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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending May 13, 2010


(EDITOR'S NOTE: Anchor scripts are provided for transcript reference to stories covered on Maui TV News. Scripts may contain abbreviations, codes and characters that are for internal production purposes only. Maui TV News apologizes for any misspellings.


(headlines - vo)

J: IT'S NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND HAS INCLUDED EVERYTHING FROM A MEMORIAL - TO A JAIL BREAK, AND SPEAKING OF LAWS - SOON IT WILL LIKELY BE AGAINST THE LAW TO DO THIS BEHIND THE WHEEL ON MAUI.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES ON A BUSY WEEK PLUS WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE SET OF ONE OF THE TWO BIG FILMS BEING SHOT ON MAUI - THE ONE WITH CHOKE LOCAL TIES.

IN SPORTS, THE BALDWIN BEARS SAW THEIR EXCITING BASEBALL SEASON FALL TO PIECES IN THE FIRST INNING OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - BUT THEY HOLD THEIR HEADS HIGH. AND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, IT’S TIME FOR SOME ANNUAL FAVORITE EVENTS. IT'S ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE. WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS - CELEBRATING OUR THIRD ANNIVERSARY AS MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST - . I'M JEFF KING. IT'S BEEN A BUSY MONTH AT MAUI POLICE HEADQUARTERS - AND IT HASN'T ALL BEEN GOOD.

(TURN TO CAM) THEY PROTECT AND SERVE A GROWING POPULATION, BUT THE HEADLINES AREN'T ALWAYS FAVORABLE.

(TAKE POLICE MEMORIAL PKG) police get called a lot of things for doing a job only a select few men and women can do. and - sometimes, they pay the ukltimate price. at a packed chief's lobby at maui police headquarters on monday, several chaplains paid respects to THE FALLEN AMONG MAUI'S FINEST.

SINCE THE DEPARTMENT WAS FOUNDED, FIVE MAUI OFFICERS HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY - AS HAS ONE RANGER IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. BEING CAREFUL IS ONE WAY TO KEEP THAT NUMBER SMALL, BUT POLICE CHIEF GARY YABUTA POINTED OUT THAT IT TAKES MORE.

Gary Yabuta, Chief, MPD

GY01: "That's why we practice. That's why we train - to prevent a sixth, or a seventh or an eighth or a ninth."

THE EMOTIONAL CEREMONY INCLUDED CALNDLE-LIGHTING BY FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE LOST IN THE LINE OF DUTY - AND BY A FELLOW PARK RANGER. BUT ONE OF THE EMOTIONS THERE MOBNDAY WAS HOPE. CHIEF YABUTA IS AN OPTIMIST - AND HE SAYS HE THINKS MAUI IS A SAFER PLACE THAN IT USED TO BE.

GY03: "I think so. The community has changed. And there's a lot of criticism about the new community - the new generation. But I was just at a landing at Kahului Airport last week where a soldier came from the Middle East who gave his life for our Country and that's the new generation. They're fighting a war for us. It's not people my age, it's the new generation and they're making the world a secure place for all of us."///

AS PART OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, HERE IN HAWAI'I GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE HAS ORDERED ALL FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF THIS SATURDAY TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO KEEP THE PEACE.

(ON-CAM TAG) IN SORT OF A COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS PERSPECTIVE, MAUI COUNTY IS SOMEWHAT LUCKY TO HAVE ONLY LOST SIX ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OVER THE YEARS. THIS WEEK IN HONOLULU, MEMORIALS WERE HELD FOR 40 MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. NATIONWIDE MORE THAN NINE THOUSAND POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN KILLED ON THE JOB.

(BAD COP-ESCAPE) (PiP-MPD LOGO)

J: IT HASN'T BEEN A GREAT MONTH FOR MPD IN ONE ASPECT. TWO OFFICERS HAVE BEEN RELIEVED OF DUTY OF LATE AND ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES.

(ff-cg-vo) LAST WEEK A 17 YEAR VETERAN OF THE DEPARTMENT, OFFICE RYAN MASADA WAS ARRESTED ON TWO DRUG CHARGES, PROMOTING A DANGEROUS DRUG AND ONE COUNT OF PROHIBITED ACTS RELATED TO DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. HE WAS PROCESSED AND RELEASED ON 10,000 BAIL AND HAS BEEN REASSIGNED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT ON ADMINISTRATIVE DUTY WHILE CHARGES ARE FORMALIZED.

