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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending Junly 1, 2010


(EDITOR'S NOTE: Anchor scripts are provided for transcript reference to stories covered on Maui TV News. Scripts may contain abbreviations, codes and characters that are for internal production purposes only. Maui TV News apologizes for any misspellings.


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J: WOULD YOU PAY 10 DOLLARS TO GO TO THE PARK? IF YOU'RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE, THAT COULD BE THE PRICE OF TAKING IN THE 'IAO. AND, IT WASN'T A HUMAN BLOCKADE AT ONELOA - BUT A HAND-IN-HAND MESSAGE FROM SURFRIDERS - NO MORE OIL.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, PLUS WE'LL HAVE UPDATES ON THE CELL PHONE BAN AND THE POSSIBLE FUTURE FATE OF FIREWORKS IN MAUI COUNTY.

IN SPORTS, HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB INCREASES THEIR LEAD AND IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES-BROWN REVISITS A TREASURED FAVORITE IN HIS REVIEW OF ULALENA. ALL THAT PLUS COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE. AND MAHALO FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - I'M JEFF KING AND THIS IS MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. THE NEW FISCAL YEAR STARTS THIS WEEK, AND WITH IT COME SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE WAY MONEY IS SPENT AROUND HERE.

(TURN TO CAM) FIRST WE TAKE A LOOK AT A LIKELY CHANGE THAT WILL COST VISITORS A BIT MORE WHEN THEY COME TO MAUI - AND JUST AS LIKELY THE CHANCE THAT NOBODY WILL COMPLAIN A BIT.

(TAKE IAO PKG) IT'S ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CULTURAL SITES ON MAUI - AND ONE OF THE MOST BREATH-TAKING. NA WAI EHA ORIGINATE FROM THESE MOUNTAINS - GUARDED BY THE EVER-VIGILANT SENTINEL OF THE IAO. A MEETING THIS WEEK ON MAUI WILL MAKE THIS THE FIRST STATE PARK THAT WILL CHARGE PEOPLE TO PARK THERE. FEES ARE ALREADY A WAYU OF LIFE FOR ALL VEHICLES ENTERING HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK - AND FEES ARE CHARGED ELSEWHERE IN HAWAI'I - BUT THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST ON THE VALLEY ISLE.

FEES WILL ONLY BE CHARGED TO OUT-OF-STATE VISITORS AND TO COMMERCIAL TOUR BUS COMPANIES. THE FEE WILL AMOUNT TO ROUGHLY 10 DOLLARS PER VISITOR BUT, AGAIN, YOU CAN HIKE IN FOR FREE. NEXT IN LINE FOR POSSIBLE NON-RESIDENT PARKING FEES IS SOUTH MAUI'S ONELOA BEACH AND FOUR OTHER PARKS ON KAUA'I AND THE BIG ISLAND.

A MEETING THURSDAY EVENIN IN KAHULUI WILL EXPLAIN THE FEE SYSTEM TO ALL WHO ATTEND - AND FOLLOWS UP A PUBLIC SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST YEAR WHEN 58 PERCENT OF THOSE INTERVIEWED SAID THEY OF ALL THE OPTIONS PRESENTED - A FEE CHARGED TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS WAS THE PREFERRED METHOD OF DUNDING CARE OF THE STATE'S PRECIOUS PARKS.

(ON-CAM TAG) THAT THURSDAY EVENING MEETING AT MAUI WAENA MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS PAST OUR PRODUCTION DEADLINE FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. FOR THE RESULTS OF THE MEETING, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.

(Molokai Vets) THURSDAY MORNING A GROUP OF VETERANS FROM MOLKA'I BRAVED THE BUMPY FERRY RIDE FROM KAUNAKAI TO PROTEST THE DELAY IN BUILDING A SMALL VETERANS CENTER NEAR THE WHARF. LARRY HELM EXPLAINED HOW LONG THEY'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE OK TO START CONMSTRUCTION.

Larry Helm, Cmdr, Moloka'i Veterans Caring for Veterans

LH01: "The whole process is now going on five years. From the time we hustled for - we got the land donated. We got the monies. And then the next step was to get a building permit and go through the process. And that's been four years - sittin' there for four years."

