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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the week Beginning July 31, 2008



(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: IN ANOTHER ALL-TOO-FAMILIAR EPISODE OF "SHOCK AND AWE," THE LOSS OF NEARLY 300 JOBS AT MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE COMES AT A HORRIBLE TIME.

JY: RISING UNEMPLOYMENT IS JUST ONE PART OF THE INCREASINGLY BLEAK ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR MAUI COUNTY. THIS WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT.

J: BUT NOT EVERYTHING IS GLOOMY. THE MAUI BUS IS EXPERIENCING A GROWTH SPURT, SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO REST - EVEN A NEW FREE ROUTE IN LAHAINA.

JY: IN SPORTS, "THE PERFECT WAVE" WAS IN A KIHEI PARKING LOT THIS WEEK AS FLOW-RIDING COMPETITION TOOK OVER 'DA RUSH. KALAPANA HAS DETAILS AND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

J: AND HOLLY CHUNG JOINS US WITH DETAILS ON AN AMAZING ARRAY OF FUN THINGS TO SEE, DO AND EAT IN COMING ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

Open (TWO SHOT)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS, MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE INTERNET AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST. I'M JEFF KING.

JY: AND I'M JULIE Y. WHILE MOST PICTURES OF MAUI FALL UNDER THE CATEGORY OF "BREATHTAKING," THERE'S A NEW ONE THAT DOESN'T.

(Turn to cam) MAUI COUNTY'S ECONOMIC PICTURE IS NOW MISSING A HUGE CHUNK OF ONE OF ITS FAMILIES. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING BRINGS US THE LATEST IN THE LOSSES AT MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE.

(Take ML&P Pkg) MOLOKAI RANCH, ALOHA AIRLINES AND - LAST WEEK - MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE 1,000 JOBS AT MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE - GONE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS RAPID RESPOPNSE TEAM HAS HAD A BUSY YEAR - THE LATEST STOP BEING THE CORPORATE OFFICE AT KAPALUA.

James Hardway, Special Asst to Dir, DLIR

JH02: "Today's meeting, basically we brought together several public agencies and a private agency. We talked about unemplioyment - how to file, workforce development, how to register. Job training - we evaluate them, and help them with any sort of education they need."

William kennison, Div. Dir, ILWU Local 142

WK01: "We'll be working with the state to see what benefits they have in place. Job fairs and the like. Also, because this is agriculture, and there is the import and export of produce to foreign countries, there are federal programs available as well. And we'll be working to get assistance from the federal government."

MANY OF THE 274 LOSING THEIR JOBS ARE MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE AND WAREHOUSE UNION. THERE ARE 18,000 WORKERS IN HAWAII REPRESENTED BY THE UNION - INCLUDING DOCKS, WAREHOUSES BUT ALSO FARMS, GROCERY STORES, HOTELS AND GOLF COURSES. IN OTHER WORDS - ALL THE INDUSTRIES HIT HARDEST BY ECONMIC DOWNTURNS THIS YEAR. THAT, KENNISON SAYS, IS WHAT UNIONS ARE FOR - TO LOOK OUT FOR THEIR OWN. HARDWAY SAYS THE RAPID RESPONSE PROCESS IS A FLUID ONE - AND, WHILE OFFERING HELP TO DISPLACED WORKERS, THEY ALSO LEAR A FEW THINGS THEMLSEVES.

jh02B: "One of the things we did learn from the Aloha Airlines experience was insurance. A lot of times, this is the main breadwinner in the family so they want coverage. We brought in a Qwest advisor because - a lot of time they wouldn't qualify but their children certainly would.

wk02: "Because when you lose your job one of the first things you want taken care of is medical benefits to sustain your way of life and living. So we're working with the company and they have agreed to extend the medical benefits for a few more months."

COUNSELORS WERE ON HAND AT TUESDAY'S RAPID RESPONSE SESSION - TO OFFERING ADVICE ON COPING WITH THE STRESS OF THE HOPEFULLY-TEMPORARY SITUATION. BUT ONE GROUP, HARDWAY SAYS, THAT REALLY "STEPPED UP" WAS THE MAUI HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION.

