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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for May 14, 2009



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J: TO PUT IT MILDLY, HAWAI'I IS FACING THE MOST CHALLENGING ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT - PERHAPS EVER. AND IT MAY COME AS NO SURPRISE - BUT IT'S MAUI AND THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS THAT ARE BEARING THE BRUNT OF THE RECESSION.

THAT'S OUR TOP STORY THIS WEEK, AND WE'LL HAVE MORE, PLUS A RUNDOWN OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS COMING TO MAUI THIS WEEKEND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO A SCALED BACK VERSION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. ON THE HEELS OF OUR CELEBRATORY 100TH SHOW LAST WEEK, WE, TOO, HAVE HAD TO MAKE SOME VERY HARD DECISIONS IN THE FACE OF AN ECONOMY THAT IS STILL HITTING MOST OF US RIGHT WHERE WE LIVE. THAT MEANS SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MAUI PERSONALITIES AND NEWS REPORTERS WILL NOT BE WITH US UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO INCREASE REVENUE THROUGH ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIPS ON MAUI TV NEWS. MORE ON THAT A LITTLE LATER IN THIS NEWSCAST.

(Turn to cam) BUT IT'S ONLY FITTING THAT OUR TOP STORY IS ON THE ECONOMY, HAWAII'S AILING ECONOMY AND - MORE SPECIFICALLY - HOW AND WHY IT'S BEING FELT HARDER ON MAUI AND THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS THAN IT IS ON O'AHU.

(VO) YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE CHARTS AND GRAPHS TO SEE HOW THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IS HITTING US RIGHT HERE AT HOME. IN FACT, IF YOU'RE IN BUSINESS ON MAUI - ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE REGISTER RECEIPTS.

STAYCATIONS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED EVERYWHERE - EVEN HERE IN HAWAI'I. AND AS A RESULT, VISITOR NUMBERS HAVE DROPPED BY 25 PERCENT COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR - EVEN AFTER THE LOSS OF ALOHA AND ATA AIRLINES. THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ECONOMIC RESEARCH ORGANIZATION, OR "UHERO" HAS RELEASED THE FINDINGS FROM THEIR CRYSTAL BALL AND THEY DON'T LOOK PROMISING. HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT, OR MORE PROPERLY PHRASED, LOWLIGHTS:

THE ECONOMIC DOWNTOWN WILL LAST THROUGH MUCH OF 2009, AND WHEN RECOVERY DOES BEGIN, IT WILL BE ANEMIC AT BEST.

STATE TOURISM LOSSES WILL CONTINUES TO DECLINE IN 2009 - ALTHOUGH THEY ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF BOTTOMING OUT, AND A WEAK RECOVERY ISN'T EXPECTED UNTIL 2010.

THE LOCAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WILL CONTINUE TO CONTRACT FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

THE STATE'S NON-FARM JOB COUNT WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE - AT THE RATE OF ABOUT TWO AND A HALF PERCENT BEFORE ANY MEANINGFUL RECOVERY BEGINS NEXT YEAR.

MAUI AND KAUA'I CAN EXPECT SIX PERCENT MORE IN JOB LOSSES THIS YEAR IN THE ACCOMMODATIONS SECTOR. THE BIG ISLAND WILL TAKE THE GREATEST BRUNT AT A PROJECTED 9 PERCENT LOSS. ONLY O'AHU WILL ESCAPED SLIGHTLY LESS SCATHED WITH A TWO AND A HALF PERCENT DROP IN SECTOR JOBS. THE REASON, THE REPORT SAYS, ISX THAT O'AHU IS LESS DEPENDENT ON TOURISM THAN ARE THE OUTER ISLANDS.

ACCORDINGLY, OCCUPANCY RATES ON MAUI AND KAUA'I WILL DROP BY ANOTHER 10 PERCENT THIS YEAR - 15 PERCENT ON THE BIG ISLAND AND ONL Y FOUR PERCENT ON O'AHU BECAUSE OF HIGHLY PUBLICIZED DEEP DISCOUNTING.

AND REAL INCOME - THE AMOUNT, INFLATION-ADJUSTED, THAT WE ACTUALLY TAKE HOME, WILL DROP ON THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS BY THREE TO FOUR PERCENT. ON O'AHU, THE DECLINE WILL ONLY BE A LITTLE MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF PERCENTAGE POINTS.

THE REPORT IS DEEP AND COMPREHENSIVE, AND WAS COMPILED BY VARIABLES THAT WERE TOO NEE WHEN THE DOCUMENT WAS CREATED. FOR EXAMPLE, WILL THE SWINE FLU BREAKOUT ON O'AHU HAVE THE EFFECT THAT SARS AND THE HONG KONG FLU HAD IN DECADES PAST. ONE OF THE FEW BRIGHT SPOTS IN THE REPORT WAS THE FACT THAT ARRIVALS TO HAWAII HAVE SPIKED IN RECENT WEEKS BECAUSE MAINLAND VISITORS DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL TO MEXICO.