HELM AND FELLOW VETERAN MANNY GARCIA DETAILED THE LENGTHY PROCESS AND PAPER TRAIL THAT LED TO APPROVAL FROM BOTH MAUI AND MOLOKA'I PLANNING COMMISSIONS. THEY WERE READY TO BREAK GROUND WHEN THE FINAL DOCUMENTS WERE ISSUED. THEN...

LHO2: "Everybody signed off except the water department. And the Water Department said that there was not enough fire flow water protection with the existing line there."

PUZZLING WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SITE WHERE THE VETERANS CENTER WILL GO UP. NONETHELESS, THEY ORDERED THE VETS TO COME BACK WITH A PLAN TO INSTALL AN EIGHT-INCH WATER LINE NEAR THE PROPERTY AT A COST OF ABOUT 40,000 DOLLARS.

LH03: " But there are several businesses - now - and homes and all the wharf area building that are serviced with this same four-inch line."

THE MOLOKA'I VETERANS CENTER WOULD BE GATHERING PLACE FOR THESE VETS - WHOSE NAME KOA KAHIKO - THE WARRIORS OF OLD - UNDERSCORES THE REALITY THAT THEY'RE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER...AND THEIR NUMBERS ARE THINNING WITH TIME.

LH04: "We have lost 44 members of our organization in five years - and a lot of these guys wanted to see a home for them on Moloka'i."

THESE VIETNAM AND KOREAN WAR VETS - AND ONE IRAQ WAR COMBAT VET GOT UP EARLY TODAY TO BRING THEIR CASE TO THE COUNTY BUILDING. THE 100-DOLLAR ROUND TRIP FERRY FARE CAME OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS. THEY SAY DESERVE BETTER TREATMENT THAN THIS.

Manuel "Manny" Garcia, Moloka'i Rep, O'ahu veterans Council

MG01: "We have gotten no response from using the telephone, email - trying to get a hold of these people. We've gotten no response. It was only until we mounted this protest that we got any kind of response from these people."

AND AFTER BRINGING THEIR PROTEST TO MAUI, THE RESPONSE WAS FAVORABLE. FINALLY. NOT COMPLETE - BUT A BIG STEP.

Art Parr, Architect for Moloka'i Veterans Center

AP01: "The Fire Department has signed off on our project but the Department of water Supply has not. Their review standards are different and the solution is that there is going to be a change in how that is handled. Both departments - that is the Fire Department and the Department of Water Supply have been reviewing documents and all that is going to be turned over to the Fire Department and that will enable us to get our building permit."

THE QUESTION OF WHEN YIELDS A COMPLICATED ANSWER, TOO. PARR SAYS IT COPULD TAKE AS LITTLE AS TWO MONTHS - THEN ANOTHER SIX MONTHS FOR CONSTRUCTION. HOPEFULLY IT WON'T TAKE ANOTHER FIVE YEARS AND THE LOSS OF MORE MEMBERS OF THE MOLOKA'I VETERANS CARING FOR VETERANS ON THE FRIENDLY ISLE.

(FY 2011)(PiP-HAPPY NEW YEAR)

J: THE FISCAL CALENDAR SAYS ITS A NEW YEAR, BUT NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CELEBRATING. THE MAYOR HAS ALLOWED THE COUNTY'S BUDGET TO BECOME LAW WITHOUT HER SIGNATURE AS HER WAY OF PROTESTING THE CUTS IN PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL PASSED IN THEIR VERSION OF THE BUDGET. ONE OF THE LESS POPULAR CUTS WAS THE CLOSING OF COUNTY POOLS ON ALL 14 COUNTY-OBSERVED HOLIDAYS OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS - DESPITE PROTESTS FROM CITIZENS AND A GOOD SCOLDING IN A MAUI NEWS EDITORIAL THAT POINTED OUT THAT THOSE HOLIDAYS ARE THE VERY DAYS THE POOLS SHOULD BE OPEN FOR THE USE OF CITIZENS WHO GET PRECIOUS LITTLE TIME OFF.

WELL, ON TOP OF THAT, THIS WEEK THE COUNTY ANNOUNCED THAT ALL MAJOR POOLS ON MAUI WILL BE CLOSED AN ADDITIONAL DAY EACH WEEK

(FF-CG-VO) IN CENTRAL MAUI SAKAMOTO POOL AT THE WAR MEMORIAL COMPLEX WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAYS, THE KOKUA POOL ON UHU STREET IN KAHULUI WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAYS AND THE NEW WAILUKU POOL ON PAKAHI STREET WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAYS.