(CON'T VO) IN LATE MARCH FORMER MPD OFFICER ALLISON MOORE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO 25 CHARGES - INCLUDING TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, FORGING DOCUMENTS AND SEVERAL DRUG OFFENSES. SHE POSTED 150,000 DOLLARS BAIL AND HAS SINCE MOVED TO O'AHU WHILE HER CASE MOVES FORWARD.

(ON-CAM) WE ASKED CHIEF YABUTA IF THESE INCIDENTS INDICATE THAT MORE COPS ARE GOING BAD - OR ARE THE POLICE BEING POLICED MORE CLOSELY.

(TAKE YABUTA VOSOT). gy 02: "Well, I don't know if they're getting into more trouble or no. It's something thsat - my administration - when these things develop and informastion comes in and there's evidence of wrongdoing, then it's our duty to the public and to the community to investigate it. Whether or not we're a stricter administartion than before - I don't think so. Because every chief that I've known before me always practiced fairness and that's what I have the responsibility of doing is being fair to the public, and also fair to the officers that we investigate as well."

(con't VO) POLICE DID GET ONE BREAK THIS WEEK WHEN THEY RECPATURED 38 YEAR-OLD hENRY KAHALEAUKI. THE M-TRIPLE-C INMATE ESCAPED LAST SATURDAY WHILE ATTENDING HIS BROTHERS FUNERAL IN WAILUKU. HE WAS CLAD IN HIS ORANGE JUMPSUIT AND LEG IRONS AT THE TIME.

(ON-CAM) KAHALEAUKI WAS BEING HELD ON 14 CHARGES AT M-TRIPLE-C WHEN HE BOLTED. HIS CRIMINAL RECORD INCLUDES 43 PAST CONVICTIONS.

(sPEEDING)(PiP-MPD LOGO)

J: AND A CRACKDOWN ON SPEEDING WAS ENFORCED STRONGLY THIS WEEK WITH TRAFFIC UNITS DOTTING THE ROADSIDES OF MAJOR HIGHWAYS AROUND THE COUNTY. TOLERANCE WAS EXTREMELY LOW TO "JUST A FEW MILES OVER THE LIMIT. MPD ANNOUNCED THE ENFORCEMENT EFFORT IN HOPES THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE MORE CAREFUL AND FOLLOW POSTED SPEED LIMITS.

(CELL PHONE BAN)(PiP-CELL PHONE DRIVER)

J: AND SOON, THIS, TOO, WILL LIKELY GET YOU A TICKET. MAUI IS THE ONLY COUNTY IN HAWAI'I WITH OUT A BAN ON THE USE OF HAND-HELD DEVICES USED BY DRIVERS. THIS WEEK, THAT APPEARS TO BE COMING TO AN END.

(TAKE CELL PHONE BAN PKG) IT WAS A SPARSELY ATTENDED MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL WEDNESDAY MORNING - AND IT WAS A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC - BUT NOT A NEW ONE. BUT AS EACH COUNTY IN THE STATE HAS ENACTED CELL PHONE BANS, THERE HAVE BEEN ISSUES RAISED, AND THINGS LEFT OUT. COUNCIL VICE CHAIR MIKE MOLINA EXPLAINED ONE OF THE MAJOR CHANGES IN THE PROPOSED MAUI LAW FROM THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL.

Mike Molina, Vice Chairman, Maui County Council

MM01: "I think the major difference is that we're addressing cell phone use by teenagers. One of the amendments would prohibit the use of any electronic devices for drivers under the age of 18."///

ORIGINALLY A SIMPLE ONE-SENTENCE LAW WAS PROPOSED THAT BANNED THE USE OF DEVICES AND READING MATERIAL WHILE DRIVING. GIVEN THE WIDE RANGE OF ELECTRONIC GADGETS AVAILABLE THESE DAYS, THOUGH, NOW THE SENTENCE IS PRETTY LONG. IT NOW READS,

(FF-CG-VO) "No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon any public street, road or highway while holding in their hand, or clutching between their head and shoulder, any cell phone, email or text messaging device, computer, sound playing device, game toy, global positioning system (GPS) device, megaphone, recorder or similar product heretofore invented, or yet to be invented, nor any map or other reading nmaterial."

