Anchor Script for Maui TV News for June 25, 2009
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J: THE STARS CAME OUT - AND SO DID THE CROWDS AS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL TAKES OVER MUCH OF WAILEA.
AND WITH EVERYTHING GOING UP THESE DAYS - INCLUDING RIDERSHIP ON THE MAUI BUS, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED AT WHAT'S GOING DOWN.
(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, AND WE'LL HAVE MORE, PLUS A RUNDOWN OF AN EXTREMELY BUSY AND FUN WEEKEND AND WEEK AHEAD IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.
(VO) THIS IS JEFF KING WITH A LATE - AND VERY SAD - ADDITION TO THIS WEEK'S MAUI TV NEWS. ED LINDSEY, A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR MAUI AND ALL OF HAWAII LOST HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER WEDNESDAY MORNING AT HIS FAMILY'S HOME IN LAHAINA.
THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL RECENTLY HONORED LINDSEY AS A "BELOVED MAUI TREASURE," AND HE CERTAINLY WAS. ED LINDSEY WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR ALL THINGS WORTHY OF BEING CALLED "HAWAIIAN," WHETHER IN SONG AND VERSE - OR IN CONCRETE AND STEEL - OR IN THE HALLS OF THE LEGISLATURE, ED LINDSEY WORKED TO PROTECT THE PRECIOUS RESOURCES THAT CONSITUTE THE LAND WE LIVE ON, THE WATER THAT FEEDS US AND THE AIR WE BREATHE.
LINDSEY LEAVES BEHIND HIS WIFE OF 45 YEARS, PUANANI. THE COUPLE HAS THREE CHILDREN. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED. EDWIN LINDESY JUNIOR WAS 70.
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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 10 YEARS.
(Turn to cam) THE 2009 EDITION MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST IN TERMS OF STAR APPEARANCES AND TABLOID PRESS CREWS, BUT WHILE THE HOLLYWOOD CAMERAS WERE A LITTLE SCARCE, THE LOCAL CROWDS WERE LARGE AND APPRECIATIVE.
(TAKE MFF PKG) THERE WERE THINGS THAT WERE FAMILIAR AGAIN AT THE 10TH MAUI FILM FESTIVAL - LIKE FAVORITE BLANKETS AND BEACH CHAIRS...AND BREATH-TAKING SIGHTS ALL AROUND. FESTIVAL DIRECTOR BARRY RIVERS SAYS HE NEVER DOUBTED THE FESTIVAL WOULD SEE IT'S TENTH ANNIVERSARY.
Barry Rivers, MFF Co-Founder/Co-Director
BR01: "Oh yeah, there's no way I would have started not thinking I'd see the 10th year. We're thrilled to be here. We're thrilled to be having our 10th anniversary. Attendance is up. In this economy that is no small feat. We've remained committed to our mission statement - which is 'compassionate vision and life-affirming story-telling' which we take great pride in. We tried to build a festival for the 21st century when we started this thing, and I think we're building one for the 21st and 22nd centuries..."///
THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL'S NOVA AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO ZOE DESCHANEL - ARGUABLY THE "IT" GIRL OF 2009. SHE WAS PRTETTY CLOSE TO SPEECHLESS ABOUT THE HONOR.
ZD02: "It's really ecxciting...I Mean...I've never been to the Maui Film Festival but, so far it's been...I mean you can't really argue wqith having a film festival in the most beautiful place I've ever been, so really feel so lucky to be honored here. And it's a very nice award, so I'm excited."
THIS IS HER FIRST VISIT TO MAUI AS WELL, AND - WHILE IT'S WONDERFUL TO BE IN PARADISE - IT IS STILL PART OF THE JOB.
Zoe Deschanel, Actress/Winner of Nova Award
ZD01: "Part of being an actor is fulfilling your obligations with publicity. You know, if you get to do the fun stuff - which is going to work every day and playing another character, you also have to do the selling of the film. So I think of it more that everyone's teaming up to tell the story and everyone's also teaming up to sell the film."
