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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for July 9, 2009



(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: BUSINESS IS DOWN AT MAUI RESORTS. DOWN LOWER THAN PRE-9-11...DOWN TO NEAR-HISTROIC LOWS. SO, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

AND, HE'S THE BEST-EVER FROM MAUI AT WHAT HE DOES...BUT DOES THAT MAKE HIM GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE ALL-STAR TEAM? ALL OF HAWAII'S GOVERNORS THINK SO.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, AND WE'VE GOT LOTS MORE - INCLUDING THE LOWDOWN ON MAUI'S FIELD OF DREAMS. MAGIC, MUSIC AND MORE IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUITV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. IF YOU'RE VISITING MAUI - OR PLANNING TO - THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU WON'T HAVE ANY TROUBLE FINDING A PLACE TO PARK.

(Turn to cam) BUT - IF YOU WORK IN THE VISITOR INDUSTRY - THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THERE ARE TOO MANY PLACES TO PARK.

(Take MVB Pkg) WORDS LIKE "DOWN" AND "BAD" ARE LOSING THEIR MEANING BECAUSE WE SEEM TO SEE AND USE USE THEM EVERYWHERE. WHEN IT COMES TO THE PARTICULARS OF WHAT AFFECTS US SO DEEPLY HERE AT HOME, HERE'S WHAT'S DOWN AND WHAT'S BAD.

Terryl Vencl, CEO, Maui Visitors Bureau

TV01: "Our benchmarks. Our arrivals are down. Our occupancies are down. Spoenduing is down. I do think that we are going to - soon - if we haven't yet - come to the place where we're at least slowing down the bleeding - if not stopping the bleeding. Then, at that point, you begin to build up on a slow scale. It will not be a switch that turns on and suddenly we're back to where we were. It will be a slow and gradual incline as the years go by."

VENCYL ALSO POINTS OUT THAT PERSPECTIVE IS IMPORTANT WHEN COMPARING THIS YEAR TO LAST YEAR. IN OTHER WORDS - IF YOU'RE GOING TO COMPARE, YOU MUST COMPARE APPLES TO APPLES.

TV02: "We're also comparing them against a very healthy year - last year up until the loss of Aloha and ATA in April. Then, you had the peopole who were still booked. And so they were still coming because they had already booked their plans. That takes you into the June-July. So, I think that we'll begin to see some numbers stabilize - although it's anyone's guess as to exactly when that will be."

DURING GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE MOST RECENT VISIT, SHE CHASTIZED THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL FOR CUTTING THEIR INVESTMENT IN THE MARKETING OF MAUI BY A HALF-MILLION DOLLARS. THE SAME WQEEK THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY ADDED NEARLY THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO TRY TO ATTRACT MORE VISITORS FROM THE MAINLAND, AUSTRALIA AND JAPAN. WORKING HERE IN THE TRENCHES OF MAUI, IF THERE ARE TRENCHES ON MAUI, VENCYL SEES BOTH SIDES.

TV03: "Many people think that - in a down economy - there is no need to market. I happen to believe the opposite, you have to reach out. And I believe that's what the governor was saying. You still have to go, you still have to beout there. Of course you know that, for me, it's always 'top of mind,' everywhere we go: awareness. And it takes dollars to do that. So I think that's where she was coming from - although I can't speak for her and I don't know that. I also sat through all those budget hearings and I know what agony the council faced as well. So I can't tell you who's right or who's wrong. I am going to market Maui to the best of my ability regardless of what we have - and I'm thankful for whatever that is."

SHE SUMMED UP THE CHALLENGE BY CHARACTERIZING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NOW AND THE THEN...THE GOOD TIMES AND THE LEAN...AND KNOW ING THAT, SHE HAS A BETTER CHANCE OF SUCCESS BY ATTACKING THE PROBLEM TO FIND THE SOLUTION.

TV04: "It's a competition for us and it's a tough competition when know that - in a frugal world - the bottom line, and the deciding factor, is more often the dollar - whereas in a little bit better economy, the deciding factor often has to do with the experience than the dollar."

MAUI IS AS BEAUTIFUL NOW AS EVER - AND THE BUSINESS OF SHARING THE EXPERIENCE OF OUR NATURAL BEAUTY IS BIG BUSINESS. THAT'S WHY IT'S GOOD TO KNOW THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF MAXIMIZING THAT ASPECT OF OUR ECONOMY KNOW WHAT THEY['RE DOING. REPORTING FROM WAILUKU FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(on-cam tag) WHILE NOT A MEMBER OF ANY SCOUT TROOP, VENCYL'S MOTTO IS - AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN - "BE PREPARED." WHEN THE DOWNTURN ENDS - AS IT ALWAYS HAS BEFORE, THE PROPERTIES THAT HAVE USED THIS TIME TO SPRUCE UP FACILITIES, STAFF AND SERVICES WILL BE THE ONES CREATING THE BEST GUEST EXPERIENCES.

