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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending May 20, 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 THE BIGGEST AND BEST IN THE STATE - AND THIS YEAR IT WAS HUGE AS THESE FOLKS RAISED MORE THAN A THIRD OF A MILLION DOLLARS FOR MAUI CHARITIES. AND THE NUMBERS – AS WELL AS THE PONIES - ARE MUCH SMALLER, BUT THE IDEA IS AS BIG AS ALL OUTDOORS.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, PLUS WE'LL TAKE YOU OUT TO THE NEXT-GENERATION OF FUNDRAISERS FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS ON MAUI - AND UPDATE YOU ON SOME LONG-OVERDUE REPAIRS AT THE AIRPORT.

IN SPORTS, SEABURY HALL MAKES HISTORY FOR THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE AND - IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, IT'S DEFINITELY GRADUATION SEASON. IT'S ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE. THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO TO MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST - . I'M JEFF KING. THE PHRASE "MAUI NO KA OI" GETS TOSSED AROUND A LOT - BUT THIS WEEK WE HAVE MAJOR PROOF.

(TURN TO CAM) THEY CAME OUT IN DROVES - WITH SMILES ON THEIR FACES AND DOLLARS IN THEIR POCKETS. THE FRONT-LINE MEMBERS OF THE VISITOR INDUSTRY PROVE THAT THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA IS THRIVING ON MAUI.

(TAKE MHLA PKG) MAUI IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE - AND SO MANY COME HERE BECAUSE OF VISTAS LIKE THIS, OR THIS, OR THIS. AND MUCH OF WHAT KEEPS IT PRISTINE ARE THESE FOLKS - THE FRONT LINE OF THE VISITOR INDUSTRY ON MAUI. AS IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH, EVERY YEAR THEY COME OUT - IN EVER-INCREASING NUMBERS, TO PUT THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD - AS WELL AS THEIR MONEY - FOR THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THEN THEM ON MAUI. THEY CAM IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES - AND BREEDS, FOR A MAJOR EXPRESSION OF KOKUA AND ALOHA.

THE 32ND ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHAIRTY WALK LAST STARDAY SAW A GORGEOUS DAY DAWN IN WAILUKU - AND, AS ENTHUSIASTIC WALKERS GATHERED - THEN HEADED OUT OF THE FIVE-KILOMETER COURSE, EVEN MORE ENTHUSIASTIC WORKERS PREPARED FEASTS FOR THEIR EVENTUAL RETURN.

IN HIS SPARE TIME, HYATT REGENCY'S HEAD MAN SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THIS YEAR'S WALK - AND HIS FIRST WORDS OF PRAISE WERE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE LONG TITLES OR BOARD DUTIES, CALLING IT AN HONOR TO BE AMONG THEM.

Michael Jokovich, GM, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa,

MJ01: "It is. They took vacation days to come here and to walk with us, and actually some of them are going to go to work right after this."

THERE WERE FAMILIAR SIGHTS THIS YEAR - AS EVERY YEAR. SIX T-SHIRT DESIGNES VYED FOR PRIZES, AND THE JACK JONES BAND SEERANADED WORKERS WILE WALKERS WERE OUT ON THE COURSE. AND SPEAKING OF THE COURSE, COMEDIAN FRANK DELIMA WAS CHAUFFERED AROUND BY NONE OTHER THAN MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES. THE DUO EVEN STOPPED FOR A FEW PHOTO OPS AND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.

BETWEEN 80 AND 90 MAUI ORGANIZATIONS WILL BENEFIT FROM ALL THAT MONEY - A NEAR-RECORD SUM THANKS, IN PART, TO SOME NEW PARTICIPANTS

CR02: "We've had such an amazing turnout from our business partners this year: HC&S, Bank of Hawai'i, Central Pacific Bank and many other businesses have come on board this year for the very first time and raised a lot of money."

Mae Nakahata, Agronomist, HC&S

MN01:"Well, HC&S exists because we're part of a community. To us the visitorindustry is an integral part of our community and we've been involved in a lot of things trying to make sure HC&S stays around for a long time. The visitor industry has helped us out so we're giving back."

cr03: "But the non-profits also came out in droves this year. For the first time, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation raised funds and they came in third place, overall, with the non-profit section. So the word is spreading: it's a great event, it's a fun event, it's a worthy event."

AND MUCH OF THAT FUN WAS SUPPLIED BY THE VERY FUNNY FRANK DELIMA, A MASTER OPF CEREMONIES AMONG WHOM NO ETHNIC GROUP IS UNTOUCHABLE.