WILLIE NELSON IS THE FESTIVAL'S OTHER HONOREE THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO HIS BIORGRAPHY, HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN 116 MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS, 38 ACTING ROLES IN MOVIES AND ON TELEVISION, 175 CAMEO APPEARANCES AND - OH YEAH - THAT LITTLE THING CALLED A GRAMMY STUDDED MUSIC CAREER. AFTER ALL THAT, HIS FIRST WORDS TO US ON MAUI,
Willie Nelson, Singer/Actor/Winner of Maverick Award
WN01: "I'm tired..(laughs). No I've had fun doing whatever it is I've done."
WHAT HE HAS DONE EARNED HIM THE MAVERICK AWARD FROM THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL.
WN02: "Well, I looked it up to make sure I was one and, near as I can tell I fit the category, so I'm sort of proud of it."
AND WITH ALL HE'S DONE, THE MAN WHOSE HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS TOLD US HOW HE MEASURES SUCCESS.
WN03: "First of all if you're doing something you enjoy doing and you're able to make a living at it, then you are as successful as you should ever want to be."
A PRAGMATIC MAVERICK WHOSE DONE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS, SO WE ASKED, WHAT'S NEXT?
WN04: "Brain surgery (laughs)"(WHICH END OF THE SCALPEL?) "It don't matter."
ENTERTAINMENT IS AT THE CORE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL, OF COURSE, BUT RIVERS HAS SOMETHING ELSE HE'S VERY PROUD OF AS WELL.
BR05: "One of the things we're proudest of this year is that - in this challenging economy - we still found a way to prpovide screenings - on a complimentary basis, both for kids 12 and under at Celestial Cinema opening and closing nights, and also as of the day we're now speaking - which is Saturday - for the last three nights, more than 2,000 people have seen films for free at the San Dance Theater. We do that because the festival has a Hawaiian heart and we're very much a member of the community as we've intended to be an, thankfully, as people have embraced us. And what makes that happen is that, through our Hawaiian heart, the people who contribute to the festival us - who buy a ticket or a pass, or going to an event. They actually provide the 'float under the boat' that lest us, then, makes all these screenings for that many people - especially in this challenging year - to go to the festival and see great stuff down there as well."
HE MENTIONED THE ECONOMY - WHICH HAS ALSO AFFECTED WHAT KINDS OF FILMS WERE SHOW AT THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL.
BR03: "This year has been really interesting for me as a film festival director and a film programmer as it has been for anyone else in that business because there's abeen a sea change in the landscape of independent film distribution. A lot of the theater companies - maybe 80 or 90 percent of the films - at least for the Celestial Cinema venue that you see here - are no longer in business. So, consequently, I';ve had to go on a...much deeper and wider cinematic archaelogical dig to find stuff. And one of the results of that is that we have a lot more independent filmmakers whose work is screened this year at Celestial Cinema.///This year 11 of the 14 films that have screened here are digital , which is a reflection of the fact that they are coming from small, independent filmmakers - who are literally levitating around Maui for five days this week because they can't believe they had the chance to show their film in that venue their to that size crowd with that quality of sound and picture."
THAT ALSO RESULTED IN NINE OUT OF THE 18 OF THE AWARD-WINNERS THIS YEAR BEING DOCUMENTARIES. WE SPOKE WITH SOME OF THOSE PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TELL REAL STORIES, INSTEAD OF MAKE-BELIEVE ONES AT THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL, INCLUDING DIRECTOR CHARLES ANNENBERG WEINGARTEN, WHOSE PROJECT, EXPLORE, IS NOT INTERESTED IN REALITY-TV-TYPE PRODUCTIONS, BUT SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER.
Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Director, "Explore" Project
CAW01: "I've never thought of Explore as 'reality TV.' Reality TV still sensationalizes moments to up the drama; to up the ante; kind of get reactions out of you. When I went to film school, there was a style of film I used to always loved called cinema verite. Really, it's just real. I like to think of us as 'archival.' So, with a lot of projects, there is no story - sometimes there are just 'moments.' Reality still is manipulating you. Reality TV is more like 'tabloid TV' if you think about it. And I like to think of us as 'pure'."
CHARLIE EXPLAINED THAT THE SIX FILMS HE EXHIBITED - FOR FREE - AT SAND DANCE THEATER, EXUDE THOSE ATTEMPTS AT BEING REAL AND ARCHIVAL. BUT, AS A FILM DIRECTOR, IT PUTS HIM AT ODDS BECAUSE, AS A STORYTELLER, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE DONE?
