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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the week Beginning June 5, 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.

(Headlines-VO)

J: STORIES THAT "MOVE" TOP OUR HEADLINES THIS WEEK INCLUDING ONE BIG EXTRA BOAT AT THE SEASON'S FIRST CANOE REGATTA.

JY: AND WHILE THE FINAL RESTRIPING IS COMPLETED WAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, ONE COUNCILMEMBER WANTS TO FIND WAYS TO REDUCE TRAFFIC ACROSS MAUI.

J: AND STORIES THAT WILL MOVE YOU IN A DIFFERENT WAY AS HAWAI'I PREPARES TO MAKE A FORMAL APOLOGY. WE'LL ALSO TELL YOU WHY THESE BIG STRONG MEN ARE HOLDING HANDS, AND WHY THESE WOMEN ARE SILENT.

JY: IN SPORTS, HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB PICKS UP IN 2008 WHERE THEY LEFT OFF LAST YEAR - WHILE MAUI TEENS AND ONE KUPUNA DO SOME HEAVY PICKING UP AS WELL. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA. HOLLY CHUNG JOINS US WITH DETAILS ON THE FILM FESTIVAL AND ON FIRST FRIDAY IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS, MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBOR ISLAND TELEVISION NEWS SOURCE, AND MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE INTERNET NEWS CAST. I'M JEFF KING.

JY: I'M JULIE Y. TRANSPORTATION. IT'S A TOPIC A LOT OF PEOPLE DISCUSS - BUT LITTLE EVER SEEMS TO GET DONE ABOUT IT. BUT NOT ANY MORE.

(Turn to cam) THIS WEEK THERE ARE DEVELOPMENTS ON THREE TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTED JEFF KING STARTS THE A-B-C'S WITH "A" FOR "ALAKAI."

(Take Superferry Pkg) AS IF IT COULD, THE ALAKAI LOOKED ALMOST SHEEPISH AS IT ENTERED KAHULUI HARBOR LAST SATURDAY. THERE HAVEN'T BEEN THIS MANY PEOPLE ON THE BEACH WHEN THE SUPERFERRY ARRIVED - EVER...NOT EVEN DURING THE LARGEST PROTEST WHEN SUPERFERRY RESUMED SERVICE IN DECEMBER. BUT THESE AREN'T PROTESTERS, THEY WERE HERE FOR THE WILMINGTON CANOE REGATTA - THE FIRST OF 2008.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SUPERFERRY ARRIVED DURING A CANOE RACE. THERE WERE NO COAST GUARD ESCORTS VISIBLE, AND FOLKS DIDN'T SEEM TO PAY MUCH ATTENTION. WHILE THE ALAKAI BACKED INTO IT'S PARKING SPACE, PASSENGERS GOT A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OF THE RACES.

WHETHER IT'S ACCEPTANCE, COMPLACENCY OR PATIENCE - SUPERFERRY OPPONENTS ON MAUI ARE NOT VISIBLE THESE DAYS. WHILE THEIR SUITS ARE STILL PENDING IN COURT, AND WHILE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT PROCESS PLODS ALONG, BUSINESS IS BUILDING FOR THE GIANT ALUMINUM BOAT. THERE HAS BEEN A STEADY RISE IN RIDERSHIP SINCE THE ALAKAI RETURNED FROM DRY DOCK REPAIRS IN MARCH. IN FACT, SUPERFERRY OFFICIALS TELL MAUI TV NEWS THAT MORE 21 THOUSAND PASSENGERS TRAVELLED ON SUPERFERRY IN MAY - AND THEY FERRIED MORE THAN 58-HUNDRED VEHICLES - FOR A GROSS TAKE OF MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS. IF THAT TREND CONTINUES, THEY'LL MEET THEIR 400 CARS A DAY BREAK-EVEN POINT. THE AVERAGE FOR MAY WAS 677 VEHICLES PER DAY. IT HELPED THAT THERE WERE SPECIAL GROUPS TRAVELLING - LIKE THE HARLEY OWNERS GROUP FROM HONOLULU AND WAIPAHU WHO CAME FOR A WEEKEND RALLY.

