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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for August 20, 2009



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(headlines - vo)

J: HAWAI'I TURNS 50...AS A STATE. AND WHILE THAT'S CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION FOR SOME, IT REMAINS A LONG-SUFFERED PAIN FOR OTHERS.

AND, IT'S THE LARGEST SEIZURE OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA IN THE HISTORY OF THE MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT. SO FAR THERE'S BEEN ONLY ONE ARREST.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, AND WE'LL ALSO TAKE YOU UP AND ABOVE IT ALL AS WE ZIP AWAY TO UPCOUNTRY MAUI. THIS WEEK'S NEWS, SPORTS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS ARE ALL AHEAD ON MAUI TV NEWS.

(intro-FF)

J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN THIS WEEK TO MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, ALL THE PICTURES WERE IN BLACK AND WHITE - WHEN PRESIDENT DWIGHT EISENHOWER SIGNED THE DOCUMENT THAT MADE HAWAI'I THE NATION'S 50TH STATE.

(Turn to cam) STILL, A HALF-CENTURY LATER, THERE ARE THOSE WHO'VE ENJOYED THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE COME WITH STATEHOOD, AND THOSE WHO STILL THINK IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

(TAKE STATEHOOD PKG) JUST LIKE A SHINY NEW HAWAI'I QUARTER, THE STORY OF HAWAI'I STATEHOOD HAS TWO SIDES. 50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, THERE WAS MUCH CELEBRATING AS THE NATION'S NEWEST STATE ADDED IT'S STAR TO THE FLAG. MAUI MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AT SAINT ANTHONY'S WHEN IT HAPPENED - AND SHE ACTUALLY RECALLS A LITTLE BIT OF JEALOUSY FROM THOSE DAYS.

CT01: "...we were very disappointed that we weren't the 49th...and that Alaska had been selected ahead of Hawai'i. And we were indignant about it because we wanted to be the next one - and the first one outside the contiguous United States."///

SHE SAYS THEY GOT OVER IT LATER. BESIDES, "HAWAI'I 4-9" JUST DIDN'T SOUND RIGHT. NOW THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN. THURSDAY AFTERNOON A GROUP OF ABOUT 100 GATHERED IN FRONT OF THE STATE BUILDING IN WAILUKU.

Foster Ampong, Hawai'i National

FA01: "We're here today to bring awareness to the public and to the community about the truth behind Admissions Day. This isn't about the majority of Hawaiians voting for statehood. What really took place was the majority of foreigners who were living in the islands in 1959 wanted statehood."///

THE PRESS BACK THEN MADE IT LOOK LIKE EVERYONE WAS IN FAVOR OF THE IDEA AND THAT HAPPY DAYS HAD FINALLY ARRIVED IN THE ALOHA STATE. FOR THE MAYOR AS A YOUNG WOMAN GOING OFF TO COLLEGE, IT MEANT PEOPLE WOULDN'T LOOK AT HER AS A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN - BUT SHE WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT STATEHOOD FOR HAWAI'I HADN'T MADE MUCH OF AN IMPRESSION ON THE STUDENTS AT HER COLLEGE IN OREGON.

CT02: "I was quite surprised that a lot of the kids - most of the kids in that college - were not familiar with Hawai'i at all. They'd never been there. They didn't know where it was. Some even asked me if I lived in a grass shack. Did I have running water. Did I have to buy clothes to come to college. You know, stupid things like that are kind of a joke now, but they were serious. They just didn't know about Hawai'i or about its people."

MEANWHILE, THE PROTEST TODAY WAS PEACEFUL - YET FRUSTRATING FOR HAWAIIANS BECAUSE, THEY SAY, STATEHOOD WAS NOT ONLY ILLEGAL AND PAINFUL BUT - AMPONG BELIEVES - TIME HAS NOT HEALED WOUNDS FOR HAWAIIANS.

FA02: "For Hawaiians, it has gotten worse."

HE CITED HOMELESSNESS, THE SCARCITY OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND HEALTHCARE. AND HE ALSO TOLD US WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF HIS DREAM COULD COME TRUE.

