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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending July 15, 2010


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(headlines - vo)

J: WITH BARELY TWO MONTHS TO GO UNTIL THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS, ANOTHER MAJOR CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR BRINGS HIS SHOW TO MAUI.

AND MAUI FIRE CREWS PROVE - ONCE AGAIN - WHY THEY ARE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT SAVINGS LIVES AND PROPERTY.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, PLUS WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE BEACH TO WITNESS A DEMONSTRATION OF RETAINING BEACHES - WITHOUT RETAINING WALLS.

IN SPORTS, NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES BROWN ENJOYS A BLOODY MARY IN SOUTH PACIFIC AND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS - IT'S CLEAN-UP TIME. ALL THAT PLUS LOTS MORE 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 - NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE IN HIGH DEFINITION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK ABOUT OUR FIRST H-D EFFORT LAST WEEK. YOU CAN SEE MAUI SHARPER, BRIGHTER AND IN MORE DETAIL THAN EVER BEFORE.

HE'S A BIG MAN - WITH A BIG FOLLOWING AND HE'S THE LATEST OF THE MAJOR CANDIDATES TO OPEN AN OFFICE ON MAUI. THE ONLY THING IS, HE'S NOT A CANDIDATE - AT LEAST NOT YET.

(TAKE MUFI PKG) AFTER ENDORSEMENTS FROM POWERFUL GROUPS LIKE UNITED PUBLIC WORKS UNION AND THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMAN WORKERS UNION, YOU'D THINK HE'D BE COMFORTABLE - BUT HONOLULU MAYOR MUFI HANEMANN CAME TO MAUI TO DEMONSTRATE THAT HE'S A MAN IN FULL-STRIDE TOWARD THE HOPEFUL NEXT JOB AS THE STATE'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE. WE'VE WITNESSED VARYING CROWD SIZE AND STYLE TO THE OTHER CAMPAIGN ARRIVALS FOR MAJOR CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR - BUT LIKELY WON'T MEET ALL OF THEM.

WITH 17 PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THE STATE'S TOP JOB - AND ALL BUT TWO OF THEM FROM O'AHU, HANNEMANN SAYS HE STILL HAS AN EDGE THAT NEIGHBOR ISLAND VOTERS CAN COMPREHEND.

Mufi Hannemann, Mayor Honolulu

MH01:"Well I'm the only candidate running for governor that has actually lived and worked on the Neighbor Islands, so I think that counts for a lot. I lived on the Big Island of Hawai;'i when I worked with C. Brewer and Company - and that took me around to all the Neighbor Islands. I was also the former state director of the Department of Bsuiness, Economic Development and Tourism and I just didn't pop up in 2009 and say 'hey I wanna' be your governor,' there's been a track record of involvement. And the closest relationship I have today is with the Neighbor Island mayors."

THE BASIS FOR THAT WAS THE COUNCIL OF MAYORS THAT HANNEMANN FORMED WITH MAUI MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES AND THE MAYORS OF KAUA'I AND THE BIG ISLAND. HANNEMANN SAYS HE LIKES THE CLOUT THEY HAD AS A HUI AND PLANS TO KEEP THE IDEA GOING IF HE GETS THE TOP JOB.

MH02: "Absolutely. I want the Council of Mayors to continue to have their own organization. But then I plan to work very closely with them - as the Governor - as the state's chief executive and as the Counties' chief executives we plan to work together. We've already talked about it. There's a lot of enthusiasm for that because we showed we could make a definite difference in the things we can work together on. Had we not banded together we might have lost the Hotel room tax that the governor and others in the legislature tried to take away. Had we not banded together we may have been stalled a long, long time in terms of the collective bargaining agreement with the United Public Workers. We made it happen and then went to the governor and said, 'hey, we have an agreement, why don't you join us?'"

BUT SOME DECISIONS MUST BE MADE SOLO - LIKE HOUSE BILL 444, THE SO-CALLED CIVIL UNIONS BILL THAT GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLED VETOED THIS MONTH. SOME HAVE SAID HANNEMANN'S POSITION IS UNCLEAR, BUT HE DISPUTES THAT.

MUFI-44 "Well I've said very clearly that I support the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. But my philosophy and process would be very different from the current governor. I'd be willing to roll up my sleeves and sit down with members of the legislature early on in the session to see if we can't fashion some kind of compromise on this. I've always been consistent in opposing discrimination and being sure benefits go to all people regardless of their gender, background, sexual orientation or religious preferences."

HANNEMANN ANNOUNCED THAT ON THE FILING DEADLINE, NEXT TUESDAY, HE WILL RESIGN HIS POPST AS MAYOR OF HONOLULU TO DEVOTE HIS FULL ATTENTION TO RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR.

(ON-CAM TAG) THE BALLOTS WILL BE LONG ONES THIS YEAR. WE'RE NOT QUITE SURE IF IT'S A RECORD BUT AS OF WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK, HERE ARE SOME OF THE NUMBERS FROM THE STATE OFFICE OF ELECTIONS.