THE LOSS OF ALOHA AND ATA AIRLINES HAVE SENT OTHER INTERISLAND AIRFARES INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER. PLUS THE SKYROCKETING GAS PRICES OF LATE ALSO MAKE THE SUPERFERRY FARES ATTRACTIVE - BUT HOW LONG WILL THAT LAST? IF YOU BOOKED A MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY TRIP FOR TWO ON THE ALAKAI TO GO TO O'AHU NEXT WEEK, TAKING YOUR OWN CAR AND RIDING UP FRONT IN THE FIRST CLASS HAHALUA LOUNGE, YOUR TRAVEL COSTS TO AND FROM HONOLULU WILL BE 441 DOLLARS AND 32 CENTS. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY, YES - BUT COMPARE IT TO THE CURRENT LOWEST FARES ON HAWAIIAN AIRLINES - FOR THE SAME TRAVEL TIME, AND RENTING A CAR FOR THE SAME FIVE DAYS. THE COST OF THAT EXCURSION WOULD BE ABOUT A HUNDRED DOLLARS MORE.

BUT KEEP IN MIND, THESE ARE PROMOTIONAL FARES - WHICH WILL GO UP IN SEPTEMBER. PLUS THE SUPERFERRY'S FUEL SURCHARGE WILL THEN BE APPLIED AS WELL - A SURCHARGE THAT IS CURRENTLY 57.1 PERCENT. HERE'S HOW THAT SHAKES OUT FOR A MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY TRIP THIS OCTOBER. BOOKING NOW AND BOOKING ONLINE HELPS, BUT THAT FUEL SURCHARGE BECOME A MAJOR REASON THE PRICE JUMPS TO 641 DOLLARS. AS OF TODAY, BOOKING THE SAME TRIP ON HAWAIIAN - PLUS THE RENTAL CAR - STILL 540 DOLLARS. BUT WHO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO AIRFARES - OR OIL PRICES FOR THAT MATTER FIVE MONTHS FROM NOW.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND - AND ADAPTING TO CHANGE - JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE SUPERFERRY CAME AND WENT DURING SATURDAY'S CANOE RACES. REPORTING FROM KAHULUI HARBOR FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) HAWAII SUPERFERRY'S 39-DOLLAR FARES, ONCE AS MUCH AS 20 DOLLARS HIGHER THAN SOME INTER-ISLAND AIRFARES, ARE NOW ABOUT 20 DOLLARS LESS. BUT THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE, TOO. STARTING THIS FRIDAY, PASSENGER FARES WILL INCREASE TO 49 DOLLARS AND THE PASSENGER VEHICLE RATE WILL ALSO INCREASE BY TEN DOLLARS.

(Mokulule Restriping)(PiP-White lines and dots)

J: THE "B" IN OUR A-B-Cs STANDS FOR BACKUP. THERE ISN'T ONE. THE NEWLY COMPLETED MOKULELE WIDENING PROJECT WAS SUPPOSED TO RESTRICT KAHULUI-BOUND TRAFFIC TO THE SINGLE LANE DRIVERS HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING FOR PART OF THE DRIVE - AS LONG AS THERE'S BEEN A MOKULELE HIGHWAY.

(take vo) AFTER LAST TUESDAY'S BLESSING AND OPENING OF THE FIFTH AND FINAL PHASE OF THE 87-MILLION DOLLAR DIVIDED HIGHWAY PROJECT, STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS WARNED MOTORISTS THAT IT WOULD TAKE ANOTHER TWO WEEKS TO PULL UP THE DIVIDING YELLOW LINE ON THE MAUKA SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY AND REPLACE WITH WHITE LINES AND DOTS.

WORKING OVERTIME, THAT WORK WAS ACCELERATED BETWEEN KIHEI AND THE HUMANE SOCIETY AND THE PROJECT WAS FINISHED LAST FRIDAY. NOW THE ENTIRE SIX-MILE SPAN IS UNINTERRUPTED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

(ON-CAM) MAUI POLICE HAVE NOT STEPPED UP SPEED ENFORCEMENT ALONG THE WIDE OPEN NEW STRETCHES OF HIGHWAY - AT LEAST NOT YET - BUT CAUTION THAT IF THAT BECOMES NECESSARY, THEY WILL.


(Commuting)(PiP-JoanneJohnson)

JY: AND THE "C" IN OUR A-B-Cs STANDS FOR "COMMUTING." WITH GAS PRICES NEARING THE FIVE-DOLLAR MARK ACROSS MUCH OF MAUI COUNTY, AND ALREADY THERE IN HANA, ONE COUNTY COUNCILMEMBER IS TAKING STEPS - LITERALLY - TO HOPEFULLY GET CARS AND PEOPLE OFF THE ROADS.