Frank DeLima, Comedian/MC

FD01: "It's - what do you call it? It's equal opportunity - so I do all the major ethnics that I grew up with."

AND HIS TOPICAL SONGS AND JOKES NEVER FAIL TO PUT - AND KEEP - A SMILE ON THESE SATISFIED WALKERS. THE ENETERTAINMENT WAS AWESOME. THERE WAS VILI THE WARRIOR - ALONG WITH SOME RELUCTANT PARTICIPANTS HE PLUCKED FROM THE CROWD - THAT GAVE SOME VERY MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES. AND SPEAKING OF MEMORABLE, CIRQE POLYNESIA BROUGHT A TROUP OF DANCERS THAT GRACEFULLY - AND FEARLESSLY REPRESENTED THE ISLANDS OF THE SOUTH ACIFIC. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS WAS THE MAUI DEBUT OF THREE STUNNING BEAUTIES CALLING THEMSELVES THE MONGOLIAN ANGELS. AND STUNNED WAS THE CROWD AT WHAT THIS TRIO ACCOMPLISHED. POWER, GRACE AND BEAUTY BLEW EVERYONE AWAY. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MAUI HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION, CAROL REIMANN WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE DAY'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS, TOO.

Carol Reimann, Exec Dir.,
Maui Hotel and Lodging Association

CR01: "This has been a fabulous day - 344,000 dollars for Maui County. It's an awesome figure and we're so pleased. Last year we raised 312,000 - so we've raised a lot more this year."

FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR, THE GROUP FROM HALE MAKUA RAISED THE MOST MONEY AMONG NON-PROFITS - WITH MORE THAN 15,000 DOLLARS - AND MITCH MITCHELL, ONCE AGAIN, COLLECTED THE MOST INDIVIDUALLY - JUST A FEW CENTS SHY OF 6,000 DOLLARS. FOR THAT HE RECEIVED TWO NIGHTS AT THE GRAND, DINNER AT HUMU'S AND THE NEWLY-MINTED AND NIOW COVETED SILVER SLIPPAH.

IT WAS ONE OF THOSE - IF YOU MISED IT, YOU REALLY MISSED OUT - SO MAKE PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR'S WALK - ALRADY ON THE CALENDAR FOR MAY 14, 2011.

(ON-CAM TAG) THE FINAL COUNT WON'T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL AUGUST - BUT, AS BEEN THE CASE IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, THE FINAL TOTAL WILL LIKELY BUMP SUBSTANTIALLY. WE'LL HAVE A FULL REPORT ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM WHEN THE FINAL TALLY IS ANNOUNCED.

(PROPERTY TAXES) (PIP-COUNTY LOGO)

J: THE LATEST NEWS - IS NO NEWS. MONDAY THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO LOCK IN THE PROPERTY TAX RATES THEY ORIGINALLY PROPOSED LAST MONTH.

(VO) AFTER SEVERAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND - KIND OF SURPRISINGLY - MINIMAL INPUT ON MONDAY, THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL VOTED TO KEEP PROPERTY TAX RATES THE SAME AS THEY PROPOSED IN APRIL.

(FF-CG-VO) THE BROADEST RANGE OF AMOUNTS IS TWO DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTER PER THOUSAND DOLLARS OF VALUATION FOR HOMEOWNERS TO A HIGH OF 14 DOLLARS PER THOUSAND FOR TIMESHARE OWNERS. BUT THAT RATE FOR HOMEOWNERS IS EVEN LESS WHEN YOU CALCULATE THE DEDUCTION IF THOSE HOMEOWNERS LIVE IN THEIR OWN HOMES.

(ON-CAM) THE PROPOSED RATES BECOME PART OF THE LEGALESE THAT BECOME THE COUNTY CODE FOR TAX RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 20-11. THOSE RATES HAVE TO BE OFFICIALLY "READ" DISCUSSED - AND PASSED - TWICE BY THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL BEFORE THEY WOULD TAKE EFFECT JULY FIRST. BED AND BREAKFAST OWNERS SAY THEY WILL FIGHT TO KEEP RATES DOWN TO KEEP THEM IN BUSINESS.

(TAX REFUNDS) (PiP-LINGLE)

J: BUT THERE WAS GOOD NEWS ON TAXES FROM THE STATE CAPITOL THIS WEEK.

(VO) ON TUESDAY GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE'S OFFICE ANNOUNCED THAT - STATE INCOME TAX REFUNDS THAT WERE GOING TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER JULY FIRST, WILL START BEING PAID RIGHT AWAY.