CAW02: "In the arts, when are you ever done? It's almost as though you're chasing your shadow, but at some point, you just have to throw in the towel and you have to feel it. With these trips that we do - that's why when you said 'dcumentaries' I think of these more like 'fact-finding trips.' So, to me, Explore is about always going deeper. So, for example, if we wanted to go back, we create a tust with people and we'd go deeper. So the projects, themselves, should almost always end with the adage, 'to be continued.' So if this issue is elderly or human rights or environment or border issues, it's almost 'to be continued,' never stop learning."
Turk Pipkin, Director, "One Peace at a Time"
TP01: "The thing about a 'doc' is it's a really long journey. This is three years. It's a road movie. It was three years, 28 countries, and you really never know how it's going to come out until it's all said and done. Original scores finished...until Bob Dylan says 'yes, you really can use my song,' and Cat Stevens says 'yes, you really can use my song."
IT ALSO DOESN'T HURT TO HAVE A FRIEND - AND FILM CAMEO STAR LIKE WILLIE NELSON - BY YOUR SIDE. PIPKIN'S ORIGINAL FILM, "NOBELITY" PREMIERED AT THE MAUI FILM FESTIVAL IN 2006.
TP02: "I've been gratified in that - since I made 'Nobelity' which played at the Maui Film Festival three years ago, now Barack Obama has been elected president. And he's saying the same thing that Desmond Tut and everybody else in my first film was saying, which was 'we're all a lot more alike than we are different, and if we focus on the way that we're alike instead of our differences, a lot more good things are going to happen'."
KEEPING WITH THE BARRY RIVERS MANTRA OF COMPASSIONATE VISION AND LIFE-AFFIRMING STORY TELLING, THIS DIRECTOR'S WEB SITE ALLOWS US ALL TO KEEP THE STORY GOING.
TP03: "Yeah, the Nobelity Project - we're an education non-profit. N-o-b-e-l-i-t-y.org. People can come there. They can keep up with all the groups that are in the movie. They can make a donation for the high school that we're building, or they can connect with one of those groups and do whatever they want to do. Nobelity-dot org."
FAMILIAR FACES WERE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE SAOLD-OUT TASTE OF WAILEA ON SATURDAY. AFTERWARDS, FAMILIAR SIGHTS INCLUDED THE BREATH-TAKING STROLL - OR ROLL - DOWN THE HILL TO THE CELESTIAL CINEMA - WHERE EVEN MORE FAMILIAR, AND VERY HAWAIIAN ENTERTAINMENT PRECEDED EACH FILM. WITH PERFECT WEATHER, INCREASED ATTENDANCE, AMAZING FOOD AND EVENTS, STARS AND MORE...ON THIS THE 10TH YEAR, CAN IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS?
BR04: "I don't know how ...this is perfect enough for me, I'll put it that way. And it's perfect enough for a lot of people. And for that we're much appreciative and grateful."
REPORTING FROM WAILEA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.
(FIRES) (PiP-MFD LOGO)
J: MEANWHILE THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN WAS A DOUBLE FEATURE FOR MAUI FIRE CREWS AND UTILITY REPAIR TEAMS, ON SUNDAY AND ON MONDAY.
(FF-CG-VO) THESE DRAMATIC IMAGES TAKEN MONDAY MORNING AND RELEASED MONDAY AFTERNOON SHOW THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF ONE HOME. INVESTIGATORS ESTIMATE A HALF-MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO TWO HOMES, PLUS ANOTHER 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO FURNISHINGS, CONTENTS, TWO MOTORCYCLES AND A CAR. CREWS REMAINED ON THE SCENE THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE DAY MONDAY, AND RETURNED AGAIN TUESDAY TO MOP UP ANY REMAINING HOT SPOTS.
(ON-CAM) TRAFFIC ON HONOAPI'ILANI HIGHWAY WAS BLOCKED FOR EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS, STRANDING LOCALS AND VISITORS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BLAZE. HELICOPTERS FERRIED OUT DELTA FLIGHT CREWS FROM KA'ANAPALI AND US AIRWAYS CREWS WERE ESCORTED THROUGH THE EMERGENCY SCENE. WITHOUT THAT HELP, AT LEAST FIVE FLIGHTS WOULD HAVE BEEN GROUNDED.