AT WEDNESDAY'S HEARING A CAB DRIVER URGED THAT HIS FELLOW CABBIES - ABOUT 200 ON MAUI - BE EXEMPT FROM THE BAN SINCE THEY USE CELL PHONES TO RECEIVE CALLS FROM CUSTOMERS BECAUSE THEIR COMPANIES CAN NO LONGER AFFORD A DISPATCHER AND A TWO-WAY RADIO SYSTEM. ANOTHER MAN TESTIFIED IN FAVOR OF THE BAN AFTER HE WAS STRUCK AND SERIOUSLY INJURED ON HIS BICYCLE BY A DISTRACTED CELL DRIVER UPCOUNTRTY. FEW DOUBTED THE BAN WAS COMING, BUT YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED HOW QUICKLY IT COULD GET HERE.

MMO2: "Assuming it passes out of committee today, May 12th, it would have to go through two readings by the County Council - presumably in June. Assuming it passes second reading at the cuncil level we're looking at as early as possibly July First."

(ON-CAM TAG) THE LAW WOULD EXEMPT THOSE WHO USE HAND-HELD RADIOS AS PART OF THEIUR REGULAR JOBS. AND IT WOULD ALSO BER NOT ILLEGAL TO USE YOUR PHONE IF YOU NEED TO MAKE A 9-1-1- CALL WHILE DRIVING.

(AHIHI-KINAU CLOSED) (PiP-LA PEROUSE)

J: AND WHILE WE'RE ON THE TOPIC OF RULES AND REGULATIONS, THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TASKED WITH PROTECTING THE AHIHI-KINAU PRESERVE FROM BEING LOVED TO DEATH HAS VOTED TO EXTEND THE NOW-TWO-YEAR CLOSURE OF LAND ACCESS TO THE AREA.

(VO) THE AHIHI-KINAU - NATURAL AREA RESERVE SYSTEM AND KEONIOIO ADVISORY GROUP VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO KEEP THE AREA CLOSED TO ALLOW IT TO RECOVER FROM YEARS OF BEING TROMPED ON - AND WORSE - BY UNCARING PEOPLE. THE EXTENDED BAN WOULD GO FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS - OR UNTIL A MANAGEMENT PLAN COULD BE DRAFTED TO FIND A WAY TO ALLOW LIMITED FOOT TRAFFIC THROUGH THE AREA.

(ON-CAM) THE RECOMMENDATION IS NOT OFFICIAL AND WILL LIKELY BE A HOT TOPIC WHEN THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES CONVENES ON MAUI TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE NEXT MONTH.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: COMING UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS - TIMES ARE TOUGH, SO "GET A JOB." A VERY FUNNY NEW MOVIE - STARRING VERY TALENTED MAUI STARS IS BEING SHOT RIGHT NOW - AS IS THAT OTHER MOVIE. WE'LL HAVE DETAILS WHEN WE COME BACK. AND WE'LL ALSO TELL YOU ABOUT A RARE NATIVE BIRD THAT HAS NEVER HAD A HAWAIIAN NAME. THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE. THESE STORIES AND MORE ON OUR THIRD ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS WHEN WE COME BACK.

(b-bLOCK) (gET A JOB) (PiP-TIGHT WILLIE OR ERIC)

J: MAUI WRITER AND DIRECTOR BRIAN KOHNE HAD TWO CHOICES: EITHER GET A JOB, OR CREATE A MOVIE CALLED "GET A JOB." SERIOUSLY, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU PICK?

(TAKE GET A JOB PKG) DON'T BE FOOLED. THIS IS NOT A HOME MOVIE OR A STARIGHT-TO-DVD PROJECT. "GET A JOB" IS A FEATURE FILM WITH A GREAT DEAL OF MEANING BEHIND IT FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE IN HAWAI'I. PRODUCER STEFAN SCAHEFER IS A NEW YORK NATIVE WITH A CADRE OF FAVORITE EXPERTS, BUT HE REALIZED THAT THERE IS DEFINITELY TALENT HERE ON MAUI TO MAKE THIS PROJECT WORK.

