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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the week Beginning June 12, 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.

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J: CONFUSION, ANGER AND FRUSTRATION EXPRESSED BY MAUI VETERANS OVER THE LOSS OF A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN EVEN TAKES TO THE SKY THIS WEEK.

JY: FROM THESE CALM SCENES YOU WOULDN'T KNOW IT, BUT THERE WERE SEVERAL TENSE MOMENTS AND FRAYED NERVES ON THE FRIENDLY ISLE THIS WEEK AS A PAIR OF BRUSH FIRES AND THE CHANCE OF THE WATER BEING SHUT OFF CAUSED A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN.

J: AND FIREFIGHTERS ON MAUI ARE CONCERNED AS THE BRUSH GETS DRIER AND DRIER AS IT GETS HOTTER AND HOTTER. BUT THEY ADD A TOOL THAT WILL IN AT LEAST PART OF THEIR MISSION ON THE WEST SIDE.

JY: IN SPORTS, HOCKEY ON MAUI? IT SURE WAS BUT THAT WASN'T THE ONLY UNIQUE SPORTING COMPETITION HELD THIS PAST WEEKEND. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF HOCKEY AND CRICKET THIS WEEK IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND IT'S TIME FOR ULTIMATE STAR-GAZING AT THE NINTH ANNUAL MAUI FILM FESTIVAL. HOLLY CHUNG JOINS US WITH DETAILS ON THE FESTIVAL AND A COUPLE OF UPCOMING AUDITIONS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GET INTO SHOW BUSINESS ON MAUI. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO 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. COMPARING IT TO BEING STRANDED WITHOUT BACKUP IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE, MAUI VETERANS SAY THEY FEEL BETRAYED.

(Turn to cam) FOR THE SECOND TIME IN AS MANY WEEKS, A GROUP OF VETERANS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE VA CLINIC IN KAHULUI TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD. AND, AS MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING WITNESSED, THEIR SUPPORTERS MADE THEMSELVES HEARD TOO - FROM THE STREET AND FROM THE SKY.

(take VA protest package) THEY'RE OLDER NOW BUT THESE ARE THE ONCE-YOUNG AND FRESH FACED SOLDIERS, SAILORS, MARINES AND AIRMEN WHO DEFENDED THEIR NATION. NOW - THEY SAY - THEY FEEL ABANDONED...SURROUNDED BY ADVANCING AGE AND BY LINGERING HEALTH ISSUES LEFT OVER FROM BATTLE. THE MAUI VETERANS OUTPATIENT CLINIC SHOULD BE A HEALING PLACE. THEY SAY IT'S NOT.

ROGELIO EVANGELISTA IS THE LEADER OF THIS GROUP. HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR WHY THEY GATHERED.

(ro-HELIO) Rogelio Evangelista, Pres. Maui County veterans Council

RE01: "The veterans want Dr. Chen. They Love Dr. Chen. Dr. Chen takes care of us."

Ned Purdy, Veteran at "root" of protest

NP01: "To hAve a doctore be here for a long period of time and not short periods. ///They last doctor we had and I had was very good. She met all my demands. I looked forward to seeing her every chance I could. Everey chance she could she would step up and do things when you ask her. You cannot find a better doctor than that."

THEY'RE BOTHE REFERRING TO DR. TSUYIN CHEN, AN EXTREMELY POPULAR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN RECENTLY LET GO FROM THE CLINIC FOR REASONS THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION WON'T DISCLOSE.

EVANGELISTA UNDERSTANDS THAT THE PROTEST TODAY WILL RAISE AWARENESS OF THE NEEDS OF VETERANS, BUT KNOWS THAT - TO GET ACTION - HE HAS TO TAKE ACTION.

RE02: "I have been in contact with Congresswoman Hirono's office. She sent me a letter that she also sent to General Hastings about our health care situation and to ask about the firing of Dr. Chen. Mind you she was fired because she did not finish her probationary period because she was not a 'team player.' What is a 'team player?' we asked.

SO FAR, THAT QUESTION HAS NOT BEEN ANSWERED BY THE VA, ACCORDING TO EVANGELISTA, AND - ON THE ADVICE OF HER ATTORNEY, DR. CHEN DECLINED AN INTERVIEW. WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IS THAT THE HIRING PROCESS THAT BROUGHT DR. CHEN INTO THE MAUI VA CLINIC TOOK MORE THAN SIX MONTHS. ONCE ON THE JOB, HER SERVICE ON MAUI WAS BARELY LONGER THAN THAT. NOW, VETERANS HAVE RECEIVED LETTERS TELLING THEM THERE MAY BE DELAYS IN APOINTMENTS DUE TO SHORT STAFFING.

IN THE MILITARY - AND AFTERWARDS AS A VETERAN, THERE SOMETHING CALLED A "NEED TO KNOW" BASIS. EVANGELISTA CLAIMS THE VA ISN'T TELLING THEM - OR SENATOR AKAKA WHEN HE WAS HERE LAST YEAR FOR AN INVESTIGATION - THE WHOLE TRUTH.

re03: "We had a Congressional investigation. The VA said there's no backlog here among the 600-something veterans here. There are veterans waiting to get into the system. Did they lie? We don't know."