JH02C:"and they were great. Basically as soon as the found out about Maui Land and Pine, they automatically went out to their membership. They had a list of over 100 jobs that hotels in Hawaii are hiring for right now from mid level to executive level."

KENNISON SAYS THE NEXT STEP IS KEEPING AN EYE ON HOW COMPANY BENEFITS WIND DOWN FOR LAID OFF WORKERS, PLUS WHAT THE COMPANY WILL DO WITH WORKERS FROM NOW-CLOSED HONOLUA PLANTATION WHO HAVE SENIORITY "BUMPING" RIGHTS TO TAKE OVER A JUNIOR-HELD JOB AT HALI'IMAILE OR THE KAHULUI CANNERY.

WK03: "Then, if we can get the federal assistance, we can get them the training in other industries. We've done that in the past - when sugar went down."

THE COMPANY IS FIGHTING FOR IT'S FISCAL LIFE. BUT THE ESSENCE OF COMMUNITY WAS EVIDENCED BY A LETTER FROM MAUI LAND CEO DAVID COLE TO THE MAUI NEWS WHERE HE LISTED THE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE ALREADY STEPPED FORWARD WITH OFFERS OF SERVICES - AND JOBS.

THE BAD NEWS IS THE OLD WAY OF LIFE ON MAUI IS GETTING FURTHER AND FURTHER IN THE PAST. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE SPIRIT OF KOKUA IS ALIVE AND WELL. FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING

(on-cam tag) WE'LL KEEP UP WITH THE DEVELOPMENTS ON THIS STORY AS IT CONTINUES. FOR THE LATEST, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO BREAKING NEWS.

(Trickle Down Economy)

J: TO PUT IT MILDLY - 2008 HAS BEEN A BIT OF A BUMPY RIDE FOR MAUI AND ALL OF HAWAII, ECONOMICALLY. OR - TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, IF HAWAII'S ECONOMY WERE COMPARED TO THE HINDENBURG...WELL, YOU PROBABLY GET THE PICTURE.

(vo) YES, THIS IS AN OPTICAP ILLUSION, BUT THE NUMBERS SEEM TO BE GOING THE WRONG WAY. WHEN ALOHA AND ATA AIRLINES LEFT THE SKIES IN APRIL, CAPACITY TO THE ISLANDS FELL BY THOUSANDS OF SEATS - LEADING TO INSTANT LOSSES FOR HOTELS AND CONDOS. THE LACK OF COMPETITION RESULTED IN NEARLY INSTANTANEOUS AND SUBSTANTIAL JUMPS IN AIRFARE, PLUS A FLURRY OF ADDED CHARGES FOR VARIOUS COMBINATIONS OF LUGGAGE.

THERE WAS A GLIMMER OF HOPE WHEN THE NUMBERS SHOWED THAT WHILE AIRLINE CAPACITY DROPPED BY 18 PERCENT, ARRIVALS DROPPED BY ONLY NINE PERCENT IN MAY. VACATIONERS SEEMED DETERMINED TO GET HERE - AND WHO CAN BLAME THEM.

BUT THEN CAME THE METEORIC RISE IN OIL PRICES, AND AN INSTANT JUMP IN GAS PRICES EVERYWHERE. A GAS-POWERED NATION - INCLUDING ITS VACATIONERS - STOPPED MOVING SO MUCH. ONE MAUI HOTEL EXECUTIVE WE TALKED TO JUST RETURNED FROM A MAINLAND TRIP, PERSONALLY EXPERIENCING WHAT WE'VE BEEN HEARING. NOW THE AIRLINES HAVE PLENTY OF SEATS - BUT THEY'RE TOO EXPENSIVE.

THE RESULT: STATEWIDE, VISITOR ARRIVALS IN JUNE DROPPED BY 14 PERCENT - THE BIGGEST DROP IN SIX AND A HALF YEARS. ON MAUI, IT'S EVEN MORE WORRISOME. JUNE ARRIVALS DECREASED BY 22 PERCENT. CONDO OCCUPANCY AT SEVERAL RESORTS IS AT 50 PERCENT. SOME HOTELS ARE ONLY 40 PERCENT FULL.