Stefan Schaefer, Producer, "Get a Job"

SS01: "So we brought in a core group that I had a bunch of faith in and we rounded out with a bunch of local crew and hired probably another bunch. Our crew on any given day is about 30."

WRITER AND DIRECTOR BRIAN KOHNE HAS LIVED ON MAUI SINCE 1968 WEHEN HIS FAMILY MOVD HERE FROM MICHIGAN. AFTER SCHOOL AND HIS TRAVELS THROUGH HOLLYWOOD, HE CAME HOME TO..."GET A JOB"

Brian Kohne, Writer/Director, "Get a Job"

BK01: "I moved home about six years ago with the singular purpose of doing this - of producing, directing and writing independent films in Hawai'i. This particular project - I've had this story idea for a few years and a year and a half ago I, literally, was in the crossroads of either having to find a job or write a film and it just seem apropos to write a film called "Get a Job."

THE COLLABORATION FELL INTO PLACE BETWEEN BRIAN AND STEFAN - AND SOME ANGEL INVESTORS, AND THEY GOT THE CHANCE TO SET OUT ON A VERY MAUI PROJECT.

BK02: "Everybody in the film is from Hawai'i, so that's really cool. In my lifetime nobody's done this. Nobody's achieved what we're setting out to do - not that we've done it yet. But there's never been a film - to my knowledge - that's used just Hawai'i people, in a Hawai'i story that takes place in Hawai'i, thsat registered - that people really cared about. So, we're hoping that that's what we have."

ii - IT'S WILLIE K AND ERIC GILLIOM IN THE LEAD ROLES - AND LOCAL LUMINARIES INCLUDING AUGIE T., ALAKAI PALEKA THE MORNING GODDESS AND TITA KATHY COLLINS. TAKE THAT CREW - HERE IN PA'IA, MOSTLY, AND COMPARE IT TO JENNIFER ANNISTON AND ADAM SANDLER IN WAILEA AND SOME MIGHT SAY THIS IS "THE LITTLE MOVIE" BEING SHOT ON MAUI RIGHT NOW. SCHAEFER, SAYS THAT'S NOT SO.

SS02: "Yeah, it's certainly as big. It'll end up being a 90-100 minute feature film. It'll have great production value. We had a crew thast is passionate about this particular film and kind of 'planting a flag,' and saying, 'look, this is a film - a local film - shot here - using local talent. Our entire csast is from Hawa'i - either born here or still living here. We flew in our lead woman from L.A. where she lives, but yeah, it's a full-on feature film."

KOHNE COMPARED HIS PRODUCTION TO THE ADAM SANDLER-JENNIFER ANNISTON ROMANTIC COMEDY BEING FILMED IN WAILEA - AND CONTRASTED THE MANAO OF THE TWO STORIES.

BK03: "That's another of the infinite amount of stories that Hollywood comes to Hawai'i to tell that replicates that of being a visitor. To my knowledge, they're attempting to depict local culture - which is cool because they wouldn't know how to do it. But that's what's significant about this movie. ///It really comes from ourt heart - from Maui, or Hawai'i, to the world. Hopefully this is a film that will be embraced in Hawai'i, but our goal, our intention, is to entertain the world and offer some insight into what is like, perhaps, to live here and feel the struggles. We're the same. One of the real goals of this is to depict people - Hawaiians - Willie being the best example of pure Hawaiian men. I've never seen a film that depicted Hawaiians in anything other than the guy in the kitchen with a butcher knife, or the crackhead that Dog the Bounty Hunter is trying to catch. ///We're really looking to introduce the world to people in Hawai'i - but Hawaiians."

STICKING TO THE SCRIPT MAY BE AN ISSUE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF LOCAL PERSONALITIES WHO HAVE, WELL, PERSONALITY, BUT THE STORYLINE HASN'T CHANGED FROM THE ORIGINAL PLOT.

SS03: "Not so much. I mean there's always the improvisation that happens when you have Willie K and Eric Gilliom and Augie T and some of our cast members who are comedic in what they do. But by and large, Brian has kept it what it's on the page . He's made some additions abnd saort of tweaked some stuff here and there. But pretty much what we started with is what will end up on scr een."

