ACROSS MAUI COUNTY. PARTICIPATING PRODUCE OUTLETS - INCLUDING THE PAIA FARMER'S MARKET, THE KAHULUI SWAP MEET AND SEVERAL ROADSIDE STANDS ALONG THE HANA HIGHWAY - WILL HAVE LARGE SIGNS INDICATING THEIR PARTICIPATION.
FOR A LIST OF THE LOCATIONS, AND THE DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.
JY: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, THE DYNASTY CONTINUES FOR EXTREMELY TALENTED WOMEN ATHLETES IN THE M-I-L. KALAPANA HAS HIGHLIGHTS AND DETAILS, PLUS POST SEASON TOURNAMENT NEWS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: THEN, HOLLY CHUNG JOINS US WITH DETAILS ON SOME ANNUAL FAVORITE EVENTS COMING AGAIN THIS YEAR - IN FACT THIS WEEKEND... IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
K: TALK ABOUT YOUR BIG FINISHES! WELL, OK, I WILL!
ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M KALAPANA.
AFTER ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC M-I-L FINISHES IN DIVISION ONE BASEBALL; LAST WEEK, THIS WEEK SEVERAL OTHER SPORTS WRAPPED UP COMPETITION IN POWERFUL FASHION.
IN VOLLEYBALL, THE MEN OF SEABURY HALL RAN THE TABLE FOR A PERFECT 10 AND OH SEASON AND - WITH IT - THE DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONSHIP. THE SPARTANS TOPPED THE HANA DRAGONS FRIDAY NIGHT IN STRAIGHT GAMES AT THE BALDWIN HIGH GYM. BOTH TEAMS WILL REPRESENT THE M-I-L IN DIVISION TWO AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEK ON O'AHU.
MEANWHILE, THE STATE DIVISION ONE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT WILL BE HOSTED RIGHT HERE ON MAUI NEXT WEEK - UPCOUNTRY AT THE KING KEKAULIKE AND KAMEHAMEHA MAUI GYMNASIUMS. GOOD LUCK FINDING A SEAT WHEN M-I-L DIVISION ONE CHAMPS KAMEHAMEHA MAUI TAKES THE FLOOR. THE WARRIORS CAPTURED THE D-ONE CROWN FRIDAY NIGHT WITH THEIR WIN OVER LAHAINALUNA.
ANOTHER MAJOR VICTORY THIS WEEKEND FOR THE BALDWIN LADY BEARS AS THEY CAPTURED THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT M-I-L DIVISION ONE SOFTBALL CROWN WITH THEIR 9 TO 7 VICTORY OVER LAHAINALUNA SATURDAY. WHAT'S PARTICULARLY REMARKABLE ABOUT THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IS THAT - AFTER WINNING THE STATE TITLE LAST YEAR - EIGHT OF THEIR NINE STARTING PLAYERS GRADUATED. ONLY JUNIOR SHAUNA AH YEN REMAINS FROM THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD. NEXT THE BEARS AND THE LADY LUNAS WILL REPRESENT THE M-I-L AT THE STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT THE U-H RAINBOW WAHINE SOFTBALL STADIUM NEXT WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.
YET ANOTHER M-I-L CROWN WAS EARNED FRIDAY NIGHT AS A DYNASTY CONTINUED. LAHAINALUNA RAN ITS UNDEFEATED STREAK TO 24 LEAGUE MATCH VICTORIES. BUT EARLY ON IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, THEY WERE PUT TO THE TEST BY AN UPPITY SQUAD FROM KAMEHAMEHA MAUI.
(VO) YOU SURE WOULDN'T KNOW THE TITLE WAS ON THE LINE FROM THIS SCENE. JUST TREADIN’ WATER WHILE A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET GRACES THE EVENING SKY FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE KIHEI AQUATIC CENTER. BUT WHEN THE WHISTLE BLEW, THE ENERGY STARTED. THE LADY WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI HAD NO INTENTION OF LETTING THE LUNAS JUST FLOAT AWAY WITH A VICTORY.
AT THE END OF THE FIRST PERIOD, IT WAS A LOW-SCORING MATCH - BY LUNA STANDARDS, AND KAMEHAMEHA DID NOT GIVE LAHAINALUNA THE EASY SHOTS. START OF THE SECOND PERIOD AND AS LAHAINALUNA STORMS DOWN AND GETS THE BALL INTO THE CAPABLE HANDS OF MOANA TUIPULOTU WHO IS BLOCKED BY WARRIOR KALEI GUTH.