MAUI STATE SENATOR SHAN TSUTSUI SHOWED UP AT FRIDAY'S PROTEST TO LEARN MORE. HE ACKNOWLEDGES THIS IS A FEDERAL ISSUE, BUT HE SAYS HE'S DOING WHAT HE CAN TO HELP.

State Senator Shan Tsutsui

ST01: "No, but I did spend some time on the phone to Senator Akaka's office yesterday trying to get a better understanding of where we're at...what kind of resolution we could be looking for. I know they're working on it. There's a bunch of doctors now going through the process but we're hoping for an expedited process because when you get sick you get sick. There's no timetable or calendar for that."///

SINCE DR, CHEN'S DEPARTURE, NED PURDY SAYS HE S TREATED DIFFERENTLY. LIKE TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN HE CAME IN TO THE VA CLINIC WITH SEVERE ABDOMINAL DISTRESS, CHILLS AND FEVER. AFTER TELLING HIM IT WAS TOO CLOSE TO LUNCH BREAK TO SEE THE DOCTOR, A CLERK HAD HIM WRITE DOWN HIS SYMPTOMS ON A SLIP OF PAPER.

NP02: "So she went in and in a few minutes came back and said the nurse says to call a 1-800 number."///

WE SPOKE TO SEVERAL MORE VETERANS WHOSE STORIES WERE JUST AS SHOCKING.

RON BASS WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY AFTER COLLEGE. HE RECALLS THE PROMISE OF LIFELONG HEALTH CARE IN RETURN FOR SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY. A MOMENT OF CRISIS LATE LAST YEAR PUT THAT PROMISE TO THE TEST

RB01: "In December, 2007, heart attack. Clinic closed - storm. Community clinic - closed storm. I remembered promise. Ambulance to ER. Submitted cliam to VA. declined - not in system. Have to come in once per year to stay currebnt. 'Healthy. don't need to. Save you money. Ambulance $1,100. ER $1,600. Now threatening collections if I don't pay it all at once."

David Cerna, Past pres. Vietnam Veterans of Maui County

DC01: "Someone needs to get off their duff and do something. This is not a new problem, it's been going on for 20 years. It should have been taken care of now...yesterday. And if these people who are in charge can't do something about, maybe we need to get rid of them and put someone in charge who can do something about it. That's how I look at it."

MICHAEL COVICH SERVED AT THE HEIGHT OF THE VIETNAM WAR - FIGHTING - AND SURVIVING THROUGH CRHISTMAS 1965 UNTUIL CHRISTMAS 1966. HE SAYS HE'S SEEN ENOUGH FIGHTING AND PARTICULARLY DOESN'T WANT TO FACE IT AGAIN AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE.

Michael Covich, Pres., Concerned American Veterans; VP Vietnam vets of Maui County

MC01: "Why should somebody with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder go into an environment where it does nothing but increase these stresses. I have no trust for those people. I can't go in there. Dr. Sprenger is a fine psychiatrist, but I'm still not going in. I don't want to feel this bad vibe and that bad vibe. I just want to wait until this all settles out.")))

SOME OF THE TALES WE HEARD WERE INTERRUPTED BY CARS AND TRUCKS HONKING TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AS THEY PASSED THE GROUP. AND, DURING ONE INTERVIEW, ALL EYES SHOT UP AFTER HEARING A SOUND FAMILIAR TO SO MANY OF THEM FROM THEIR DAYS IN THE JUNGLES OF VIETNAM. IT WAS ONE OF THEIR OWN IN A FLYBY SHOW OF SUPPORT.

WE SPOKE WITH THE VA OFFICE IN HONOLULU. VA SPOKESMAN FRED BALLARD TOLD MAUI TV NEWS THAT THERE ARE SIX OR SEVEN APPLICANTS FOR THE POST PREVIOUSLY HELD BY DOCTOR CHEN. NEXT, THE INTERVIEWS BEGIN AND, THEN REVIEWS AND OFFERS BEFORE THEY CONSIDER OFFERING ONE OF THEM THE JOB. LAST TIME IT TOOK SIX MONTHS. MANY OF THESE MEN SAY TIME IS A LUXURY THEY CAN'T AFFORD.

RE04: "This Country needs to take care of us veterans. We put our lives on the line for these people out here today. And we need to know what's going to happen to us."

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

(ON-CAM TAG) AT THE CONCLUSION OF LAST WEEK'S DEMONSTRATION, ORGANIZER ROGELIO EVANGELISTA ANNOUNCED THAT THE GROUP WOULD LIKELY NOT PROTEST THIS - BUT PLANNED TO RESUME THEIR PROTEST IN FROM THE MAUI VA CLINIC NEXT FRIDAY, JUNE 2OTH.