THEN THERE'S VISITOR SPENDING. WHILE THEY WERE HERE, VISITORS SPENT NEARLY 16 PERCENT LESS THAN LAST YEAR ON MAUI. 37 AND A HALF PERCENT LESS THAN LAST YEAR ON LANA'I AND A STAGGERING 43.6 PERCENT LESS ON MOLOKA'I.

THERE ARE CERTAINLY OTHER FACTORS THAT HAVEN'T HELPED MUCH. THE LOSS OF TWO CRUSIE SHIPS AND THEIR VACATIONING PASSENGERS HAS CERTAINLY HAD AN IMPACT. THEN THERE'S THE WORLDWIDE BRUISE ON MAUI CAUSED BY THE CRACKDOWN ON TEMPORARY VACATION RENTALS. AT LEAST ONE SIGNIFICANT NORTH SHORE SPORTING HAS HAD TO THROW IN THE TOWEL BECAUSE THE REGULARS CAN NO LONGER STAY WHERE THAY ALWAYS HAVE.

ADD TO THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF ALL OF THIS THE LOSS OF JOBS AT MOLOKAI RANCH, THE AIRLINES AND - LAST WEEK - MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE.

THERE ARE BRIGHT SPOTS, HOWEVER. VISITOR NUMBERS FROM CANADA ARE CLIMBING AT SEADY AND UNPRECEDENTED RATES. AND - THE LONG-TERM PICTURE IS PROMISING. THE RESERVATION MANAGER AT ONE ONE MAUI CONDO SAID RESERVATIONS FOR THIS WINTER ARE THE BEST HE'S SEEN IN YEARS.

VISITOR INDUSTRY EXPERTS ARE STRATEGIZING. THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHROITY THIS WEEK ANNOUNCED A THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR AD CAMPAIGN TO LURE THE WORLD BACK TO THE ISLANDS. IT'S A FAIR CERTAINTY THAT WILL COME...AND WHEN THEY DO - IT WILL BE JUST AS BEAUTIFUL AS EVER - JUST LIKE BEFORE.

(on-cam tag) FOR THOSE INTENT ON LOOKING FOR THE SILVER LINING - CONSIDER GAS PRICES. WHILE PRICES ON MAUI REMAIN AROUND FOUR-SIXTY-EIGHT A GALLON FOR REGULAR UNLEADED, LOOK WHERE YOU GET TO DRIVE. THE CHEAPEST GAS IN AMERICA THIS WEEK, ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A, IS IN DERBY, KANSAS...AT THREE-FORTY-NINE A GALLON. BUT, YOU HAVE TO DRIVE TO THE SUBURBS OF WICHITA TO GET IT.


TOSS TO B BLOCK

JY: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, IF YOU DON'T MIND A LITTLE SQUINTING, THINGS ARE LOOKING UP AT MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY. WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE ON EVERYTHING FROM AWARDS TO ALGAE WHEN WE COME BACK.

J: AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE UPS AND DOWNS AT THE MAUI BUS. HERE'S A HINT: RIDERSHIP IS UP AND - FOR SOME - THE WAIT-TIME AND THE COSTS ARE DOWN.

JY: AND AN UPDATE ON A MOST SUCCESSFUL EVENT COMING THIS WEEKEND - THAT COULD BE THE LAST OF ITS KIND. DETAILS ON THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

B BLOCK

(MECO)(PiP-SolarPanel)

JY: IF YOU THINK YOU'RE SEEING MORE AND MORE SOLAR WATER HEATING PANELS ON ROOFTOPS - GOOD EYE. THESE DAYS, YOU'RE ALSO SEEING A LOT MORE SOLAR POWER PANELS UP THERE AS WELL. AS MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER JEFF KING TELLS US, MAUI ELECTRIC IS ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP UTILITIES WHEH IT COMES TO SOLAR POWER - AND THEY'VE GOT THE NUMBERS TO PROVE IT.

