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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for July 23, 2009



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J: THE GOOD NEWS: UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE BEGINNING TO LEVEL OFF IN HAWAII. THE BAD NEWS: THAT'S NOT THE CASE IN MAUI COUNTY.

AND, IF YOU'RE LIKE A LOT A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU REMEMBER THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT. DID YOU KNOW IT NEVER PASSED? OUR CONGRESSWOMAN THINKS NOW IS THE TIME.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, AND WE'LL TAKE YOU UPCOUNTRY TO WHERE TALENTED FOLKS TURN "PLAIN AIR" INTO WORKS OF ART. NEWS, SPORTS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS ARE ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN TO MAUI TV NEWS, MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING. UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE OUT FOR JUNE AND THE STATE'S TOTAL DIDN'T GO UP FROM THE MAY REPORT.

(Turn to cam) WHILE SOME MIGHT CALL THAT THE SILVER LINING OF THE CLOUD...WHEN YOU LOOK CLOSER AT THE NUMBERS...THERE'S STILL A LOT MORE... "CLOUD."

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT HAWAII'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HELD STEADY IN JUNE AT SEVEN-POINT-FOUR PERCENT. THE BAD NEWS IS THAT ECONOMISTS SAY IT'S NOT AN INDICATOR THAT THE STATE'S LABOR MARKET IS RECOVERING. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE NUMBERS FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, THE JUNE RESULT HAD MORE TO DO WITH A DROP IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE STATE'S LABOR FORCE THAN IT DID WITH FOLKS FINDING WORK.

BUT THERE'S ANOTHER NUMBER THAT'S EVEN MORE UNSETTLING AROUND HERE.

(FF-CG-VO) FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE NATION'S ECONOMY HAS BEEN GRINDING DOWN, THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR THE ISLAND OF MAUI ARE GREATER THAN THEY ARE ACROSS THE U.S. MAUI'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JUNE SHOWED ONE OUT OF 10 WORKERS CAN'T FIND A JOB. IN FACT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A TINY TICK DOWNWARD ON LANA'I, THE ENTIRE STATE SAW HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IN JUNE THAN IN MAY...SO HOW COULD THE OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STAY THE SAME?

(ON-CAM) LABOR ANALYSTS SAY MANY WHO WERE LOOKING FOR WORK HAVE JUST GIVEN UP. MANY OF THE THOUSANDS WHO MAKE UP THE NUMBERS HAVE MOVED - EITHER BACK HOME WITH FAMILY OR OUT OF STATE. OVERALL, THE STATE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS THE STATE IS LOSING ABOUT 16 HUNDRED JOBS EACH MONTH - AND THE SEVEN-POINT-FOUR STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS THE HIGHEST IN MORE THAN THREE DECADES. IT ALSO DOESN'T HELP MUCH THAT THE GOVERNOR AND STATE LABOR UNION LEADERS HAVE YET TO DEVISE A PLAN THAT WILL HELP MEET THE STATE'S BUDGET SHORTFALL. IF THE WORST CASE SCENARIO WERE TO TAKE PLACE, THAT WOULD MEAN SOMEWHERE BETWEEN ELEVEN HUNDRED AND 25-HUNDRED MORE HAWAII RESIDENTS WOULD BE OUT OF WORK.

THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ECONOMIC RESEARCH ORGANIZATION SAYS THE NUMBERS WILL LIKELY STOP FALLING BY YEAR'S END - BUT THAT JOB RECOVERY WILL LIKELY BE GRADUAL UNTIL SOMETIME IN MID 2011.

(ERA-Hirono)(PiP-70s ERA pic)

J: IT WAS THE EARLY 70S. ON THE PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT WERE RICHARD NIXON AND GEORGE MCGOVERN. BUT THE HOT TICKET ON THE BALLOT WAS THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT. OR, MORE PRECISELY, IT WAS IN ELECTING SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN WHO WOULD SUPPORT THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT. THAT FINALLY HAPPENED IN 1972 - AND, IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW IT, HAWAII WAS THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO RATIFY THE E-R-A. HOWEVER, IT TAKES 38 STATES TO RATIFY A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN ORDER FOR IT TO BECOME LAW...AND ONLY 35 DID. OUR CONGRESSWOMAN THINKS THAT SHOULD CHANGE.