(SHANE-ALL STAR)(PiP-SHANE VICTORINO)

J: ALL FOUR OF HAWAII'S MAYORS ARE GOING TO BAT FOR MAUI'S SHANE VICTORINO. THIS WEEK OUR OWN MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES JOINED WITH HONOLULU'S MUFI HANNEMAN, KAUAI'S BERNARD CARVALHO JUNIOR AND BILLY KENOI FROM THE BIG ISLAND TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN THE STATE TO USE THEIR PHONE OR THEIR COMPUTER TO VOTE SHANE VICTORINO ONTO THE FINAL ROSTER FOR THE NATIONAL LEAGUE LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM.

(TAKE CHARMAINE VO-SOT)

(ON-CAM TAG) AMONG THE PERILS OF PRODUCING A WEEKLY NEWSCAST ARE DEADLINES AND TIMING. THE FINAL RESULTS IN THE ALL-STAR VOTING WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER WE GO INTO PRODUCTION FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. SO, FOR THE FINAL TALLY, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS. THE ALL-STAR GAME WILL BE PLAYED IN SAINT LOUIS NEXT TUESDAY.

(TOSS TO B BLOCK)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WE HAVE MORE OF THOSE GOOD-NEWS-BAD NEWS THINGS. THE GOOD NEWS: WITH NO RAIN, CREWS MAY FINALLY GET THE UPPER HAND ON SHORING UP WEAK CLIFF FACES ALONG THE HANA HIGHWAY ONCE AND FOR ALL. THE BAD NEWS: NO RAIN. WE'LL HAVE JUNE TOTALS FOR MAUI COUNTY - AND HOW WISELY WE'RE USING WATER AROUND HERE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

B BLOCK

(CLIFF FACE REPAIR)(PiP-ROAD WORK)

J: IT HAPPENED DURING WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS "NORMAL" RAINFALL IN MARCH. A HUGE SLICE OF THE MOUNTAINSIDE SLID DOWN AND ACROSS THE HANA HIGHWAY AT MILE MARKER 21, THE BRIDGE AT THE WEST WAILUAIKI STREAM. WHILE THE ROAD WAS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, COUNTY AND STATE ROAD CREWS WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK TO REOPEN THAT LIFELINE BETWEEN EAST AND CENTRAL MAUI.

(VO) THIS IS HOW THE ROAD LOOKED ON APRIL 11TH - THE STEEL GUARD RAIL DANGLING OVER THE CLIFF SIDE LOOKED MORE LIKE A STRAND OF SPAGETTI THAN SOMETHING THAT COULD STOP A VEHICLE FROM GOING OVER THE SIDE.

(CON-T VO-FF-CG) BUT JUST 10 DAYS AFTER THIS VIDEO WAS SHOT, IT HAPPENED AGAIN WHEN ENOUGH ROCK AND MUD TUMBLED DOWN TO CLOSE THE ROAD. ON APRIL 21ST. AGAIN, ROUND-THE-CLOCK WORK FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE SLIDE REOPENED THE HANA HIGHWAY.

(ON-CAM) SINCE THEN, CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO SCALE BACK ANY LOOSE SECTIONS OF ROCK AND DIRT THAT MIGHT SLIDE AGAIN. NOW, WITH DRIER SUMMER WEATHER HERE, THE PROJECT HAS AS FIRM A FINISHING DATE AS POSSIBLE AND THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

(FF-CG) ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT FRIDAY, JULY 17TH, THE HANA HIGHWAY WILL BE COMPLETEKLY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 19 AND 21 FROM 11:30 A.M. UNTIL 3-30 P.M. AFTER THAT, THE SAME STRETCH OF ROAD WILL ALTERNATE TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION ON WEEKDAYS FROM 11-30 TO 3-30 UNTIL THE JOB IS FINISHED. THE ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE IS AUGUST 14TH.

(ON-CAM TAG) OF COURSE THAT COMPLETION DATE COMES WITH THE ALL-TOO-FAMILIAR NOTATION OF "WEATHER PERMITTING."