(Take meco pkg) BEAUTY, AS THEY SAY, IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. WHILE SOME CONSIDER THE KAHEAWA WINDMILLS AN EYESORE, MANY SEE THEM AS SENTINELS OF SILENT BEAUTY, TURNING PURE AIR INTO ENERGY. PULLING BACK FROM THAT VIEW, THERE'S ANOTHER ENERGY SOURCE WITH EVEN FEWER MOVING PARTS. SOLAR PANELS ATOP THE MAUI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD CENTER AT THE KIHEI RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PARK. PROJECTS LIKE THE 60,000 WATTS OF JUICE - STRAIGHT FROM THE SUN, AND PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY AND AGENCIES LIKE MEDB HAVE EARNED MAUI ELECTRIC A TOP-TEN RANKING IN THE ENTIRE U.S. IN TERMS OF SOLAR INTEGRATION.

IN HAWAII, ONE IN FOUR HOMES HAVE SOLAR WATER HEATING, AND NOWEHERE ARE THERE MORE, PERCENTAGE-WISE, THAN ON MAUI. EARLIER THIS YEAR, HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC CEO MIKE MAY DECLARED MAUI THE MOST FORWARD-THINKING HAWAIIAN ISLAND WHEN IT COMES TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. WE HAVE SOLAR, WIND...WAVE POWER COMING SOON TO MAUI'S NORTH SHORE...BUT WHEN IT COMES TO BEAUTY BEING IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDRE...IT TAKES A PRETTY WELL-TRAINED EYE TO FIND THIS BEAUTIFUL. ALGAE. GROWN RIGHT HERE ON MAUI, TO MAKE BIOFUEL TO POWER MECO'S MA'ALAEA POWER PLANT.

KD01: "Actually it's something we've been looking at for a long time. We're very pleased at this point to at least take the first step in bringing this project to fruition. That first step, of course, is partnering with our partners - A&B, Alexander and Baldwin - who will provide the land, and HR Biopetroleum who will actually build the facility. ///"

THE THE H-R BIOPETROLEUM ALGAE PLANT WILL BE BUILT RIGHT NEXT TO THE MAUI ELECTRIC MA'ALAEA POWER PLANT - NOT ONLY BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE BIOFUEL WOULD BE DELIVERED, BUT BECAUSE PART OF WHAT THE ALGAE NEEDS IS WHAT SPEWS FROM THE POWER PLANT'S SMOKE STACKS.

KD02: "Basically, algae consume carbon dioxide. So what's going to happen is that Maui Electric, Hawaiian Electric, is going to provide the carbon dioxide from right there at our plant there in Ma'alaea directly to the algae facility."

THIS IS THE ALGAE FACILITY H-R IS COMPLETING AT THE NATURAL ENERGY LAB IN KONA ON THE BIG ISLAND. THOSE MEANDERING POOLS ARE SHALLOW, FILLED WITH THIS STUFF - MARINE MICROALGAE THAT CAN BE SQUEEZED TO CREATE LIPIDS - WHICH ARE CONVERTED TO BIODIESEL TO RUN THE MECO POWERPLANT. THAT'S A VERY SIMPLISTIC DESCRIPTION OF A PROCESS THAT ALSO - REMEMBER - TAKES CO2 EXHAUST OUT OF THE AIR AND FEEDS IT TO THE ALGAE, PLUS THE LEFTOVERS FROM THE OIL CONVERSION PROCESS CAN BE CONVERTED TO FOOD FOR LIVESTOCK. FUTURISTIC THINKING TO SOLVE TODAY'S REAL PROBLEMS.

KD03: "It will allow us to decrease the amount of fossil fuels we import into the island. It would allow us to reduce our carbon footprint - which is critical. It will help us to be able to support local agriculture and keep these energy dollars here in the state - here on Maui, which is critical. And, finally, it'll help get us one step closer to achieving our goal of 70 percent renewable energy by the year 2030."

SEVENTY PERCENT RENEWABLE IN JUST MORE THAN TWO DECADES? IT SUDDENLY SEEMS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE ONE-FAR OUT NOW REASONABLE IDEAS OF WIN, SOLAR, WAVE POWER...AND NOW POND SCUM. REPORTING FROM KAHULUI FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG) AS PART OF THE STATE GOAL OF USING MORE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES - HAWAII BECAME THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO REQUIRE SOLAR WATER HEATING IN ALL NEW HOMES BEING BUILT STARTING IN 2010.