THE UPCOUNTRY POOL COMPLEX IN PUKALANI WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAYS, THE KIHEI AQUATIC CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS AND THE LAHAINA AQUATIC CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAYS.

(ON-CAM) IN ADDITION THE OLD SALVATION ARMY POOL IN KAHULUI AND THE OLD WAILUKU POOL WILL BE CLOSED DAILY - WITH ONLY A FEW EXCEPTIONS. AND THERE ARE A FEW EXCEPTIONS. FOR POOL LOCATIONS, HOURS AND FACILITIES, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(HANDS ACROSS SAND)(PiP-SURFRIDER LOGO)

J: AND IT WAS AT THE WATERS EDGE AT ONELOA IN MAKENA WHERE DOZENS GATHERED TO SEND A MESSAGE BY DRAWING A LINE IN THE SAND.

(TAKE SURFRIDER PKG) AN ESTIMATED 70-75 PEOPLE WERE THERE SATURDAY AT ONELOA WITH THE SAME MESSAGE

Angie Hofmann, Volunteer, Surfrider Foundation

AH02: "Yes to clean energy and no to anymore offshore oil drilling. We don't want any more oil spills in this world."

HANDS ACROSS THE SAND WAS HAPPENING AT ONELOA BEACH - AND AT NOON, ALL ACROSS THE PLANET, PEOPLE GATHERED TO CONCENTRATE ON THE SAME MESSAGE.

AH01: "What's cool about this event is that it's taking place all over the world. People all over the globe are taking this picture at about the same time - or I think at 12 o'clock in their local time zones and all across Hawai'i. We've got Waikiki Beach and beaches on Kaua'i and the Big Island Hawai'i - and do people all across the globe, "hands across the sand" across the globe speaking out against this travesty."///

WITH MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF OIL SPILLED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, AND ONLY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HOLDING HANDS ON BEACHES - THE TASK MAY SEEM INSURMOUNTABLE, BUT ANGIE EXPLAINS WHAT SHE HOPES CAN HAPPEN - STARTING WITH JUST ONE PERSON.

AH03:"I drive a car that's powered by biodiesel but there's not enough for everyone. It's like we have to be doing biodiesel, we have to be doing electric cars. We have to be doing solar-powered houses so we can plug our electric cars into it. You know, an electric car doesn't make sense without a solar panel. So there's so many things that need to come together and Hawai'i is the perfect place for moving ahead and we can be a model for the world - and that's what I really hope."

(ON-CAM TAG) ON MAUI, PEOPLE JOINED HANDS AT ONELOA, BALDWIN, PU'U KEKA'A AND HO'OKIPA BEACHES. THOSE WERE FOUR AMONG THE HUNDREDS OF LOCATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE WHERE THE HANDS ACROSS THE SAND PROTESTS TOOK PLACE. YOU CAN SEE PICTURES AND VIDEO OF MANY OF THE SITES. WE HAVE A LINK FOR YOU ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: COMING UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS - AFTER A FLURRY OF ACTIVITY TO GET THE CELL PHONE BAN PASSED BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL - IT DOESN'T TAKE EFFECT AS OF JULY FIRST AFTER ALL. AND, ANOTHER BAN THAT'S GETTING SERIOUS CONSIDERATION ON O'AHU - IS BEING LOOKED AT HERE AS WELL - A BAN ON FIREWORKS. THOSE STORIES AND MUCH MORE THIS WEEK WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(CELL PHONE BAN)(PIP-CELL PHONE DRIVER)

J: WELL, HERE IT IS - THE FIRST OF JULY, SO THE CELL PHONE BAN IS IN PLACE, RIGHT? WRONG.