(Molokai Water)(PiP-Moloka'i Map)

J: IT'S BEEN A HEATED "WAR OF WORDS" THAT COULD HAVE RESULTED IN ROUGHLY HALF OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE ISLAND OF MOLOKA'I BEING WITHOUT WATER AND WITHOUT SEWAGE TREATMENT.

(vo) IN WHAT YOU MIGHT CALL, THE LIQUID EQUIVALENT OF "DODGING A BULLET," THE HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION THIS WEEK ORDERED MOLOKAI PUBLIC UTILITIES, WAI'OLA O MOLOKA'I AND MOSCO TO CONTIINUE PROVISING WATER AND WASTER TREATMENT SERVICES TO SOME 12-HUNDRED HOMES ON MOLOKAI.

THE THREE UTILITIES ARE OWNED BY MOLOKAI PROPERTIES - AND THE PUC ORDER COMES AT THE END OF A BRIEF - BUT HEATED - EXCHANGE OF CORRESPONDENCE THAT INCLUDED APPEALS FROM COUNTY AND STATE OFFICIALS TO GOVERNOR LINGLE TO INTERVENE. SHE DIDN'T NEED TO BECAUSE THE P-U-C STEPPED IN, QUOTED THE RULES, AND ORDERED THE UTILITIES TO REMAIN IN OPERATION.

IT ALL STARTED WITH A LETTER FROM MOLOKAI PROPERTIES TO THE PUC, AND ANOTHER TO MAYOR TAVARES IN MAY, STATING THAT - SINCE THE UTILITIES WEREN'T MAKING ANY MONEY, THEY WOULD SHUT DOWN BY AUGUST. AT THAT TIME, WATER AND WASTERWATER WOULD BE THE COUNTY'S RESPONSIBILITY. LETTERS TO GOVERNOR LINGLE FROM FROM MAYOR TAVARES, SENATOR KALANI ENGLISH, COUNCILMEMBER DANNY MATER AND REPRESENTATIVE MELE CARROLL BESEECHED HER TO EXERCISE HER POWERS TO REQUIRE MOLOKAI PROPERTIES TO LIVE UP TO THEIR ORIGINAL COMMITMENT AS A PUBLIC UTILITY.

THROUGH THE FLURRY OF CORRESPONDENCE, THE PUC RULED THAT, EVEN THOUGH MOLOKAI PROPERTIES HAD SHUT DOWN MOLOKAI RANCH -WHICH STRANDED HUNDREDS OF EMPLOEES - DECLARING THEMSELVES UNPROFITABLE, THEIR PARENT COMPANY WAS STILL PROFITABLE ENOUGH TO CONTINUE TO FUND THE UTILITY ON MOLOKAI.

THE PUC RULING DOESN'T SAY MOLOKAI PROPERTIES HAS TO RUN THE BUSINESS WITHOUT A PROFIT FOREVER. IT DOES SAY THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE SAME ADMINISTRATIVE STEPS THAT ANY OTHER PUBLIC UTILITY WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO SEAMLESSLY TRANSFER OPERATION OF A VITAL SERVICE TO A NEW OPERATOR - WHICH WILL ALMOST ASSUREDLY BE MAUI COUNTY.

(ON-CAM) TO READ THE COMMENTS OF ALL OF THE COUNTY AND STATE LEADERS - AS WELL AS THE INITIAL CORRESPONDENCE THAT SPARKED IT ALL, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.


TOSS TO B BLOCK

JY: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, MOLOKA'I WAS IN THE NEWS AGAIN THIS WEEK AFTER TWO BRUSH FIRES ON THE WEST END OF THE ISLAND SPARKED CONCERN.

J: AND FIREFIGHTERS HERE ON MAUI ARE CONCERNED, TOO AS FIRE SEASON APPROACHES WITH MORE DRY BRUSH AND FEWER CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON. THEIR WARNINGS - PLUS A BRAND NEW FIRE DEPARTMENT TOOL ON THE WEST SIDE. DETAILS UP NEXT.

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


B BLOCK

(Molokai Fires) (PiP-Molokai Map)

JY: BRUSH FIRES ERUPTED NOT ONCE BUT TWICE LAST WEEK ON THE WEST END OF MOLOKAI. THE FIRST BLAZE HAPPENED FRIDAY MORNING. TWENTY MOLOKA'I FIREFIGHTERS WERE JOINED BY COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEES AND - ABOUT AN HOUR INTO THE BLAZE, THE MAUI FIRE DEPARTMENT'S AIR ONE HELICOPTER WAS BROUGHT IN FOR WATER DROPS.

ONE HOME WAS INITIALLY THREATENED BY THE FLAMES, BUT CREWS WERE ABLE TO SAVE THAT STRUCTURE. IN ALL, BY THE TIME THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MORE THAN 80 ACRES HAD BEEN SCORCHED.