(Bus, Bus stops)(PiP-Bus)

J: IN FRONT OF MORE AND MORE HOMES ARE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE AT THE BUS STOP. THE MAUI BUS JUST WRAPPED UP AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL FISCAL YEAR. AND TO CELEBRATE - YOU GUESSED IT - MORE SEATS.

(vo) A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, WHEN PROJECTIONS WERE MADE, COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR DON MEDIEROS SAID HE WAS OPTIMISTIC THAT MORE THAN A MILLION RIDERS WOULD USE THE MAUI BUS IN FISCAL YEAR 2008. WELL, HE WAS WRONG. THE NUMBER WAS ACTUALLY CLOSER TO ONE AND A HALF MILLION. TO BE EXACT, ONE-POINT-4-5 MILLION PEOPLE RODE THE MAUI BUS IN THE FISCAL YEAR THAT ENDED JUNE 30TH. THAT WAS 68 PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S RIDERSHIP.

AND, WE'RE STILL NOT SURE WHO TO THANK, BUT AT MANY BUS STOPS ACROSS PARTS OF THE ISLAND, FOLKS DON'T HAVE TO STAND TO WAIT FOR THE BUS. THESE RATHER BASIC BUS BENCHES HAVE SPRUNG UP ACROSS MOST OF THE SOUTH MAUI ROUTES. THE COUNTY DIDN'T PUT THEM THERE AND THEY CAN'T. IN ORDER TO PUT IN BUS STOPS, THE COUNTY HAS TO NEGOTIATE WITH OWNERS OF THE LAND WHERE THE SHELTER WOULD BE, PREPARE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS FOR THE STOPS AND THEN BUILD THEM ACCORDING TO FEDERAL ACCESS GUIDELINES. IN THE MEANTIME, WHILE THAT EXPENSIVE AND CERTAINLY LONG PROCESS IS JUST BEGINNING - SOMEONE TOOK MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND CRAFTED A BATCH OF COLORFUL SEATS.

(on-cam) THERE'S PARTICULARLY GOOD NEWS FOR WEST SIDE RIDERS. STARTING TOMORROW - AUGUST FIRST - THE LAHAINA VILLAGER - ROUTE NUMBER 23 WILL BEGIN DAILY SERVICE, TRAVELLING THROUGH SEVERAL LAHAINA NEIGHBORHOODS IN A CONTINUOUS LOOP. THE BUS WILL STOP AT POPULAR SPOTS INCLUDING THE LAHAINA AQUATICS CENTER AND THE CIVIC CENTER. THE BEST PART: IT'S FREE. THE SERVICE IS THE RESULT OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND THE GROUP, LAHAINA BYPASS NOW.

ALSO BEGINNING AUGUST FIRST THE MAUI BUS BEGINS EXPANDED SERVICE FOR THE UPCOUNTRY ISLANDER AND HAIKU ISLANDER ROUTES. STOPS ALONG BOTH ROUTES WILL DOUBLE IN FREQUENCY - FROM ONCE EVERY THREE HOURS TO ONCE EVERY 90 MINUTES. FOR A BUS SCHEDULE AND ROUTES, FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE MAUI BUS FROM OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

(E-CYCLE)(PiP-e-CYCLE)

JY: THE SEMI-ANNUAL COUNTY-WIDE EFFORT TO KEEP ELECTRONIC TRASH OUT OF THE LANDFILL IS HERE. AND IT'S HERE FOR THE LAST TIME. E-CYCLING, ONCE-UPON-A-TIME KNOWN AS COMPU-SWAP, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM PARKING LOT THIS WEEKEND.

A PERMANENT FACILITY TO ACCEPT OUTDATED ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT IS ALMOST COMPLETE AT THE UPDATED HABITAT FOR HUMANITY "RE-STORE" IN WAILUKU, ON NORTH MARKET STREET IN THE OLD T-K MARKET IN HAPPY VALLEY.