(VO) AFTER LIMITED PUBLIC TESTIMONY AND TWO PUBLIC READINGS OF THE NEW LAW, THE COUNTY COUNCIL PASSED THE BAN ON ALL HAND-HELD DEVICES USED BY PEOPLE WHO ARE DRIVING A CAR OR TRUCK IN MAUI COUNTY. THERE ARE MORE RESTRICTIONS - AND THE EXEMPTIONS TAXI DRIVERS HAD SOUGHT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

(ON-CAM) BUT IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE SAID SHE WOULD SIGN THE MEASURE AS SOON AS IT CROSSED HER DESK - SHE DIDN'T. IN FACT, AS OF LATE TUESDAY WE WERE TOLD THAT THE MAYOR HAS 10 DAYS TO SIGN THE BILL - MAKING IT LAW. MAUI COUNTY SPOKESWOMAN MAHINA MARTIN TOLD MAUI TV NEWS THE MAYOR WANTED TO GIVE DRIVERS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE DEVICE BAN - AND THIS TUESDAY, JULY 6TH, WILL BE 10 BUSINESS DAYS SINCE THE COUNTY COUNCIL PASSED THE ORDINANCE ON JUNE 18TH.

(FIREWORKS BAN)(PiP-FIREWORKS)

J: SUNDAY IS THE FOURTH OF JULY - THE DAY THE NATION CELEBRATES OUR INDEPENDENCE FROM ENGLAND. FOR LONGER THAN ANY OF US HAVE BEEN ALIVE, A LARGE PART OF THAT CELEBRATION HAS BEEN WITH FIREWORKS. THIS YEAR THE BIG CELEBRATION IN LAHAINA IS ON AFTER LAST MINUTE PLEAS FROM THE MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BROUGHT IN ENOUGH DONATIONS TO PUT ON THE AERIAL DISPLAY. WE'VE GOT THE DETAILS ON THE EVENT IN COMING ATTRACTIONS A LITTLE LATER IN THE NEWSCAST.

(VO) BUT FIREFIGHTERS AREN'T LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNDAY. AS DRY AS THINGS HAVE BEEN THIS YEAR, THE FIRE DANGER IS EXTREMELY HIGH. AND WHEN YOU ADD BEER TO FIREWORKS, YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR DISASTER.

(ON-CAM) THE HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING AN OUTRIGHT BAN OF FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND. AND THIS YEAR THE STATE LEGISLATURE PASSED A NEW LAW ALLOWING COUNTIES TO SET FIREWORKS RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE EVEN MORE STRINGENT THAN STATE LAWS.

WE SPOKE WITH MAUI FIRE CHIEF JEFF MURRAY THIS WEEK AND WHILE HE, PERSONALLY, FAVORS A TOTAL BAN ON FIREWORKS, HE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT ANY SUCH BAN WILL TAKE A WHILE. THE NEW STATE LAW CALLS FOR A TASK FORCE TO BE ESTABLISHED AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON A BAN THAT WOULD - HOPEFULLY - SATISFY ALL THE COUNTIES. THAT TASK FORCE WILL INCLUDE CHIEF MURRAY. THEY HAVE SIX MONTHS TO MEET AND MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS - MEANING THERE WON'T BE ANY CHANGES IN THE LAW IN TIME FOR THIS SUNDAY'S FIREWORKS, OR THOSE ON THE UPCOMING NEW YEAR'S EVE.

(VICTIM VOLUNTEERS)(PiP-CRASH SITE)

J: THIS WEEK AN EMAIL WENT OUT FROM A CHAPLAIN AT THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT FORETOLD OF A DAY OF DISASTER LATER THIS MONTH. IT EVEN PREDICTED THE TIME AND LOCATION - AND IT MIGHT INCLUDE YOU.

IT'S NOT A NOSTRADAMUS KIND OF THING - BUT A COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING. MPD CHAPLAIN PAUL KANESHIRO SAYS THAT ON SATURDAY, JULY 24TH, THE CAMPUS OF KING KEKAULIKE HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE THE SETTING OF A VARIETY OF STAGED DISASTERS AND THEY NEED VOLUNTEERS TO PLAY THE PART OF VICTIMS.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS - OR CERTS - ARE SPECIALISTS WHO TRAIN TO RESPOND TO SITUATIONS THAT WILL - HOPEFULLY - NEVER COME UP, BUT THEY NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR IF OR WHEN THEY DO. SO, THEY NEED VOLUNTEERS TO BE VICTIMS TRAPPED IN A BUILDING THAT DAY BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 3 P.M. THERE WILL BE THREE SEPARATE EXERCISES - EACH RUNNING ABOUT AN HOUR LONG. VOLUNTEERS WILL BE TOLD WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO ACT - WHICH WILL MAINLY CONSIST OF PLAYING SERIOUS INJURY VICTIMS THAT NEED TO BE TENDED TO OR EVACUATED BY THE CERT SQUADS.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, YOU'RE ASKED TO SHOW UP AT THE CAFETERIA AT KING K HIGH SCHOOL ON SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 24TH, AT 9 A.M. BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH, SNACKS, WATER AND WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING THAT YOU WOULDN'T MIND GETTING DIRT AND FAKE BLOOD ON.