FA03: "When I look at the islands, the economy, the land. Right off the bat what it tells me is there's enough for everyone, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian. So this notion about having to be part of the United States is really unfounded. The first thing I would do is house everybody. Feed everybody. Give everybody healthcare. There is no good, justifiable fact where anybody can tell me we cannot do this - here in the islands or here in the United States."

AND THE MAYOR, WHILE BEING A LIFE-LONG CIVIL SERVANT IN A GOVERNMENT SYSTEM SAYS SHE CAN SEE WHERE THESE PEOPLE ARE COMING FROM.

CT03: "I can understand why there is dissent - because of the way the history of Hawai'i came about and there are poeple who feel very strongly about the injustices done way back then."//

AMONG THE INJUSTICES, AMPONG POINTS TO A VOLUME CALLED THE KU'E - A DOCUMENT OF PETITIONS - SIGNED BY MORE THAN 40,000 NATIVE HAWAIIANS IN 1897 AND 1898 WHO WER AGAINST ANNEXATION. HE SAYS THE DOCUMENT WAS DELIVERED TO WASHINGTON - YET DISAPPEARD FOR A CENTURY INTO A CLERK'S FILE. THIS STORY WON'T END WITH THE 50TH CELEBRATION OR THE 50TH PROTEST. BOTH MAYOR TAVARES AND FOSTER AMPOND HAD MUCH MORE TO TELL US. TO SEE THEIR COMPLETE INTERVIEWS, GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO EXTENDED COVERAGE.

(on-cam tag) UNDERSTANDABLY, THE STATE'S MAJOR CELEBRATIONS ARE HAPPENING IN HONOLULU - BUT EVERY ISLAND IS GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT. A LITTLE LATER IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE MAJOR MAUI CELEBRATION THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN HANA.

(DRUG BUST)(PiP - pot boxes)

J: MAUI POLICE ARE HAILING IT AS A MAJOR BLOW TO STREET-LEVEL DRUG ACCESS.

THE LARGEST SEIZURE OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA IN THE HISTORY OF MAUI COUNTY CAME AS THE RESULT OF A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN MAUI POLICE, THE HAWAII STATE AIRPORT TASK FORCE, THE F-B-I, THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION.

(FF-CG-VO) POLICE SAY THEY RECEIVED A TIP THAT THIS AND SEVERAL OTHER SUSPICIOUS LOOKING CONTAINERS WERE ARRIVING ON MAUI VIA A PRIVATE SHIPPING COMPANY. LAST WEDNESDAY THEY SEVRED A SEARCH WARRANT ON THE COMPANY AND THEIR SERACH TURNED UP 130 POUNDS OF PROCESSED, HIGH-GRADE MARIJUANA.

THE NEXT DAY THEY SERVED A SERCH WARRANT ON A PRIVATE STORAGE FACILITY IN KAHULUI - WHERE THEY FOUND ANOTHER POUND AND A HALF OF MARIJUANA ALONG WITH DRUG PARAPHANALIA.

POLICE, FBI AND DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENTS WORKED ALONG WITH KAHULUI AIRPORT SECURITY FORCES ON THE DRUG INTERCEPTION. U.S. CUSTOMS OFFICIALS BECAME INVOLVED BECAUSE THE WOMAN ARRESTED WAS A 37 YEAR-OLD SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZEN, LIVING ILLEGALLY IN KULA. SHE WAS TAKEN TO O'AHU WHERE WHE FACES MULTIPLE STATE AND FEDERAL CHARGES. POLICE ON WEDNESDAY DECLINED TO COMMENT FURTHER - OTHER THAN TO ADD THAT SHE WAS NOT ACTING ALONE.

CALLING IT THE LARGEST SEIZURE OF MARIJUANA IN COUNTY HISTORY, THE STREET VALUE OF THE DRUG IS EXTIMATED AT MORE THAN 841,000 DOLARS.

(ON-CAM TAG) POLICE STILL WON'T IDENTIFY THE FREIGHT COMPANY THROUGH WHICH THE POT WAS BEING DELIVERED TO MAUI - NOR WOULD THEY SPECULATE HOW LONG IT'S BEEN GOING ON, OR IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE METHOD OF GETTING THE MARIJUANA ONTO THE ISLAND.