THE MOVIE IS SET IN SOME 20 TO 25 LOCATIONS AROUND MAUI - AND THE CREW HAS TO MOVE ALL THIS STUFF TO EACH LOOCATIO. THEN, THERE'S THE SIX OR SEVEN ANGLES THEY SHOOT AT EACH LOCATION. THAT'S WHAT DEDICATED FILMMAKERS DO TO TELL A STORY. AND THAT'S PART OF THE PASSION THAT SEPARATES THIS PRODUCTION FROM THE ADAM SANDLER, JENNIFER ANNISTON MOVIE.

SS04: ' I think the key is good planning and having the right people and the right attitude and people on this projectc - I mean the big difference between this and the Sandler film is, obviously, how much people are getting paid. People are doing this out of a hunger to be involved in something exciting and to move their way up the heirarchy that's film, or just because they love Brian or some of the talent here. So, no one's doing it for the paycheck."

(ON-CAM TAG) MEANWHILE THERE HAVE BEEN STAR SIGHTINGS ALL OVER THE ISLAND AS "JUST GO WITH IT" CONTINUES SHOOTING IN WAILEA. ADAM SANDLER AND JENNIFER ANNISTON HAVE BEEN SPOTTED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS OF LATE. AND SPEAKING OF STARS, OSCAR WINNER MARIEL HEMINGWAY WAS ON MAUI LAST WEEKEND TO LEAD A YOGA AND HEALTHY LIVING SYMPOSIUM IN HAIKU.

(RARE BIRD)(PiP-PARROTBILL)

J: IT'S POSSIBLY THE RAREST BIRD ON MAUI WITH ONLY ABOUT 500 KNOWN TO EXIST - MOSTLY IN THE RAINFORESTS OF WINDWARD HALEAKALA. BUT IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW THAT THE MAUI PARROTBILL - ENDEMIC TO OUR ISLAND - HAS NEVER BEEN GIVEN A HAWAIIAN NAME. WELL, THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE.

(FF-CG-VO) THE MAUI FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT HAS CHOSEN A NAME AND HAS SUBMITTED IT TO HAWAIIAN LEXICON COMMITTEE. IF APPROVED THE PARROTBILL'S HAWAIIAN NAME WOULD BE KIWI-KIU. THE NAME FITS BECAUSE KIWI, IN HAWAIIAN MEANS BENT OR CURVED - LIKE THEIR BEAK AND KIU MEANS SLY OR SPY, OR SECRETIVE - AS THEY ARE VERY HARD TO SPOT AND FIND. ALSO, THE NAME KIWIKIU SOUND A LITTLE LIKE THE SOUND THE BIRDS MAKE.

(ON-CAM) THE NAME WILL BE PUBLISHED IN ORNITHOLOGY PAPERS UNTIL THIS FALL, WHEN A BLESSING AND A MELE INOA, OR NAME CHANT, TAKES PLACE IN THEIR NATIVE RAINFOREST.

(RAINFALL TOTALS)(PiP-WATERDROP)

J: SPEAKING OF RAINFORESTS - THEY DID OK LAST MONTH AS FAR AS RAINFALL GOES. THE LATEST REPORT FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAYS THAT RAINFALL AMOUNTS ACROSS MAUI - AND THE ENTIRE STATE FOR THAT MATTER - IN WINDWARD AREAS WERE AT OR ABOVE SO-CALLED NORMAL RANGES.

(FF-CG-VO) NOT SURPRISINGLY, PU'U KUKUI GOT THE MOST RAIN IN APRIL IN MAUI COUNTY. BUT THE 41.05 INCHES IS JUST A DROP SHY OF 100 PERCENT NORMAL. NEARBY KAHAKULOA GOT MORE THAN THEIR SHARE OF RAINFALL. IN EAST MAUI, OHEO GULCH AND WEST WAILUAIKI STILL GET THE MOST DRENCHING - AND THE REST OF THE COUNTY STILL GETS...NEARLY NOTHING. KIHEI RECEIVED BARELY MORE THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF RAIN IN APRIL - BUT IT WAS EVEN DRIER ABOVE LAHAINA - RECORDING JUST FIVE HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF RAIN LAST MONTH.