AT THE END OF IT ALL THE MAYOR WILL BE THERE TO THANK AND GRADUATE THE DRAMATIC PORTRAYERS. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO BECOME A "VIC" OR A "D-B" AS THEY CALL THEM ON C-S-I, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(PHONE BOOK RECYCLE)(PiP-PHONE BOOK JUNK)

J: IT'S A PROBLEM OF MUCH LESS CRITICAL IMPORTANCE - BUT STILL IT'S ANNOYING AND SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SEEMINGLY EVER-MOUNTING VOLUME OF PHONE BOOKS THAT SHOW UP ON YOUR DOORSTEP. IRONICALLY, ALL THAT PAPER COULDN'T BE RECYCLED - UNTIL NOW.

FROM NOW UNTIL JULY 10TH, YOU CAN KEEP THOSE OLD AND UNWANTED PHONE BOOKS OUT OF THE LANDFILL BY RECYCLING THEM ON MAUI. THE COUNTY'S DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, SOLID WASTE DIVISION, HAS ESTABLISHED SEVERAL DROP-OFF POINTS AROUND THE ISLAND.

(FF-CG-VO) IN WEST MAUI YOU CAN TAKE YOUR STACKS OF PHONE BOOKS TO THE OLOWALU RECYCLING CENTER ON HONOAPI'ILANI HIGHWAY, THREE MILES SOUTH OF LAHAINA. LOOK FOR THE SPECIALLY MARKED BIN.

IN WAILUKU, DROP OFF YOUR YELLOW AND WHITE PAGES AT BUSINESS ETCETERA AT 2020 MAIN STREET. IN KAHULUI THERE ARE TWO DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: PINATA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT ON DAIRY ROAD NEXT TO FED-EX OFFICE; OR AT ROYAL HAWAIIAN MOVERS AT 400 HANA HIGHWAY.

AND IN KIHEI AND ALL OF SOUTH MAUI, PLEASE BRING YOUR UNWANTED PHONE BOOKS TO A AMERICAN STORAGE AT 300 OHUKAI ROAD ABOVE THE TESORO OR TO KIHEI RENT-A-CAR AT 96 KIO LOOP.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU MISSED THOSE, WE'VE GOT THE LIST ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNGER DID IT AGAIN - BIG - AS HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUBS LOOKS INVINCIBLE - AGAIN. AND, PAUL JANES-BROWN TAKES YOU TO THE SHOW THAT EVERYONE ON MAUI - WHETHER VISITOR OR LOCAL SHOULD SEE - AND SEE AGAIN. THAT, PLUS COMING ATTRACTIONS AND MORE WHEN WE COME BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS, IT SOUNDS LIKE THE BEGINNING OF A JOKE WHEN YOU ASK: HOW DO YOU STOP HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB? THE ANSWER IS NO JOKE: YOU CAN'T.

THE CREWS IN THE BLUE CANOES SET A SEASON HIGH POINT TOTAL AT SATURDAY'S JOHN WILMINGTON THE THIRD REGATTA SATURDAY IN KAHULUI HARBOR WITH 140 POINTS - INCLUDING 20 FIRST PLACE FINISHES OUT OF 42 RACES.

(FF-CG-VO) LAE ULA O KAI EDGED KIHEI FOR SECOND PLACE ON SATURDAY AND KAHANA WAS IN FOURTH.

FOR THE SEASON, HAWAIIAN HAS ALREADY PASSED THE 500-POINT MARK. KIHEI IS IN A STRONG SECOND POSITION AND LAE ULA O KAI AND KAHANA ARE ALSO GAINING MOMENTUM.

(ON-CAM) AND OUR OWN NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI WILL PROBABLY BE GLAD TO GET HOME NEXT WEEK. AFTER SWEEPING THE SAINT GEORGE ROADRUNNERS IN A SEVEN-GAME SERIES ON MAUI, NA KOA LOST TO THE ROADRUNNERS MONDAY NIGHT, SEVEN TO FIVE. AT ONE POINT MAUI HAD A FOUR-RUN LEAD. NA KOA RETURNS HOME TO START A SIX-GAME HOME STAND AGAINST THE VICTORIA SEALS THIS COMING TUESDAY AT MAEHARA STADIUM.