(TOSS TO B BLOCK)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, MAUI COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE FIGURED OUT A NEW METHOD TO COLLECT BACK PROPERTY TAXES: PUBLICITY. AND WE'LL TAKE YOU UPCOUNTRY TO A LAID-BACK PLACE WHERE LAYING BACK RESULTS IN A MAJOR RUSH. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

B BLOCK

(ZIPLINE)(PiP-Zipping)

J: MOST PEOPLE HEAD TO UPCOUNTRY MAUI FOR THE PEACE, TRANQUILITY AND RELAXING LAID-BACK ENVIRONMENT. BUT THERE'S ONE MAUI BUSINESS THAT'S QUICKLY MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES BY OFFERING THE CHANCE TO DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE.

(TAKE ZIPLINE PKG) IN THE RAINFORESTS ABOVE MAKAWAO TOWN, THERES A SOUND BECOMING MORE AND MORE FAMILIAR (ZIP SOUND) THE SPRAWLING PI'IHOLO RANH ADDED THE PI'IHOLO ZIPLINE LAST DECEMBER. SINCE THEN, THEY'VE BEEN NEARLY SOLD OUT NEARLY EVERY DAY, RAIN OR SHINE. THE STAFF - UNDER GENERAL MANAGER DON MORSE - ONE OF THE NICEST GUYS YOU'LL EVER MEET - ARE ALSO EXTREMELY NICE, AND CORDIAL, AND BOY DO THEY THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF - FROM TECHNICAL THINGS, TO FLORA AND FAUNA, HAWAIIAN CULTURE, GEORGRAPHY, TOPOGRAPHY...YOU NAME IT.

THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY EXTREMELY NICE - BUT EXTREMELY FUNNY. FUNNY ENOUGH THAT I DIDN'T STAND A CHANCE TRYING TO ONE-UP JEFF BALDWIN BY ASKING WHEN A GUY MY SIZE HITS TERMINAL VELOCITY ON THE ZIPLINE, BECAUSE I WAS SURE I WOULD.

Janet and Jeff Baldwin, Operators Pi'iholo Ranch

JB01: "You reach terminal velocity jumping out of an airplane at about 120 miles an hour, I think. On our course here, on Line 5, you'll probably reach maybe 50 miles an hour. It's really hard to say because you're so high off the ground you don't really have anything to compare it to. So it's kind like in the plane, you don't really have the sensation of speed."

STILL SURE I'D BE SCREAMING ALONG - LITERALLY - AT BREAKNECK SPEEDS, I ASKED WHERE, ON MAUI, DO YOU FIND THE GIANT CATCHER'S MITT THEY MUST USE TO CATCH FOLKS AT THE OTHER END OF THE ZIPLINE.

JB02: "Costco has those. There right next to the wine section."

AND, FOR A REALITY CHECK, WE ASKED JANET BALDWIN IF WE SHOULD BELIEVE MOST OF WHAT JEFF TELLS US.

JAB01: "No. Just so you know that."

JEFF DID GET SERIOUS, EXPLAINING THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE SYSTEMS, THEIR TENSILE STRENGTH AND THEIR SAFETY FEATURES. AND, ASIDE FROM THE LENGTH OF CABLES FROM ONE SITE TO THE NEXT, THESE ARE NOT FROM A READY-MADE KIT.

JB03: "There are no kits. Everything is purpose-built per application, so each one of these has its own engineering and each one is unique."

THE GEAR IS SERIOUS, TOO, FROM THE HARNESSES THAT LOOK LIKE SOMETHING A SWAT TEAM MIGHT WEAR IN AN URBAN RAID, TO THE FASHIONABLE HELMETS, AND YOU CAN EVEN RENT A HELMET CAM FOR A SMALL CHARGE. MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER SUMMER GADDIS JOINED US FOR OUR INAUGURAL ZIP AND IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR HER TO GET COMFORTABLE...AFTER ONE RIDE, SHE WAS ALL PPF...NO PROBLEM!