(FF-CG-VO) SO FAR THERE ARE 18 PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR. ONLY TWO OF THE CANDIDATES ARE NOT FROM O'AHU, AND THEY'RE BOTH FROM THE HILO SIDE OF THE BIG ISLAND. THIRTEEN MEN AND WOMEN ARE RUNNING FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. AND THERE ARE 13 PEOPLE RUNNING FOR FEDERAL JOBS - INCLUDING NINE VYING FOR THE SEAT HELD BY SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE, SEVEN TRYING TO GRAB THE CONGRESSIONAL SEAT VACATED WHEN FORMER CONGRESSMAN NEIL ABERCROMBIE RESIGNED TO GUN FOR GOVERNOR; AND SIX PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO REPLACE MAZIE K. HIRONO IN THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

(CON'T VO) LAST FRIDAY MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES MADE HER RUN FOR A SECOND SHOT AT THE JOB OFFICIAL, FILING PAPERS FOR REELECTION WITH THE COUNTY CLERK.

(ON-CAM) BUT SHE'S CERTAINLY NOT ALONE. A WIDE ARRAY OF STYLES AND BACKGROUNDS MAKE UP THE LIST OF 14 PEOPLE RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF MAUI COUNTY. THERE ARE 18 PEOPLE SIGNED UP TO TRY TO GET YOUR VOTES FOR VARIOUS STATE HOUSE SEATS REPRESENTING MAUI COUNTY. AND WHEN IT COMES TO THE COUNTY COUNCIL - THOSE NINE CHAIRS ARE BEING SOUGHT AFTER BY 25 CANDIDATES. ACTUALLY, THOSE 25 HOPEFULS ARE GOING FOR ONLY SIX SEATS. KAHULUI COUNCILMEMBER JOE PONTANILLA AND MOLOKA'I REP DANNY MATEO ARE RUNNING UNOPPOSED. MAKAWAO PAIA REPRESENTATIVE MIKE MOLINA HAS REACHED THE MAX OF FIVE TERMS ON THE COUNCIL - BUT MAY NOT BE DONE WITH PUBLIC OFFICE JUST YET.

(TAKE MOLINA SOT)

(ON-CAM) CANDIDATES HAVE UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY, JULY 20TH TO OFFICIALLY FILE FOR CANDIDACY. SOUTH MAUI'S WAYNE NISHIKI ENDED SPECULATION ABOUT HIS CHOICE THIS WEEK BY FILING NOMINATION PAPERS FOR REELECTION ON TUESDAY. THE PRIMARY IS ON SEPTEMBER 18TH AND THE GENERAL ELECTION THIS YEAR IS ON NOVEMBER SECOND.

(FIRES)(PiP-MFD LOGO)

J: IF THERE WAS AN ELECTION TODAY, AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD VOTE FOR JUST ABOUT ANY FIREFIGHTER FOR ANY JOB. IN THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS FIRE CREWS HAVE PUT IN A LOT OF OVERTIME - OVERTIME THEY'RE NOT GETTING PAID FOR.

(TAKE FIRE PKG) AS PICTURESQUE AS THE VIEW TOWARD KAHALAWAI IS THERE'S AN OMINOUS SENSE WHEN SMOKE IS IN THE AIR. THIS WAS THE VIEW MONDAY MORNING AFTER FIREWORKS IGNITED AN INTENSE FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT IN HAPPY VALLEY. THE DENSELY POPULATED NEIGHBORHOODS, CONSISTING PRIMARILY OF OLDER WOODEN HOUSES AND OLDER RESIDENTS, COULD HAVE BEEN A DISASTER SCENE. BUT IN THE LIGHT OF DAY, CREWS WHO HAD WORKED THE FIRE ALL NIGHT WERE STILL ON THE SCENE AND THE ALMOST UNBVELIEVEABLE IMAGE OF UNBURNED HOMES COULD LEAD US TO HAVE NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR THE MAUI COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT.

Jeff Murray, Maui County FireChief

jm01: "Thank you very much. Our personnel worked very, very hard. They did an incredible job in saving those homes."

A FLARE-UP ON MONDAY AFTERNOON - VISIBLE FROM THE MAUI MEEICAL GROUP BUILDING WAS QUICKLY DOUSED BY THE PRECISION WATER DROPS OF AIR ONE. IT WAS JUST ONE PART OF AN ALMOST SURGICAL REMOVAL OF FIRE AND DANGER FROM AN OLD MAUI NEIGHBORHOOD AND A NEW ONE.

JM02: "There are also some houses on that ridge that was above - new housing in Country Estates and there's also some housing below along Mokuhau Road, so that was quite challenging for them to keep all of it because there was brush that went right up to the homes. So the wind, actually, finally worked with us this time.

THAT WASN'T THE CASE WHEN A FIRE ROARED UP ON UTILITY ROAD ABOVE MA'ALAEA. HELICOPTERS WERE TOSSED IN THE GUSTY WIND AS THEY MADE DROPS FOR THREE DAYS BEFORE MORE THAN 6,000 ACRES WERE CHARRED. MURRAY SAYS HIS CREWS - NUMBER JUST UNDER 300 MEN AND WOMEN - HAVE RESPONDED TO HUNDREDS OF FIRES THIS YEAR - BIG AND SMALL, AND LOOKING AT THE WEATHER FORECAST - HE FEARS IT CAN ONLY GET WORSE. ON TOP OF THAT BUDGET CUTS HAVE LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF TIME AIR ONE AND AIR TO CAN BE IN THE AIR FIGHTING FIRES. CHIEF MURRAY SAYS ANY ON-THE SPOT DECISION WON'T BE AN ADMINISTRATIVE ONE.