(CURTAIN CALL)(PiP-PJB)

J: LEAD IN – ‘ULALENA IS CELEBRATING THE START OF ITS SECOND DECADE OF BRINGING TO LIFE THE MYTHS AND HISTORY OF HAWAII AND MAUI, PAUL JANES-BROWN WENT BACK TO SEE WHAT’S NEW. HE HAS A REVIEW FOR THIS WEEK’S CURTAIN CALL

PJB: SINCE 1999 ‘ULALENA HAS BEEN THRILLING AUDIENCES YOUNG AND OLD, TOURIST, KAMAAINA AND MALAHINI WITH ITS SPECTACULAR PAGENTRY, DANCING, SINGING, MUSIC AND THEATER MAGIC. IT CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE MUST SEE EVENTS ON MAUI, THE OTHERS ARE THE SUNRISE ON HALEAKELA AND THE WHALES WHEN THEY ARE IN SEASON.

THIS IS THE ONLY TRULY PROFESSIONAL THEATER ON MAUI AND ONE OF THE FEW IN THE STATE. THE STORY SPANS TIME FROM BEFORE THE VALLEY ISLE WAS PULLED FROM THE SEA BY MAUI, RIGHT UP TO TODAY, WHEN THE HAWAIIAN CULTURE IS REASSERTING ITSELF AFTER HAVING BEEN SUPRESSED IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT TWO CAST MEMBERS, ANTHONY NATIVIDAD WHO PLAYS IN THE BAND AND KIPE EBANA WHO PORTRAYS THE DEMI GOD KAMAPUA’A HAVE BEEN WITH THE SHOW SINCE THE BEGINNING.

LIA KRIEG, A MAUI GIRL, HANDLES MOST OF THE VOCAL NUMBERS. SHE HAS A POWERFUL VOICE AND A STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL PRESENCE. OTHER MAUI CAST MEMBERS INCLUDE THE IMPOSING VENE CHUN, JILL-LESLEY PASCUA AND SHAWNA DE LA NUX.

THE AERIALISTS ARE TRAINED IN MONTREAL AS WELL AS HERE, THEY ARE TERA BECK, TIFFANY LANGLEY WHO PLAYED THE WATERFALL DANCING HIGH ABOVE THE STAGE SUSPENDED BY TWO LONG PIECES OF CLOTH WHICH SHE MANIPULATED INTO SPECTACULAR DROPS AND GYMNASTIC MOVEMENTS AND KIM NISHIHARA-BREITBACH, A FORMER TRI ATHLETE, WHO PLAYED HINA ON THE RINGS AND DEMONSTRATED UNREAL DEXTERITY AND FLEXIBILITY IN A SOLO AERIAL BALLET. TRY TOUCHING YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR FOOT AS YOU DO A FULL SPLIT 15 FEET ABOVE THE STAGE ON A RING.

BESIDES KRIEG, NAJONA ICHIMURA PERFORMS THE SHOW’S TITLE SONG IN THE STIRRING FINALE. EVEN AFTER SEEING THIS SHOW FOUR TIMES, IT NEVER GETS OLD AND I STILL GET A RUSH IN MY SOLAR PLEXIS AND CHICKEN SKIN WHEN THE CAST FORMS A TRIANGLE AND MOVES IN UNISON DOWN STAGE AT THE SHOW’S CONCLUSION.

THE DANCING IS AMONG THE BEST YOU WILL SEE ANYWHERE. IN ONE NUMBER CHUN KEEPS TIME WITH A MASSIVE IPU. THE DANCERS PERFOM INCREASINGLY RAPID RECIPROCATING LEG EXTENSIONS WHILE SUPPORTED THEMSELVES ON ONE HAND. KIND OF LIKE DOING A ONE HAND PUSH UP WITH ONE LEG OFF THE FLOOR. ASTONISHING.

