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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for June 4, 2009



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J: THE END OF AN ERA IS THE START OF ANOTHER AS MAUI'S FINEST GATHER TO BID FAREWELL TO THE CHIEF.

MEANWHILE, HURRICANE SEASON DRAWS THE EXPERTS AND THE CONSCIENTIOUS TO PREPARE AS BEST WE CAN.

MEANWHILE, IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY IN HONOLULU AS THE GOVERNOR SAY'S "FURLOUGHS" ARE THE ANSWER TO THE STATE'S BUDGET CRISIS.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, AND WE'LL HAVE MORE, PLUS A RUNDOWN OF SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS OF THE YEAR COMING TO MAUI THIS WEEKEND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. WE'RE STILL SHORT-STAFFED, BUT WE'RE DOING OUR BEST TO BRING YOU THE WEEK'S IMPORTANT STORIES. AND STARTING OUR NEWSCAST THIS WEEK IS THE END OF A CAREER.

(Turn to cam) LAST FRIDAY MARKED THE CHANGE OF COMMAND AT THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AN AFTERNOON FILLED WITH DIGNITARIES AND CEREMONY - IT WAS EFFICIENT AND ON-TIME, A TRADEMARK OF CHIEF THOMAS PHILLIP'S CAREER.

(Take Chief Retirement Pkg) THIRTY-THREE YEARS IN ONE JOB IS A RARITY THESE DAYS. FOR RETIRING POLICE CHIEF THOMAS PHILLIPS, THE ACHIEVEMENT IS EVEN MORE REMARKABLE - STARTING OUT AT THE BOTTOMALL THOSE YEARS AGO, AND GOING OUT TODAY...ON TOP. TODAY IS A CELEBRATION, A CHANGING OF THE GUARD...BUT A BITTERSWEET DAY FOR MAUI'S TWO TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THE TEAM OF PHILLIPS AND YABUTA HAVE LED THE DEPARTMENT TOGETHER FOR YEARS...AND INCOMING CHIEF GARY YABUTA SAID HE'S NEVER ENVISIONED THAT TEAM SPLITTING UP.

Gary Yabuta, Incoming Chief, MPD

GY01: "No I didn't 'cuz I didn't want to think about that. Not only is he my chief, he is also a very, very close friend - one of my best friends."

Thomas Phillips, Outgoing Chief, MPD

TP01: "Yeah, it's bittersweet because I still love coming to work every single day. But, you just kinda' know when it's time, and I felt it was time. I'm happy with the department, we got a great staff. I'm happy with the employees. That's what you want. You want somebody's that's going to come in and do better than you did and I think that's what we have. Gary will be a fantastic Police Chief."

AND EVEN THOUGH THEIR TEAMWORK HAS BEEN EFFICIENT AND FOWARD THINKING, THE NEW CHIEF SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT WILL BE RUN DIFFERENTLY.

GY02: "My leadership is probably different from any other leader. So there's always going to be difference, whether it's a presidential replacement or a CEO replacement - no, nothing stays the same and it shouldn't. The leader has to be flexible to deal with trhe needs of the community and the community needs vary, leadership has to vary as well."

WITH A FULL LOAD OF GOLF, TENNIS, GRANDKIDS AND YARDWORK AHEAD OF HIM, AFTER MORE THAN THREE DECADES OF KEEPING HIS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT, NOW HE HAS JUST ONE PRIORITY TO FOCUS ON.

TP02: "Actually the priority is to do nothing...for a little while and just enjoy a little bit."

LAST FRIDAY THERE WERE LIGHTER MOMENTS - LIKE HAVING THE CHIEF'S WIFE UNVEIL HIS PORTRAIT...IF SHE COULD REACH IT. BUS, SHE DID AND CHIEF'S PHILLIPS SMILE WILL ADORN THE WALL FROM NOW ON. HE ALSO MADE SURE A PART OF HIM WILL ALSO LIVE WITH THE NEW CHIEF - AS HE PRESENTED THE CHIEF'S BADGE THAT WAS PRESENTED TO HIM 11 YEARS AGO. THE CHIEF'S LOUNG AND ADJOINING HALLWAY WERE JAMMED WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS, AND VISITING POLICE CHIEFS FROM O'AHU, KAUAI AND THE BIG ISLAND WERE ON HAND AS WELL.

AFTER THE UNVEILING, THE CEREMONY TOOK A MORE SOLEMN AND FORMAL TONE. THE FORMATION STOOD AT ATTENTION AS THE COLORS WERE RETIRED. THEN CHIEF YABUTA'S FIRST OFFICIAL TASK WAS TO PRESENT THE FLAG TO CHIEF PHILLIPS - WHOSE SALUTE WAS HIS LAST OFFICIAL TASK.

REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) INCOMING CHIEF GARY YABUTA IS TRANSITIONING INTO HIS NEW JOB THIS WEEK - BUT HE'S STILL IN HIS OLD OFFICE, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT COULD TAKE AN EXTRA FEW DAYS FOR CHIEF PHILLIPS TO OFFLOAD 11 YEARS WORTH OF MEMORIES FROM THE CORNER OFFICE.

(Disaster Prep)(PiP-Flossie)

J: MEANWHILE, GOING ON ACROSS THE ISLAND AT THE SAME TIME, THERE WAS A MUCH SMALLER - AND LESS FORMAL - GATHERING, BUT ONE THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT. THE TOPIC: DISASTER.

(TAKE PDC-NWS PKG) A GROUP OF CONCERNED MAUI RESIDENTS - INCLUDING HOME OWNERS AND PROPERTY MANAGERS WERE GIVEN SPECIFIC DETAILS ABOUT THE 2009 HURRICANE SEASON THAT BEGAN MONDAY. THE PACIFIC DISASTER CENTER CONFERENCE ROOM WAS THE SETTING AND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROGIST RAY TANABE EXPLAINED WHY SOME HURRICANES MAKE IUT HERE - AND WHY MOST DON'T.

GIVEN THE LOCATION OF THE ISLANDS, AND THE FREAK PATHS THAT HURRICANE INIKI AND EWA HAD TO TASKE TO STRIKE THE ISLANDS, WE HAD TO ASK: ARE THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS BASICALLY HURRICANE PROOF?

Raymond Tanabe, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS, Honolulu

RT01: "I wouldn't say hurricane proof, but it's a fairly low probability. If you think about the Hawaiian Islands as a target, we're a fairly small target here in the Central Pacific, so we'd have to get a hurricane to really hit us dead-on. Whereas, on the east coast of the United States, if you have a hurrican approaching, it's going to hit somewhere - there's a lot of real estate. We're fortunate that we're a small target. We have a lot of hurricanes that pass to our south, and a fair amount that pass to our east as well, but that doesn't mean we can be any less prepared every summer - every hurricane season."

Glenn James, Senior Weather Analyst, Pacific Disaster Center

GJ01: "You know you kind of have a tendency after it's been so long - we haven't been hit by a hurricane since 1871, you sort of get - it seems like two different things: One is we're long overdue, or that we're just really lucky and we're not going to get hit for a long time. I Hope that's the case."///

WHILE THE ODDS ARE THAT WE WON'T SUFFER A DIRECT HURRICANE HIT THIS YEAR, ODDS IMPLY THE ELEMENT OF CHANCE. AND WORKSHOPS LIKE THIS PROVE AN OLD ADAGE: CHANCE FAVORS THE INFORMED PLAYER. OH, AND WE COULDN'T RESIST ASKING GLENN THE WEATHERMAN JAMES TO GIVE US HIS SIGNATURE SIGNOFF THAT WRAPPED HIS DAILY WEATHER TELECAST AND HE WAS GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO COMPLY.

(ON-CAM TAG) INCIDENTALLY, THE PACIFIC DISASTER CENTER ALSO HAD A ROLE IN KEEP THAT 400-ACRE FIRE IN KIHEI FROM GETTING OUT OF CONTROL. THE P-D-C USED SATELLITE IMAGERY TO HELP FIREFIGHTERS ESTABLISH THE NATURAL BARRIERS TO KEEP THE FIRE FROM SPREADING FURTHER.

(TURTLES)(PiP-HONU)

J: AND LAST WEEK WAS ALSO A BUSY ONE FOR MAUI'S HONU. THE SEA BECAME HOME TO SIX MORE GREEN SEA TURTLES LAST THURSDAY WHEN THE JUVENILE TURTLES WERE SET FREE FROM THEIR HOME AT MAUI OCEAN CENTER TO THE WATERS OFF MAKENA.

(take vo) THE TURTLES, LABELED M-1 THROUGH M-6...WITH THE M STANDING FOR MAUI, NOT MALE, HAVE BEEN THE MAIN HONU ATTRACTION AT THE OCEAN CENTER FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. NOW, INSTEAD OF REGULAR FEEDING TIME, THEY'LL HAVE TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. EVEN WITH AS MUCH AS SCIENTISTS KNOW ABOUT HONU, THEY CAN'T PREDICT WHAT THESE YOUNG HEALTHY TURTLES WILL DO NEXT - OR WHERE THEY WILL GO.