THEN AGAIN MONDAY AFTERNOON, A BRUSH FIRE TOPPLED A UTILITY POLE ALONG PULEHU ROAD IN CENTRAL MAUI, DOWNING POWER LINES AND BRIEFLY CUTTING OFF ELECTRICITY FOR A FEW NEARBY RESIDENTS. TRAFFIC WAS SNARLED FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS BECAUSE OF THAT FIRE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES IN EITHER BLAZE.
(ROADWORK)(PiP-ROAD WORK AHEAD)
J: WHILE MONDAY'S FIRE ONLY CREATED TRAFFIC HEADACHES, SUNDAY'S BLAZE WAS A TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE. WHILE HUGE PROJECTS LIKE THE WIDENING OR RELOCATION OF HONOAPI'ILANI HIGHWAY IS WAY DOWN THE ROAD, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT SOME OTHER TRAFFIC MATTERS THAT CAN CAUSE TEMPORARY HEADACHES.
(VO) THE SLIDE AREA ALONG HANA HIGHWAY AT MILE MARKER 21, THE WAILUAIKI BRIDGE, IS STILL BEING WORKED ON. WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 4 P.M., CREWS ARE SCALING THE ROCKS, KNOCKING LOOSE ANYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT FALL, THEN HAULING IT AWAY. THAT WORK WILL CONTINUE AGAIN NEXT WEEK. DURING CERTAIN PERIODS, THE HIGHWAY WILL BE CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR A WHILE.
(CON'T VO) MEANWHILE, IN KIHEI CREWS ARE STILL WORKING ON THE REPAVING AND RESTRIPING OF THE PI'ILANI HIGHWAY BETWEEN UWAPO ROAD AND LIPOA PARKWAY. WORK IS CONDUCTED ONLY ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 8-30 AND THREE, AS THEY DO THEIR BEST TO AVOID RUSH HOURS.
(ON-CAM) THE D-O-T IS ALSO WARNING MOTORISTS TRAVELLING MAUKA ON PU’UNENE AVENUE BETWEEN KA'AHUMANU AVENUE AND KUIHELANI HIGHWAY TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL. CREWS ARE INSTALLING SIDEWALKS WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 8-30 AND 3 P.M.
AND ON MOLOKA'I, STATE TRANSPORTATION CREWS ARE ALTERNATING SINGLE LANE CLOSURES ON KAMEHAMEHA THE FIFTH HIGHWAY BETWEEN MILE POST EIGHT AND MILE POST 11. THAT WORK, TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE AND REPAVE PORTIONS OF THE HIGHWAY RUNS WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 7-30 A.M. AND 3:30 P.M. WORK ON ALL OF THESE PROJECTS IS WEATHER-PERMITTING.
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J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE MAUI BUS IS GETTING POPULAR EVERY DAY...SO THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE COUNTY'S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MAY SURPRISE YOU. AND, WHILE THE STATE IS DOING ITS BEST TO GO GREEN, A LOT OF THAT "GREEN" MAY BE COMING OUT OF OUR POCKETS. THESE STORES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
(Bus Passes)(PiP-Maui Bus)
J: WITH UNLEADED GAS PRICES ON MAUI NEARING THREE AND A HALF DOLLARS PER GALLON AGAIN, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO THE MAUI BUS. SO - SUPPLY AND DEMAND… SEIZE THE MOMENT… YOU'D EXPECT TO SEE BUS FARES GOING UP TO CAPITALIZE ON THE LARGER RIDERSHIP, RIGHT?
WRONG. BEGINNING NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY FIRST, BUS PASSES ARE ACTUALLY GOING DOWN IN PRICE.
(FF-CG-VO) THE COST OF A GENERAL ALL-ROUTE MONTHLY PASS WILL DROP FROM 45 DOLLARS A MONTH TO 35 DOLLARS. FOR STUDENTS AND SENIORS, THE ALL-ROUTE MONTHLY PASS PRICE WILL DROP FROM 40 TO 30 DOLLARS A MONTH. TO FURTHER STREAMLINE THINGS, YOU NO LONGER NEED A SINGLE-ROUTE OR COMMUTER MONTHLY PASS.