(FF-CG-VO) CONGRESSWOMAN MAZIE HIRONO THIS WEEK JOINED TWO REPRESENTATIVES FROM NEW YORK TO REINTRODUCE THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT. THIS WEEK THE TRIO HELD A RALLY ON THE STEPS OF THE NATION'S CAPITOL TO REINTRODUCE THE E-R-A.

(ON-CAM) CONGRESSWOMAN HIRONO SAYS THAT EVEN THOUGH THE 14TH AMENDMENT WAS RATIFIED IN 1868, WOMEN STILL DIDN'T GET TO VOTE UNTIL 1920. AND EVEN TODAY IN HAWAII, HIRONO SAYS THAT A WOMAN MAKES 69 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR A MAN EARNS FOR PERFORMING IDENTICAL WORK. THE LANGUAGE IS SIMPLE - JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL, STATING THAT EQUALITY OF RIGHTS UNDER THE LAW SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX.

NO WORD YET ON WHEN THE E-R-A WOULD BE INTRODUCED OFFICIALLY, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT IT WOULD NEED 38 STATES TO RATIFY THE AMENDMENT. AND THE AMENDMENT WOULD OFFICIALLY BECOME A PART OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TWO YEARS AFTER THAT.

(MFD-MPD PROMOTIONS)(PiP-MFD LOGO)

J: HISTORY WAS MADE AT THE MAUI FIRE DEPARTMENT THIS WEEK AS FOUR FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF BATTALION CHIEF. ONE VACANCY WAS FILLED AND THREE NEW BATTALION CHIEF POSITIONS WERE CREATED. THE IDEA IS TO INCREASE THE SUPPORT TO FIRE CREWS AND INCIDENT COMMANDERS BY HAVING TWO BATTALION CHIEFS ON DUTY EVERY DAY INSTEAD OF JUST ONE.

(FF-CG-VO) FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, THE NEW BATTALION CHIEFS POSING WITH MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES ARE JAMES "KIMO" KINO, VALERIANO MARTIN, DERRICK ARRUDA AND KARL KUBO. TOGETHER THE FOUR MEN BRING A COMBINED 87 YEARS OF SERVICE AT NINE OF MAUI COUNTY'S 14 FIRE STATIONS. AND CHIEF KINO'S SON, KAULANA IS ALSO A FIREFIGHTER...SEEN HERE CONGRATULATING HIS DAD. GRANDSON HAMILTON KINO IS TOO SHORT TO PASS THE PHYSICAL.

(CON'T VO) MEANWHILE, AT THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT, THERE'S A NEW ADDITION - THIS 900-THOUSAND DOLLAR MOBILE COMMAND POST - A STATE OF THE ART ROLLING COMMUNICATION AND LOGISTIC COORDINATION DEVICE. THE CUSTOM-PAINTED VEHICLE WAS PAID FOR BY HOMELAND SECURITY AND LOCAL FORFEITURE FUNDS.

(ON-CAM-MATSUURA PIP) AND THE SENIOR RANKS OF THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE NOW COMPLETE WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT CAPTAIN DANNY MATSUURA HAS BEEN NAMED ASSISTANT CHIEF. MATSUURA WILL TAKE OVER THE COMMAND OF THE SUPPORT SERVICES BUREAU AT M-P-D, A POSITION THAT BECAME VACANT WHEN CLAYTON TOM WAS PROMOTED TO THE POSITION OF DEPUTY CHIEF. CHIEF MATSUURA'S ENTIRE CAREER HAS BEEN WITH THE MAUI FORCE, JOINING IN 1985. HE IS AN FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY GRADUATE AND UNTIL HIS NEW ASSIGNMENT, WAS CHIEF OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS.