(VO) ORGANIZERS SAY THEY WANT TO MAKE THIS LAST ORGANIZED EVEN THE BIGGEST AND BEST OF ALL. THE AMAZINGLY SUCCESSFUL EVENT GETS SMOOTHER EVERY TIME AS COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR OUTDATED, BROKEN OR OBSOLETE COMPUTERS, TELEVISIONS AND ALMOST ANYTHING ELSE ELECTRONIC TO THE WAILUKU PARKING LOT DURING THE EVENT.

A JOINT EFFORT OF THE MAUI COUNTY AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, IN ADDITION TO GIVEAWAYS AND A FREE STUFF SALVAGE AREA, ORGANIZERS ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO MAKE A DONATION OF TEN DOLLARS FOR EACH COMPLETE COMPUTER SYSTEM THEY DROP OFF.

(VO-FF-CG) THE FIRST DAY OF THE E-CYCLING EVENT IS OPEN TO BUSINESSES, SCHOOL AND ORGANIZATIONS - ONLY - TO DROP OFF ELECTRONIC GEAR. THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM NINE TO ONE. DURING THAT TIME YOU CAN DROP OFF OUTDATED GEAR, BROWSE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME EXCEPTIONAL DEALS AND GIVEAWAYS.

(on-cam) E-CYCLING ORGANIZERS SAY THEY HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL INQUIRIES ABOUT THE 2009 SWITCH TO DIGITAL BROADCASTING, AND WHETHER OR NOT EXISTING TVS WILL BE OBSOLETE. THE ANSWER IS NO - MOSTLY. IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR TELEVISION SIGNAL VIA CABLE OR SATELLITE DISH - WHICH NEARLY EVERYONE ON MAUI DOES - THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE IN SERVICE WHEN THE SWITCH IS MADE NEXT FEBRUARY. HOWEVER, IF YOU - SOMEHOW - GET YOUR TV PROGRAMS BY MEANS OF AN ANTENNA, YOU WILL NEED A NEW TV WITH A DIGITAL TUNER, OR A DIGITAL CONVERTER BOX. THOSE CONVERTER BOXES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT LARGER RETAILERS, AND THERE IS A 40-DOLLAR COUPON FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP YOU PAY FOR IT. YOU'LL FIND THE DETAILS AT MAUITVNEW-DOT-COM. FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.


(Toss to C Block)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, EL ROLO, A BACK-FLIP RE-ENTRY AND A DOUBLE 720...TRICKS THAT SCORE HIGH ON A PERFECT WAVE - AND THAT'S JUST WHAT HAPPENED SATURDAY IN KIHEI. KALAPANA HAS DA HIGHLIGHTS FROM DA EXHIBITION AND DA COMPETITION AT DA RUSH IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

JY: THEN HOLLY CHUNG JOINS US WITH FUN, FOOD AND MORE IN COMING ATTRACTIONS - INCLUDING WHAT THEY’LL DO TO LET MORE PEOPLE TAKE IN WEST SIDE STORY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS.

(sports) (PiP-Sports)

K: IN PADDLING CIRCLES, SOME CALL THEM PILIKUA LUA - THE TWO GIANTS. AND THAT MAKES THIS WEEKEND A GENUINE CLASH OF THE TITANS!

ALOHA EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, I'M KALAPANA.

AFTER A RECORD SETTING SEASON, OR - MORE CORRECTLY - AFTER 24 RECORD-SETTING SEASONS, HAWAIIAN CANOE CLUB IS FACING THEIR BIGGEST FOE OF ALL THIS WEEKEND: THEMSELVES.

AFTER RACKING UP MORE THAN A THOUSAND POINTS IN THE JUST-COMPLETED MAUI COUNTY HAWAIIAN CANOE ASSOCIATION REGATTA SEASON, HAWAIIAN LEADS A POWERFUL CONTINGENT OF 12 MAUI COUNTY CLUBS TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS OF PADDLING SATURDAY AT KE'EHI LAGOON.