(ON-CAM) THE MOVE IS COURTESY OF A GOOD-NEWS REPORT ON STATE TAX REVENUES THAT WERE MUCH HIGHER THAN EXPECTED FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUES HAD EXPECTED A TWO AND A HALF PERCENT DECLINE IN TAX REVENUES FOR THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. INSTEAD, THE LATEST REPORT SHOWS A REBOUND AND ONLY A ONE PERCENT DECLINE IN TAX REVENUES FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE IDEA OF DELAYING INCOME TAX REFUND PAYMENTS UNTIL AFTER JULY FIRST WOULD HAVE SHIFTED A BURDEN OF ABOUT 275 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THIS FISCAL ONTO THE NEXT ONE. NOW THAT WON'T BE NECESSARY. STATE TAX OFFICIALS SAY IT'S A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED DEAL, WHERE STATE TAX FILERS WHO FILED FIRST WILL RECEIVE THEIR REFUNDS FIRST.

(PREMIUM PLUS) (PiP-LINGLE)

J: AND, FOLLOWING UP ON A PROMISE SHE MADE IN HER STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS IN JANUARY, THIS WEEK GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF A PROGRAM CALLED "HAWAI'I PREMIUM PLUS."

(VO) THE IDEA IS TO INCENTIVIZE EMPLOYERS TO HIRE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED HAWAI'I RESIDENTS OVER THOSE MOVING TO HAWAII LOOKING FOR WORK. THE HAWAI'I PREMIUM PLUS WILL REIMBURSE EMPLOYERS UP TO 140 DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR EACH PERSON HIRED THROUGH THE PROGRAM.
(ON-CAM) THAT'S A TOTAL OF 16 HUNDRED AND 80 DOLLARS A YEAR, OR ABOUT HALF OF WHAT IT COSTS A COMPANY TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE FOR A YEAR.

(UH MAUI GRADUATION) (PiP-UHMC LOGO)

J: AND THERE WILL BE A LOT OF NEW POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES ON MAUI AFTER THE HISTORIC FIRST GRADUATION OF U-H MAUI COLLEGE SUNDAY.

(FF-CG-VO) SOME 170 GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAMS OF THE RECENTLY-RENAMED COLLEGE WERE ON STAGE FOR COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES SUNDAY AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. OF THAT GROUP, 10 RECEIVED FULL FOUR YEAR-BACHELOR OF ARTS AND SCIENCE DEGREES - A FIRST FOR UH-MC.

(ON-CAM TAG) IN ALL, THE COLLEGE EXPECTS TO AWARD 535 CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION OF COURSES AT UH-MC. THE NEW NAME OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII - MAUI COLLEGE - WAS APPROVED BY THE U-H BOARD OF REGENTS IN FEBRUARY TO REFLECT THE EXPANDED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES BEING OFFERED AT THE COLLEGE.

(KAHULUI AIRPORT)(PiP-AIRPORT)

J: AND IT'S NOT QUITE AS BIG A DEAL - UNLESS YOU'RE LEAVING...BUT AFTER 20 YEARS, IT WILL BE EASIER TO GET THROUGH KAHULUI AIRPORT.

(FF-CG-VO) THE TWO SETS OF ESCALATORS JUST PAST THE SECURITY CHECKPOINT AT KAHULUI AIRPORT ARE FINISHED AND ARE NOW OPEN FOR USE. MOST OF THE WORK WAS DONE AT NIGHT WHILE THE OLD MOVING STAIRS WERE DEMOLISHED AND NEW ONES PUT IN.

(ON-CAM) IF YOU'RE CURIOUS, IT COST A LITTLE MORE THAN 700 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PUT IN TWO NEW ESCALATORS AT THE AIRPORT. AND, STARTING NEXT MONTH, NEW FLOORING WILL ALSO BE PUT IN AT THE SECURITY CHECK-IN POINT AT MAUI'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN KAHULUI.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WHILE THE ARTS ARE TIMELESS - FUNDING THEM IS AN ONGOING CHALLENGE. WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A VERY 21ST CENTURY FUNDRAISER AT THE MACC. AND, WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT SOME WELL-DESERVED RECOGNITION FOR SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED ARTISTS ON MAUI. THAT, TINY HORSES AND BIG IDEAS - AND PLENTY MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(BREWERS FEST)(PiP-BREWFEST LOGO)

J: WHEN THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS IN 1994, NOT MANY HAD HEARD OF SUCH THINGS AS "MICRO-BREWERIES" OR "CRAFT BEERS." WELL, SIXTEEN YEARS LATER, NOT ONLY ARE THEY PART OF OUR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE - BUT THE LURE OF TASTING BREWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION IS NOW A WAY TO PAY THE WAY FOR THE ARTS ON MAUI.