AT THIS FRIDAY’S MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING, COUNCILMEMBER JOANNE JOHNSON WILL PROPOSE SEVERAL STEPS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS THAT PROMOTE COMMUTING AND OTHER EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION POLICIES. HER GOAL IS ALSO THE NAME OF HER RESOLUTION: “URGING THE COUNTY OF MAUI TO BECOME ONE OF THE BEST WORKPLACES FOR COMMUTERS.”

JoAnne Johnson, Maui County Councilmember

JJ01: "Maui is great. Particularly - the Council - we have some flexibility when we always try to look at ways to maximize efficiency, and we've always challenged members of the public - the private sector - and in our developments we're always asking 'What are you doing to address transportation issues? How are you developing livable, walkable and workable communities?' What are people doing to conserve gas on all those highways. So, when you look at all those issues, I personally feel we should be leading by example. Instead of putting these conditions, I'm looking at 'what can County government do?"///

(on-cam) A REMINDER THAT COUNCILMEMBER JOHNSON'S PROPOSAL IS ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA FOR 9 O'CLOCK THIS FRIDAY IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF THE COUNTY BUILDING. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AND TESTIFY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

TOSS TO B BLOCK

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS, KALAUPAPA AND IT'S FORCED INHABITANTS WERE CUT OFF FROM THE WORLD. A MAUI STATE SENATOR BELIEVES AN APOLOGY FOR SOME OF THAT TREATMENT IS LONG OVERDUE. WE'LL HAVE DETAILS WHEN WE COME BACK.

JY: FATHERS - AND MOTHERS - ARE HONORED IN VERY DIFFERENT WAYS THIS WEEK ON MAUI. WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY UP NEXT.

J: AND FAMILIES THAT ONCE FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS ARE GETTING HANDS-0N LESSONS IN LIFE THATNKS, IN PART, TO FARM ANIMALS...AND GOLF. WE'LL EXPLAIN WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.


B BLOCK

(Kalaupapa Apology) (PiP-Kalaupapa Peninsula)

J: IT WAS CALLED LEPROSY, A DISFIGURING DISEASE BROUGHT TO HAWAII IN THE 1800S. AND BECAUSE PEOPLE HAD NO IDEA HOW TO TREAT THOSE AFFLICTED, THEY BANISHED THEM TO A SMALL SPIT OF LAND ON THE NEARLY INACCESSIBLE NORTH SHORE OF MOLOKA'I. ACROSS MORE THAN A CENTURY, ABOUT EIGHT THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE SENT TO THE KALAUPAPA SETTLEMENT. MANY OF THOSE WENT THERE - AND STAYED THERE - WILLINGLY, BECAUSE THEY FELT THEY WERE A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH.

IN 1948, IT BECAME KNOWN AS HANSEN'S DISEASE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT WAS DEVELOPED. BUT HAWAII LAW THAT REQUIRED THOSE AFFLICTED TO REMAIN AT KALAUPAPA WASN'T CHANGED UNTIL MORE THAN TWO DECADES LATER. NOW, NEARLY FOUR DECADES AFTER THAT, MAUI STATE SENATOR KALANI ENGLISH IS SPEARHEADING AN EFFORT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SACRIFICES MADE BY THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY OF KALAUPAPA - AND TO FORMALLY APOLOGIZE FOR FORCING THEM TO MAKE THOSE SACRIFICES.

J. Kalani English, HI State Senator, 6th District

KE01: "This was government policy from the time of Kamehameha the Fifth, all the way until 1969. The cure - the sulfur drugs - for Hansen disease became available in 1948. So while it was necessary to isolate patients from the 1950s until 1948, after 1948 it was medically unnecessary - they were all cured. So from 1948 until 1969, the isolationist policy for Hawaii remained on the books. Approximately 9000 people were sent to Kalaupapa in its history and this year, the State of Hawaii took a bold and historic step. We offered Senate Concurrent Resolution 208 which offered a formal apology to the people of Kalaupapa for the harsh treatment they suffered, and it offered thanks for the suffering they went through for all of Hawaii."