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J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO UPCOUNTRY MAUI TO A SETTING SO PICTURESQUE THAT A GROUP OF MAUI ARTISTS COULDN'T HELP BUT … PICTURE IT. AND, EVEN THOUGH THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK ISN'T ROSY AROUND HERE, ONE BANK SAYS THAT NOW IS - IN FACT- THE PERFECT TIME TO MOVE INTO A BRAND NEW SOUTH MAUI LOCATION. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN WE COME BACK.

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(PAINT-OFF)(PiP-PAINTING)

J: PICTURE THIS: IT'S AN UPCOUNTRY SATURDAY MORNING. PASSING RAIN SHOWERS PLAY HIDE AND SEEK WITH THE SUN, AND THERE'S JUST ENOUGH OF A BREEZE TO RUFFLE THE EUCALYPTUS LEAVES. NOW ADD A STABLE OF HORSES, 800 ACRES TO ROAM AROUND - AND SOME OF MAUI'S VERY FINEST PLEIN AIR ARTISTS - AND YOU'VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING CALLED "THE MAKAWAO INVITATIONAL."

(TAKE PAINT-OFF PKG) THE EVENT IS A MONTH-LONG TOUR OF JAW-DROPPING VANTAGE POINTS WHERE JUST UNDER TWO DOZEN OF MAUI'S MOST GIFTED ARTISTS ARE INVITED TO CAPTURE ON CANVAS WHAT THEIR EYES AND IMAGINATIONS SHOW THEM. TYHE STYLE IS CALLEDF "PLEIN AIR, AND IT MEANS JUAST LIKE WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE IT MEANS - PLAIN AIR. AU NATURAL JUST YOU AND NATURE. NO SPECVIAL LIGHTING, NO PROPS, NO MODELS...EXCEPT THE KIND THAT SWIM, FLY, GALLOP OR OTHERWISE PASS BY ON THEIR OWN. HOME BASE FOR THE EVENT IS THE VIEWPOINT GALLERY IN MAKAWAO WHERE ALL OF THE ENTRIES WILL EVENTUALLY SHOW UP. AND THAT'S A LOT OF THEM. LAST SATURDAY, FOR EXAMPLE, AT PI'IHOLO RANCH, 23 ARTISTS COMPLETED MULTIPLE ENTRIES.

Oliver Perz, Gallery Director, Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao

OP01: "Every event - basically up to three or four from each event so in actuality we have almost a total of 200 pieces and all of them will be for viewing at the gallery at viewpoints in Makawao. - uh huh, to July 28th."

23 ARTISTS...HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS IN ALL KINDS OF CONDITIONS AND LIGHT , ARTISTS OF THIS CALIBER - EACH WITH THEIR OWN DISTINCT STYLE, WOULD HAVE TO MAKE IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PICK ONE PAINTING AS A WINNER OVER ANOTHER.

OP02: "Well, actually, all of the events right on location. Like today, for example at Pi'iholo Ranch, Janet and Jeff Baldwin will be awarding the best of the day. That will be framed and will also be at the gallery by tomorrow morning."

ARTIST JAMIE ROTH TOOK PART IN LAST YEAR'S EVENT AND SAYS HE LOVES EVERY MINUTE OF IT. THIS YEAR, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS THE "MOVING TARGET," IF YOU WILL, OF HAVING A HORSE OR TWO AS YOUR MODELS.

Jamie Roth, Artist

JR01: "The 'moving targets' are it. That's the biggest challenge. These horses were here for about 10 or 15 minutes and then they were gone. And here I am two hours later trying to finish them."