WHILE NO OFFICIAL CAUSE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THAT FIRE, ANOTHER BRUSH FIRE SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN THE KALUAKOI DISTRICT BURNED AN ESTIMATED TWO ACRES. AGAIN, ONE HOME WAS BRIEFLY THREATENED - BUT QUICK ACTION BY TWO FIRE COMPANIES KEPT THE FLAMES SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET AWAY. MOLOKA'I FIRE CAPTAIN TRAVIS TANCAYO SAYS THAT EQUIPMENT BEING USED BY A CONTRACTOR BUILDING A FENCE SPARKED THE FIRE. HE ADDED THAT HIGH WINDS AND TALL GRASS WERE THE REASON THE FIRE SPREAD QUICKLY. IT WAS EXTINGUISHED JUST BEFORE DARK SUNDAY EVENING.

(Maui Fire Season) (PiP-MFD Logo)

J: A STORY IN THE MAUI NEWS THIS WEEK TALLIED UP THE NUMBER OF FIRE CALLS MAUI FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO. SO FAR THIS YEAR THERE HAVE 255 FIRES RESULTING IN ABOUT 1.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. TWENTY NINE OF THE FIRES INVOLVED STRUCTURES WHILE 89 FIRED HAPPENED IN BRUSH, FORESTS AND CANE FIELDS. THERE WERE TWICE AS MANY FIRES IN MAY THAN THERE WERE IN JANUARY - A DEFINITE SIGN THAN OPEN AREAS ARE TINDERBOX-DRY.

MAUI FIRE CHIEF JEFF MURRAY SAYS THIS IS AN AVERAGE DRY YEAR - AND THAT MEANS THINGS ARE PRETTY DRY. THE BEST THING ANYONE CAN DO TO KEEP THEIR HOME FROM BECOMING A STATISTIC OR A SAD PICTURE IN THE PAPER IS TO KEEP THE GRASS AND BRUSH AROUND YOUR HOME SHORT. ALSO, REMOVING DRY LEAVES NOT ONLY LOOKS A LOT NICER - BUT REMOVES AN IMPORTANT FUEL FROM POTENTIAL FIRES. CHIEF MURRAY ALSO ADDS THAT CALLING 9-1-1 AS SOON AS YOU SEE SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS MAY ADD PRECIOUS MINUTES TO STOPPING A SMALL FIRE FROM BECOMING A BIG FIRE.

(ff-cg-vo) MEANWHILE, THE MAUI FIRE DEPARTMENT ADDED A NEW TOOL TO THEIR RESCUE ARSENAL IN WEST MAUI LAST WEEK. THE COUNTY'S NEWEST RESCUE BOAT, THE KA'ALANI WAS BLESSED LAST THURSDAY AT THE LAHAINA FIRE STATION. IT WILL ALSO BE BASED THERE. THE 218-THOUSAND DOLLAR 26-FOOT RADON BOAT IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO OPERATE IN ROUGH SEAS, AND SPECIALLY EQUIPPED FOR OCEAN RESCUES. FIFTEEN FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY TRAINED TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE THE CRAFT.

(on-cam) THE KA'ALANI WILL OFFICIALLY BE DESIGNATED AS MAUI COUNTY RESCUE BOAT THREE. THE COUNTY HAS TWO OTHER FIRE BOATS - ONE STAFFED BY CREWS OUT OF THE KAHULUI FIRE STATION AND THE OTHER STAFFED BY FIRE CREWS FROM THE KAUNAKAKAI FIRE STATION ON MOLOKA'I.

(Butts off the beach)(PiP-Cigarette Butts in Sand)

JY: MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE BEACH, THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION HAS JUST KICKED OFF IT'S ANNUAL "BUTTS OFF THE BEACH" CAMPAIGN TO TRY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER ONE SOURCE OF MARINE LITTER ON THE PLANET.

(vo) EVERY YEAR SINCE 2001, PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION HAS AIRED PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS, RUN NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE ADS AND HAS DISTRIBUTED FREE POCKET ASHTRAYS FOR SMOKERS TO STORE EXTINGUISHED CIGARETTES UNTIL THEY CAN BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY. THIS YEAR THEIR EFFORT HAS BEEN BEEFED UP WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MAUI COUNTY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY WORK DAY.

(on-cam) MANY SMOKERS HAVE THE MISCONCEPTION THAT CIGARETTE BUTTS ARE BIODEGRADABLE AND - BESIDES - THEY'RE SO SMALL. THE FACT IS THAT IT TAKES UP TO 25 YEARS FOR THE MATERIALS IN A CIGARETTE BUTT TO DECOMPOSE. AND, THEY MAY BE SMALL - BUT MORE THAN FOUR-POINT-FIVE TRILLION OF THEM ARE CARELESSLY TOSSED EACH YEAR MAKING THEM - BY FAR - THE LARGEST ELEMENT OF MARINE DEBRIS. AS IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH, THE DANGERS GO ON. EVERY YEAR HUNDREDS AND DEAD SEA BIRDS WASH ASHORE AND ARE FOUND TO HAVE CIGARETTE BUTTS IN THEIR DIGESTIVE TRACTS, HAVING MISTAKEN THEM FOR FOOD. AND EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T DIE FROM THE MALNUTRITION, THE CHEMICALS DID THEM IN. THERE ARE MORE THAN 165 CHEMICALS IN CIGARETTE BUTTS, INCLUDING LEAD AND ARSENIC.