(VO) ALSO BEGINNING JULY FIRST, BUS PASSES WILL BE HONORED FOR A CALENDAR MONTH - FROM THE FIRST TO THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH. MONTHLY BUS PASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM THE 25TH OF THE PREVIOUS MONTH UNTIL THE 10TH OF THE CURRENT MONTH.
(ON-CAM) RIDES ON THE WAILUKU AND KAHULUI LOOPS AND THE LAHAINA VILLAGER CONTINUE TO BE FREE. ALL OTHER SINGLE-ROUTE RIDES ARE ONE DOLLAR. FOR DETAILS ON ROUTES, FARES AND LOCATIONS TO BUY YOUR BUS PASSES, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.
(SOLAR PRICES)(PiP-SOLAR PANEL)
J: THE IDEA IS AN EXCELLENT ONE - POWERING STATE FACILITIES WITH RENEWABLE RESOURCES LIKE SOLAR AND WIND - REDUCING THE STATE'S DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS. BUT THERE'S A PROBLEM. WE, AS TAXPAYERS, ARE PAYING NEARLY TWICE THE AMOUNT FOR SOLAR POWER AT STATE FACILITIES AS WE WOULD BY ADDING SOLAR PANELS TO OUR OWN HOMES.
IN JANUARY, 2008, THE STATE LAUNCHED ITS PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY SYSTEMS PROJECT AIMED AT PUTTING SOLAR PANELS AND GENERATORS ON STATE ROOFS WITHIN TWO YEARS TO PRODUCE AS MUCH AS 34 MEGAWATTS OF ELECTRICITY. THAT'S THE SAME AMOUNT IT WOULD TAKE TO MEET THE NEED OF THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL HOMES.
THE PROBLEM COMES IN THE DEAL THE STATE MADE TO PAY FOR POWER GENERATED. THEY LOCKED IN A RATE FOR 20 YEARS THAT IS NEARLY TWICE AS HIGH AS YOU AND I WOULD PAY FO OUR HOME ELECTRICITY USE. AND THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT WE'LL BE PAYING FOR BOTH. TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, THE STATE PAYS 38 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR FOR SOLAR POWER ON MAUI. MAUI ELECTRIC'S RATES FOR LARGE CUSTOMERS THIS MONTH RANGES FROM 16 TO 21 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR.
THE DEAL IS APPARENTLY CARVED IN STONE AND WAS STRUCK WHEN OIL PRICES WERE FLUCTUATING WILDLY. STATE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR BRENNON MORIOKA SAYS THAT ENERGY PRICES WILL JUST KEEP GOING UP OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS ANYWAY - SO, IN THE LONG RUN, THE STATE WILL COME OUT AHEAD.
J: AND JUST A QUICK GLIMPSE AT THIS WEEK IN HISTORY. FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH, 1959, TERRITORIAL HAWAIIANS WENT TO THE POLLS AND OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED IN FAVOR OF STATEHOOD. OF THE 140,000 VOTES CAST, MORE THAN 93 PERCENT VOTED TO APPROVE THE ADMISSIONS ACT OF 1959.
IT WAS ON AUGUST 21ST, 1959 THAT PRESIDENT DWIGHT EISENHOWER SIGNED THE DOCUMENT OFFICIALLY MAKING HAWAI'I THE NATION'S 50TH STATE. THE THIRD FRIDAY IN AUGUST IS A STATE HOLIDAY. AND THIS YEAR, THAT THIRD FRIDAY HAPPENS TO FALL ON AUGUST 21ST - 50 YEARS TO THE DAY THAT HAWAII'S STAR BECAME THE 50TH ON THE AMERICAN FLAG.
J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE, ONLY 21 STUDENT ATHLETE'S MET THE LOFTY STANDARDS OF THE KAIMANA AWARDS. THREE OF THEM ARE FROM MAUI COUNTY. AND THERE ARE ALMOST TOO MANY FUN AND ENTERTAINING THINGS TO SEE AND DO THIS WEEK - BUT WE'LL RUN DOWN THE LIST AND LET YOU DECIDE. DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN WE COME BACK.