(ON-CAM) STATEWIDE, THE STORY WAS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME WITH WINDWARD SPOTS DOING OK. ONLY O'AHU IS NOT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS AS A COUNTY. AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM, THE BIG ISLAND IS IN THE CATEGORY OF EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. AND THIS EL NINO SPRING IS NOT USUALLY GENEROUS WITH RAINFALL - ANYWHERE.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT, IT GOT UGLY, EARLY, FOR THE BALDWIN BEARS AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BASEBALL GAME LAST SATURDAY - BUT STILL THEY HAVE REASON TO BE PROUD. AND, SOME VERY FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENTS KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND. WE'LL HAVE THE RUNDOWN IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS - IT JUST WASN'T MEANT TO BE FOR THE BALDWIN BEARS AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. AFTER A 15 AND ONE SEASON, IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THE FINAL SATURDAY NIGHT AT MAEHARA STADIUM. PUNAHOU PROVED TO HAVE JUST TOO MUCH POWER - AND THE BEARS HAD TOO MANY MISTAKES. FINAL WAS 13 TO 2 AND THE GAME WAS ENDED AFTER FIVE INNINGS. AND THREE BEARS MADE THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM. E'HO'OMAIKA'I TO PITCHER CHASE TOKUNAGA, FIRST BASEMAN BROCK SHISHIDO AND SECOND BASEMAN KAULANA CHING.

NOW WE MOVE ON TO THE SPORT OF KEEPING UP WITH STUFF. AND THERE'S A LOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT. THIS WEEKEND - FRIDAY AND SATURDAY - IS THE 10TH ANNUAL MAUI MATSURI. THE THEME IS "KODOMO NO TAME NI" - FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN. FOR TWO DAYS AND NIGHTS MUCH OF THE CAMPUS OF U-H MAUI COLLEGE IS TAKEN OVER WITH COLORFUL DISPLAYS, DANCES, ENTERTAINMENT FROM MAUI, JAPAN AND OKINAWA AND FOOD BOOTHS THAT GO ON FOREVER. THE FESTIVAL ENDS WITH AN OBON DANCE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7-30. FOR DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND THE ARTS HAVE ARRIVED IN KIHEI. PRO ARTS OF THE PACIFIC IS OPENING THEIR NEW THEATER PLAYHOUSE IN AZEKA MAKAI - . THEIR PREMIERE PERFORMANCE WILL BE A REPRISE OF THEIR HUGELY FUNNY AND SUCCESSFUL RENDITION OF CINDERELLA. THE PLAY DEBUTS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AND RUNS WEEKENDS THROUGH THE END OF MAY.

SATURDAY MORNING STARTS BRIGHT AND EARLY AT WAR MEMORIAL COMPLEX WITH THE 32ND ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK. CHECK-IN IS AT 6-30 AND EVERY LEAVES IN A GIANT GLOB AROUND 7. IT'S THE BIGGEST FUNDRAISING EVENT OF THE YEAR ON MAUI AND HUNDREDS OF HOTEL AND RESORT EMPLOYEES WILL TAKE THEIR DAY OFF TO WALK FOR CHARITIES. EVERY PENNY STAYS ON MAUI AND CAROL REIMANN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MAUI HOSPITALITY AND LODGING ASSOCIATION, SAYS THIS YEAR COULD BE HUGE. WE'LL BE THERE TO COVER IT, TOO, AND BRING YOU THE STORY NEXT WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

IT'S IN IT'S SECOND YEAR, AND MANY ARE CALLING IT AN OLD FAVORITE. THE SECOND ANNUAL MAUI BREWERS FESTIVAL TAKES OVER THE GREAT LAWN AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER SATURDAY FROM 2 UNTIL 7 P.M. AFICIONADOS OF LAGERS, PILSNERS AND OTHER HOPS-BASED BEVERAGES WILL ENJOY THE BEST AMONG 30 HAND-CRAFTED BREWS. THERE’S ALSO WONDERFUL FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT. I LOVE THE TICKET PRICING: 25 DOLLARS FOR DESIGNATED DRIVERS; 45 DOLLARS GENERAL ADMISSION AND 75 DOLLARS FOR BEER CONNOISSEURS - WHICH INCLUDES RESERVED PARKING, A BREWMASTER'S RECEPTION AND MORE. YOU'LL FIND MORE DETAILS UNDER THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