(TAKE BREWERS FESTIVAL PKG) SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. THERE'S NOT A VIOLIN IN SIGHT, NOT ONE TUXEDO. IN FACT, EVEN THE JEWELRY LEANED MORE TOWARD BEER CAN CHIC.

UNLIKE THE MAUI SYMPHONY, ART MAUI, MAUI CALLS AND SO FORTH - THIS EVENT HAS A DECIDEDLY EDGIER FEEL - BEER AND TANK TOPS - SHOES OPTIONAL. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY THEY PLANNED IT.

Lisa Varde, Development Dir., MACC

LV01: "Yes, it is on purpose. This is the second year of the Maui Brewer's Festival. Our goal was to have a more affordable fundraiser that more of the community could participate in as well as - at the same time - helping to raise funds for the MACC. And we wanted to try to bring in a younger demographic and try to get the next generation of Mauians to come to the MACC and feel comfortable."

FROM THE STAGE YOU COULD FEEL THE BEAT AS A CROWD APPROACHING A THOUSAND MILLED AMONG A WIDE VARIETY OF BEER AND FOOD TENTS...FEATURING MORE BEER VARIETIES YOU MOST COULD IMAGINE.

LV02: "We have over 50 different types of beer here. Over 20 different breweries from all across the state and the mainland as well. We have entertainment - local entertainment - we've got local Maui restaurants, 19 different Maui restaurants serving food, so it's a great day."

CO-SPOPNSOR OF THIS YEAR'S EVENT, MAUI BREWING COMPANY OWNER GARRETT MARRERO KNEW THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF COMPETITION FROM A LOT OF SMALL BEER CRAFTING ARTISANS - BUT RATHER THAN BE INTIMIDATED, HE SAYS IT ADDS TO THE FUN.

Garrett Marrero, Founder, Maui Brewing Company

GM01: "I knew, obviously, what beers were coming early and we started marketing for that early on so we wanted to get people excited about it. I think one of the most exciting things about craft beer is that it's bold, it's complex and it's fun. It's beer like Slap and Tickle. I mean who names a product like that normally? The guys at Pizza Port - wonderful brewers, wonderful sense of humor and they like to have fun. That's what this is about. If you look around - music, food, great beer."///


WHEN THE IDEA FOR THE BREWERS FESTIVAL CAME UP, SOME WONDERED IF IT WOULD FLY IN THE FACE OF MORE DIGNIFIED EVENTS THAT USUALY GRACE THE FACILITIY AND, WERE HE HERE, WOULD MACC FOUNDER PUNDY YOKUCHI APPROVE?

LV03: "I think Pundy would love i because it's bringing in a different aspect of the community and we really want Maui Arts and Cultural Center to be for everyone. We want everyone to come here and feel comfortable here, so I think he would like it."

APPARENTLY A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKED IT, SO THEY'RE ALREADY PLANNING WAYS TO DRAW AN EVEN BIGGER CROWD NEXT YEAR - BUT WILL THEY BE ABLE TO TOP 50 DIFFERENT KINDS OF BEER? WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.

(ON-CAM TAG) EVEN THOUGH THE MACC HAS "ONLY" BEEN OPEN FOR 16 YEARS, IT WAS THE CULMINATION OF A 30 YEAR DREAM TO BRING HIGH ART TO MAUI AND MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE TO US ALL. EACH YEAR THE MACC HOSTS MORE THAN 18 HUNDRED EVENTS AND DRAWS MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE.

(BHUTAN AWARD) (PiP-BHUTAN POSTER)

J: ONE OF THE FILMS SHOWN AT THE CASTLE THEATER TWO YEARS AGO HAS JUST WON AN EMMY FOR IT'S MAUI PRODUCERS.

(VO) "BHUTAN: TAKING THE MIDDLE PATH TO HAPPINESS" WAS AWARDED TWO EMMY AWARDS LAST WEEKEND FOR IT'S PRODUCER TOM VENDETTI AND COMPOSER/PRODUCER/ARRANGER CHRISTOPHER HEDGE. THE AWARD FOR BEST HISTORICAL PROGRAM IN THE CULTURAL CATEGORY AND BEST MUSICAL SCORE WENT TO THE MAUI PAIR. THE DOCUMENTARY PREMIERED TWO YEARS AGO ON MAUI AND TAKES YOU TO A SELDOM-VISITED BUT ALMOST-FANTASY PLACE ABOVE TIBET WHERE THEIR GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT IS "HAPPINESS."