J: JUST A QUICK SPORTS UPDATE SEND OUT OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THREE MAUI COUNTY ATHLETES WHO ARE AMONG ONLY 21 STUDENTS ACROSS HAWAI'I TO EARN HMSA'S KAIMANA' AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS. MOLOKAI'S COLTON MANLY RECEIVED A DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARSHIP AWARD OF THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS. IN ADDITION, SHYANNE LECKER-AGNEW OF HANA AND JACKIE OWENS OF LAHAINALUNA EACH EARNED TWO-THOUSAND DOLLARS SCHOLARSHIPS. AND, ON TOP OF THAT, KING KEKAULIKE AND KAMEHAMEHA MAUI EACH RECEIVED AWARDS OF FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR BEING THE HIGHEST-SCORING MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE SCHOOLS IN THE HMSA KAIMANA PROGRAM.
E HO'OMAIKA'I TO ALL.
NOW ON TO AN EDITION OF COMING ATTRACTIONS SO PACKED WITH THINGS TO ENJOY THAT MOST OF THEM HAPPEN MORE THAN ONCE SO YOU CAN BE SURE TO TRY TO GET TO THEM ALL.
THE OBON SEASON IS IN FULL BLOOM AND THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS, THE LAHAINA HONGWANJI MISSION WILL HOST THEIR COMMUNITY OBON DANCE STARTING AT SEVEN-30 P.M. THE OBON SERVICE IN THE TEMPLE WILL PRECEDE THE DANCE.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, IT'S THE 39TH ANNUAL HOME EXPO SPONSORED AND PRESENTED BY THE MAUI CONTRACTORS' ASSOCIATION. SEE THE LATEST IN GREEN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND FIND OUT HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR HOME TO MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT AND LESS EXPENSIVE TO RUN. THE EVENT IS HELD IN THE WAR MEMORIAL GYM IN WAILUKU.
AND WHILE YOU'RE HOPPING AROUND FROM EVENT TO EVENT, THERE WILL BE A LOT OF HOPPING AROUND ON STAGE AS "ELMO MAKES MUSIC," IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER THIS FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. JOIN ELMO, ZOE, BIG BIRD AND THE COUNT AND EVEN DO THE CRUMB-A-RUMBA WITH ROSITA. TICKETS RANGE FROM 10 TO 48 DOLLARS. FOR SHOWTIMES AND DETAILS, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.
FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - ENRICHING AND FULFILLING, HOW ABOUT THE CHANCE TO WADE IN THE FISHPOND AND HELP RESTORE HISTORY? THE ANCIENT FISHPOND AT KO'IE'IE, ADJACENT TO THE HUMPBACK WHALE MARINE SANCTUARY OFFICE IN KIHEI INVITES VOLUNTEERS OUT THIS SATURDAY. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO LIFT AND PLACE ROCKS WEIGHING UP TO 35 POUNDS. THEY'LL PROVIDE GLOVES, BUT ROCK SOCKS AND A RASH GUARD ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. WORK BEGINS SATURDAY MORNING AT EIGHT.
THEN SATURDAY NIGHT - SINCE YOU'VE EARNED IT - SIT BACK AND ENJOY GREAT MUSIC UNDER THE STARS AT THE MACC WHEN PABLO CRUISE AND FRIENDS TAKE TO THE STAGE OF THE A AND B AMPHITHEATER. TICKETS FOR A JAZZ-FUSED TRIP BACK TO THE 70S AND 80S ARE 30 DOLLARS FOR GENERAL ADMISSION AND 55 DOLLARS FOR V-I-P SEATING.
THIS SUNDAY THERE'S AN ALL-DAY EVENT THAT SOUNDS AS INTERESTING AS IT DOES FUN. THE FIRST-EVER PA'IA FEST TAKES OVER THE TOWN OF PA'IA, LITERALLY, WITH SPECIAL EVENTS, SALES, ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN ALL DAY LONG. IT ALL STARTS WITH A YARD SALE AT THE MAUI DHARMA CENTER AT 8 A.M., THEN BRANCHES ACROSS THE COMMUNITY TO INCLUDE EVENTS AT CHARLEY'S, JACQUES AND ALL OVER PA'IA. FOR DETAILS ON TIMES AND MORE, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.