KALAUPAPA SITS ON A PENINSULA CALLED KALAWAO WHICH - IN REALITY - IS A SEPARATE COUNTY FROM MAUI. IT'S PART OF SENATOR ENGLISH'S DISTRICT. HE'S WALKED THE CLIFF TRAIL SEVERAL TIMES - DOWN TO THE SETTLEMENT WHERE PEOPLE WERE BANISHED - FOR DECADES LONGER THAN THEY NEEDED TO BE.

KE02: "Now, what the State did in 1969 was we abolished the isolationist policy and we also put in place a policy that promised the remaining residents care for the rest of their lives - because it recognized that they were isolated for so long that they could not easily reintegrate into society. Many of them were in the advanced stages of the disease and they didn't want to go back into society."

TODAY THERE ARE 27 PATIENTS AT THE KALAUPAPA SETTLEMENT. THE SENATE RESOLUTION HAS ALREADY BEEN SIGNED AND, THIS SUMMER, SENATOR ENGLISH WILL OFFER HIS HAD IN THANKS AND APOLOGY IN A CEREMONY. WE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HISTORY OF KALAUPAPA SETTLEMENT AND A LOT ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE LAST PATIENT PASSES. TO SEE THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR ENGLISH, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK FOR EXTENDED STORIES.

(Fathers-Mothers)(PiP-Silent Protest)

JY: FATHERS AND MOTHERS ARE BEING HONORED ON MAUI THIS WEEK - BUT IN VERY DIFFERENT WAYS. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING BRINGS US THE STORY.

(Take Fathers and Mothers - Pkg) ON A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN WAILUKU, BUBBLES AND THE BACK YARDIGANS THRILLED THE KIDS WHILE GRAMMY WINNER GEORGE KAHUMOKU ENTERTAINED FAMILIES. IT'S THE SECOND ANNUAL FATHERHOOD CELEBRATION EVENT PUT TOGETHER BY MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, A PRIVATE FOUNDATION WITH A MISSION TO HELP FAMILIES GET A GOOD START ON LIFE.

Janie Sheppard, CEO, Maui Family Support Services

JS01: "Our clients are anyone with a child from ages zero to five, then also - teens and dads with children of any age. We also serve grandparents who are raising their grandchildren."

THE ORGANIZATION IS ON A MISSION TO - BASICALLY - CATCH THE FAMILIES THAT FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS.

JS02: "Yeah, we see it as partnering with families to help develop strengths. Families have a lot of strengths and sometimes they see them and sometimes they don't. Our role is to help them see what some of those strengths are so they can provide a home that's safe. And where they can grow up healthy and happy."

FUNDING FOR TODAY'S EVENT - FREE TO ALL - COMES IN PART FROM COUNTY GRANTS. ATTENDANCE AT THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATION WAS SMALL...BUT AS WORD GETS OUT, IT SHOULD GROW. AND SO WILL THIS CIRCLE - DADS HOLDING HANDS TO SYMBOLIZE THE UNENDING BOND OF STRENGTH AND SUPPORT REQUIRED OF A LOVING FATHER.

TWO DAYS LATER - DOWN THE ROAD ABOUT A MILE, FATHERS AND MOTHERS, SISTERS AND BROTHERS GATHERED IN A SILEN DEMONSTRATION TO HONOR THE TRAGIC DEATHS OF THREE FILIPINAS IN HAWAII - KILLED BY THEIR HUSBANDS, LEAVING THEIR CHILDREN BEHIND.

Cornelia Soberano, Co-founder Maui Filipino Working Group.

CS01: "This is not just the tragedy of the family - not just the tragedy of the Filipino Community - but it's a human tragedy. This is a call out to the community. Let us get together and see what we can do. We need to reach out to the victims but we have to make sure there's a safety plan for them. We have to make sure they know there's a safety plan for them - that they can reach out without the abuser knowing for example."

SOBERANO EXPLAINED A CULTURALLY-SENSITIVE ISSUE THAT MAY KEEP VICTIMS SILENT. IT'S CALLED A DEBT OF GRATITUDE.

CS03: "If, for example, your husband sponsors you to come to the United States, then you are in his debt forever. You would not want to leave because you're afraid, 'what would everyone say?' I'm being ungrateful and betraying the family, etc., etc."

JENY BISSELL IS ALSO A CO-FOUNDER OF THE MAUI FILIPIONO WORKING GROUP. SHE'S ALSO A REGISTERED NURSE IN THE MAUI OFFICE OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. SHE ELABORATED ON THE CULTURAL ISSUE.