WARRIORS CONTINUE STRONG ON DEFENSE AS KALEI'S SISTER, SULUN GUTH GETS THE BALL AWAY FROM LUNA MICHELLE FULLER. NEXT TIME DOWN, FULLER FEEDS MARIAH GILL WHO WASTES NO TIME PUTTING IT IN. WARRIORS GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO TRY TO STOP THE GILL SISTERS AS VICTORIA GROZIER IS ALL OVER CORAL GILL UNTIL THE WHISTLE SEPARATES THEM. TEAMWORK HAS WORKED FOR YEARS FOR THE LUNAS...JUST LIKE IT DID WHEN MICHELLE FULLER SWAM PAST THE GOAL, THEN TURNED AND PASSED TO TUIPULOTO FOR THE OPEN SHOT AND SCORE. BUT THEN, INDIVIDUAL EFFORT SEEMS TO WORK FOR THEM TOO. WHILE THE COACH SHOUTS "GO TO THE GOAL," HAILEY GILL DOES JUST THAT - AND SCORES.
AS THE HALF WINDS DOWN, LAHAINALUNA SHOWS THEIR DEFENSIVE PROWESS BY BLOCKING WARRIOR SHOTS NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. HALF TIME SCORE WAS CLOSER THAN MANY THOUGH IT WOULD BE AT 7 TO 2.
HALFTIME SAW THOSE RELAXED LUNAS FLOATING AROUND BUT WHEN THE WHISTLE BLEW...THERE GOES CORAL GILL...ALL THE WAY IN WITH A FINGER-TIP-TOP GOAL OVER KANOE STEWARD - MUCH TO THE DELIGHTS OF THE LUNA FAITHFUL. WITH THE SCORE 12-2, THE WARRIORS CALL TIME OUT AS THEY SEE THEIR CHANCES GETTING DIMMER FOR AN UPSET. BUT LATE IN THE THIRD PERIOD, KAMEHAMEHA'S KAULANA ANU PASSES TO SULUN GUTH WHO DIPS AND POPS UP WITH A PRECISION SHOT IN THE CORNER FOR A SCORE.
BUT THE LUNAS WERE NOT GOING TO BE DENIED AS ALANA HENDRICKSON GETS AWAY FROM KALEI GUTH AND POWERS ONE OF HER TWO SCORES INTO THE NET. KAMEHAMEHA SCORED FIVE GOALS IN THE FOURTH PERIOD, INCLUDING KAULANA ANU'S SCORE THAT NEARLY GETS HER SUNK BY HER HAPPY TEAMMATE - BUT THE LUNAS STREAK CONTINUES AS THEY GO ON TO WIN THIS ONE 19 TO NINE.
THERE WAS MORE GREAT M-I-L SPORTSMANSHIP AS WELL AS THE OBLIGATORY DIP IN THE POOL FOR THE LUNA COACHING STAFF, LOTS OF LEI AND PICTURES, TOO TO WRAP UP ANOTHER UNBEATEN SEASON.
(on-cam) THOSE SAME TWO TEAMS ARE ON O'AHU RIGHT NOW FOR THE STATE TOURNAMENT. LAHAINALUNA CAME IN FOURTH IN LAST YEAR'S STATE FINALS.
AND - BEFORE WE GO - ONE MORE SET OF CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BALDWIN BEARS WHO DEFEATED THE LUNAS FOR THE OVERALL TEAM TITLE IN THE M-I-L TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS LAST FRIDAY. SENIOR BRITTANY FEITERIA LED HER BEARS TO THEIR NINTH CONSECUTIVE M-I-L CROWN.
AND THAT'S A VERY THOROUGH LOOK AT A VERY BUSY WEEK IN SPORTS. NEXT WEEK, WE'LL HAVE SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM AS MANY OF THE STATE FINALS AS WE CAN FOR YOU. IN THE MEANTIME, BE SURE TO LET US KNOW IF YOUR TEAM HAS A SEASON OR SPECIAL SPORTING EVENT COMING UP. SEND YOUR NOTICES TO SPORTS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. WE'LL DO OUR VERY BEST TO GET A CREW OUT TO CAPTURE THE ACTION. FOR MAUI TV NEWS I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.
HC: THIS WEEK WE TRAVEL FROM
THE SLOPES OF HALEAKALA TO PAPOHAKU BEACH ON MOLOKA’I TO BRING YOU THE
BEST OF WHAT’S FUN, EXCITING, AND INSPIRING HERE IN MAUI COUNTY. ALOHA
EVERYONE. I’M HOLLY CHUNG, WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS, AND THIS WEEK, WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH THE FUN, SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF ISRAELI FOLK DANCING FROM BEIT SHALOM SYNAGOGUE IN KIHEI. THEY OFFER FREE CLASSES EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT.
JY: BUT BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO REMIND YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DAILY UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, TRANSCRIPTS OF THIS AND EVERY EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS AND MORE.
J: THAT "MORE" INCLUDES LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES, AND DOZENS MORE LINKS TO IMPORTANT NEWSMAKERS, ORGANIZATIONS AND INFORMATION SOURCES. YOU CAN ALSO FIND DETAILS ON ORDERING DVD COPIES OF ANY EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS.
JY: AND THERE'S LOTS MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE, TOO, SO PLEASE, CHECK US OUT AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.