THE SEMI-SERIOUS HALF OF THIS TEAM TOLD US HOW THE ZIPLINE IDEA CAME ABOUT.

JAB02: "Well we've been in the activities business for about eight years and we were ready to make a change and we have this great ranch. Jeff's like a big kid. He likes to build things - and play - and we have two girls, and so it was like building a big playhouse in your backyard and inviting people to come. We knew ziplining was popular because there are a few of them on the island, but we really built this because we thought it would be fun."

THERE ARE TOUR PACKAGES OF EITHER FOUR OR FIVE LINES...WHICH ACTUALLY MEANS THEY HAVE SIX...BECAUSE THE FIFTH ONE IS LONG - THE LONGEST ONE IN HAWAII...LONG ENOUGH THAT WHEH THE CLOUDS ROLL IN...YOU ALMOST CAN'T SEE THE ENDING FROM THE BEGINNING. ON THE FOUR-LINE TOUR, ZIPPERS ACTUALLY END UP RIGHT NEXT TO THE CHECK IN CABIN ADJACENT TO THE PARKING LOT.

JB04: "We haven't figured out how to get people to actually land in their cars - but we're working on that."

WHAT THEY'RE WORKING ON - MUCH MORE SERIOUSLY, THOUGH - IS FAMILY FUN, AND THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT.

JAB03: "This is a family ranch. It's owned by my father-in-law, Peter. And then his three sons, Chris, Duke and - of course - Jeff, and so it's really a family-run business. My sister-in-law, Tamelyn, has the horseback rides, so we all work together which has been a nice way to go about it."

AND, OF THE 800 ACRES OF THE PI'IHOLO RANCH - YOU CAN SEE ABOUT A HUNDRED OF THEM AS YOU ZIP BY. BUT THIS IS A WORKING RANCH, WITH HORSES, LIVESTOCK, PANIOLOS - AND LOTS GOING ON.

JB05: "We have horseback tours going out six days a week, I believe, and we all sorts of horseback clinics. We have keiki programs and camps. We have people who come in for the mainland to do specialzed courses - whether it's your first day on a horse or you've been riding for 50 years."

AND THEIR FUTURE PLANS INCLUDE THE POSSIBILITY OF HIKING TRAILS AND TOURS AND SPECIALIZED CAMPING. BUT BACK TO THE ZIPLINE COURSE. YOU'LL GET A WORKOUT CLIMBING THE SLIGHTLY WOBBLY, YET EVER-STURDY RAMPS. THERE'S EVEN SNACKS AND SODAS IN A TREEHOUSE AT THE MIDWAY POINT...AND, IF YOU'RE REALLY DARING...THERE'S THE TANGO TOWER.-

JB06-VO: 'Our "Tango Tower" is our climbing tower is a lot of fun. It's a 42-foot tall climbing structure. It's got six sides to it and each side is slightly different than the other - and it's a great fun activity."

REMEMBER, PI'IHOLO RANCH IS IN A RAINFOREST, SO SOMETIMES IT RAINS...ON THE RIDE UP TO THE FIFTH AND FINAL TAKE-OFFPOINT, GUIDES JESSICA AND CARRIE PREPARED US FOR THE FACT THAT IT MAY GET A TAD DAMP. IT DID...BUT IT WAS STILL A HOOPIN, HOLLERING, GREAT TIME...THAT EVEN DRIED UP BEFORE THE END...AND THAT GIANT CATCHER'S MITT? MOST DON'T NEED IT BECAUSE YOU'LL COME TO A GENTLE STOP...AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT COMING IN A LITTLE SHORT.

SO, WHETHER KAMAAINA OR VISITOR, COME UPCOUNTRY TO HANG WITH THE LOCALS...OR, BETER YET, TO FLY ABOVE THEM. FROM PIIHOLO RANCH IN MAKWAO FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ON-CAM TAG)

ZIPLINING - OR ZIPPING - IS NOT ONLY FAST FROM WHERE YOU SIT - BUT GROWING FAST. NOW MAUI SPORTS THREE ZIPLINE OPERATIONS - EACH WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES, AND EACH STIRRING THAT “WHOA! I GOTTA DO THAT AGAIN!” FEELING.