(Superferry Traffic)(Pip-Traffic-off Superferry)

J: AND MEANWHILE, BACK OUT AT SEA, BUT COMING IN TO SHORE, THERE ARE NEW DEVELOPMENTS THAT COME AS GOOD NEWS TO THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY. A TRAFFIC STUDY BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LAST WEEK HAD A FINDING OF "LITTLE IMPACT" WHEN IT COMES TO TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE INTERSECTION OF KA'AHUMANU AND PU'UNENE AVENUES CREATED BY THE LOADING AND OFFLOADING OF THE ALAKAI.

BASED ON THAT RULING, MAUI SECOND CIRCUIT COURT JOEL AUGUST LAST FRIDAY SAID HE INTENDS TO LIFT THE TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON THE SUPERFERRY. LAST YEAR JUDGE AUGUST IMPOSED A SET OF RESTRICTIONS WHILE D-O-T COMPLETED THEIR TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDIES. ONE OF THOSE RESTRICTIONS IS THE REQUIREMENT THAT FOUR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICERS GUIDE AND DIRECT VEHICLES GOING ON OR OFF THE ALAKAI. THAT ISSUE - AND THE REST OF JUDGE AUGUST'S RESTRICTIONS ON SUPERFERRY TRAFFIC CONTROL, WILL BE FINALIZED ON JULY 25TH.

THERE ARE STILL TWO LAWSUITS PENDING THAT INVOLVE THE SUPERFERRY. MAUI TOMORROW, THE SIERRA CLUB, FRIENDS OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK AND THE KAHULUI HARBOR COALITION HAVE CHALLENGED THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ACT 2, THE QUICKLY PASSED LAW THAT ALLOWED ALAKAI TO RESUME SERVICE LAST FALL. THEY'VE ALSO CHALLENGED D-O-T PLANS ON HARBOR MODIFICATIONS THAT WOULD ACCOMMODATE THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY AND OTHER VESSELS.

(Maui Farm) (PiP-Rainbow+Farm)

JY: GOATS AND GOLF. WHAT COULD THEY POSSIBLY HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER? MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER TAKES US BEYOND THE RAINBOW TO THE MAUI FARM WHERE FAMILIES ARE GROWING AS HEALTHY AS THE VEGETABLES.

(Take Beyond-Pkg) QUIZ TIME AGAIN. WHAT DOES THIS...HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?

ON AN ISLAND OF AMAZING VIEWS AND PERFECT GOLF WEATHER, LIFE BEYOND THE RAINBOW IS HELPING MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE - IN PART - THANKS TO FOLKS WHO DON'T EVEN LIVE HERE. CONFUSED? FOLLOW ALONG YOU'L GET IT. BEYOND THE RAINBOW IS A FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED THREE YEARS AGO BY DEBBI AND STUART KATZ...

Debbi Katz, Exec Dir., Beyond the Rainbow Foundation

DK01: "Our mision is to help the youth on Maui reach their potential - kinda' what the theme 'Beyond the Rainbow' is."

ON A SUNNY HILSIDE IN MAKAWAO SITS THE MAUI FARM - ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE BEYOND THE RANBOW FOUNDATION. THE MAUI FARM WAS ORIGINALLY FOUNDED AS A FOSTER HOME PROJECT IN 1985. FIVE YEARS LATER A MAJOR MILESTONE WAS REACHED.

Paula Ambre, Executive Dir., The Maui Farm

PA01: "In 1990 the County a 55-year lease on our eight acres here in Makawao. Since then we've been through two construction phases and built single-family homes that have served as group homes for youth and now provide family strengthening service for whole families.

DARLENE MATTEO IS A SINGLE MOM WITH FIVE CHILDREN. HER HOME AT THE MAUI FARM IS A FIVE-BEDROOM, 25-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT COZY AND PEACEFUL SPACE THAT WOULD PROBABLY NOT BE AVAILABLE TO HER OTHERWISE. THE FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAM IS NOT A HAND OUT. IT'S WORK. TO HEAR DARLENE DESCRIBE IT, IT'S REWARDING WORK.

Darlene Matteo, Resident, Maui Farm

DM01: "It's a combination of things. Working to take care of our own home. Learning to make ends meet, working with the animals and in the nursery. Making and growing our own vegetables and being to take care of our home."

DONNA VIDA IS A FOUNDING STAFF MEMBER AT THE MAUI FARM AND HAS BEEN HERE THE 15 YEARS THE FARM HAS. AS PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SHE TEACHES FAMILIES AND SINGLE RESIDENTS HOW TO LIVE AND WORK AS A COMMUNITY - AND THEY USE THE FAMING COMMUNITY AS AN EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND MODEL TO HELP THEM GROW IN ALL SORTS OF WAYS. SHE DESCRIBES THE BEST PART OF HER JOB.