JM03: "We won't spare any home or person just because of the money issue. We're going to continue to respond the way we normally do."

AND SITUATIONS LIKE SUNDAY NIGHT'S BLAZE WILL BE FRESH IN HIS MIND WHEN HE REPRESENTS MAUI COUNTY ON THE STATEWIDE TASK FORCE THAT WILL RECOMMEND SOME SORT OF FIREWORKS BAN - BUT NOT UNTIL AT LEAST AFTRE NEXT NEW YEARS EVE.

(ON-CAM TAG) WHILE BUDGET CUTS ARE AFFECTING ALL COUNTY DEPARTMENTS - THE DEPARTMENT OF FIRE SAFETY AND PROTECTION GOT A MEAN-LOOKING AND VERY POWERFUL TOOL TO FIGHT FIRES IN THE RUGGED TERRAIN OF EAST MAUI.

(FF-CG-VO) HER NAME IS KAWAIOLA - WHICH MEANS THE WATERS OF LIFE. LAST WEEK TANKER NUMBER SEVEN, AS SHE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED WAS BLESSED AT THE HANA FIRE STATION. THE HALF-MILLION DOLLAR TRUCK CAN PUMP UP TO 500 GALLONS A MINUTE FROM THE 18-HUNDRED GALLON WATER TANK. IT ALSO CARRIES 30 GALLONS OF FIRE-RETARDANT FOAM. IT HAS THE ABILITY TO GET WHERE MOST OTHER FIRE TRUCKS CAN'T AND FIRE NOZZLES FROM ALL SIDES OF THE VEHICLE FROM REMOTE CONTROLS IN THE CAB. KAWAIOLA ALSO CARRIES SPECIALIZED HAND AND POWER TOOLS DESIGNED TO AID FIRE CREWS IN RUGGED TERRAIN.

(ON-CAM) CHIEF MURRAY HAS WANTED A FOUR-BY-FOUR TANKER FOR A LONG TIME AND IS VERY THANKFUL TO ADD THIS TOOL TO THEIR SAFETY ARSENAL.

(FIRST FURLOUGH FRIDAY)(PiP-CALENDAR)

J: A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, FIRST FRIDAY IN WAILUKU DREW A THRONG TO ENJOY A FASHION SHOW, GREAT LIVE MUSIC FROM UNCLE WILLIE K, THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WAILUKU COFFEE COMPANY AND MORE. WELL, THIS WEEK IS ANOTHER FIRST FRIDAY - AND NOBODY IS IN A PARTY MOOD ABOUT IT.

THIS FRIDAY IS THE FIRST FURLOUGH FRIDAY FOR MAUI COUNTY WORKERS. WITH THE START OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR, ONE FRIDAY A MONTH, MOST COUNTY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED AND WORKERS SENT HOME - WITHOUT PAY.

(FF-CG-VO) HERE'S A LIST OF MAJOR OFFICES AND SERVICES THAT WON'T BE AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY, JULY 16TH. ALL COUNTY OFFICES, INCLUDING SATELLITE SERVICES CENTERS AND PAYMENT COUNTERS AS WELL AS PERMIT OFFICES AND SENIOR CENTERS WILL BE CLOSED. ALSO AFFECTED BY COUNTY FURLOUGH FRIDAYS IS TRASH PICKUP IN HANA AND ON MOLOKA'I. YOU'RE NEXT TRASH BILL WILL EXPLAIN THE NEW SCHEDULE - OR YOU CAN FIND IT ON OUR WEBSITE.

WHAT WILL BE OPEN AND OPERATING ON EACH FURLOUGH FRIDAY WILL BE ALL BEACH PARKS AND COMFORT STATIONS, EVENTS FOR WHICH FOLKS HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED PERMITS, PUBLIC PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, TENNIS COURTS. ALL POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS AND LIFEGUARDS WILL BE ON DUTY AND ANY BUSINESS YOU CAN DO ONLINE WILL BE DOABLE ONLINE ON FURLOUGH FRIDAYS.

(ON-CAM) WE HAVE THE COMPLETE CALENDAR OF COUNTY FURLOUGH DATES AS WELL AS COUNTY-OBSERVED HOLIDAYS - WHICH COMES OUT TO 26 DAYS OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS, WHEN YOU CAN'T DO BUSINESS WITH THE COUNTY. IT'S ALL ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL OF MAUI ADVISORS SPENT A DAY AT THE BEACH THIS WEEK. WE FOLLOWED THEM THERE TO FIND OUT WHY. AND THERE'S A PROBLEM BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE WATER THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. DETAILS ON THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(BEACH RESTORATION)(PiP-SAND RESTORATION)

J: SEA WALLS, NON-NATIVE PLANTS, TRUCKLOADS OF SAND...LOTS OF THINGS HAVE BEEN TRIED TO KEEP OUR SHORELINES FROM WASHING AWAY. THIS WEEK GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE'S MAUI REPRESENTATIVES - AND A CABINET-LEVEL OFFICIAL, GOT A FRONT ROW SEAT FOR A DEMONSTRATION OF A NEW WAY TO KEEP THE BEACH INTACT - NATURALLY.