ROTH SAYS THAT EPITOMIZES THE KIND OF CHALLENGES THAT PLEIN AIR PRESENTS TO AN ARTIST. THINGS LIKE SUBJECT MATTER, LIGHTING DECISIONS... AND A GOOD MEMORY

JR02: "Oh yeah. You've got to focus on the moment and try to stick with what first caught your eye in the scene.. That's the challenge because everything's always changing. The light's always moving...the targets are always moving (laughs)."///

WITH THE ON-AGAIN OFF AGAIN RAINSHOWERS EVER-THREATENING, MANY OF THE 23 ARTISTS OPTED TO STAY NEAR THE HORSEBACK RIDING AREA. BUT WITH MORE THAN 800 INSPIRATIONAL ACRES AT PI'IHOLO RANCH, THE CREATIVE ONE HAVE BEE SCATTERED TO THE FOUR WINDS.

Janet Baldwin, Pi'iholo Ranch

JB01: "I think they're likely at 15 different locations. We have the zipline - some of them are there. We have the cabins and the Nene, so there are differene tlocations that they're able to paint at."

REMWEMBER, THE TASK FALLS UPON JANET'S SHOULDERS TO SELECT TODAY'S WINNING ENTRY. SO FAR, SHE SEEMS TO BE HOLDING UP WELL UNDER THE PRESSURE.

JB02: "I do have a favorite. I definitely have a favorite. So I'm hoping that will be a nice gift for my father-in-law down the road because this is his ranch and yet I don't think he's ever looked at different angles that I have either."

LAST YEAR'S PAINT-OFF WAS A WEEK-LONG EVENT. THIS YEAR THEY EXPANDED IT TO WEEKENDS OVER THE COURSE OF A MONTH. NEXT YEAR, WELL, LET'S JUST SAY THAT WHILE IT SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE OVER THIS...THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THE ART COMMUNIY ON MAUI THAT SAYS, JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE.

REPOERTING FROM PI'IHOLO RANCH FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM) BY THE TIME THE COMPETITION ENDS NEXT TUESDAY, MORE THAN 200 ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART WILL HAVE BEEN CREATED. MANY OF THEM HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD BUT - IF YOU HURRY - YOU CAN STILL SEE SOME OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE AND ORIGINAL VIEWS OF MAUI ALL IN ONE PLACE. THE VIEWPOINTS GALLERY IN MAKAWAO IS OPEN DAILY UNTIL 6 P.M.

(HNB MOVING)(PiP-HNB BANK SIGN

J: THE TIMING MAY SEEM A LITTLE ODD TO BUILD NEW SHOPPING CENTERS AND OPEN UP A BRAND NEW BANK BRANCH, BUT IT'S JUST ANOTHER OF THE SIGNS THAT MAYBE - JUST MAYBE - THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

(VO) THIS WEEK THE STOCK MARKET CLOSED ABOVE 9,000 POINTS - IT'S HIGHEST SINCE LAST NOVEMBER. CLOSER TO HOME, GAS PRIOCES DROPPED BY FOUR CENTS...THE FIRST TIME THAT'S HAPPENED IN MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS. AND THIS WEEK THE ANCHOR TENANT OF THE NEW SOUTH MAUI CENTER OPENED IT'S DOORS. HAWAII NATIONAL BANK'S KIHEI BRANCH WAS ONLY A FEW BLOCKS FROM HERE. THE NEW FACILITY HAS ALL THE STATE-OF-THE-ART FEATURES A MODERN BANK NEEDS, BUT PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT ISN'T NEW MAY BE THE BIGGER STORY HERE. HAWAII NATIONAL BANK DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE FEDERAL BANK BAILOUT. THAT WAS THEIR CHOICE...BASED ON THEIR BUSINESS STANDARDS AND PRACTICES HAVE KEPT THEM SOLID - FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS... IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD.

Bryan Luke, Exec VP, Hawaii National Bank.

BL01: We've always been well capitalized. We've always been conservative. Our philosophy is really to build relationships with our customers and make sure that - when they need it, we'll have the funds available for them."