Donna Vida, Program Director

DV01: "Oh, seeing the changes. Seeing families being kept together. They are all at risk of being separated - parents losing their children. So the idea of preventing children from having to go into foster care is very exciting to me."

THE EXPERIENCE IS REWARDING FOR PAULA AMBRE, TOO. THEIR MISSION MIGHT BE SUMMED UP AS SORT OF A "NO FAMILY LEFT BEHIND" PROGRAM, A PROGRAM THAT WILL BE THERE TO HELP AS LONG IT'S NEEDED.

PA02: "I guess that's the real 'prize' as a non-profit organization that the social problem you're working with goes away. We certainly hope we can still be around to be part of the solution and certainly are a part of the solution here in Maui County. But the problems of families needing support to make a successful transition to independent continues to be a pressing need and the Maui Farm will be a part of the array of services designed to meet that need."

DARLENE GRADUATED FROM MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE THIS MONTH AS A CERTIFIED NURSES ASSISTANT AND SOON, SHE AND HER FAMILY WILL BE LEAVING THE FARM FOR A NEW HOME AND JOB. SHE SAID SHE WOULDN'T HAVE A FUTURE IF SHE HADN'T HADN'T DONE THE WORK HERE ON THE MAUI FARM.

dm02: "The best thing looking back here is I've had a good support system for being a single parent. It's well worth it. It changed our life tremendously and it can change other people lives, too. You just gotta want to."

SO FAR, EIGHT FAMILIES HAVE WANTED TO. THEY'VE COMPLETED THE PROGRAM AND ARE BUILDING HEALTHY AND INDEPENDENT LIVES FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THE COMMUNITY. SOMETHING THE MAUI FARM IS QUITE PROUD OF.

OK...NOW THE CONNECTION. BEYOND THE RAINBOW'S MAJOR FUNDRAISER IS NOW IN IT'S THIRD YEAR. THE ALOHA TEAM CLASSIC IS A GROWING EVENT, HELD THIS YEAR OCTOBER 21ST THROUGH THE 24TH ON THREE SPECTACULAR MAUI GOLF COURSES - KAHILI, KAANAPALI'S ROYAL COURSE AND THE BIG FINISH HERE AT THE KAPALUA PLANTATION COURSE. THERE'S A WELCOME RECEPTION, DAILY EVENTS AND PRIZES AND AN AWARDS CEREMONY DINNER-DANCE. WHILE ANY AND ALL GOLFERS ON MAUI ARE WELCOME - BEYOND THE RAINBOW TARGETS MAINLAND GOLFERS AND ENTICES THEM WITH THE PROMISE OF THIS KIND OF GOLF WEATHER...IN OCTOBER.

SO NOW YOU KNOW WHAT THIS HAS TO DO WITH THIS. IT'S WHAT THEY CALL A WIN-WIN SITUATION. AS THE CLASSIC GETS CLOSER, WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF THE OTHER MARVELOUS ORGANIZATIONS WHO BENEFIT FROM THE INGENIOUS IDEA BEHIND BEYOND THE RAINBOW. REPORTING FROM ON TOP OF THE WORLD IN WEST MAUI FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam) FOR MORE INFORMATION AON THE MAUI FARM, THE BEYOND THE RAINBOW FOUNDATION AND THE ALOHA TEAM CLASSIC, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.


(Toss to C Block)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, MAUI IN THE SUMMERTIME...OF COURSE THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF IS HOCKEY, RIGHT? YES, HOCKEY ON MAUI. CRICKET, TOO. KALAPANA HAS HIGHLIGHTS AND DETAILS UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

JY: THEN, THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS STARS UNDER THE STARS TO WAILEA THIS WEEK. HOLLY CHUNG HAS ALL THE DETAILS - PLUS DETAILS ON AUDITIONS FOR YOUR STARRING ROLE COMING UP IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: (WISTFULLY...looking "beyond") AS YES...TIS LATE SPRING IN THE TROPICS. THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN THOUGHTS AND HEARTS TURN TOWARD HOCKEY.

(STRAIGHT INTO CAMERA) AND YOU THOUGHT I WAS GONNA SAY "LOVE," DIDN'T YOU.

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

WELL, IF YOU LOVE HOCKEY, THEN THIS IS YOUR TIME OF YEAR! FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2002, THE USA HOCKEY IN-LINE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT WAS HELD ON MAUI. AND THESE KIDS ARE HOT! NO I MEAN IT. THEY WERE HOT. YOU WOULD BE, TOO, IN GLOVES, LONG SLEEVES, PADS AND HELMETS.

(vo) OUT TO KALAMA SKATE PARK IN KIHEI SATURDAY'S FIRST MATCH, BETWEEN O'AHU AND KAUAI. AND YOU CAN'T HELP BUT NOTICE TWO THINGS RIGHT AWAY THAT YOU WON'T SEE AT THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS. ONE, NOT A SINGLE SPECTATOR IS WEARING A SWEATER AND, TWO, THERE ARE NO PALM TREES IN DETROIT.