(TAKE BEACH MAT PKG) VIEWS ABOUND NO MATTER WHERE YOU LOOK - OR GO - ON MAUI - BUT THERE'S NOTHING LIKE SEEING IT FROM THE COASTLINE. BUT EXPENSIVE BEACHFRONT HOMES ALONG HALAMA STREET IN KIHEI, OVER THE YEARS, HAVE FOUND WAYS TO RETAIN THEIR BEACH BUT , WHETHER INTENTIONALLY OR NOT, HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO YOU AND I HAVE TO WALK THOSE STRETCHES.

A GROUP OF PROPERTY OWNERS IS OUT TO CHANGE THAT, AND PAY FOR IT THENMSELVES. THE FIRST PROBLEM WAS KEEPING THE DUNES IN PLACE. THE ANSWER, ONE PROPERTY OWNER TOLD US, WAS 100 PERCENT NATURAL.

Vernon Altman, Property Owner

VA01:"Well we knew we wanted to rebuild that beach somehow - to rebuild that bank because it had been severely damaged in storms. I didn't have any particular idea how to do it, so I found a contractor that had a lot of experience in this. He's the one that said you really need to use natural fibers. We'll pack some bacgs with sand, natural fiber bagswith sand, put them be,low the surface of the sand, fill in over the top of them and then over time, they'll degrade and become part of the saned - essentually - But in the meantime the beach will have a chance to form and the bak will have a chance to form and there'll be some vegetation that will take care of it longer term.///

THE FIBER IS MADE FROM COCONUT HUSKS AND WOVEN TIGHTLY. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE EXPOSED DISINTEGRATING NATURAL FIBER. UNDER THIS DUNE ARE COCONUT SNAD BAGS, COVERED WITH A LAYER OF THIS FIBER. OVR TIME PILI GRASS FILLS IN AND CATCHES THE SAND LIKE A NATURAL WIND FENCE. IT'S NATURAL, MUCH PRETTIER THAN TRADITIONAL SAND BAGS, MUCH MORE LEGAL THAN ROCKS THAT WEREN'T THERE TO BEGIN WITH.

THEN REASON NUMBER TWO FOR THIS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. THE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE PROPOSING A PUBLIC ACCESS TRAIL THE LENGTH OF THIS BEACH.

THEIR PERSONAL INVESTMENT WOULD TAKE A PROPERTY THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS AND TURN IT INTO THIS. NOT ONLY IS IT MUCH PRETTIER, BUT SAFER. LANDOWNERS SAY THEY'VE SEEN A NUMBER OF NASTY GOINGS IN IN UNIMPROVED THICKETS AND HAVE FOUND EVERYTHING FROM BEER BOTTLES TO HYPODERMIC NEEDLES IN THERE. OWNERS OF ADJACENT PROPERTIES SAY THEY'LL PAY FOR THE CLEANUP OF LOTS THAT ARE NEIGHBORHOOD EYESORES - THEY JUST WANT PERMISSION TO DO SO. DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES DIRECTOR LAURA THIELEN PUTS IT INTO OFFICIAL TERMS

Laura Thielen, Directorm DLNR

LT01: "What happened was the property owners have stepped forward now with a plan where they would help to maintain the public lands that are on the makai side of their properties, help with the public access and keep the area clean. It's clear that it's state lands and the public has the right to access. And they would take on a stewardship role for this area."

THE PROPERTY OWNERS HIRED A PLANNER AND CULTURAL ADVISER TO CREATE A VISION THAT WOULD CLEAR ATHEN MAINTAIN THE DUNES, CREATE A PUBLIC ACCESS TRAIL WITHOUT NO LIGHTS, PAVEMENT OR BENCHES - ONLY THESE SMALL SIGNS TO LET FOLKS KNOW THEY'RE ON THE RIGHT PATH, SO TO SPEAK.

BUT WITH THOUSANDS OF MILES OF COASTLINE IN OUR STATE, DIRECTOR THIELEN EXPLAINED WHY SHE CHOSE TO ATTND THIS MEETING REGARDING THIS SMALL STRIP OF LAND IN SOUTH MAUI.

LT02: "I think the community partnerships are really important to maintaining our public spaces and I really respect the fact that these property owners have stepped forward. I recognize there are details to be worked out, but people want a lot from their public lands and we do not have the resources to mabnage them all just within government, So I want to give time to groups like this to work out the final details to make them successful because everybody benefits from that."

THE HUI OF PROPERTY OWNERS TOOK THE DUNE CONCEPT - AND THEIR TRAIL SIGN TO THE DLNR AND MADGE SCHAEFER AND THE MAUI ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTING GOVERNOR LINGLE SPENT A DAY AT THE BEACH. THEY'VE PUT A LOT OF TIME - AND THEIR OWN MONEY INTO THE DEAL, SO MADGE ASKED THE QUESTION EVERYONE WAS THINKING AND ALTMAN EXPRESSED HIS HOPE THAT THIS COULD ALL DURING THE GOVERNOR'S FINAL DAYS IN OFFICE.

va02: "I would love to see it happen before she's out of office. This is something that people have worked hard on for quite a while - quite a long time - several years . She's been governor during that peoiod. She hasn't directly worked with us but she's been an advocate of the kinds of things we're talking about doing and I'd like to see her take credit for it."///

(ON-CAM TAG) FROM HERE THE MAUI COUNCILORS WILL MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATION - AS WILL DIRECTOR THIELEN - TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE. IF APPROVED, THE MAUI RESTORATION WOULD BE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HAWAI'I.