Jeny Bissell, RN, Co-Founder, Maui Filipino Working Group

JB01: "I know that - in the Filipino culture, domestic violence and even abuse is, unfortunately, stigmatized. It's seen as a family problem. So, a lot of times our friends, or even our family members does not really go out there and seek out help because it's seen as a family problem."

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, HIYA, OR FEELING OF SHAME PREVENTS THE AWFUL TRUTH FROM COMING OUT. IT'S NO CONSOLATION THAT NONE OF THE FILIPINAS KILLED WERE FROM MAUI. BUT TODAY'S DEMONSTRATION IS TO WORK TOWARD PREVENT TRAGEDIES LIKE THESE, NOT JUST IN THE MAUI FILIPINO COMMUNITY - BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY KNOWN AS HUMANITY.

CS02: "I think this forces the issue of 'we as a community.' By community I mean all sectors: the Church, the government - all levels, non-profits, businesses, hotels. Everybody is impacted when one woman dies."

FOR INFORMATION ON THE MAUI FILIPINO WORKING GROUP, AND ON MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(oncamtag) IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.


(Kihei Recycling) (PiP-NewRecycleCenter)

JY: IT'S THE ALL-NEW RECYCLING CENTER THAT BOTTLES BUILT. AND THAT HAS TO BE A LOT OF BOTTLES, BECAUSE THE FACILITY COST 1-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

(take vo) ON TUESDAY, MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES WAS JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AS WELL AS THE CONTRACTORS WHO BUILT THE NEW FACILITY ON THE SITE OF THE OLD ONE ON WELAKAHAO ROAD JUST MAKAI OF THE PIILANI HIGHWAY, ACROSS FROM HOPE CHAPEL. THE BLESSING COMMEMORATES THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COUNTY AND STATE AGENCIES AND THE CONTRACTORS WHO WORKED TO PROVIDE THE NEW FACILITY IN HAWAII'S FAST-GROWING COMMUNITY.

(ON-CAM) THE CENTER WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED FOR BUSINESS YESTERDAY. THE HI-FIVE REDEMPTION CENTER WILL BE OPEN FROM 8:30 TO 5:30 WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. INCIDENTALLY - IF YOU'RE DOING THE MATH, THAT ONE-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS EQUALS ABOUT THIRTY MILLION BOTTLES...AND PROBABLY SOME CANS, TOO.

(TRAGIC MONDAY)(PiP-MPD emblem)

TWO FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS LESS THAT TWO HOURS APART MONDAY EVENING CRIPPLED TRAFFIC TO AND FROM WEST MAUI, AND SHUT DOWN THE KULA HIGHWAY UPCOUNTRY.

A MOTORCYCLIST WAS KILLED IN A SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH ON THE PALI SECTION OF THE HONOAPI'ILANI HIGHWAY, JUST OUTSIDE THE TUNNEL ON THE LAHAINA SIDE LAST NIGHT. ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER, A PASSENGER IN A CAR ON KULA HIGHWAY WAS KILLED WHEN THE CAR CRASHED INTO A ROCK EMBANKMENT.

MAUI POLICE SAY THAT, IN THE FIRST INCIDENT, A HONDA 600 MOTORCYCLE, OPERATED BY 32 YEAR-OLD WILLIAM RODRIGUEZ OF KIHEI, WAS WAILUKU BOUND ON THE HONOAPI'ILANI HIGHWAY AT APPROXIMATELY 6:05 P.M. WHEN IT LOST CONTROL, LEFT THE ROAD AND HIT A GUARDRAIL. RODRIGUEZ WAS THROWN FROM THE MOTORCYCLE, SUSTAINING FATAL INJURIES. HE DIED AT THE SCENE.

IN THE OTHER INCIDENT AT 7:57 P.M., A SINGLE VEHICLE WITH FOUR OCCUPANTS WAS TRAVELING TOWARD PUKALANI ON THE KULA HIGHWAY NEAR AOLEWA STREET WHEN IT LEFT THE ROAD AND IMPACTED A ROCK EMBANKMENT. FIFTY-SIX YEAR-OLD LIN ROBSON OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, WHO WAS SEATED IN THE REAR PASSENGER SEAT, DIED OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN THE COLLISION.