THE REPORT ALSO SPECULATES ON WHAT WOULD OR COULD HAPPEN IF CRUISE SHIPS WERE TO RETURN TO THE ISLANDS MORE FREQUENTLY.


(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO READ THE REPORT, YOU CAN VIEW OR DOWNLOAD A COPY FROM OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

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J: MAUI FARMERS ARE COMING TO THE AID OF A SEGMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY HIT PARTICULARLY HARD BY THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT THEY WILL DISTRIBUTE 50-DOLLAR COUPONS TO QUALIFIED SENIORS FOR THE PURCHASE OF FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE, VEGETABLES, HERBS AND HONEY FROM MEO-CERTIFIED LOCAL FARMERS.

(FF-CG-VO) LAST YEAR THE PROGRAM SERVED MORE THAN 4,000 LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND BENEFITTED 57 LOCAL FARMERS. IN ALL MORE THAN 200,000 DOLLARS WAS RETURNED TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY THROUGH THIS SINGLE PROGRAM. ALL THE PRODUCTS SOLD WERE GROWN IN THE STATE OF HAWAII - AND ALMOST ALL OF IT ON MAUI.

TO QUALIFY, APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 60 YEARS OF AGE AND EARNED LESS THAN 23 THOUSAND AND 51 DOLLARS LAST YEAR. TO APPLY, BRING YOUR 2008 TAX RETURN TO THE MEO OFFICE NEAREST YOU DURING BUSINESS HOURS, STARTING THIS MONDAY. THE COUPONS MUST BE USED BY SEPTEMBER 30TH.

(ON-CAM) MEO IS ALSO CERTIFYING FARMERS FOR THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM, IF YOU'D LIKE TO GET ON THE BANDWAGON - OR FARM WAGON IN THIS CASE, CONTACT M-E-O. FOR THE CONTACT INFO, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

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J: MONDAY WAS THE DAY POSTAGE STAMPS WENT FROM 42 TO 44 CENTS. BUT IT WAS A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE THAT LOTS OF FOLKS PUT A LOT MORE THAN THEIR TWO CENTS' WORTH TO WORK FOR MAUI'S HUNGRY.

(vo) AS OF WEDNESDAY, DONATIONS WERE STILL BE BROUGHT IN FROM LAHAINA AND WAILUKU TO THE FOOD BANK WAREHOUSE - BUT THE SUB-TOTAL IS VERY CLOSE TO LAST YEAR'S RECORD COLLECTION OF 67,000 POUNDS. SO FAR MORE THAN 60,000 POUNDS OF FOOD HAS BEEN TALLIED - WITH MORE TO COME.

(ON-CAM) THAT'S AN AMAZING TOTAL CONSIDERING THE LIKELIHOOD THAT SOME OF THE FOLKS WHO DONATED ARE LIKELY AMONG THOSE WHO NEED THE FOOD THIS YEAR. THE MAUI FOOD BANK, AS WE REPORTED LAST WEEK, HAS SEEN THEIR NUMBERS SKYROCKET BY SOME 30 PERCENT - TO AS MANY AS 10,000 CLIENTS A MONTH.

AND WE'RE ALSO TOLD THERE WAS A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA IN THOSE BLUE BAGS PE9OPOLE LEFT FOR THE MAIL CARRIERS DURING THE STAMP OUT HUNGER COLLECTION DRIVE SATURDAY. MORE THAN 600 DOLLARS WAS DONATED TO THE CAUSE. AND ANOTHER TESTAMENT TO THE POWER OF COMMUNITY ON MAUI - THIS YEAR'S STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE DREW 200 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MOVE THE 30-PLUS TONS OF FOOD AND THAT'S AN ALL-TIME RECORD.


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J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, IT'S A WEEKEND PACKED WITH EVERYTHING FROM ELITE WATERSPORTS, TO THE HEIGHT OF JAPANESE CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS TO...ROLLER DERBY - COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN WE COME BACK.

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J. UNFORTUNATELY ONE OF THE FAVORITE SEGMENTS OF MAUI TV NEWS THAT HAS FALLEN PREY TO BUDGET CUTS IS OUR SPORTS SEGMENT. WE MISS KALAPANA GREATLY AND IF THERE'S ANY SILVER LINING AT ALL, IT'S THAT THE ATHLETIC YEAR HAS WRAPPED UP IN THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE, BUT WE HOPE TO BE BACK AT FULL STRENGTH SOON SINCE PADDLING SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.

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AND IT MAY BE AN ABBREVIATED VERSION OF MAUI TV NEWS, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THERE AREN'T LOTS OF THINGS TO EXPERIENCE THIS WEEKEND. WHETHER YOU LIKE TO WALK, RUN, PADDLE, OR JUST SIT, LISTEN, WATCH OR SHOP...IT'S A GREAT WEEKEND WITH LOTS TO DO.