(DEAD PUFFERS)(PiP-PUFFERFISH)

J: MEANWHILE, JUST OFFSHORE, THERE'S A PROBLEM THAT'S BAFFLING SCIENTISTS AND THEY'RE ASKING FOR OUR HELP. STRIPEBELLY PUFFERFISH ARE DYING FROM A YET-UNDETERMINED DISEASE. THE SAD FACT IS THAT DEAD PUFFERS ARE BEING DISCOVERED ALONG THE REEFS OF ALL THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.

(FF-CG-VO) DYING PUFFERFISH WERE FIRST REPORTED OFF THE KONA COAST ON THE BIG ISLAND IN FEBRUARY. BY MAY REPORTS WERE COMING FROM MAUI AND NOW DEAD PUFFERSFISH ARE WASHING ASHORE ON O'AHU AND KAUA'I.

(ON-CAM) SCIENTISTS SAY THE CURIOUS THING IS THE LESIONS ON THEIR SKIN AND THE ENLARGED LIVERS AND SWIM BLADDERS THEY'VE DISCOVERED DURING NECROPSIES. THEY LEADS THEM TO BELIEVE IT'S POSSIBLY A FAST-MOVING VIRUS OR TOXICOSIS. THE SOONER THEY CAN FIGURE IT OUT, THE SOONER THEY CAN SEE IF OTHER FISH POPULATIONS AND HUMAN POPULATIONS MIGHT BE AT RISK. THEY'RE ASKING ALL OF US WHO SNORKEL, SCUBA DIVE OR JUST WALK THE BEACH TO KEEP AN EYE OUT ESPECIALLY FOR SICK OR DEAD PUFFERFISH. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PICK IT UP, BUT PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THE DATE, TIME, LOCATION AND NUMBER OF DEAD FISH. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, TRY TO TAKE A PICTURE. THEY ASK US TO CONTACT DARLA WHITE HERE ON MAUI WITH THE DIVISION OF AQUATIC RESOURCES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES. FOR DARLA'S CONTACT INFO, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(DIALYSIS POWER)(PiP-DIALYSIS MACHINE)

J: TO MOST OF US, THE SOUND OF A BIG TRACTOR-TYPE DIESEL ENGINE FIRING UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT MIGHT BE AN ANNOYING SOUND. BUT TO OTHERS, THE SOUND WILL MEAN LIVES ARE BEING SAVED.

(FF-CG-VO) LAST FRIDAY THE LIBERTY DIALYSIS CENTER IN WAILUKU WAS THE SCENE FOR A GROUND BREAKING FOR A NEW 250 KILOWATT EMERGENCY POWER GENERATING SYSTEM THAT WILL KICK IN WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT AND KEEP LIFE-SAVING DIALYSIS MACHINES RUNNING. THE FACILITY OPENED TWO YEARS AGO AND FEATURES 53 DIALYSIS STATIONS, SERVING 226 PATIENTS EVERY WEEK WHO MUST SPEND SEVERAL HOURS SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK TO ALLOW THE DIALYSIS MACHINE TO CLEAN THEIR BLOOD OF TOXINS AFTER KIDNEY FAILURE.

COMMUNITY LEADERS WERE ON HAND FOR THE GROUND-BREAKING FOR THE 400-THOUSAND DOLLAR POWER SYSTEM THAT WILL KICK IN WITHIN 10 SECONDS OF A POWER FAILURE - LIKE THE ONE THAT HAPPENED IN THE WINTER STORMS ON DECEMBER 2007 AND AFTER THE MAJOR EARTHQUAKE IN OCTOBER, 2006.

LIBERTY DIALYSIS HAS BEEN A PIONEER IN THE HEALTH-CARE INDUSTRY, MAKING WORLD HEADLINES WHEN THEY DEVELOPED AND OPENED THE FIRST-EVER RURAL COMMUNITY DIALYSIS CENTER IN HANA IN APRIL OF 2009.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, IT WAS A BACK AND FORTH NAIL-BITER FOR NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI FANS AS THE CLUB BATTLED FOR A PLAYOFF SPOT. WE'VE GOT DETAILS UP NEXT IN SPORTS. AND, PAUL JANES-BROWN JOINS US WITH HIS REVIEW OF SOUTH PACIFIC IN CURTAIN CALL. THAT, PLUS COMING ATTRACTIONS AND WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO A YOUNG LADY WHO JUST MIGHT BE THE FUTURE FACE OF MAUI TV NEWS. ALL THAT AND MORE WHEN WE COME BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS, NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI IS IN THE PLAYOFFS.

(vo) IT MAY NOT BE THE ALL-STAR GAME IN ANAHEIM - BUT THERE'S STILL AS MUCH HEART, SOUL AND PASSION - NOT TO MENTION DRAMA AND THE DISTANCE FROM HOME PLATE TO THE FENCES. THE FIRST TEAM TO PLAY PRO BASEBALL ON MAUI IN THE 21ST CENTURY IS GUARANTEED A SLOT IN THE GOLDEN BASEBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS IN THIS, THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON.