(RAINFALL/WATER USE)(PiP-RAINDROP)

J: AND THE IRONY IS THAT THE WEST WAILUAIKI STREAM AREA IS PRETTY MUCH THE ONLY PLACE IN MAUI COUNTY WHERE THAT "WEATHER PERMITTING" NOTATION APPLIES. RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE SHOW THAT MOST OF MAUI COUNTY RECEIVED LESS THAN 25 PERCENT OF WHAT WOULD BE CALLED NORMAL.

(FF-CG) THE RETURN OF TRADE WIND SHOWERS ALSO HELPED FILL THE RAIN GAGE AT OHEO GULCH - AT LEAST PART WAY. AND DESPITE RECEIVING NEARLY A FOOT AND A HALF OF RAIN, PU'U KUKUI'S TOTAL WAS ONLY TWO-THIRDS OF NORMAL.

WITH THE YEAR HALF-OVER, ONLY WEST WAILUAIKI IS ON THE PLUS SIDE OF NORMAL WHILE EVERYWHERE ELSE IN MAUI COUNTY IS LUCKY TO BE RECEIVING ANY RAIN AT ALL. PARTICULARLY DRY THIS YEAR ARE HANA AND PUKALANI - AND ESPECIALLY LAHAINALUNA WHERE THE RAIN GAGE HAS RECEIVED ONLY 30 PERCENT OF THE AMOUNT CONSIDERED "NORMAL;."

(WATER USE)(PiP-WATER DROP)

J: STILL, WATER DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR JEFFREY ENG CHARACTERIZED WATER USE LAST WEEK AS "REASONABLE," GIVEN THE TYPICALLY HIGH DEMAND THAT COMES WITH THE BEGINNING OF SUMMER. IN FACT, WITH ALMOST ZERO RAINFALL LAST WEEK, WATER USE IN SOME AREAS WAS ACTUALLY LESS THAN IT WAS THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

(FF-CG-VO) WATER USE EDGED UP EVER SO SLIGHTLY IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI WHILE LAHAINA AND UPCOUNTRY CUSTOMERS - AND THOSE ON MOLOKA'I USED LESS. THE NET RESULT WAS AN OVERALL DROP IN WATER USE.

(ON-CAM TAG) THAT FIVE PERCENT REQUESTED CUTBACK IN WATER USE BY UPCOUNTRY RESIDENTS IS WORKING. CUSTOMERS THERE ACTUALLY CUT BACK BY MORE THAN SIX PERCENT LAST WEEK.

B-TOSS-C

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, IT'S DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE FOR MAUI’S SHANE VICTORINO AND THE LAST SLOT FOR THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN NEXT WEEK'S ALL-STAR TEAM. WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE FAN BALLOTS FOR THE SUMMER CLASSIC. AND WE'LL HAVE THE RUNDOWN ON MUSIC, DANCING AND DRAMA. IT'S ALL IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN WE COME BACK.

(C-BLOCK) (Sports)

J: CHECKING SPORTS - THIS WEEK WAS THE VERY LAST CHANCE TO CAST YOUR ONLINE BALLOT TO LOCK MAUI'S SHANE VICTORINO INTO THE CENTERFIELD POSITION FOR THE STARTING SLOT FOR THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAME. THE NEW YORK METS CARLOS BELTRAN'S MIRACULOUS RECOVRY WILL PUT HIM INTO THE LINEUP, BUT WHAT ABOUT SHANE? FOR THE FINAL ALL-STAR TALLY, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.

THE GAME IS NEXT WEEK IN SAINT LOUS, AND HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO HELP YOU PASS THE TIME UNTIL SOMEONE YELLS "PLAY BALL" NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT.

AND IT'S AN UNPARALLELED "FIELD OF DREAMS" FOR THIS YEAR'S MAKAWAO PAINT-OUT INVITATIONAL. PLEIN-AIR ARTISTS WILL BE CAPTURING PERSPECTIVES OF OUR AMAZING ISLAND THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY. THEIR SESSIONSN ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FOR DETAILS ON THE COMPETITION AS WELL AS THE SCHEDULE, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

OBON CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE ACROSS THE VALLEY ISLE. THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IT'S THE PA'IA MANTOKUJI MISSION OBON FESTIVAL. THE OBON SERVICE IN THE TEMPLE WILL PRECEDE THE DANCING. THE PA'IA MANTOKUJI MISSION IS AT 5636 HANA HIGHWAY.