AND IT'S A CHALLENGE FOR SPECTATORS, TOO! DO I WATCH THE HOCKEY...OR THE SURFING?

O'AHU IS IN ORANGE AND THEIR GOALIE BLOCKS A SHOT BY KAUAI. THEN, HIS TEAM MATE CLEARS THE PUCK DOWN THE ICE...ER...CONCRETE WHERE THE KAUAI GOALIE ISN'T QUITE AS QUICK. O’AHU WENT ON TO WIN THIS GAME FIVE TO THREE.

GAME TWO FEATURES TEAM MAUI - IN RED - AGAINST THE OAHU HYBRIDS. YEAH, WE'RE PLENTY HOT! ESPECIALLY NUMBER EIGHT, TORRIE DURKIN WHO TAKES THE PUCK ALL THE WAY DOWN AND SCORES! MAUI GETS THE FIRST SCORE, DESPITE HAVING A PLAYER IN THE PENALTY BOX. OAHU SCORED TWICE IN THE FIRST HALF AND, YES, THIS IS A COED SPORT AND THE GIRLS GET NO SLACK...INFACT, SHE'S O'AHU'S GOALIE.

IT'S BEEN SIX YEARS SINCE THE REGIONALS WERE HERE AND THE WEATHER COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER. HALF TIME IS PRETTY SHORT SINCE THEY DON'T NEED TO ROLL OUT THE ZAMBONI. IN THE END, THOUGH, THE SCORE FOR THE LOCALS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER AS OAHU WENT ON TO DEFEAT TEAM MAUI FIVE TO THREE.

(on cam) TEAM KAUAI WENT ON TO WIN THE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT, A QUALIFIER FOR THE NATIONAL INLINE HOCKEY CHAMPIONS - IN LAS VEGAS THIS FALL.

BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER SPORTING EVENT EVEN CURIOUSER TO THE UNTRAINED EYE THIS WEEKEND. THOSE SHARPLY DRESSED LADS ON THE PITCH AT BALDWIN BEACH PARK ASSEMBLED FOR A DAY-LONG CRICKET MATCH. THE MAN WITH THE WILD LOOKING TOSS - HE'S CALLED A BOWLER. HIS JOB IS TO GET THE BALL PAST THE STRIKER...THE GUY WITH THE BAT, DESIGNED TO KNOCK THE BALL AWAY FROM THE WICKETS – THOSE THREE STICKS BEHIND HIM. BEYOND THAT, I'M PRETTY SURE SOMETHING HAPPENS HERE, BECAUSE TWO STRIKERS RUN THE LENGTH OF THE PITCH - WHICH IS WHAT THEY CALL THE STRIP OF GREEN ASTRO TURF IN THE MIDDLE.

A CRICKET FIELD IS ABOUT A HUNDRED YARDS ACROSS, FEATURES 11 PLAYERS ON EACH TEAM, AND GAME CAN LAST FOR DAYS IN A MATCH THAT LASTS EVEN LONGER. THE GAME IS THE PRECURSOR TO MODERN BASEBALL, BUT WITH VERY CIVILIZED RULES THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND. SOME SAY WHEN CRICKET FIRST CAME TO HAWAII MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, THE VERY FIRST MATCHES WERE PLAYED ON MAUI.

(ON-CAM) IT'S VERY INTERESTING TO WATCH AND THEY WELCOME INTERESTED NEWCOMERS. WANT TO KNOW MORE, GO TO MAUICRICKETCLUB -DOT-COM. WHERE ELSE?

A SPORT THAT'S MUCH EASIER TO KEEP TRACK OF IS OUTRIGGER CANOE RACING. AND THE TEAM THAT'S HARDEST TO CATCH IS STILL HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB.

(FF-CG-VO) HAWAIIAN RACKED UP 139 POINTS IN THE 28TH STRAIGHT REGATTA VICTORY, BUT RECORD TIMES BY TWO KIHEI CREWS GAVE THEM THEIR BEST POINT TOTAL OF THE TWO REGATTAS SO FAR. KAHANA WAS A SOLID SECOND AT THE NALEIEHA IN LAHAINA. FOR THE SEASON, HAWAIIAN'S LEAD IS GROWING AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE KAHANA AND KIHEI NECK-AND-NECK ALL SEASON LONG. IN THE A DIVISION, HANA WON IT'S SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE.

(on-cam) THIS SATURDAY IT'S THE JOHN M. LAKE REGATTA AT KAHULUI HARBOR.