(ON-CAM) SUNDAY NIGHT IN FRONT OF 800 FANS, NA KOA BEAT THE VICTORIA SEALS 8 TO 6, THUS EARNING THE MAUI BOYS OF SUMMER FIRST PLACE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON IN THEIR DIVISION. THAT GUARANTEES THEM A SLOT IN THE POST-SEASON PLAYOFFS. AFTER TAKING A FEW DAYS OFF, MAEHARA STADIUM IS THE SCENE FOR A SIX-GAME SERIES AGAINST THE TUCSON TOROS. IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN TO A GAME YET, YA GOTTA GO. TICKETS ARE AS LITTLE AS SIX DOLLARS AND IT IS FUN. NA KOA HEADS BACK OUT ONTO THE ROAD NEXT WEEK TO START A THREE-GAME SERIES AGAINST TIJUANA BEFORE FACING ARCH-RIVALS THE YUMA SCORPIONS. NA KOA WILL BE BACK ON MAUI HOSTING EDMONTON BEGINNING MONDAY, AUGUST SECOND.

(CURTAIN CALL)(PiP - PJB)

J: THE MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IS BRINGING THE ENTIRE SOUTH PACIFIC TO MAUI. MAPA'S FAITHFUL RENDITION OF ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CLASSIC MUSICAL, SOUTH PACIFIC, RUNS THROUGH THIS WEEKEND AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION. PAUL JANES-BROWN HAS THIS REVIEW FOR CURTAIN CALL

PJB: SOME ENCHANTED EVENING AWAITS MAUI THEATER GOERS IN THIS OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION. THE DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 TO THIS OPEN AIR UNDER STARS BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR EXTRAVAGANZA. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON BRUDDAH WILLIE’S RIBS AND THE PRE SHOW FEATURING ONE OF HAWAII’S MUSICAL TREASURES NA HOKU HANO HANO AWARD WINNER AND SLACK KEY MASTER PAKELO COSMA.

PAKELO IS FOLLOWED BY A MARVELOUS “USO” SHOW FEATURING A BEVY OF BEAUTIES KICKING UP THEIR HEELS TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS MOST FAMOUS NUMBERS. FINALLY, A DANCE CONTEST TO BENNIE GOODMAN’S BAND PLAYING LOUIE PRIMA’S SING, SING, SING COMES DOWN TO LEGGY SWINGING ARIELLA BRANDON AND KAI SPENCE DANCING AGAINST THE FATHER DAUGHTER DUO OF JERRY AND MAKENA WRIGHT. YOU HAVE TO GET A TICKET TO FIND OUT THE RESULT.

DIRECTOR DAVID JOHNSTON, HASN’T FORGOTTEN THAT THIS PLAY WON THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA IN 1950 AND HAS CHOSEN TO INCLUDE THE DARKER SIDE OF THE MUSICAL. MANY PRODUCTIONS SKIP THE RACIAL PREJUDICE THAT HAMMERSTEIN ALONG WITH CO-WRITER JOSHUA LOGAN WROTE INTO THE SHOW, NOT JOHNSTON, WHO SAID, “SADLY, THE ISSUES OF RACIAL PREJUDICE AND WAR ARE JUST AS RELEVANT AS THEY WERE SIXTY YEARS AGO.”

IN FACT, JOHNSTON HASN’T LEFT ANYTHING OUT. INCLUDING REPRISES OF MANY OF THE NUMBERS AND A SONG THAT IS ALMOST NEVER PERFORMED, THE DUET BETWEEN NELLIE AND LT. CABLE, MY GIRL BACK HOME.

AS NELLIE FORBUSH, LEIGHANNA LOCKE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER. SHE LOOKS THE PART, SINGS PERFECTLY, DANCES UP A STORM, BUT IT’S SELDOM THAT ONE WITH SUCH MUSICAL ABILITY, ALSO POSSES HUGE ACTING CHOPS. THERE’S NOT A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE WHEN LOCKE PLEADS FOR THE SAFETY OF HER LOVER, EMILE DEBEQUE PLAYED EARNESTLY BY STEVEN DASCOULIAS.

LOCKE HAS GREAT EMOTIONAL RANGE AND IS ALWAYS CLEAR ABOUT WHAT SHE IS DOING. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH AN ACCOMPLISHED LEADING LADY AMONG US.

THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT DASCOULIAS HAS DONE SINCE HE CAME TO MAUI. HE IS IN GREAT VOICE AND WE ENJOY HIS JOURNEY. FRANCES TAU’A AS LT. CABLE IS A HANDSOME YOUNG LEADING MAN WITH A GREAT VOICE. HIS RENDITION OF “YOU’VE GOT TO BE TAUGHT” IS ONE OF THE MANY HIGH POINTS IN THIS SHOW.