THERE'S AN ALL-WEEKEND LONG PARTY AND CULTURAL HO'OLAULE'A ON THE NORTH SHORE. OLUKAI'S HO'OLAULE'A IS A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS RELATED TO THE SEA AND HOW HUMANS INTERACT WITH IT. EVENTS INCLUDE ELITE AND NOT-SO-ELITE PADDLING COMPETITION, A LU'AU AND MORE. IT ALL HAPPENS AT THE LAE ULA O' KAI CANOE CLUB AT KAHANA BEACH STARTING SATURDAY MORNING AND RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

SPEAKING OF CANOES - BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT'S TIME FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CANOES. MAUI'S SIGNATURE CULTURAL HERITAGE EVENT BEGINS THIS SUNDAY AT 9 A.M. UNDER THE BANYAN TREE AND IN KAMEHAMEHA IKI PARK IN LAHAINA. MASTER CARVERS AND TEAMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WILL BUILD CANOES REPRESENTING THEIR NATIONS AND YOU CAN WATCH. THE FESTIVAL RUNS THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH - WHEN THE PARADE OF CANOES IS FOLLOWED BY THE LAUNCHING OF THE NEW WA'A.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, IF WATER RECREATION IS YOUR PASSION - THEN YOU'LL WANT TO ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY. THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES WILL PRESENT THEIR INITIAL PLAN - AND GET YOUR INPUT ON THE REMODELING OF MA'ALAEA HARBOR. THE MEETING RUNS FROM 6 TO 7-30 IN THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE OLD SEAFLIGHT BUILDING. THEY'LL HAVE PLANS AND DRAWING FOR A PROPOSED NEW FERRY TERMINAL AND LOTS MORE TO TALK ABOUT. IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT - FURLOUGH FRIDAYS AND ALL - THE SCHOOL YEAR IS ALMOST OVER. KING KEKAULIKE WILL BE THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL TO HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONIES. THAT HAPPENS NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 20TH IN THE KING K STADIUM IN UPCOUNTRY MAUI. BALDWIN WILL HOLD ITS GRADUATION NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM. BOTH EVENTS BEGIN AT 6 P.M.

NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT - IF YOU'RE A LOVER OF THE GRAPE, THEN YOU'LL WANT TO BE AT THE MAUI STOP ALONG THE ZAP SPRING TOUR. ZAP STANDS FOR ZINFANDEL ASSOCIATES AND PRODUCERS AND THEY'RE HOSTING A TASTING FROM 6 UNTIL 8-30 IN DINING ROOM OF THE MAUI CULINARY ACADEMY AT UH-MAUI COLLEGE. IN ADDITION TO FINELY CRAFTED WINES, THERE WILL BE PEOPLE'S CHOICE COOK-OFF AMONG NINE TWO-MEMBER TEAMS. TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE 55 DOLLARS. WE'VE GOT DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD A BIT, COMING UP ON SATURDAY, MAY 29TH UPCOUNTRY AT THE PI'IHOLO ZIPLINE, IT'S KAMA'AINA FAMILY FUN DAY. IF YOU'VE NEVER ZIPPED - YOU GOTTA' TRY IT - AND THIS IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY. FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M., YOU CAN ZIP ALL FIVE OF THEIR THRILLING LINES FOR JUST 50 DOLLARS - WITH YOUR HAWAI'I I.D. KEIKI BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 18 PAY ONLY 25 DOLLARS. THE ONLY CATCH: TO GET THAT SUPER RATE, YOU NEED TO BRING AT LEAST SIX NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS - PER PERSON - THAT WILL BE DONATED TO THE MAUI FOOD BANK. THERE WILL ALSO BE A BARBEQUE TO BENEFIT HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB, BEVERAGE SALES TO BENEFIT THE BOY SCOUTS AND MORE. WE'LL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THE EVENT AS IT GETS CLOSER.

AND LOOKING JUST A LITTLE BIT FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD, TAYLOR CAMP IS RETURNING TO MAUI. IT'S A MOVING DOCUMENTARY - CREATED BY A TRIO OF MAUI AND KAUAI FILMMAKERS - THAT CHRONICLES AN IDYLLIC AND NOT-SO-IDYLLIC SEVEN YEAR STRETCH OF A HIPPIE ENCAMPMENT ON THE NORTH SHORE OF KAUA'I. THE MUSIC ALONE WILL PUT YOU IN A DIFFERENT TIME AND SPACE - AND THE CINEMATOGRAPHY AND THE STORIES - WILL STAY WITH YOU. TAYLOR CAMP WILL SCREEN AT 7 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE SECOND IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MACC. AFTERWARDS YOU CAN MEET AND GREET THE FILM'S DIRECTOR, BOB STONE.