MAKALANI FRANCO FRANCIS WHO WAS THE FIRST RUNNERUP FOR MISS ALOHA AT THE MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL IN 2006 IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY SENSUOUS PELE. AND WHEN SHE FINALLY ERUPTS WITH A BURST OF RED CLOTH THAT ENGULFS THE AUDIENCE IT IS A THOROUGHLY CATHARTIC EXPERIENCE.

THERE ARE MANY SPECIALS AVAILABLE, ONE I WOULD PARTICULARLY RECOMMEND IS THE PRODUCER’S PACKAGE THAT ALLOWS ONE TO REMAIN AFTER THE SHOW AND GET A MINI SHOW THAT ONE CAN PHOTOGRAPH, VIDEO AND ASK QUESTIONS OF THE CAST. ALSO DURING THE MONTH OF JULY AND AUGUST FOR EACH ADULT WHO DINES AT RUTH’S CHRIS BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOW, A CHILD CAN EAT FOR FREE. FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO MAUINEWSTV.COM. AND CLICK THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THAT’S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK I’M PAUL JANES BROWN I’LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK. UNTIL THEN, A HUI HOU AND GO SEE LIVE THEATER. STAY TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS – UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.


(D-BLOCK)

(PiP-COMING ATTRACTIONS)

J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS AND A RUNDOWN OF WHAT'S FUN, DELICIOUS, NOISY AND ENTERTAINING THIS WEEKEND AND COMING SOON ON MAUI.

OF COURSE THIS FRIDAY IS FIRST FRIDAY IN WAILUKU AND THERE IS A TON OF STUFF GOING ON. MARKET STREET CLOSES TO TRAFFIC AT 5-30. IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL GREAT DEAL OF FUN AND FREE ENTERTAINMENT, AND INCREDIBLE FOOD - IT'S ALSO THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAUI THING AND THE WAILUKU COFFEE COMPANY WILL BE THE SITE FOR A CONCERT FEATURING SHERYL RENEE. IT'S PART OF THE 20-10 MAUI INVITATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL. THE CONCERT STARTS AT 8 AND THERE'S A SUGGESTED 5-DOLLAR DONATION.

SATURDAY? GOOD LUCK. YOU CAN CHOOSE TO RUN ALL OVER MAUI COUNTY - OR JUST WAIT BECAUSE THERE'S LIKELY SOMETHING BIG HAPPENING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE 55TH ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY MAKAWAO PARADE WILL TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR ON THE THIRD OF JULY STARTING AT 9 A.M. IN THE HEART OF MAKAWAO TOWN. AS IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH, YOU'LL ALSO NOTICE A BUNCH OF ARTISTS SET UP ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE CAPTURING THE EVENT. THAT'S THE GREAT MAKAWAO INVITATIONAL PAINT-OUT FOR 20-10. THE ISLAND’S PREMIER PLEN-AIRE PAINTERS WILL STOP AND CAPTURE LIFE ON CANVAS FOR SEVEN DAYS - WITH WORK ON DISPLAY AT VIEWPOINTS GALLERY IN MAKAWAO - STARTING WITH THE QUICK-DRAW CONTEST WHERE ALL OF THE ARTISTS HAVE TO HAVE THEIR FIRST COMPLETED PIECE BACK TO THE GALLERY BY 12-30 ON SATURDAY.

OH, BUT THERE'S LOTS MORE GOING ON ON SATURDAY. THE NEWLY-REVITALIZED AND EXPANDING UPCOUNTRY FARMER'S MARKET WILL SEE IT'S SECOND SATURDAY AT THEIR NEW LOCATION. LOOK FOR FRESH PRODUCE AND PRODUCTS - AND NEW THINGS LIKE CRAFTS, JAMS AND JELLIES AS PART OF THE VARIETY OF LOCAL CHOICES. IT RUNS FROM 7 UNTIL NOON IN KULUMALU IN THE PARKING LOT NEXT TO LONGS DRUGS. FOR MORE DETAILS, CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF ON THE PINEAPPLE ISLE SATURDAY, THEN ENJOY THE LANA'I PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC, CHOKE LOCAL GRINES AND MUCH FUN AT DOLE PARK IN LANA'I CITY FROM 3 UNTIL 8 P.M.