THERE ARE SEVERAL JUICY ROLES AND TWO, LUTHER BILLIS AND BLOODY MARY, ARE AMONG THE JUCIEST. GREGORY COTTON OWNS BILLIS FROM THE MOMENT HE ARRIVES ON STAGE WITH HIS BATTLESHIP TATOOED BELLY, TO HIS WONDERFUL COCONUT BRA GENDER BENDING HONEY BUN WITH LOCKE. KATHY COLLINS WAS BORN TO PLAY BLOODY MARY. WITH HER DEEP NICOTINE INDUCED VOICE AND HER STRONG PHYSICALITY, COLLINS HAS THE COMMAND AND THE CONFIDENCE NECESSARY TO FULLY REALIZE AND SATISFY THE DEMANDS OF THIS CHARACTER.

BESIDES JOHNSTON THE CREATIVE TEAM INCLUDED REBECCA OWEN’S MARVELOUS CHOREOGRAPHY, MARTI KLUTH’S EXCELLENT MUSICAL DIRECTION, MICHALLE MCCOY AND KATHLEEN SCHULZ ZILLIONS OF COSTUMES, CARO WALKER’S INSPIRED SETTING, MARK ASTRELLA’S LIGHTING AND BRUCE SANDLER’S SOUND DESIGN.

THE SHOW CONCLUDES ITS TOO BRIEF RUN THIS WEEKEND SO DON’T MISS IT. FOR TICKET INFORMATION GO TO MAUITVNEWS. COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

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


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J: WELCOME BACK TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. TIME NOW TO RUN DOWN COMING ATTRACTIONS AND THERE ARE PLENTY!

THE GREAT LAWN OF THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION DOUBLES AS THE ENTIRE SOUTH PACIFIC THIS WEEKEND AND YOU ONLY HAVE A COUPLE MORE CHANCES TO TAKE IT ALL IN. MAUI ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS’ PRODUCTION OF ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S "SOUTH PACIFIC" WRAPS UP ITS ALL-TOO-BRIEF RUN WITH SHOWS AT 7-30 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. PAUL JANES-BROWN LOVED THE PRODUCTION AND YOU WILL TO. TICKETS ARE PRICED FROM 18 TO 35 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

THERE'S EVEN MORE FRESH LIVE THEATER ON MAUI THIS WEEKEND. "THE WEDDING SINGER" MADE ITS DEBUT AT THE HISTORIC IAO THEATER LAST WEEKEND AND THE VERY TALENTED ENSEMBLE CAST WILL DAZZLE YOU THROUGH THE SHOW'S RUN IN WAILUKU THROUGH AUGUST FIRST. THE WEDDING SINGER PLAYS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AT 7-30 AND THERE'S A SUNDAY MATINEE AT THREE. TICKETS ARE 20 DOLLARS AND FOR 40 DOLLARS, YOU GET RESERVED SEATING RIGHT UP FRONT AND HALF OF YOUR TICKET PRICE WILL GO TOWARD THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE IAO THEATER.

THIS WEEKEND THE OBON FESTIVAL IS IN KAHULUI AT THE KAHULUI HONGWANJI MISSION. ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT THE OBON SERVICES START AT 7 P.M AT THE HONGWANJI MISSION ON PU'UNENE AVENUE. DANCING STARTS EACH NIGHT AT EIGHT.

IN UPCOUNTRY MAUI THE HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY IS THE FOCUS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE ARTIST FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ. THE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN ARTIST IS RECOGNIZED FOR HER USE OF VIBRANT COLORS AND STIRRING IMAGES IN POSTERS AND ART PIECES THAT EVOKE MESSAGES FROM THE HEADLINES. YOU CAN SEE HER WORK AND EVEN LEARN HOW TO TRY IT YOURSELF. RODRIGUEZ WORK WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH JULY 24TH AT THE HUI NOEAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER IN MAKAWAO. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THIS SATURDAY MORNING IS COMMUNITY WORK DAY'S BIGGEST ISLAND-WIDE CLEANUP EFFORT OF THE YEAR. IT'S LITTER BUGS ME, FREECYCLE IT DAY AND THE GREAT PAINT EXCHANGE AT COMMUNITY WORK DAY HEADQUARTERS IN PU'UNENE. IT ALL STARTS WITH ORGANIZED CLEANUP EFFORTS - INCLUDING SUPPLIES AT 8-30 ACROSS MAUI AND YOU'LL BE DONE BEFORE NOON. FOR DETAILS VISIT OUR WEBSITE. CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

MAUI CATTLE COMPANY HAMBURGERS WITH ALL THE FIXINS PLUS POTATO SALAD, CHIPS AND A DRINK. SOUND PRETTY GOOD? THAT'S THE MENU FOR THIS SATURDAY AT WHOLE FOODS IN KAHULKUI. THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT KAKU-FM, AKAKU'S RADIO STATION THAT OFFERS AN ECLECTIC MIX OF PANIOLO AND HAWAIIAN MUSIC. SATURDAY FROM 11 TO 2 AT WHOLE FOODS - THEY'LL EVEN OFFER VEGGIE BURGERS - AND IT'S ALL TO KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING.