WHEN YOU COMPARE HAWAIIAN TO THEIR ARCH-RIVAL LANIAKI ON PAPER, THE SHEER TONNAGE FAVORS THE O'AHU CLUB. THEIR UNBEATEN SEASON QUALIFIED THEM IN 37 OF THE 39 EVENTS ON SATURDAY. HAWAIIAN WILL BRING 33 CREWS. BUT HAWAIIAN ALSO BRINGS SEVEN STRAIGHT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THEM AS WELL. LAST YEAR LANIKAI LOOKED EVEN STRONGER ON PAPER, WITH 38 CREWS TO HAWAIIAN'S 31. BUT IN THE END, WHEN ALL THE POINTS FROM ALL THOSE RACES WERE ADDED, THE MAUI CREWS WITH THE BLUE CANOES OUTSCORED LANIKAI 359 TO 328.

CANOE RACING ANALYSTS FROM ACROSS THE STATE AGREE: IF HAWAIIAN DOESN'T - SOMEHOW - PSYCH THEMSELVES OUT, THEY'LL CONTINUE TO BE THE CLUB THAT OWNS THE SPORT IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

(FF-CG-VO) ONLY FIVE CLUBS ARE VYING FOR THE OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY IN TGHE MIGHTY QUAD-A CATEGORY. FOUR OF THE FIVE ARE FROM O'AHU...BUT ONLY ONE - AND I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO SAY THIS - BUT ONLY ONE...IS HAWAIIAN!

IN TRIPLE-A, KIHEI CANOE CANOE CLUB WILL BRING 20 CREWS. IN DOUBLE-A, MAUI COUNTY CLUBS INCLUDE KAHANA, LAE ULA O KAI AND MOLOKAI'S WA'AKAPAEMUA. AND IN THE BUSY A-DIVISION, NA KAI EWALU, WAILEA, MOLOKA'I, NAPILI AND HANA WILL PLACE THEIR KOA CANOES IN THE WATER.

(ON-CAM) A TOTAL OF 58 CLUBS AND MORE THAN 2,000 PADDLERS ARE EXPECTED AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP. INCIDENTALLY, IF HAWAIIAN WINS IT AGAIN THIS YEAR, THEIR EIGHTH STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP WOULD PUT THEM JUST ONE BEHIND THE ALL-TIME STREAK OF NINE STRAIGHT, WON BY OUTRIGGER CANOE CLUB IN THE 80S AND EARLY 90S.

IMUA MAUI!

MEANWHILE, MOVING ACROSS THE WATER VERY QUICKLY WITHOUT GOING ANYWHERE. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE FUN? WE'LL LET YOU BE THE JUDGE.

(VO)(Several rides at flowrider competition) THE FIRST ANNUAL FLOWRIDER WAVE LOCK FLOW SERIES CAME TO MAUI SATURDAY TO 'DA RUSH IN KIHEI. THE HOME OF THE PERFECT WAS AN IDEAL PLACE TO BOTH KEEP COOL AND BE COOL AS COMPETITORS BATTLED IN STANDUP AND BODYBOARD DIVISIONS. CAPTURING FIRST IN MENS STANDUP WAS TONY RICHARDS - WHO, FOR ALL THIS FUN AND HIS EFFORT, WON A TRIP TO SAN DIEGO TO COMPETE IN THE NATIONAL FLOWRIDER CHALLENGE. THE WINNER OF THAT EVENT EARNS THE NATIONAL TITLE AND A ROYAL CARRIBEAN CRUISE.

(on-cam) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS FOR THIS WEEK. IF YOUR TEAM HAS A NEW SEASON, TRYOUTS OR A SPECIAL EVENT COMING UP, BE SURE TO LET US KNOW ABOUT. SEND THE INFORMATION TO SPORTS AT MAUITVNEWS.COM. SEND IT AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE AND WE'LL TRY TO GET A CREW OUT TO CAPTURE THE EVENT. FOR MAUI TV NEWS I'M KALAPANA. NOW HERE'S HOLLY CHUNG WITH COMING ATTRACTIONS.


(coming attractions)

HC: SHARKS UNDER THE STARS, THE INSPIRATION OF THE TANGO, AND THE IRRRESISTABLE URGE TO RESPOND WHEN "MAUI CALLS." ALOHA EVERYONE, I'M HOLLY CHUNG WITH THE RUNDOWN ON THOSE EVENTS AND MORE SUMMER FUN IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

LAST WEEK'S OPENING PERFORMANCES OF WEST SIDE STORY WERE SO POPULAR THAT THIS WEEK, THEY'RE MOVING THE STAGE BACK TO MAKE MORE ROOM FOR MORE PEOPLE TO SEE THE SHOW. THE MAUI ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS WEST SIDE STORY, UNDER THE STARS AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION IN WAIKAPU. THE SHOW RUNS THROUGH THIS SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. SEATING IS ON THE LAWN, SO BRINGS A BLANKET OR A LOW-BACK BEACH CHAIR. TICKETS ARE 20 AND 16 DOLLARS.