COMMUNITY IS A BIG DEAL TO H-N-B. AND, WHILE THEIR SLOGAN MAY SEEM A LITTLTE OLD-FASHIONED - THE HOME OF WARM-HEARTED BANKERS - THINK ABOUT IT. IT'S THE KIND OF SLOGAN YOU WANT FROM AN INSTITUTION THAT IS GOING TO LOOK AT YOUR SITUATION IN THESE TOUGH TIMES, AND ADD THE HUMAN ELEMENT AS PART OF THE EQUATION WHILE THEY CONSIDER GRANTING A LOAN.

BL02: "We focus, primarily, on locally-owned, closely held companies. We are one as well - a locally owned, closely held bank. Really, our philosophy is to focus on the local companies. It's who we are. It's who we know. And that's who We want to help: the local business owners."

SO, WITH THAT - SURE IT'S THE KIHEI BRNACH OF HAWAII NATIONAL BANK MOVING JUST A FEW BLOCKS FROM THEIR OLD ONE. BUT, IT'S MORE THAN THAT. IT'S A SHINY NEW REMINDER THAT THINGS WILL GET BETTER AGAIN.

(ON-CAM TAG) HAWAII NATIONAL BANK'S NEWEST BRANCH OFFICE ON EAST LIPOA STREET IN KIHEI IS ONE OF TWO ON MAUI. THE OTHER IS IN KAHULUI. H-N-B ALSO HAS TWO BRANCHES ON THE BIG ISLAND AND ONE ON O'AHU.

B-TOSS-C

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, OH SURE THEY'VE WON IT ALL 24 YEARS IN A ROW...BUT CAN THEY MAKE IT 25? HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB FLEXES WHEN WE COME BACK - PLUS AN ENTIRE WEEK'S WORTH OF FUN THINGS TO DO ALL CRAMMED INTO...A WEEK. DETAILS IN COMING ATTRACTIONS WHEN WE COME BACK.

(C-BLOCK) (Sports)

J: CHECKING SPORTS, HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB IS BATTING A THOUSAND AGAIN. THE PERENNIAL CHAMPS OF THE MAUI COUNTY HAWAIIAN CANOE ASSOCIATION WILL BE TAKING 31 CREWS TO STATES - ON THE HEELS OF THE WIN SATURDAY. THE VICTORY MARKS A QUARTER OF A CENTURY THAT THE FOLKS IN THE BLUE CANOES HAVE WON IT ALL. THIS YEAR THEY TOTALED A WHOPPING ONE THOUSAND AND 57 POINTS - NEARLY DOUBLE THAT OF SECOND-PLACE KIHEI CANOE CLUB WHO RACKED UP AN IMPRESSIVE 546 POINTS FOR THE SEASON.

HAWAIIAN WILL, HOWEVER, BE SLIGHTLY HANDICAPPED THIS YEAR IN THAT THEY LOST TWO STATE BERTHS - ONE IN MEN’S NOVICE B AND THE OTHER IN WOMEN'S GOLDEN MASTERS. BUT LOOK FOR THE KAHULUI CLUB TO GO FOR IT WITH A VENGEANCE AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS YEAR AFTER THEIR TITLE STREAK WAS BROKEN LAST YEAR AFTER SEVEN STRAIGHT UNDEFEATED SEASONS. THE STATE REGATTA IS SATURDAY AUGUST FIRST ON HILO BAY.

AND TURNING TO COMING ATTRACTIONS, GOOD LUCK TRYING TO FIT EVERYTHING INTO THIS SATURDAY. AGAIN, YOU MAY WANT TO BEGIN YOUR PLAN NOW BY GATHERING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THEN DELEGATING WHO GETS TO GO WHERE.

FRIDAY NIGHT, THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER IS THE PLACE TO BE...ALL NIGHT, IN FACT, IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A YOUNGSTER IN THE THIRD THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE. THIS FRIDAY IS ONE OF THIS SUMMER'S MAUI OCEAN CENTERS SLEEPOVERS...WHERE YOUR KEIKI CAN LEARN WHAT SHARKS, FISH AND TURTLES DO AFTER DARK. THE 60-DOLLAR PRICE PER CHILD INCLUDES SNACKS, A PIZZA DINNER, CRAFTS AND GAMES, A VERY COOL SOUVENIR AND BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY MORNING.