(ON-CAM) VENDETTI AND HEDGE WERE IN SAN FRANCISCO OVER THE WEEKEND TO ACCEPT THE AWARDS. THE FILM WAS ALSO THE EFFORT OF MAUI'S VERY OWN BOB STONE - A PRODUCER WITH WHOM WE ARE VERY PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED - AND KAUA'I FILMMAKER JOHN WERHEIM. THEIR NEXT COLLABORATION, TAYLOR CAMP, MAKES A RETURN VISIT TO MAUI ON JUNE SECOND IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC. MORE ON THAT COMING UP IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(OHANA RANCH)(PiP-BUBBA)

J: LITTLE...IS BIG. AND IT'S AMAZING HOW FAR SOMETHING SO SMALL CAN GO TO MAKE SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE.

(TAKE 'OHANA RANCH PKG) FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE, LIKELY ONE OF THE LAST CONCEPTS THAT MIGHT COME TO MIND WOULD BE...LITTLE. BUT'S JUST WHAT GOES ON AT 'OHANA RANCH IN KULA. IT SEEMS KIND OF CONTRADICTORY, SORT OF JUMBO SHRIMP - BUT THE FACT IS THAT 'OHANA RANCH IS THE LARGEST MINIATURE HOURSE RANCH IN THE STATE, AS WELL AS ONE OF THE NEWEST HORSE RANCH BUSINESSES - HAVING STARTED JUST LAST AUGUST WHEN THESE LITTLE HORSES WERE EVEN - WELL - LITTLER

Toni Martin,Owner/Dirtector, 'Ohana Ranch

TM01: "Most of them came from Texas and they were shipped over when they were about three months of age - in a dog crate on Continental Airlines - that's how tiny they were. And then from Texas to O'ahu they came to Maui."

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ON MAUI KNOW TONI'S CHIEF RANCH HAND, HER HUSBAND, KIHEI DERMATOLOGIST DR. GEORGE MARTIN - A GUY WHO IS EQUALLY AS PROUD OF HIS PRACTICE AS HE IS OF HIS WEEKEND DUTIES ON THE RANCH.

George Martin, Farmhand, 'Ohana Ranch

GM01: "Lackey at 'Ohana Ranch, water boy, manure boy..."

HIS EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL PRACTICE IN KIHEI HAS HELPED HIS FAMILY'S DREAMS COME TRUE.

GMO2:"Well, Toni's always had a passion for horses. And living on Maui for over 20 years, we were fortunate to come upon the ranch and it presented a great opportunity to raise horses. And what we decided to do is because Toni had two miniature horses, Obie and Tiny who are now over 20 years old, the decision was to fill a special niche on Maui. We're a resource for children over the age of two and younger than - say - 13, 14 years old who really have a special interest in horses but are fearful of parger horses. So the miniature horses create a comfort zone for these children. When we have two year-olds on horseback and on the cart and because miniatrure horses are really small - they're not intimidating - children easily come up to them, pet them, look them in the eye. And there's just not a fear of trampling. Sop parents are really engaging us - we're having birthday parties and having 20 kids out on the ranch. They'll be petting and brushing horses - falling in love with the horses and the horses fall in love with them. They create a very special bond very quickly."

TM02: "I'm passionate about horses and I'm passionate for children as well. I love horses and I love children and I wanted to put them together. I wanted to create a nurtuting, loving, positive environment for both."

TONI CREDITS HER STAFF FOR CREATING A PLACE OF CONNECTION BETWEEN THEIR HORSES AND CHILDREN...


TM03: "...where they can feel 'precious,' where they can feel important, where they can build confidence; where they can feel connected to horses in a special way because horses are so special. They're intuitive and they are honest - as one of my staff shared - because of their level of honesty, children connect with them because they're so honest. It's a beautiful connection."

THESE BEAUTIFUL CRITTERS ARE AS TAME AS CAN BE - AND THEY'RE NOT SHY. AMONG THE FAVORITES IS BUBBA WHO IS ACTUALLY A DWARF MINIATURE - REQUIRING SPECIAL SHOES, AND DESERVING SOME EXTRA LOVIN.'

IT TAKES THIS PANIOLO CREW ABOUT TWO HOURS EACH MORNING TO GET THE HORSES FED - ALL-NATURAL GRAIN AND PASTURE GRASS. THEN THERE'S THE GROOMING, MUCKING AND AMIDST IT ALL, THE FUN PART OF JUST GETTING TO BE WITH THESE GENTLE CREATURES. THE RANCH PLAYS HOST TO BIRTHDAY PARTIES, WEDDINGS, GRADUATION PARTIES - ALL WITH THE AMAZING FOUR-ISLAND VIEWS OF, AS DOC MARTIN CALLS IT, FROM ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC.