(ON-CAM) BUT YOU CAN HELP. IF YOU'RE OUT SNORKELING AND YOU SEE A TURTLE WITH THE WHITE NOTATIONS ON THEIR SHELLS, THE OCEAN WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT IT. THE TURTLES HAVE NO SATELLITE TRACKERS ON THEM SO PUBLIC REPORTS WILL BE THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN KEEP TRACK. FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO REPORT A TURTLE SIGHTING, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

AND, THERE'S EVEN MORE TURTLE NEWS. WHILE THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR TURTLES ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN THEIR NESTING, ONE NORTH SHORE TURTLE GOT AN EARLY START.

(FF-CG-VO) LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS PICTURE AND YOU'LL SEE THE TELLTALE SIGNS OF THE TURTLE'S TRACK AS SHE CRAWLED ASHORE TO DIG HER NEST AT WAIHE'E. HERE YOU SEE THE NEST PIT THAT - BY NOW - IS INVISIBLE AFTER WIND HAS REARRANGED THE SAND. OF A LITTLE BIT OF CONCERN ARE THE EGGS SCATTERED ALONG THE TRACKS - SIGNS THAT SHE MAY HAVE BEEN INTERRUPTED, OR SHE MIGHT BE A YOUNG TURTLE AND WASN'T AWARE SHE STILL HAD MORE EGGS TO LAY.

ON-CAM TAG) IN EITHER CASE, THE SIGNS OF A NEST ARE GREAT NEWS AS HAWAII'S GREEN SEA TURTLES, LISTED AS THREATENED, ARE NESTING ON MAUI'S SHORE.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, IT'S SAME STORY - DIFFERENT YEAR FOR HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB. AND, WE'VE GOT THE RUNDOWN ON THIS WEEKEND'S MOST ENTERTAINING EVENTS PLUS A LOOK AHEAD AT SOME DON'T-YOU-DARE-MISS-THEM-EVENTS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS. ALL THE DETAILS WHEN WE COME BACK.

(C-BLOCK) (Sports)

J: TAKING A QUICK LOOK AT SPORTS HEADLINES - WE WANTED TO NOTE THAT - FOR THE 26TH TIME, THE MAUI COUNTY HAWAIIAN CANOE ASSOCIATION OUTRIGGER REGATTA SEASON STARTED WITH A WIN BY POWERHOUSE HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB. THE DOUGIE TIHADA MEMORIAL IN LAHAINA LAST SATURDAY SAW THE FOLKS IN THE BLUE-AND-WHITE CANOES RACK UP AN IMPRESSIVE 145 POINTS TO TAKE FIRST PLACE. AS HAS ALSO BEEN THE CASE FOR DECADES, IT'S HAWAIIAN'S KEIKI THAT PROVIDE THEIR STRENGTH, HAWAIIAN WON 11 OF THE FIRST 15 RACES. KIHEI CANOE CLUB CAME IN A DISTANT SECOND - WITH IT'S MAJOR STRENGTH IN THEIR SENIOR AND MASTER'S CREWS.

(COMING ATTRACTIONS)(PiP-Coming Attractions)

J: AND NOW, MOVING ON, HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU SAID TO YOURSELF, "GEE, WE LIVE ON MAUI AND WE NEVER GO OUT ON THE OCEAN!" BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT DOES HAPPEN - WELL, TO HELP YOU STOP THAT BAD HABIT, THIS SATURDAY, HERE'S A CHANCE FOR KAMA'AINA TO DISCOVER THE OCEAN. PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION IS OFFERING FREE OCEAN DISCOVERY CRUISES TO HAWAII RESIDENTS IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD OCEAN DAY. RESERVATIONS ARE OFFERED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS, SO CALL TO MAKE RESERVATIONS TO SEE HOW AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL THE INCREDIBLE OCEAN IS THAT SURROUNDS US. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND TO CONTINUE THE CELEBRATION OF WORLD OCEANS DAY THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, MAUI OCEAN CENTER WILL OFFER FREE SCREENINGS OF THE FILM: "A SEA CHANGE, IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT FISH." THE MOVIE IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF ADMISSION AND WILL BE SHOWN CONTINUOUSLY IN THE OCEAN CENTER'S UNDERSEA CAVE THIS SATURDAY AND THIS MONDAY, AND AGAIN ON JUNE 14TH AND JUNE 23RD.

ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING ORGANIZATIONS ON MAUI THAT HELPS BUILD LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE IS "A KEIKI'S DREAM." THIS SATURDAY ISA YOUR CHANCE TO HELP THIS MOST WORTHY ORGANIZATION MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE FOR DESERVING KEIKI. THE EVENT IS CALLED" DO A MILE, SHARE A SMILE," IT'S A ONE-HOUR FUND-RAISER TO BENEFIT A KEIKI'S DREAM AT KEOPUOLANI PARK. YOU CAN REGISTER ON-SIRE FOR THE EVENT THAT STARTS AT 8 SATURDAY MORNING.