FRIDAY NIGHT, THE OCEAN CENTER WILL BE AN EXTREMELY BUSY PLACE... LOTS OF KIDS WITH SLEEPING BAGS, AND LOTS OF STAFF WITH CANDLES. THAT'S BECAUSE THIS FRIDAY IS ALSO THE CORAL SPAWNING SPECTACULAR AT THE OCEAN CENTER. THERE'LL BE NATURALISTS AND OCEAN CENTER STAFF THERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. AND, AN UNDERWATER CAMERA FROM THE HUMPBACK WHALE SANCTUARY WILL EVEN BEAM LIVE CLOSE-UP IMAGES TO BIG SCREEN TVS. ADMISSION IS 27 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS AND 22 DOLLARS FROM KEIKI THREE TO TWELVE. FOR DETAILS ON BOTH OF THESE EVENTS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

YOU COULD CALL IT A BRUSH WITH A BRUSH WITH GREATNESS. AKAKU - MAUI COMMUNITY TELEVISION HOSTS A MONTHLY EVENT CALLED "PRODUCER'S NIGHT" AND THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IS A GOOD ONE. HOLLYWOOD FILM INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE DAN RICHTER WILL BE AT THE AKAKU MEDIA LAB, IN PERSON, TO SCREEN HIS NEWEST FILM, "MOONWATCHERS," AFTER WHICH HE WILL TALK STORY ABOUT HIS CLOSE WORK WITH DIRECTORS STANLEY KUBRICK AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE, AS WELL AS HIS LIVE-IN EXPERIENCE WITH JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO. LIGHT PUPUS WILL BE AVAILABLE AND A FIVE-DOLLAR DONATION IS SUGGESTED. IT WILL FILL UP SO GET THERE IN ADVANCE OF THE 6 P.M, START TIME AT THE AKAKU MEDIA LAB AT 333 DAIRY ROAD.

THIS WEEKEND'S OBON FESTIVAL MOVES TO UPCOUNTRY MAUI. BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS, THE MAKAWAO HONGWANJI MISSION OBON FESTIVAL WILL FILL THE AIR WITH MUSIC AND THE GROUNDS WITH DANCING. THE OBON SERVICE WILL PRECEDE THE DANCING IN THE TEMPLE. DANCING BEGINS AT 7-30 BOTH NIGHTS.

THE MAUI TRAILER BOAT CLUB WILL HOLD THEIR 25TH ANNUAL NORTH SHORE HANAPA'A TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND. BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, BOATS WILL LEAVE FROM KAHULUI HARBOR AT 6 A.M. ENTRY FEE IS 300 DOLLARS PER BOAT FOR UP TO FOUR FISHERMEN. ADDITIONAL ANGLERS ARE 75 DOLLARS APIECE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM

THIS WEEKEND YOU HAVE BOTH DAYS TO CELEBRATE MAUI'S TALENTED KEIKI ON THE WEST SIDE. IT'S THE 11TH ANNUAL KEIKI HULA FESTIVAL AT LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. IT’S A FREE, FAMILY FUN EVENT THAT FEATURES PERFORMANCES FROM SOME OF THE ISLAND'S MOST TALENTED BOYS AND GIRLS. IN ADDITION TO DANCING AND CHOKE KODAK MOMENTS, THERE WILL BE LEI-MAKING, WOOD CARVING, FACE-PAINTING AND MORE. THE EVENT TAKES OVER CENTER COURT BOTH DAYS AT LAHAINA CANNERY MALL.