MEANWHILE, BACK ON THE VALLEY ISLE SATURDAY NIGHT IT'S FAT FREDDY'S DROP. DIRECT FROM NEW ZEALAND, THIS GROUP - DUBBED MASTERS OF HI-TEK SOUL, FAT FREDDY'S DROP HAS BEEN A HIT MACHINE IN THE LAND OF THE KIWIS SINCE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM WENT TO NUMBER ONE DOWN UNDER FIVE YEARS AGO. THEY'LL PLAY ONE SHOW SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7-30 IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER AND - THERE WILL BE A DANCE FLOOR BECAUSE THEY KNOW YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT STILL. TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE, 30 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR.

SATURDAY NIGHT IN LAHAINA, THE OBON FESTIVAL COMES TO THE LAHAINA JODO MISSION. THE SERVICE BEGINS AT 7 P.M. AND DANCING STARTS AT 8.

THE FOURTH OF JULY IS SUNDAY AND THERE'S PLENTY TO DO. LAHAINA WILL BE THE MAIN HUB FOR THE FUN. FRONT STREET WILL CLOSE TO VEHICLES AT 4 P.M. THE FIREWORKS GO OFF AT 8 P.M. REMEMBER, IT'S A FAMILY EVENT SO NO ALCOHOL WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE STREET AND THE POLICE WILL BE THERE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS. THIS YEAR THE EVENT INCLUDES THE ADDED ATTRACTION OF A FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK. ON THE LIBRARY LAWN ON FRONT STREET ARTIST SHERYL RENEE, LATITUDE 21 AND THE MAUI COMMUNITY BAND WILL ENTERTAIN UNTIL THE ROCKETS RED GLARE. ADMISSION IS FREE. WE'VE GOT MORE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

FOR A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE EVENING, PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION IS OFFERING A FIREWORKS CRUISE. AVOID DRIVING, TRAFFIC, PARKING, CROWDS - ALL OF THAT - WHILE ENJOYING THE SEA AIR, A GORGEOUS MOON AND FRONT RAIL SEATS FOR THE FIREWORKS. ADULTS ARE 69-95 AND KEIKI 12 AND UNDER ARE 49-95 - AND THAT INCLUDES DINNER - WHICH INCLUDES BARBECUED CHICKEN, STIR FRY, PASTA SALAD AND MUCH MORE - PLUS THREE COCKTAILS OR NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. THERE ARE THREE THREE-HOUR CRUISES LEAVING FROM MA'ALAEA AND FROM LAHAINA. CONTACT PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION FOR RESERVATIONS.

OR, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - ENTIRELY - ABOUT FOURTH OF JULY "SPURLESQUE?" IT'S A KIT KAT CLUB CABARET AND HOEDOWN SUNDAY NIGHT AT CASANOVA'S IN MAKAWAO. NOT ONLY WILL THERE BE MIGHTY PURTY FILLIES, BUT COWBOYS AT A CABARET WILL LIKELY MAKE FOR SOME FUN IMPROV MATERIAL FROM THE VERY FUNNY TOM ALTHOUSE. THERE WILL EVEN BE BELLY DANCING. WHAT'S MORE ALL-AMERICAN THAN THAT! THE FUN STARTS AT 9. IT'S 10 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR AND YOU MUST BE 21 TO GET IN.

LOOKING INTO THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE, THE SUMMER'S MAJOR PERFORMANCE FOR THE MAUI ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS WILL BE UNDER THE STARS AGAIN THIS YEAR. MAPA PRESENTS SOUTH PACIFIC ON THE LAWN OF THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION FOR SIX NIGHTS BEGINNING NEXT FRIDAY. PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7-30 P.M. AND YOU'LL HEAR EVERYTHING FROM BALI HAI TO AIN'T NOTHING LIKE A DAME, ALL OF THEM. TICKETS RANGE FROM 18 TO 35 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

AND LOOKING EVEN FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD, MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY JULY 15TH. THE BLAZING FINGERS OF JAKE SHIMABUKURO ON THE UKULELE WILL DAZZLE YOU IN ONE SOLO PERFORMANCE THAT NIGHT IN THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER. THIS EVENING WITH HAWAII'S UNPLUGGED UKULELE AMBASSADOR STARTS AT 7-30. TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS WITH 45 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO GET VIP SEATING AND THE CHANCE TO MEET JAKE IN PERSON.

WE'VE GOT ALL THE DETAILS ON THESE EVENTS AND EVEN MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST CLICK THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND WE'LL BE BACK TO WRAP UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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