PULLING WEEDS AT 10,000 FEET. SOUND LIKE FUN? MAYBE NOT AS MUCH FUN AS IT IS BEAUTIFUL - AND REWARDING. THIS SUNDAY PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION IS HOSTING A HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TRIP TO HELP RID THE AREA OF INVASIVE SPECIES. IT'S AN ALL DAY DEAL; BUT IT INCLUDES TRANSPIRATION AND FREE ADMISSION TO THE PARK AND A "VOLUNTEERING ON VACATION" TOTE BAG FOR YOUR EFFORTS. YOU SHOULD MAKE RESERVATIONS. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

AND HEY, DON'T PUT THAT VUVUZELA AWAY JUST YET. THE 24TH ANNUAL HAWAII CUP SOCCER TOURNAMENT IS SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AT KEOPUOLANI PARK IN KAHULUI.

LOOKING A FEW EXTRA PAGES AHEAD ON THE CALENDAR, NEXT FRIDAY IT'S ONE OF THOSE REALLY FUN EXPERIENCES FOR KEIKI AT THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER. IT'S THE LAST PUBLIC SLEEPOVER OF THE SUMMER WHEN YOUR KIDS GET TO SLEEP WITH THE SHARKS. ACTUALLY THERE'S A LOT MORE THAT JUST SLEEPING AND A LOT MORE THAN JUST SHARKS. THERE'S AFTER DARK TIDEPOOL EXPLORATION, UP-CLOSE WHALE TAILS, ARTS AND CRAFTS AND PIZZA FOR DINNER, A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND AN UNFORGETTABLE TIME - GUARANTEED. PRICE IS JUST 60 DOLLARS PER CHILD. WE'VE GOT THE DETAILS ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT - FOR GROWNUPS, HOW ABOUT...OH NEVERMIND. NO, SERIOUSLY, NEVER MIND. THE NEVERMINDS ARE A MAUI BAND THAT PLAYS EVERYTHING FROM KINGS OF LEON, M-G-M-T, GREEN DAY, THE CLASH, WEEZER, ELVIS COSTELLO, CHEAP TRICK AND MANY MORE. THE SHOW STARTS NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT THE 23RD AT 9-30 AT CHARLIE’S IN PA'IA.

A WEEK FROM SATURDAY, IF YOU HAVE A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC AND YOU'D LIKE TO HELP OUT OUR FIRST-RESPONDERS ON MAUI, THEN HERE'S A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO PLAY THE PART OF VICTIMS TRAPPED IN A BUILDING. NEXT SATURDAY, BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND THREE PM ON THE CAMPUS OF KING KEKAULIKE HIGH SCHOOL, THERE WILL BE A VARIETY OF DRILLS DESIGNED TO PREPARE EMERGENCY CREWS IN CASE THE REAL THING WERE EVER TO HAPPEN. ALL THEY ASK IS THAT YOU SHOW UP, BRING YOUR OWN WATER AND A LUNCH - AND WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES YOU WOULDN'T MIND GETTING A LITTLE DIRTY.

AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR A MEGA-GARAGE SALE NEXT SATURDAY IN MAUI MEADOWS TO BENEFIT DARBEE FISHER. ALSO MAKE A NOTE ABOUT FAMILY GAME SHOW NIGHT AT THE CLUB HOUSE RESTAURANT AT THE ENTRANCE TO KA'ANAPALI. THAT'S COMING UP JULY 30TH.

AND ON AUGUST 15TH, THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER WELCOMES THE TEMPTATIONS AND THE FOUR TOPS IN ONE MEGA SHOW THAT NIGHT IN THE CASTLE THEATER.

WE'VE GOT DETAILS ON ALL THESE EVENTS AND EVEN MORE ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO 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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J: THERE'S NO DOUBT IT - THE FACE OF NEWS COVERAGE IS CHANGING - LITERALLY. WHEN I STARTED IN THIS BUSINESS ABOUT A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, "TWEETING" AND "BLOGGING" WEREN'T EVEN WORDS - MY, HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED.

(TAKE KA'IO PKG)

(ON-CAM TAG) KA'IO WILL BE WORKING WITH US FOR A FEW WEEKS THIS SUMMER THEN RETURNING TO HER FULL-TIME LIFE AS A BUSY STUDENT, WATER POLO PLAYER, SWIMMER AND EDITOR OF THE SCHOOL NEWSPAPER AT KAMEHAMEHA MAUI. WE LEARNED A LOT FROM THIS YOUNG LADY AND WE HOPE SHE’S LEARNED A THING OR TWO FROM US.

AND THAT WRAPS UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS - AVAILABLE ANYTIME ONLINE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND STATEWIDE ON NEWS ON DEMAND ON OCEANIC DIGITAL CHANNEL 953. AND EVERY FRIDAY MORNING WE BRING MAUI TV NEWS TO THE STATE WITH OUR REPORTS ON KHON-2'S WAKE UP 2-DAY BETWEEN 5 AND 8 A.M. AND MAUI TV NEWS IS ON THE RADIO EVERY WEEKDAY AFTERNOON AT ONE MINUTE BEFORE THE HOURS OF 3, 4, 5 AND 6 P.M.

AND WE DO ALL OF THAT ON TOP OF ONGOING UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT COM. OUR WEBSITE HAS CROSSED THE THRESHOLD OF MORE THAN A MILLION HITS A YEAR. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ON MAUI TV NEWS AND MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM, PLEASE VISIT US A MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

MAHALO HOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS AND, UNTIL NEXT WEEK, A HUI HOU.

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