(PROPERTY TAX DELINQUENTS)(PiP-COUNTY WEB SITE)

J: STIRRING VERY DIFFERENT KINDS OF FEELINGS, MAUI COUNTY IS OWED MORE THAN EIGHT AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES. AFTER AMNESTY, LOTS OF LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS, THE COUNTY HAS COME UP WITH A NEW WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO PAY: PUBLICITY.

BEGINNING OCTOBER FIRST, ALL DELINQUENT REAL PROPERTY TAX ACCOUNTS WILL BE LISTED ON THE COUNTY'S WEBSITE ALONG WITH THE NAMES OF THE TAXPAYERS WHO ARE BEHIND. THE SITE WILL ALSO LIST THE TOP 25 DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS - SOMETHING THEY'RE PRETTY SURE PROPERTY OWNERS WOULDN'T LIKE THEIR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, OR BANKS TO SEE.

TO AVOID SHOWING UP ON THE WEBSITE - OR, IF IT BECOMES TOO LATE - TO BE REMOVED FROM THE WEBSITE, PROPERTY OWNERS WILL HAVE TO BRING THE ACCOUNT CURRENT - INCLUDING ANY PENALTIES OR FEES. BY THE WAY, IF YOU'RE CURIOUS, AS OF WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK, THERE WERE JUST FEWER THAN 400 DELINQUENT REAL PROPERTY TAX ACCOUNTS IN THE COUNTY RECORDS. AND, JUST AS A REMINDER, THOSE FIRST-HALF-OF-2009 PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS ARE DUE THIS WEEK.

(A&B DONATION)

J: THERE'S ONE DEADLINE ON MAUI THAT HASN’T BEEN MISSED OVER THE PAST 37 YEARS. ALEXANDER AND BALDWIN HAS BEEN DONATING - HANDSOMELY - TO THE KAUNOA SENIOR CENTER'S CONGREGATE NUTRITION PROGRAM - AND THIS YEAR - DESPITE LEAN TIMES - IT'S NO EXCEPTION.

(FF-CG-VO) ON AUGUST FIFTH, A AND B VICE PRESIDENT GRANT CHUN PRESENTED A CHECK FOR 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO LORI TSUHAKO, DIRECTOR OF THE COUNTY'S DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND HUMAN CONCERNS. TSUHAKO PRAISED A AND B FOR THEIR SOLID COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP AND GENEROUS SUPPORT.

(ON-CAM) BECAUSE OF THE ANNUAL GIFT, THE KAUNOA'S CONGREGATE NUTRITION PROGRAM SERVES MORE THAN 90,400 MEALS A YEAR TO MORE 13-HUNDRED ELDERLY CLIENTS IN MAUI COUNTY.

B-TOSS-C

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS, FOOTBALL GOT OFF TO A BIT OF A ROUGH START FOR THE M-I-L PRE-SEASON LAST WEEK. AND, FROM STATEHOOD CELEBRATIONS TO PLATTERS, COASTERS AND DRIFTERS...AND EVEN SNOW! WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING COMING UP IN COMING ATTRACTIONS. IT'S ALL ON MAUI TV NEWS WHEN WE COME BACK.

(C-BLOCK) (Sports)

J: TAKING A QUICK LOOK AT SPORTS THIS WEEK, M-I-L PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL GOT OFF TO IN INAUSPICIOUS START AS ALL FOUR MAUI TEAMS THAT PLAYED OVER THE WEEKEND LOST TO TEAMS FROM O'AHU. THE REGULAR SEASON KICKS IN A COUPLE WEEKS LAHAINALUNA HOSTS THE MAUI HIGH SABERS AT 7 P.M. ON SEPTEMBER FOURTH. AND FOR THE LADIES OF THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE, THIS WEEKEND IS THE MAUI VOLLEYBALL CLASSIC AT ERDMAN CENTER AT SEABURY HALL.

NOW MOVING ON TO WHAT'S COMING UP - THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT TO MENTION IN THIS WEEK'S COMING ATTRACTIONS, SO GRAB PEN AND PAPER AND HERE WE GO.