THE INVOLVEMENT OF SPEED, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL HAVE NOT BEEN DETERMINED YET IN EITHER CRASH. THE TWO TRAFFIC FATALITIES ARE MAUI COUNTY'S 10TH AND 11TH OF 2008 COMPARED WITH 10 AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

(Toss to C Block)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, THE SEASON'S FIRST CANOE REGATTA HAD A LATE ENTRY THAT CAUSED QUITE A WAKE. AND YOUNG WEIGHTLIFTERS PULL THEIR WEIGHT...AND THEN SOME. KALAPANA HAS HIGHLIGHTS AND DETAILS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

JY: THEN, FIRST FRIDAY, THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL, WORLD OCEAN DAY AND A WORLD PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY ON ONE OF MAUI'S FAVORITE ACTIVITIES. HOLLY CHUNG HAS ALL THE DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.


(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: THE 2008 CANOE REGATTA SEASON GOT UNDERWAY THIS WEEK AND - WHILE THERE WEREN'T TOO MANY SURPRISES, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF PRETTY BIG CHANGES.

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS. I'M KALAPANA.

THE BIGGEST CHANGE IS THE NEW DIVISION OF COMPETITION. PREVIOUSLY ALL NINE MAUI CLUBS COMPETED HEAD TO HEAD, WHICH GAVE THE ADVANTAGE TO THE LARGER CLUBS. NOW THE MAUI COUNTY HAWAIIAN CANOE ASSOCIATION - OR MCHCA - HAS TWO DIVISIONS.

(FF-CG-VO) THE DOUBLE-A DIVISION INCLUDES HAWAIIAN, KAHANA, KIHEI, LAE ULA O KAI, NA KAI EWALU, WAILEA AND NAPILI. THE SINGLE-A DIVISION IS NOW MADE UP OF HANA AND LAHAINA.

(VO) THE OTHER BIG CHANGE WAS THE ADDITION OF ONE BIG WA'A TO THE LINEUP...AT LEAST FOR A FEW MOMENTS, ANYWAY. THE SUPERFERRY ALAKAI PULLED INTO THE HARBOR JUST AFTER THE BOYS-12 RACE AND EVERYBODY HAD TO WAIT A LITTLE...NOTHING NEW SINCE THEY ALSO HAVE TO STOP THE RACES WHEN A BARGE PULLS IN - AND THE SUPPERFERRY GETS INTO DOCK MUCH FASTER.

(ON-CAM) THE NOT TOO SURPRISING PART OF THE DAY WAS THE 27TH STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON VICTORY FOR POWERHOUSE HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB, DOING IT IN RECORD-SETTING FASHION BY RACKING UP 165 POINTS...TWO-AND-A-HALF TIMES AS MANY AS THEIR NEAREST COMPETITOR, KAHANA.

(vo) ONCE THE ALAKAI WAS TIED UP, THE REGATTA MOVED AHEAD AS THE BOYS 13 HEADED TO THE START LINE. THE COACHES AND CREW OF WAILEA CANOE CLUB HAD REASON TO SHOUT AS THEIR TEAM PULLED AWAY, EASILY BEATING SECOND PLACE KAHANA BY SIX SECONDS.

THE GIRLS 14 VICTORY FOR HAWAIIAN WAS JUST ONE OF AN INCREDIBLE 27 FIRST-PLACE FINISHES. FOR THE BOYS 14, IT WAS A MUCH CLOSER FINISH - BUT HAWAIIAN'S YOUTH DO IT AGAIN.

OTHER CLUBS HAD SHINING MOMENTS AS WELL. THE WOMEN'S NOVICE-B CREW FROM WAILEA GOT AT LEAST ONE FAN REALLY EXCITED AS THEY WON THEIR RACE BY A CANOE LENGTH. THE MIXED NOVICE RACE WAS ALMOST A PHOTO FINISH BUT HAWAIIAN BARELY EDGED OUT WAILEA AND KAHANA.

THE EXCITEMENT OF THE SEASON’S FIRST HALF-MILE RACE MUST HAVE BEEN TOO MUCH FOR THE HANA BOAT HANDLER. WATCH THE FAR LANE AS THE HOLDER PULLS THE CANOE WAY PAST THE START LINE, DISQUALIFYING THE GIRLS-15 CREW...WHICH WAS A SHAME, TOO, BECAUSE THEY REALLY HAD A CHANCE IN THIS ONE. HAWAIIAN WON THE HEAT, WITH KAHANA IN SECOND.