BEFORE WE GO, WE COULDN'T MISS MENTIONING JUST HOW RED HOT MAUI SUPERSTAR SHANE VICTORINO IS. HIS RECENT HITTING STREAK WITH THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES MAY HAVE ENDED AT 14 GAMES, BUT HE HAS SCORED IN 20 CONSECUTIVE GAMES AND FOR THOSE SAME 20 GAMES HAS BEEN BATTING A BLISTERING 370. MEANWHILE ANOTHER MAUI BASEBALL ALUM IS IN THE SPORTS HEADLINES. 2005 BALDWIN GRAD DERRICK SAITO SIGNED WITH THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS AND WAS HANDED A COOL 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR SIGNING BONUS - PLUS A PROMISE FOR A YEAR OF COLLEGE TUITION DURING THE OFF-SEASON. SAITO, A PITCHER, TURNED DOWN 80 THOUSAND IN THE 14TH ROUND, BUT THEN WAS OFFERED 100 THOUSAND WHEN THE ROYALS SNAGGED HIM IN THE 16TH ROUND OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT.

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. 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: YOU CAN STARGAZE CELEBRITIES AND THE EVENING SKY AT THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL OR BECOME A STAR YOURSELF, AS TWO LOCAL PRODUCTIONS ARE ANNOUNCING UPCOMING AUDITIONS. ALOHA EVERYONE, I’M HOLLY CHUNG WITH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ARTS AND CULTURAL SCENE HERE ON MAUI, IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

THIS WEEKEND IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO VIEW NATURAL GROUND: THE INTENTIONS OF THREE. THIS EXHIBIT, AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER’S SCHAEFER GALLERY, FEATURES THREE VERY DIFFERENT AND POWERFUL PERCEPTIONS OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF HAWAI’I. THE WORK OF LINDA KANE, LYNNE GILROY, AND RANDY TAKAKI, WILL BE DISPLAYED UNTIL SUNDAY, JUNE 15TH, FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL, YOU CAN BRING LOW-BACK CHAIRS TO THE CELESTIAL CINEMA AND SANDDANCE THEATER. DON’T MISS THE DELICIOUS AND DELECTABLE TASTE OF WAILEA, ON SATURDAY, JUNE 14TH, FROM 4 TO 7 PM AT THE WAILEA GOLD AND EMERALD GOLF COURSE. FOR FATHER’S DAY, JUNE 15TH, A SPECIAL TRIPLE FEATURE AT THE CELESTIAL CINEMA, WILL INCLUDE A CONCERT BY MAKANA AT 7 PM, FOLLOWED BY TWO FEATURE FILMS.

NA POE O KA PAKIPIKA, OR THE PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC, IS THE THEME OF NA KAMEHAMEHA COMMEMORATIVE PARADE AND HO’OLAULEA. ON SATURDAY, JUNE 14TH, AT 10 AM, YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THIS COLORFUL, FLORAL PARADE AND THE MAJESTIC PA’U RIDERS ON HORSEBACK, ON FRONT STREET IN LAHAINA.

ON SATURDAY, JUNE 14TH, AT 6 PM, PINEAPPLE GRILL, IN KAPALUA, HOSTS AN ELEGANT RED CARPET EVENT, TO BENEFIT HALE MAKUA. DINE ON A MARKET STYLE FEAST, PAIRED WITH PREMIUM WINES AND SPIRITS, AND ENJOY LIVE JAZZ WITH FULTON TASHOMBE AND KELLY COVINGTON OF RAW SILK. TICKETS ARE 150 DOLLARS.

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST, CHARISMATIC SPIRIT, AND GIFTED TEACHER, ABDOULAYE CAMARA, FROM GUINEA, WILL BRING HIS STYLE OF WEST AFRICAN DANCE TO MAUI, ON JUNE 19TH, 21ST, AND 24TH, FROM 6 TO 7:30 PM, AT MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH HALL, IN PAIA. CLASSES ARE 15 DOLLARS.

THE WINNER OF THREE TONY AWARDS, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, IS A HILARIOUS TALE OF GREED, CORRUPTION, LOVE, AND REVOLUTION, IN A TIME WHEN WATER IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD. AUDITIONS FOR URINETOWN WILL BE HELD AT THE STEPPINGSTONE PLAYHOUSE, ON FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH, FROM 6 TO 9 PM, AND ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST, FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON. PLEASE CALL 875-4367 FOR AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT.

‘ULALENA IS A VISUALLY SPECTACULAR PRODUCTION THAT SHARES THE HISTORY OF THE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE, INTERWOVEN WITH STORIES OF THE GODS AND GODDESSES OF HAWAIIAN MYTHOLOGY. ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST, AT 11 AM, AT THE MAUI THEATER IN LAHAINA, ‘ULALENA WILL BE HOLDING AN OPEN CASTING CALL FOR DANCERS, ACTORS, VOCALISTS, AERIALISTS, AND MUSICIANS.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ALL OF THESE EVENTS AND MORE, GO TO MAUITVNEWS.COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT AN EVENT HAPPENING IN MAUI COUNTY THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE, 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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JY: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BEFORE WE GO, WE WANT TO SHOW YOU A FEW OF THE FUN RIDES SOUTHSIDE SURFERS ENJOYED LAST WEEKEND DURING AN EARLY SUMMER SOUTH SWELL.

J: AND WE WANT TO 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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