AND - AS MANY KNOW - IT'S HARD TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE AROUND THIS GUY. FOR INSTANCE, WE ASKED IF - WHEN HE RIDES ONE OF THESE TINY CRITTERS INTO MAKAWAO TOWN TO PICK UP SOME BREWSKIS, DO THE OTHER PANIOLOS MAKE FUN OF HIM?

GM03: "Well, the fact that miniature horses don't carry over 40 pounds creates a problem - so you have to have a very special miniature horse. Usually I'm able to carry a couple of cases of beer from Makawao Town back here to the ranch on my miniature horse. Of course I'm straddling because I'm walking the whole way. But we manage to get it done."

AND IF THAT DOESN'T CREATE AN ODD ENOUGH VISUAL IN YOUR HEAD, PICTURE THIS.

GM04: "I usually ride facing backwards because, you know, cars will come up on you rather quickly...and trucks and stuff like that."///

(GM-VO) "A LITTLE TO THE LEFT, WILBUR."

MR ED? YOU GET THE IMPRESSION THERE'S A LOT OF MUTUAL LOVE AT 'OHANA RANCH - NOT TO MENTION A PROMISING FUTURE AS A VENTRILOQUIST ACT.

THE LOOKS ON THESE LITTLE FACES SAY IT ALL. AFTER THEIR FIRST RIDE AT SUNDAY AFTERNOON'S BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE LINE QUICKLY FORMED FOR A THE CHANCE TO GO AGAIN. WE ASKED TONI WHAT, IN THIS IDYLLIC SETTING, WOULD MAKE HER DREAM COMPLETE.

TM04: "My dream is complete. Yesterday when we did a birthday party my dream was happening right then and there. A little boy was riding one of our welsh ponies and stated that when he sleeps the pony comes to him and he rides her. Every moment is a complete experience for me. I would love to have more exposure and have more children come. I'd love to have special needs come to the ranch and experience the love and support and connection with the horses."

IF THERE EVER WAS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF AN OLD SAYING, THIS WOULD BE IT: AT 'OHANA RANCH, A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT 'OHANA RANCH AND THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE, JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(MAUI PV-MECO)(PiP-PV PANEL)

J: MAUI IS NO KA OI - IN YET ANOTHER CATEGORY. FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR, HAWAI'I ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES HAS CLAIMED THREE OF THE TOP 10 SPOTS, NATIONWIDE, FOR THE USE OF SOLAR POWER. AND, IN HAWAI'I, NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN WE DO IT HERE ON MAUI.

(VO) MAUI ELECTRIC RANKED SECOND IN THE NATION - AND FIRST IN HAWAI'I - IN SOLAR WATTS PER CUSTOMER. THAT RANKING IS UP FROM FOURTH LAST YEAR. MORE AND MORE CONSUMERS - ACCORDING TO THE REPORT FROM THE SOLAR ELECTRIC POWER ASSOCIATION, OR SEPA, REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE - ESPECIALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN WHERE FOSSIL FUELS HAVE TO BE SHIPPED IN AND BURNED.

(ON-CAM TAG) MAUI MIGHT HAVE COME IN FIRST IF ONLY WE HAD A TON MORE PEOPLE LIVING HERE. THE ONLY PLACE IN THE NATION THAT ADOPTED MORE SOLAR POWER LAST YEAR WAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, WHERE PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC SERVES MILLIONS OF CUSTOMERS.

(SPECIAL OLYMPICS)(PiP-BUCK)

J: HE'S ONE OF MAUI'S BIGGEST SOLAR ENERGY ADVOCATES, AND ONE OF THE ISLAND'S MOST ACTIVE RETIREES - AND THIS WEEK, BUCK IS AT IT AGAIN.

(FF-CG-VO) BUCK JOINER TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO REBUILD THE PODIUMS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES ON MAUI. BUCK TOOK THEIR OLD WHITE BOXES, REINFORCED THEM FOR SAFETY AND REPAINTED THEM WITH THE OFFICIAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOGO AND WORDING.

(ON-CAM) ONE CHANGE HE MADE ON HIS OWN, THOUGH, WAS THAT HE DIDN'T MARK FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD SPOTS BECAUSE, AS HE SAID IN A LETTER TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS, - QUOTE - "I THINK ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE WINNERS." NICE GOING, BUCK!