WE'VE GOT ALL THE DETAILS ON THESE EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST CLICK THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. COMING UP NEXT ON THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS, WE LOOK BACK AT HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED - AND HAVEN'T CHANGED - SINCE OUR FIRST BROADCAST OF MAUI TV NEWS, THREE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK. STAY TUNED.

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J: THAT WRAPS UP THIS - THE 154TH EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. IF YOU DO A LITTLE MATH, YES, THAT'S THREE YEAR'S WORTH OF NEWSCASTS IN OUR ONGOING QUEST OF DEVOTING COVERAGE TO THE STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY.

(TAKE MTVN LOOKBACK PKG) WE'VE COME A LONG WAY AT MAUI TV NEWS OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. WE'VE CREATED 154 HALF-HOUR NEWSCASTS, DEVOTING COVERAGE TO THE STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY. PLUS EXTENDED VERSIONS OF MANY OF OUR TOP STORIES, AND SPECIAL REPORTS. THAT WORKS OUT TO ABOUT 80 HOURS OF NEWS PROGRAMMING, DISTRIBUTED STATEWIDE AND WORLDWIDE. THAT'S MORE THAN 11 HUNDRED DIFFERENT STORIES. MORE THAT 700,000 WORDS OF TEXT.

ALONG THE WAY WE'VE COVERED THE ISSUES THAT MATTER - AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, BUSINESS AND HUNDRESDS OF OTHER TOPICS. WE'VE INTERVIEWED A LOT OF PEOPLE SOME VERY IMPOPRTANT, SOME VERY FAMOUS, SOME VERY POWERFUL - AND, SOME OF OUR VERY FAVORITE INTERVIEWS HAVE BEEN WITH PEOPLE WHO AREN'T POWERFUL, OR VIPS - BUT STILL EXCEEDINGLY PRECIOUS TO OUR COMMUNITY.

FROM CONTROVERSEY, TO CULTURE, TO BRUSHES WITH DISASTER - WE'VE DONE OUR BEST TO BRING YOU THE STORIES - FAIR AND BALANCED - AND LET YOU MAKE DECISIONS. AS WE LOOK BACK, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WE MISS - INCLUDING OUR ANCHOR STAFF THAT ALL BECAME VICTIMES OF THE ECONOMY - BUT WE HOPE TO HAVE BACK SOMEDAY - AND THIS REPORTER HOPES THE LOSS OF 50 POUNDS WILL NEVER COME BACK. BUT OUR BIGGEST LOSS IS ALSO OUR GREATEST INSPIRATION - AND WE CONTINUE TO DEDICATE OUR PASSION FOR WORTY NEWS COVERGAE TO MANAO AND THE MEMORY OF HO'OKUPUNA ED LINDSEY.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING YOU THE NEWS IN EVEN GREATER DETAIL AND SCOPE - AS SOME EXCITING CHANGES ARE IN THE WORKS. ONE PROJECT WE'RE WORKING ON THAT WE WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT BEGINS SOON ON MAUI TV NEWS AND ON KHON-2'S WAKE UP 2-DAY PROGRAM.

MAUI COUNTY MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARE'S "GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL!" CAMPAIGN IS GOING STATEWIDE. MAUI SMALL BUSINESSES THAT SIGN UP ARE OFFERING AMAZING SAVINGS AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TO YOU AND ME - AND OTHER MAUI SMALL BUSINESSES - AND OUR JOB IS TO HELP TELL THE ENTIRE STATE OF HAWAI'I ABOUT IT. THAT’S WHY OUR "GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL!" BUSINESS FEATURES WILL BEGIN AIRING SOON ON MAUI TV NEWS AND ON HAWAII'S TOP-RATED MORNING TELEVISION SHOW, WAKE UP 2-DAY ON KHON-2. MORE DETAILS NEXT WEEK.

MAHALO FOR TUNING IN THIS WEEK. WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK . UNTIL THEN, A HUI HOU KAKOU.

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