MOMENTS AFTER THE BOYS 15 RACE BEGAN, THE SUPERFERRY MADE A BREAK FOR IT...QUICKLY REVERSING INTO THE TURNING BASIN. AS SHE MADE FOR THE OPEN SEA, KAHANA MADE FOR THE FINISH LINE WITH NAPILI HOT ON THEIR TAIL. IT WAS AN IMPRESSIVE SIGHT AS NA KAI EWALU TOOK THIRD, HAWAIIAN - FOURTH AND THE ALAKAI DISQUALAFIED FOR NOT CROSSING THE FINISH LINE.

WELL, OK, MAYBE I MADE THAT LAST PART UP.

(FF-CG-VO) HAWAIIAN'S BALANCE OF AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF WINS FOR BOTH THE MENS AND WOMEN CREWS RESULTED IN A LOPSIDED VICTORY. KAHANA TOOK SECOND WITH 77 POINTS, AND KIHEI WAS THIRD WITH 62. IN THE ALL-NEW A-DIVISION, HANA WAS THE WINNER WITH SIX POINTS. LAHAINA CANOE CLUB EARNED SECOND PLACE.

(on-cam) NEXT UP IS THE NALEIEHA REGATTA THIS SATURDAY - AT HANAKA'O'O BEACH PARK IN LAHAINA, HOSTED BY KAHANA CANOE CLUB.

MEANWHILE SATURDAY, UP THE ROAD IN WAILUKU, THINGS GOT HEAVY. REALLY HEAVY!

(vo) THE QUEEN EMMA ATHLETIC CLUB JUNIOR CLEAN AND JERK CONTEST DREW SOME POWERFUL YOUNG MEN - AND ONE WOMAN - TO LUFKIN PARISH HALL.

IF MAUI HIGH'S ALIKA AHEONG MAKES LIFTING 181 POUNDS LOOK EASY, THEN TROJAN AUSTIN RODRIGUES MAKES IT ALMOST LOOK FUN. OOMPH! AND YOU FELT THE FLOOR SHAKE, DIDN'T YOU? NEXT, KEN KANEMITSU OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI ATTEMPTS 198 POUNDS...WHICH IS EQUAL TO HIM AND HALF A FRIEND. THAT'S A LOT OF WEIGHT AND IT'S HIS PERSONAL BEST. AND CHECK THE FOCUS ON AUSTIN RODRIGUES'S FACE AS HE CLEARS 198 POUNDS...WORTHY OF A NICE HAND FROM THE CROWD.

AND IT DIDN'T GET ANY EASIER - OR LIGHTER - FOR KAMEHAMEHA MAUI'S ETHAN CABATINGAN. HE SURE MAKES IT LOOK EASIER, THOUGH, AS HE CLEANS AND JERKS 203 POUNDS. BUT THE HEAVY LIFT OF THE DAY FOR THE TEENS WAS BRANDON RODRIGUES OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI. THE 207-POUND JUNIOR HOISTED 259 POUNDS. AND THE PASTOR HAS TO BE VERY HAPPY THAT HAVE A THICK RUBBER PAD AND A CEMENT FLOOR.

BUT - AS THEY SAY - WAIT, THERE'S MORE. WHEN WEIGHTS GET THIS COLORFUL, IT MEANS THEY'RE VERY HEAVY. BUT WHAT'S EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE IS THE WEIGHTLIFTER. THAT'S 78-YEAR-OLD JAMES HIRAMOTO OF PAUWELA POWER GYM. HE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A DEADLIFT OF 358 POUNDS...NEARLY TWICE HIS BODY WEIGHT! THAT IS IMPRESSIVE, AND WELL WORTH A GOOD CHEER FROM THE FANS.

(ON-CAM) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. THANKS TO COACH KEKU AKANA FOR THE HEADS UP ON THE WEIGHTLIFTING COMPETITION. 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.