TO SEE ONE OF MAUI'S OTHER VERY FAVORITE SHOWS AT A GREAT PRICE, BRING YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO ULALENA. YES, BRING A RULER, GLUE STICK OR A BOX OF CRAYONS AND YOU'LL GET 15 DOLLARS OFF THE REGULAR KAMA'AINA PRICES FOR ADMISSION TO ULALENA AT THE MAUI THEATER BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST 31ST. FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, CONTACT THE MAUI THEATER BOX OFFICE IN LAHAINA.

PASSION, EXCITEMENT AND FIRE...ALL WITH A HEART-POUNDING BEAT. INSPIRACION DEL TANGO IS COMING TO THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER'S CASTLE THEATER AUGUST NINTH. THIS EXCITING SHOW IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FIFTH ANNUAL TANGOFEST MAUI - AT THE STUDIO MAUI IN HAIKU, HAPPENING AUGUST SIXTH THROUGH THE TENTH. COME EXPERIENCE THE FIERY WORLD OF THE ARGENTINIAN TANGO. TICKETS ARE 20 AND 10 DOLLARS.

OR...FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, HOW ABOUT ENJOYING THE DARK AND MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF THE DEEP? MAUI OCEAN CENTER BEGINS IT'S "NIGHT AT THE REEF" MONTHLY EVENTS ON AUGUST 14TH. IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE REEF AND EXPLORE THE UNDERSEA OF MAUI'S OCEANS AFTER DARK. TICKETS ARE 24 DOLLARS.

IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY YOU CAN HEAR IT. YOU CAN'T HELP BUT ANSWER WHEN "MAUI CALLS." THE MACC'S ANNUAL GALA FOOD AND WINE FUNDRAISER IS SET FOR AUGUST 15TH. THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "CANOES," AND THERE'S SURE TO BE PLENTY OF WAYS TO HUKI AND HULI ON THE GREAT LAWN AT THE MACC. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS.

MAUI ONSTAGE IS ABOUT TO LOWER THE CURTAIN ON IT’S RUN OF "ONCE ON THIS ISLAND," A ROMANTIC AND TRAGIC TALE OF LOVE SURVIVING AGAINST PREJUDICE, HATRED, AND DEATH. SET ON A BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN ISLAND, THIS ORIGINAL MUSICAL PLAYS AT THE HISTORIC IAO THEATER, THRU THIS SUNDAY. PERFORMANCES ARE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 7:30 PM, AND THE FINAL PERFORMANCE THIS SUNDAY, AT 5 PM. TICKETS ARE 20 DOLLARS.

IF YOU’D LIKE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE EVENTS AND MORE, GO TO MAUITVNEWS.COM, AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. I’D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT EVENTS THAT ARE COMING UP HERE ON MAUI, SO PLEASE SEND YOUR INFORMATION, AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE, TO COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS.COM. I’M HOLLY CHUNG, AND THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK’S REPORT. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUITVNEWS, RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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J: THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. WE LEAVE YOU THIS WEEK WITH MORE OF THE AMAZING AND ACROBATIC MOVES THAT ONE CAN ACCOMPLISH - IF ONE IS ACCOMPLISHED AT THE SPORT OF FLOW-RIDING.

JY: REMEMBER, YOU CAN WATCH THIS - OR ANY OF OUR FOUR MOST RECENT EDITIONS OF MAUI TV NEWS, ANYTIME ON DEMAND ON OUR WEBSITE. YOU'LL ALSO FIND DAILY UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS AND MUCH MORE, SO PLEASE LOOK FOR US AT MAUITVNEWS.DOT-COM. AND UNTIL NEXT WEEK, ALOHA.

J: ALOHA

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