OBON SEASON IS IN FULL SWING AND THE LAHAINA SHINGON MISSION WILL BE THE SITE OF THIS WEEKEND'S OBON FESTIVAL AND COMMUNITY DANCE. THE SERVICE STARTS AT 7-30 SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE LAHAINA SHINGON MISSION AND THE DANCE STARTS IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS.

AND SPEAKING OF MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS - ANOTHER IS UPON US. ART MAUI CELEBRATES 31 YEARS AS MAUI'S PREMIERE JURIED ART EXHIBITION. THE DISPLAY OPENS TO THE PUBLIC THIS SUNDAY AT THE SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. ART MAUI WORKS WILL BE ON DISPLAY FROM THIS SUNDAY THROUGH JULY FIFTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

LOOKING TOWARD NEXT WEEK, OF COURSE THURSDAY IS THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE MOST LONELY ONE. KAMEHAMEHA DAY IS NEXT THURSDAY WITH A VARIETY OF EVENTS PLANNED ACROSS MAUI AND THE ENTIRE STATE.

ONE EVENT, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO THE GREAT ONE - BUT IT IS ONE OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN HAWAI'I, IS THE 28TH ANNUAL KAPALUA WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL. THIS FOUR-DAY EXTRAVAGANZA CELEBRATES THE ULTIMATE IN GASTRONOMIC, VINTNER AND CULINARY EXCELLENCE. TICKET PRICES START AT SINGLE-DAY ADMISSION FOR JUST 50 DOLLARS, AND IT'S WORTH EVERY PENNY FOR EVERY MEMORABLE SIP AND BITE. AND IT ALL TAKES PLACE ON THE GROUNDS OF THE BREATH-TAKING KAPALUA RESORT. YOU'LL FIND ALL THE DETAILS BY CLICKING THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

KAMEHAMEHA DAY WILL ALSO BE THE TIME TO ENJOY KANAKAPILA WITH POKI. BRING YOUR BEACH MATT AND GRAB A SPOT ON THE LAWN NEXT THURSDAY IN FRONT OF THE BALDWIN HOME MUSEUM IN LAHAINA. THIS FREE MONTHLY EVENT, SPONSORED BY LAHAINA RESTORATION FOUNDATION, WILL FEATURE LIVE MUSIC FROM NA HOKU HANOHANO WINNER PEKELO COSMA AND BRUDDAH POKI. THIS IS AS HAWAIIN AS IT GETS. KANAKAPILA WITHJ POKI BEGINS AT 11 AM THURSDAY MORNING.


CELEBRATING KAMEHAMEHA DAY NEXT SATURDAY IS THE ANNUAL NA KAMEHAMEHA COMMEMORATIVE PA'U PARADE AND HO'OLAULE'A UNDER THE BANYAN TREE IN LAHAINA. THE PARADE STARTS AT 9 A.M., THE HO'OKUPU CEREMONY BEGINS AT 11 A.M. AND THE HO'OLAULE'A STARTS AT 1 P.M. THIS FREE FAMILY ALL-DAY EVENT FEATURES AMAZING FUN AND FOOD FROM LONGHI'S, KIMO'S, CHEESBURGER IN PARADISE AND MANY MORE. COME AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, AND LEARN A GREAT DEAL ABOUT OUR KING, HIS AINA AND THE CREATURES OF OLD HAWAI'I.

THEN, NEXT SATURDAY MAKE PLANS RIGHT NOW TO ATTEND AN EVENT THAT CELEBRATES MODERN CREATURES AND THEIR IMPACT ON HAWAI'I - AS WELL AS HAWAII’S IMPACT ON THEM. "TAYLOR CAMP," THE DOCUMENTARY, IS A FILM DESCRIBED AS THE ULTIMATE HIPPIE FANTASY - BUT BY THE TIME IT'S OVER, YOU MIGHT BE AMAZED AT HOW MUCH YOU LEARN ABOUT KAUA'I, THE 70S, PEOPLE IN GENERAL, AND ABOUT YOURSELF. TAYLOR CAMP IS A MOVIE EVENT THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. THE FILM SHOWS AT 5 AND 7-30 P.M. NEXT SATURDAY IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER.

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 COMMUNITY CALENDAR, VISIT CALENDAR MAUI-DOT-COM. AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.


(D Block)

(Solo-Center-Up)

J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS - ANOTHER SCALED-BACK EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK TO FULL STRENGTH AS SOON AS WE CAN ENOUGH ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP TO DO SO. OUR STATEWIDE TELEVISION CABLECAST OF MAUI TV NEWS IS AVAILABLE TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES, AND OUR WEBSITE GETS MORE THAN 20,000 HITS PER WEEK. PLEASE CONSIDER ADVERTISING WITH US ON THIS MOST UNIQUE PROGRAM.

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 NEXT TIME, ALOHA.

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