OF COURSE, THIS FRIDAY HAWAI'I CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF STATEHOOD. ON MAUI THE GRANDEST CELEBRATION OF ALL WILL BE IN HANA. THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY WILL BE CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HAWAIIAN CULTURAL RENAISSANCE. THIS FREE EVENT RUNS FROM 11 UNTIL 5 AT THE HANA BALLPARK AND FEATURES THE UNMISTAKABLE MUSICAL SOUNDS OF EDDIE KAMAE AND THE SONS OF HAWAI'I - WHO ALSO HAPPEN TO BE CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN MUSIC. ALSO ON THE BILL ARE PEKELO, LEOKANI AND C.J. HELEKAHI. BEYOND THE MUSIC THERE WILL BE LEI MAKING, BASKET WEAVING, POI POUNDING, FISHNET MAKING AND HAWAIIAN GAMES INCLUDING ULUMAIKA AND PALAHE'E. FOOD, CRAFTS AND MORE - THE PLACE TO BE TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE ALOHA STATE THIS FRIDAY IS THE HANA BALLPARK.

OOH, BUT WAIT! THERE'S A TON OF STUFF GOING ON FRIDAY. SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE KE ALAHELE EDUCATION FUND'S ANNUAL BENEFIT FRIDAY EVENING STARTING AT 5 AT THE GRAND WAILEA RESORT AND SPA. THE MAUI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD HOSTS THE FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT MORE THAN 3,000 MAUI COUNTY STUDENTS. TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT 150 DOLLARS. FOR DETAILS VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

FRIDAY ALSO KICKS OFF THE 50TH REUNION CELEBRATION OF THE BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959. THE REUNION CONTINUES THROUGH THE WEEKEND. AND ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHT EVENTS COMES ON SATURDAY WHEN THE BALDWIN CLASS OF 1984 JOINS THE FESTIVITIES - AS THOSE YOUNG WIPPER-SNAPPERS CELEBRATE THEIR 25TH REUNION.

AND THE MAUI HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1977 IS HAVING A PARTY FRIDAY NIGHT FOR THEIR GRADUATES WHO ARE TURNING 50 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR.

IT WAS A TRUE MIRACLE OF KOKUA AND ALOHA - BUT SKILLED CARPENTERS, ELECTRICIANS AND PLAIN OLD FOLKS GOT TOGETHER LAST SATURDAY TO BRING MAUI RACEWAY BACK TO LIFE AFTER VANDALS WRECKED MUCH OF THE SITE THE WEEK BEFORE. BECAUSE OF THAT - RACING THIS WEEKEND IS ON! RACING STARTS AT 5-30 FRIDAY. SATURDAY’S EVENT BEGINS WITH KEIKI IN DRAGSTERS AT 2-30. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE.

THERE'S ANOTHER ALL-WEEKEND EVENT THAT STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND TAKES PLACE AT THE MAUI BEACH HOTEL THIS FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

FINALLY MOVING ON TO SATURDAY, LOCAL NA HOKU HANOHANO WINNER ULUWEHI GUERRERO WILL HOLD A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE, SINGING SONGS FROM HIS NEW CD "NA MELE ALOHA - BELOVED HULA SONGS." FROM 3 UNTIL 4 SATURDAY IN LAHAINA. THE FREE EVENT WILL HAPPEN AT THE BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK STORE. AS IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH, HE'LL BE AVAILABLE FOR AUTOGRAPHS AFTER THE MINI-CONCERT - AND HE’LL BE JOINED IN HIS PERFORMANCE BY MEMBERS OF HULA HALAU KAULUOKALA.

AND THERE'S ANOTHER CD RELEASE PARTY SATURDAY - THIS ONE SATURDAY NIGHT IN KIHEI. IT'S THE CITYSIDE CD FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY CITYSIDE, POHAKU, KAIPO KAHUA AND GOMEGA. IT BEGINS AT 9 P.M,. AT OCEANS BAR AND GRILL IN THE KUKUI MALL. ADMISSION IS 20 DOLLARS.