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, IT'S WAS A HISTORIC WIN, TIMES TWO - LAST WEEKEND FOR M-I-L ATHLETES. WE'VE GOT DETAILS. AND, IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, CAPS, GOWNS, AND PRECIOUS MEMORIES HIGHLIGHT THE LIST OF THIS WEEKEND'S EVENTS. DETAILS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS COMES BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: SPARTANS WERE THE MAIN CHARACTERS IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOVIES OF 2009 - AND NOW THEY'RE THE BIGGEST VOLLEYBALL TITLE HOLDERS IN MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC HISTORY.

(FF-CG-VO) THE SEABURY HALL SPARTANS CAPTURE THE FIRST-EVER M-I-L VOLLEYBALL CROWN WHEN THEY WON THE DIVISION TWO STATE TOURNAMENT SATURDAY NIGHT ON O'AHU. DESPITE THE MONSTROUS HITTING OF PAHOA'S ISIAH EKAU, THE SPARTANS PREVAILED, RALLYING BACK FROM A FIRST SET LOSS TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP 19-25, 25-16, 25-8, 25-19.

(ON-CAM) AMONG THE SUPERSTARS IS A GUY THAT - AS THEY SAY IN VOLLEYBALL - HAS THE SWEETEST HANDS. HOLDEN AWONG IS AN AMAZING SETTER AND IS BOUND FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I - A GREAT INDICATOR OF THINGS TO COME.

(FF-CG-VO) ALSO, E HO'IOMAIKA'I TO KRISTINE FELIX OF BALDWIN HIGH. FELIX SET A STATE RECORD IN THE POLE VAULT. AT ONLY FIVE FEET TALL, FELIX CLEARED A STATE-MEET-RECORD ELEVEN FEET, EIGHT INCHES, EN ROUTE TO VICTORY.

(ON-CAM) MOVING ON TO COMING ATTRACTIONS - THERE'S LOTS TO CATCH UP WITH - BEGINNING FRIDAY NIGHT WITH A ZAP! 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.

ALSO FRIDAY NIGHT, IT'S FUNNY MAN JIM GAFFIGAN'S RETURN VISIT TO MAUI. GAFFIGAN HAS APPEARED ON THE TONIGHT SHOW, DAVID LETTERMAN, CONAN AND NOW HE'S BRING HIS STANDUP ACT BACK TO THE MACC. JIM GAFFIGAN WILL BE ONSTAGE AT THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER FOR ONE SHOW FRIDAY NIGHT. TICKETS ARE 35 AND 45 DOLLARS.

GRADUATION SEASON CONTINUES, AND HERE'S A QUICK RUNDOWN OF UPCOMING COMMENCEMENTS. SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. LANA'I HIGH SCHOOLS GRADUATION CEREMONY TAKES PLACE AT PEDRO DELA CRUZ GYMNASIUM IN LANA’I CITY. ALSO ON SATURDAY, HANA HIGH SCHOOL MATRICULATES THEIR SENIORS. THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3-30 AT THE HIGH SCHOOL FIELD. MOLOKA'I HIGH SCHOOL WILL GRADUATE THE CLASS OF 2010 SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. IN THE GYM AT THE HOME OF THE FARMERS. THEN, AT 5 P.M., MAUI HIGH SCHOOL'S CLASS OF 2010 WILL GET TO MOVE THEIR TASSELS. THEIR GRADUATION TAKES PLACE AT WAR MEMORIAM STADIUM. SUNDAY AFTERNOON THERE ARE TWO MORE CEREMONIES. SUNDAY AT 6 P.M. THE SENIOR CLASS OF KA'AHUMANU HOU WILL GRADUATE IN A CEREMONY AT KING'S CATHEDRAL AT THE INTERSECTION OF PU'UNENE AVENUE AND DAIRY ROAD. LAHAINALUNA WILL GRADUATE THEIR SENIORS AT 6-30 P.M. AT "THE PIT," THE ATHLETIC FIELD AT LAHAINALUNA.

HO'OMANA'O I NA WA I HULIAU IS A VISUAL AND AUDITORY EXPERIENCE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS- AND MUCH BETTER INFORMED ABOUT THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THESE PRECIOUS ISLANDS. IT'S A PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAYAL OF PRE-CONTACT HAWAI'I, WOVEN WITH COMMENT AND MUSIC - STEPPING YOU THROUGH TIME. SHANE TEGARDEN'S IMAGES AND THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY WILL LEAVE YOU SPELLBOUND. ENJOY THIS JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST THIS SATURDAY AT 6-30 AT THE HISTORIC IAO THEATER IN WAILUKU. TICKETS ARE JUST 10 DOLLARS. YOU'LL FIND MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

BUT SATURDAY - AS USUAL - OFFERS EVEN MORE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS FOR YOU. THIS SATURDAY THE MAUI INVITATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL CLASSICAL CONCERT WILL BE A FREE PRESENTATION AT THE BALDWIN HOME ON FRONT STREET IN LAHAINA. THERE'S NO ADMISSION CHARGE AND THERE'S PARKING BEHIND THE BALDWIN HOME.