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HC: EXPERIENCE THE EXCITING SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF FIRST FRIDAY IN WAILUKU, OR SIT BACK AND RELAX UNDER THE STARS AT WAILEA’S MAUI FILM FESTIVAL. ALOHA EVERYONE. I’M HOLLY CHUNG, WITH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF EVERYTHING FUN AND INSPIRING HAPPENING HERE ON MAUI, IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

CELEBRATE WORLD OCEAN DAY WITH MAUI OCEAN CENTER, FROM JUNE 6TH THRU THE 13TH. ON FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH, AT 6 PM, MAUI OCEAN CENTER’S SEASCAPE MA’ALAEA RESTAURANT HOSTS THINK GLOBALLY, EAT LOCALLY, FEATURING AN ELEGANT, UPSCALE BUFFET OF SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD AND MAUI-GROWN PRODUCE. NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD WINNING MUSICIAN, NATHAN AWEAU, WILL PROVIDE THE EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT. TICKETS ARE 65 DOLLARS AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

IN DOWNTOWN WAILUKU, YOU CAN ENJOY THIS MONTH’S FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION, ON JUNE 6TH, FROM 5 TO 7 PM. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE IN LIVE MUSIC AND DANCE, ART EXHIBITS, STREET VENDORS, AND RESTAURANT SPECIALS.

MAUI FILMMAKER JASON EVANS PREMIERES HIS DOCUMENTARY, BEYOND THE GRASS SKIRT, ON FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH, AT 7:30 PM, AT THE LAHAINA JODO MISSION. FOLLOWING THE LIVES OF FOUR MEMBERS OF MAUI’S OLD LAHAINA LUAU, ITS GOAL IS TO HIGHLIGHT THE CHALLENGE OF SHARING THE HAWAIIAN CULTURE WITH TOURISTS THROUGH THEIR NIGHTLY PERFORMANCES. ADMISSION IS FREE.

LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT, MOLOKA’I KEHLOR, PRESENTS A LIVE READING OF HER PLAY, MAN OF HER DREAMS, ON FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH, AT 7:30 PM, AT THE HISTORIC IAO THEATER. THE STORY OF MIONA, A TERMINALLY ILL TEENAGER, AND ‘OLI, A YOUNG HAWAIIAN SPIRIT, IS AN HONEST REFLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY HAWAIIAN LIFE, USING PIDGIN DIALOGUE. ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

MIKE DOOLEY, ONE OF THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THE BEST SELLING BOOK, THE SECRET, AND AUTHOR OF INFINITE POSSIBILITIES AND NOTES FROM THE UNIVERSE, BRINGS HIS TEACHINGS TO MAUI. YOU CAN TAKE IN HIS CURRENT PRESENTATION, THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS . . . CHOOSE THE GOOD ONES, ON SUNDAY, JUNE 8TH, AT 7:30 PM, AT THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI IN WAILEA. TICKETS ARE 30 DOLLARS.

THE BLUE NOTE ORCHESTRA WILL BE SWINGING AT SPATS, AT THE HYATT REGENCY IN KA’ANAPALI, FROM JUNE 3RD TO THE 14TH, PERFORMING BIG BAND FAVORITES AND SINATRA TUNES. GUEST ARTIST AND LOCAL CELEBRITY, JIMMY BORGES, WILL BE FEATURED ON JUNE 11TH THRU THE 13TH.

FROM JUNE 11TH THRU THE 15TH, EIGHT THOUSAND PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD WILL DESCEND UPON WAILEA TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE PRESTIGIOUS MAUI FILM FESTIVAL. ENJOY FIVE BEAUTIFUL EVENINGS UNDER THE STARS, VIEWING SCREENINGS OF THE BEST MAJOR STUDIO PRODUCTIONS TO INDEPENDENT RELEASES, AS WELL AS WORLD CLASS CULINARY EVENTS AND FILMMAKERS PANELS.

FOR INFORMATION ON ALL OF THESE EVENTS AND MORE, YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS.COM. IF YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING EVENT HAPPENING HERE IN MAUI COUNTY THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US AND WITH OUR VIEWERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, PLEASE SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS.COM. I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. I’M HOLLY CHUNG AND THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK’S REPORT. 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. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE INTERNET AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. WE ALSO INVITE YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DAILY UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, TRANSCRIPTS OF THIS AND EVERY EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS AND MORE.

JY: THAT 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.

J: REMEMBER, YOU CAN WATCH THIS - OR ANY OF OUR FOUR MOST RECENT EDITIONS OF MAUI TV NEWS, ANYTIME ON DEMAND AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. SO PLEASE, CHECK US OUT, WON'T YOU? AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

JY: ALOHA

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