A GROUP FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE MAUI LONG-TERM CARE PARTNERSHIP IS NOW KNOWN AS THE AGING WITH ALOHA COALITION. WE TELL YOU THAT BECAUSE THIS WEEKEND IS THE FIRST "AGING WITH ALOHA" FESTIVAL. THE FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL AGE GROUPS, FROM KEIKI TO KUPUNA WITH THE IDEA THAT THE JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE SHOULD BE A HEALTHY AND EMPOWERING ONE. ENTERTAINMENT, INFORMATION, FOOD AND FUN ARE ALL ON THE AGENDA FROM 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. SATURDAY IN THE PILINA BUILDING ON THE CAMPUS OF MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO COZY UP TO THE STARS, HERE'S YOU CHANCE TO GET AS CLOSE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN ON MAUI. THE SUMMER STAR PROGRAMS AT HALEAKALA CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEKEND. THIS SATURDAY NIGHT - AND AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT - IT'S AN HOUR-LONG STAR PARTY AT HOSMER'S GROVE. BRING SOMETHING TO LAY BACK ON...AND DRESS FOR VERY CHILLY TEMPERATURES. BUT YOU'LL LEARN HOW TO USE THE SUMMER STARS AS BOTH CLOCK AND CALENDAR. THE 10-DOLLAR PARK ENTRANCE FEE IS YOUR ADMISSION PRICE.

WOULD YOU STAY UP ALL NIGHT SATURDAY FOR A GOOD CAUSE? YOU MIGHT IF IT'S THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S WEST MAUI RELAY FOR LIFE. THE ANNUAL EVENT WILL TAKE OVER THE RECREATION FIELD AT THE LAHAINA AQUATIC CENTER FROM SIX SATURDAY NIGHT UNTIL SIX SUNDAY MORNING. FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS...AND EVEN NEW FRIENDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TEAM UP ON THE TRACK AND WALK OR RUN FOR 12 HOURS TO HELP FIND THE CURE. FOR MORE DETAILS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, THERE'S A NEW EVENT COMING TO LAHAINA THAT ORGANIZERS HOPE WILL QUICKLY BECOME AN ANNUAL FAVORITE. NEXT THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, IT'S "LAHAINA PLANTATION DAYS - THEN AND NOW." THIS THREE-DAY EVENT, HELD ON THE GROUNDS AROUND THE OLD PIONEER MILL SMOKESTACK, PAYS TRIBUTE TO WEST MAUI'S RICH PLANTATION HERITAGE. THERE ARE TONS OF EVENTS PLANNED TO COMMEMORATE THE 139-YEAR HISTORY OF THE OLD MILL. A THREE-DAY PASS IS JUST FIVE DOLLARS, OR ADMISSION IS THREE DOLLARS FOR ANY OF THE THREE DAYS OF THE FESTIVAL.

AND, COMING UP AUGUST FIRST IS ANOTHER FIRST-OF-ITS KIND EVENT - "HAMMER TIME MAUI" IS A SOCIAL EVENT PRESENTED BY HAMMER MAGAZINE. SATURDAY NIGHT, AUGUST FIRST AT THE KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUB, THERE WILL BE PUPUS, ENTERTAINMENT, LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION AND - THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING - THE SELECTION OF "MISTER HAMMER MAGAZINE FOR 2009 AND 2010." TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE, AND THIRTY DOLLARS AT THE DOOR.

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. THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S REPORT. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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(Solo-Center-Up)

J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. BEFORE WE GO, WE WANTED TO MENTION SOMETHING WE'RE EXTREMELY PROUD OF. WE'VE JUST JOINED FORCES WITH HONOLULU'S KHON-2 TO BRING YOU A WEEKLY MAUI TV NEWS REPORT EVERY FRIDAY DURING THE KHON-2 MORNING NEWS FROM 5 TO 8 A.M. AND IF YOUR BUSINESS IS INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING ON MAUI TV NEWS, OR ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

AND WE ALSO INVITE YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE OFTEN FOR DAILY, ONGOING UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS, SPECIAL REPORTS, EXTENDED COVERAGE, COMING ATTRACTIONS AND MORE. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

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