OF COURSE THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CANOES CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND - AND THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. UNDER THE ICONIC BANYAN TREE IN OLD LAHAINATOWN AND AT KAMEHAMEHA IKI PARK, CREWS OF CAREVERS FROM ACROSS POLYNESIA ARE CONTINUING THEIR WORK TO FASHION CANOES FROM THEIR HOMELANDS. THE PARADE OF CANOES IS SET FOR SUNDAY, MAY 30TH, AND THE LAUNCHING OF THE CANOES FOR THAT SAME EVENING.

SATURDAY NIGHT IS THE FOURTH ANNUAL MAUI NURSES FOUNDATION GALA SHIPBOARD DINNER. FROM SIX UNTIL 10 P.M. AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUB IN WAIKAPU, THERE WILL BE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, LIVER AND SILENT AUCTIONS AND OUTSTANDING FOOD AND BEVERAGE - WITH ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORTING THE MAUI NURSES' FOUNDATION. TICKETS ARE 150 DOLLARS PER PERSON.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SPRECKLESVILLE THERE WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF LIFE. NINE YEAR-OLD JACQUELINE WENZLER-STEVES LOST HER VALIANT BATTLE WITH A RARE FORM OF BONE CANCER TWO WEEKS AGO AND HER LIFE WILL BE CELEBRATED IN AN UPBEAT, JOYOUS EVENT. THE FAMILY ASKS THAT NO BLACK BE WORN, AND THAT EVERYONE COME WITH A HAPPY THOUGHT AND SOME CUT FLOWERS TO SCATTER ON THE BEACH. THE CELEBRATION OF JACQUELINE'S LIFE BEGINS AT 4 P.M. AT THE MAUI COUNTRY CLUB IN SPRECKLESVILLE - THEN MOVES TO THE BEACH.

NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE MACC - ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST JAZZ GUITARISTS EVER WILL GRACE THE STAGE OF THE CASTLE THEATER. LEE RITENOUR WILL KICK OFF THE MACC'S "SMOOTH JAZZ NIGHTS" SERIES WITH FAVORITES FROM HIS 40 YEARS OF MAKING MEMORABLE MUSIC. TICKETS ARE 35 AND 45 DOLLARS - WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF PREMIUM SEATS AT 75 DOLLARS. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR MORE DETAILS.

IF ONE OF THE REASONS YOU LIVE ON MAUI IS TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE WONDERFUL CREATURES OF THE SEA THAT SURROUNDS US, THEN HERE'S A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE "DAWN PATROL" OF THE MAUI HAWKSBILL TURTLE PROJECT IS ABOUT TO START THEIR ANNUAL MORNING BEACHWALKS TO DISCOVER, IDENTIFY AND PROTECT TURTLE NESTS ON MAUI. THEY HAVE A FEW OPENINGS AND THE WORK IS REWARDING BEYOND WORDS. NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 27TH, THEY'LL HOST AN ORIENTATION AT THE HUMPBACK WHALE SANCTUARY HEADQUARTERS IN KIHEI, STARTING AT 5 P.M. HOW COULD A MORNING WALK ON THE BEACH BE MORE REWARDING? CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD A BIT, COMING UP NEXT 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.

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 EMMY AWARD-WINNING 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. AND WE'LL BE BACK TO WRAP UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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J: THAT WRAPS UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. NEXT WEEK WE'LL FEATURE OUR FIRST IN A SERIES OF SPECIAL REPORTS ON "GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL!" ON MAUI TV NEWS AND ON KHON-2'S "WAKE UP 2-DAY MORNING PROGRAM.

MAUI COUNTY MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES’ "GOT CHOICE? THINK LOCAL!" CAMPAIGN IS GOING STATEWIDE. MAUI SMALL BUSINESSES THAT SIGN UP ARE OFFERING AMAZING SAVINGS AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TO 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 NEXT WEEK - AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT OUR FIRST FEATURE - HIGHLIGHTING THE AMAZING DEDICATION AND EXTREMELY DELICIOUS PRODUCTS FROM THE MAUI CATTLE COMPANY.
MAHALO FOR TUNING IN TO MAUI TV NEWS THIS WEEK. WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK . UNTIL THEN, A HUI HOU KAKOU.

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