OR...IF YOU JUST WANT TO SIT IN ONE PLACE SUNDAY AND LET ALL THE FUN COME TO YOU - FOR FREE - THEN PLAN TO BE BACK AT THE MACC ON THE GREAT LAWN FOR THE 18TH ANNUAL KIHO-ALU SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL. YOU CAN BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR, OR ROLL OUT A BLANKET AND GET SET TO HEAR THE BEST OF THE BEST FROM ALL-STARS INCLUDING GEORGE KAHUMOKU JUNIOR, KEVIN AND IKAIKA BROWN, MAKANA, JEFF PETERSON AND MANY MORE. THE FREE FAMILY EVENT RUNS FROM TWO TO 7 P.M.
AND WHILE YOU'RE AT THE MACC - DON'T FORGET THAT ART MAUI RUNS THROUGH JULY 5TH. THE SCHAEFER GALLERY IS THE SETTING FOR AMAZING WORKS OF LOCALLY-CREATED ART. ADMISSION IS FREE AND THE GALLERY IS OPEN DAILY FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
AND SPEAKING OF ART, THERE'S A MONTH-LONG EVENT OF ARTISTICALLY-GARGANTUAN PROPORTIONS. THE SECOND ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY MAKAWAO PAINT-OUT INVITATIONAL AND PLEIN-AIR ARTISTS CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF MAUI FROM A VARIETY OF VIEWPOINTS, AND YOU CAN WATCH. THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "PAINTING A VOLCANO FROM CRATER TO COAST" AND THERE ARE SESSIONS SCHEDULED BETWEEN JUNE 28TH AND JULY 28TH. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.
LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, THERE ARE SEVERAL MUSICAL EVENTS PLANNED AROUND THE MAUI INVITATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL. NEXT THURSDAY, JULY SECOND, THE MAUI COMMUNITY BAND WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER. UNDER THE DIRECTION OF LISA OWEN, THE FREE CONCERT WILL PREMIERE THEIR ORIGINAL HAWAIIAN MEDLEY OF SONGS BY BRADDA IZ. THE CONCERT STARTS AT SEVEN.
THEN FRIDAY NIGHT, AT FIRST FRIDAY IN WAILUKU, THE MAUI INVITATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES OVER THE STAGE AT THE HISTORIC IAO THEATER WITH "ADVENTURES IN PARADISE," PRESENTED BY THE HOT CLUB OF HULAVILLE. IT'S A MIX OF 1930'S STYLE JAZZ, SWING AND EVEN A LITTLE GYPSY MUSIC THROWN IN. A TEN-DOLLAR DONATION AT THE DOOR IS SUGGESTED.
OF COURSE NEXT SATURDAY IS THE FOURTH OF JULY WITH EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND AS WELL AS IN THE SKIES OVER MAUI - AND BEYOND. IT ALL STARTS WITH THE PANIOLO PARADE AND MAKAWAO RODEO AND SPREADS OUT FROM THERE. ON LANA'I NEXT SATURDAY FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY, IT'S THE 16TH ANNUAL PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL - FEATURING ENTERTAINMENT, GREAT FOOD, CRAFTS, AND MORE. THE FREE EVENT TAKES OVER DOLE PARK FROM 4 TO 10 P.M.
MEANWHILE, BACK ACROSS THE CHANNEL IN LAHAINA, FOR THE FOURTH, THERE'S A SPECIAL GALA EVENT PLANNED TO BENEFIT THE NEW WEST MAUI HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER. DAVID PAUL'S ISLAND GRILL IS THE SETTING FOR AN EVENING OF FINE FOOD AND DRINK - PLUS EXCEPTIONAL SEATING FOR THE LAHAINA FIREWORKS SHOW. TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE 150 DOLLARS.
FOR DETAILS EVERYTHING WE'VE MENTIONED THIS WEEK - AND EVEN MORE, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON 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.
J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. THANKS, AGAIN FOR YOUR EMAILS AND COMMENTS. AND IF YOUR BUSINESS SERVES A MAUI AUDIENCE, PLEASE CONSIDER ADVERTISING ON MAUI TV NEWS. WE'RE MAUI'S ONLY INTERNET AND TELEVISION NEWS, AND HAWAII’S EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBOR ISLAND TELEVISION NEWS SOURCE. FOR DETAILS ON ADVERTISING RATES AND PACKAGES, GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK THAT SAYS "ADVERTISE WITH US."
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