UNDER STAURDAY'S BRIGHT SUN, YOU CAN GET AN UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL LOOK AT JUST HOW MANY HOMES AND BUSINESS ARE TURNING TO THE SUN FOR THEIR ENERGY NEEDS. THE FOURTH ANNUAL HOUSE OF THE SUN SOLAR TOUR WILL SHOW YOU HOW SOME PEOPLE PEOPLE ARE SAVING THE PLANET AND SAVING ON THEIR ELECTRIC BILL. ONE OF THE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS IS A TOUR OF THE RECENTLY COMPLETED WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY AT MAKENA RESORT THAT WILL GET 100 PERCENT OF ITS ELECTRICAL POWER FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS. THE THREE-HOUR TOUR TOUR IS FREE AND YOU CAN HEAD OUT AT 9 A.M. OR AT 1 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

IT'S 50'S FUN TO CELEBRATE HAWAI'I'S 50TH BIRTHDAY AS A STATE. SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PI'ILANI SHOPPING CENTER IN KIHEI, GET SET TO ENJOY A BLAST FROM THE PAST - FEATURING THE MAJI SWING DANCERS, A BUBBLE GUM-BLOWING CONTEST, HULA HOOP COMPETITION - AND MORE HOT CARS AND LEATHER JACKETS THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A FONZI AT. THE FAMILY FUN EVENT IS FREE AND RUNS FROM FOUR TO SEVEN P.M.

THE OBON DANCE SATURDAY NIGHT MOVES TO THE LANA'I HONGWANJI MISSION. THE SERVICE BEGINS AT 5 P.M. IN THE MISSION AND DANCING STARTS AT 7 O'CLOCK.

SUNDAY MORNING MARKS THE FOURTH ANNUAL NAISH MAUI INTERNATIONAL PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM MALIKO GULCH TO KAHULUI HARBOR. OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN AGES 18 AND UP, THE ENTRY FEE IS SIXTY DOLLARS.

THEN, IN A MUCH MORE RELAXED SETTING SUNDAY AFTERNOON - ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE ISLAND, IT'S THE ROI ROUNDUP AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE IN LAHAINA. THIS PARTICULAR EVENT IS A FISHING AND SPEARFISHING TOURNAMENT CONDUCTED AMONG DIVERS WHO'S DAY JOBS INCLUDE ROUTINES THAT SAVE OUR LIVES - LIKE SHERIFFS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREMEN, DO-CARE AND OTHERS. THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE FAMILY OF THE LATE OFFICER JOHN LILIO - WHO LOST HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE HARD ROCK IS EXPECTED TO BE PACKED WITH MAUI'S FINEST, SO YOU MIGHT PLAN ON GETTING THERE EARLY. DIVERS WILL BEGIN CHECKING IN WITH THEIR INVASIVE SPECIES CATCHES, AND THE AFTERNOON'S MENU WILL CONSIST OF EXTREMELY FRESH - YET UNWANTED - TREATS INCLUDING ROI, TUAU AND TA'APE. THERE WILL ALSO BE LIVE MUSIC AND LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS.

OR, IF YOUR TASTES LEAN MORE TO THE DRAMATIC - THEN BE SURE NOT TO MISS EITHER OF MAUI'S THEATERICAL PERFORMANCES GOING ON THESE DAYS. THE MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS THE ACTION-PACKED STAGE PRODUCTION OF DISNEY'S MULAN JUNIOR. THE STEPPINGSTONE PLAYHOUSE AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER IS WHERE YOU'LL ENCOUNTER INVADING HUNS, MISCHEVIOUS MULAN, BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES AND STIRRING MUSIC. MULAN JUNIOR RU7NS FOR TWO WEEKENDS ONLY AND TICKETS ARE 1W AND EIGHT DOLLARS. FOR SHOWTIMES ASND MORE INFORMATION, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

OR, IF YOU'RE MORE IN THE MOOD TO TRAVEL NOT QUITE SO FAR BACK IN TIME, FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE RACIERAND REVEALING, HOW ABOUT A TRIP TO THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS? THE CLASSICALLY FUN AND SLIGHTLY BAWDY MUSICAL TAKES OVER THE IAO THEATER FOR WEEKEND PERFORMANCES BETWEEN JULY 10TH AND AUGUST SECOND. FOR SHOWTIMES AND TICKET PRICES, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

IN FACT, 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.

(D Block)

(Solo-Center-Up)

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

AND WE ALSO INVITE YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE OFTEN FOR DAILY, ONGOING UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, SPECIAL REPORTS, EXTENDED COVERAGE, COMING ATTRACTIONS AND HUNDREDS OF EXTREMELY IMPORTANT COMMUNITY LINKS. MAHALO NUI LOA HOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS. AND UNTIL NEXT TIME, ALOHA.


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