HOW ABOUT STARTING YOUR WEEKEND OFF ON THE RIGH FOOT? THE 31ST ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRYCHARITY WALK WILL BE HELD SATURDAY MORNING. IT ALL STARTS AND ENDS AT THE WAR MEMORIAL SOCCER FIELD IN KAHULUI. THIS STATEWIDE EVENT HAPPENS AT THE SAME TIME ON MAUI, O'AHU, KAUAI AND ON THE BIG ISLAND. EVEN AS HARD AS THE VISITOR INDUSTRY HAS BEEN HIT BY THE ECONOMY, THIS IS STILL ONE OF THE LARGEST SINGLE-DAY FUINDRAISERS IN THE STATE. LAST YEAR, STATEWIDE, SOME 9,000WALKERS RAISED MORE THA 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS. THERE WILL BE GREAT FOOD AT THE END OF THE 5-K WALK, PLUS FREE MASSAGES, DOOR PRIZES AND NONE OTHER THAN FRANK DELIMA HIMSELF AS THIS YEAR'S EMCEE. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN POARTICIPATE SOO. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

IF YOU'RE PURSUITS ARE MORE OF THE SEAFARING VARIETY, THEN YOU'LL WANT TO ATTEND THE INAUGURAL OLUKA'I HO'OLAULE'S OCEAN FESRTIVAL AT THE LAE ULA O KAI CANOE CLUB AT KANAHA BEACH PARK. THIS ALL-DAY FREE FAMILY EVENT PAYS HOMAGE TO THE OCEAN LIFESTYLE THROUGH COMPETITION, TRADITION AND GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. ELITE WATERMEN AND WATERWOMEN CAN COMPETE IN SOME HEARTY OUTRIGGER CANOE AND STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD COMPETITIONS. THERE ARE ENTRY FEES FOR THOSE RACES, BUT THERE'S ALSO A 15,000 DOLLAR PURSE AT STAKE. AND AS THE DAY WINDS DOWN, ENJOY A TRUIE FAVORITE HAWAIIAN ENTERTAINER WHEN PAULA FUGA PERFORMS BEGINNING AT 4 P.M. THE CONCERT IS FREE.

OR, IF YOU WANT TO GET WAY OUT OF TOWN - AND I MEAN WAY OUT...HEAD ABOUT 40 MILES PAST HANA FOR A DAY AT WHISPERING WINDS BAMBOO FARM. THE PLANTATION WILL BE OPEN FOR FREE TOURS THIS SATURDAY. YOU CAN EITHER ENJOY A GUIDED TOUR, OR STROLL AMONG THE 180 ACRES OF A VARIETY OF BAMBOO AND TROPICAL HARDWOOD FORESTS. THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE, BUT THEY DO ASK THAT YOU MAKE RESEVRATIONS. TO DO THAT FOLLOW THE LINK FROM OUR COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

IT'S ONLY BEEN AROUND FOR NINE YEARS, BUT IT'S BECOME AN ANNUAL FAVORITE. THE MAUI MATSURI WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND. THE ANNUAL THEME OF "KODOMO NO TAME NI," FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN, THE MAUI MATSURI HONORS JAPANESE CULTURAL TRADITIONS THROUGH SONG, DANCE, ARTS AND CRAFTS, MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATIONS, LOTS OF AMAZING FOOD - EVEN FREE FAMILY MOVIES. THE ENTIRE EVENT TAKES PLACE ACROSS THE CAMPUS GROUNDS AT MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE - CULMINATING WITH A COMMUNITY OBON BANCE SATURDAY EVENING AT 7-30. ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE FOR ALL.

THEN COMES SUNDAY - AND A THROWBACK TO THE 50S AS THE MAUI ROLLER GIRLS WILL HOST A FREE ROLLER DERBY EXHIBITION AT THE CENTRAL MAUI BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS. THRILLS, SPILLS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT CAN HAPPEN IN A ROLLER DERBY MATCHUP ALL START AT 2 P.M. THERE'S PLENTY OF FREE PARKING.

FOR DETAILS ON THESE EVENTS AND MORE GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND, FOR MAUI'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE CALENDAR, VISIT CALENDAR MAUI-DOT-COM. AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. WE THANK YOU FOR WATCHING, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORY IDEAS, AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. IF YOU RUN A BUSINESS ON MAUI, PLEASE CONSIDER ADVERTISING ON MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S ONLY TELEVISION AND INTERNET NEWSCAST, ATTRACTING THOUSANDS OF UNIQUE VISITORS AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HITS EVERY WEEK. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR SPECIAL ADVERTISING PACKAGE RATES.

AND WE ALSO INVITE YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE OFTEN FOR DAILY, ONGOING UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, SPECIAL REPORTS, EXTENDED COVERAGE, COMING ATTRACTIONS AND HUNDREDS OF EXTREMELY IMPORTANT COMMUNITY LINKS. MAHALO NUI LOA HOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS. AND UNTIL OUR NEXT REPORT, ALOHA.

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