OBON CELEBRATING MOVES TO THE NORTH SHORE SATURDAY NIGHT. THE RINZAI ZEN MISSION OF PAIA INSIDE BALDWIN PARK WILL HOLD OBON SERVICES BEGINNING AT 6 P.M. THE LION AWAKENING CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 7 AND DANCING FOR EVERYONE COMES AFTER THAT. FOOD AND BEVERAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE DURING INTERMISSION.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS - AND 50TH BIRTHDAY THAT...SO HERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE WHO JUST PLAIN OLD REMEMBERS THE 50S. SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER, GET SET FOR THE ROCKIN' 50S FEATURING A TRIPLE-TREAT OF THE PLATTERS, THE DRIFTERS AND THE COASTERS. THE LIST OF HITS AMONG THEM WOULD STRETCH FROM HERE TO HARLEM - AND INCLUDES UP ON THE ROOF, ONLY YOU, UNDER THE BOARDWALK, THE GREAT PRETENDER, ON BROADWAY...I THINK YOU GET THE IDEA. THE SHOW WILL FILL THE CASTLE THEATER BEGINNING AT 7-30. TICKETS ARE 25, 35 AND 45 DOLLARS.

THEN, IF YOU HAVE ANY LIFE LEFT IN YOU AFTER THE WEEKEND - HOW ABOUT GIVING IT AWAY? THE MAUI COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY AT THE CAMERON CENTER IN WAILUKU HAS A SWEET ENTICEMENT FOR YOU. GET THIS: FOR A PINT OF BLOOD YOU DONATE, THEY'LL GIVE YOU A PINT OF BASKIN ROBBINS ICE CREAM. THE DRIVE HAPPENS FROM 7 A.M. T 5-30 P.M. AT THE CAMERON CENTER ON MAHALANI STREET NEXT TO POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, THERE ARE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS MIKE VICTORINO AND GLADYS BAISA. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM FOR DETAILS.

AND NEXT THURSDAY IS AN INTERESTING DAY. IT'S "GLOBAL FORGIVENESS DAY." ONE MAUI RESTAURANT HAS THE RIGHT IDEA. BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT WEDNESDAY, YOU CAN GO TO THE TACO DEL MAR WEBSITE AND SEND A FREE PERSONAL APOLOGY E-CARD...ALONG WITH AN E-COUPON FOR A FREE TACO AT TACO DEL MAR IN CELEBRATION OF GLOBAL FORGIVENESS DAY. NOW THAT'S INNOVATIVE! TACO DEL MAR IS A NEW MAUI RESTAURANT, LOCATED IN THE MAUI MALL. IF YOU DIDN'T GET ALL THAT, YOU'LL FIND DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE.

LOOKING TOWARD NEXT WEEKEND, THERE ARE THREE BIG THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IT'S A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE AT THE MACC AS "SLAVA'S SNOW SHOW" WILL MAKE IT SNOW INSIDE THE CASTLE THEATER. THERE ARE PERFORMANCES FRIDAY NIGHT AND TWO ON SATURDAY.

AND NEXT SATURDAY THE LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION WILL HOLD THEIR SECOND ANNUAL TAILGATE EVENT FROM 10 A.M, TIL 1 P.M. ON THE HISTORIC BOARDER'S FIELD. "RE-DO THE IMU" IS THE PROJECT AS BOOSTERS ARE TRYING TO RAISE 10 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD A NEW STADIUM COMPLEX ON THE 178 YEAR-OLD CAMPUS. SPECIAL GUEST ANNOUNCER WILL BE ESPN'S NEIL EVERETT.

ALSO NEXT SATURDAY THE MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDEN WILL HOLD ONE OF THEIR VERY COOL NATIVE PLANT SALES. FROM NINE UNTIL NOON, PICK UP SOME BEAUTIFUL OHIA, KALO, MEDICINAL PLANTS, HAWAIIAN FERNS AND MORE FOR REALLY LOW PRICES. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE ONGOING CONSERVATION AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT THE GARDENS. PARKING IS FREE AND EASY DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET IN THE WAR MEMORIAL PARKING LOT ON KANALOA AVENUE.

FOR DETAILS ON ALL THESE EVENTS 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 A LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK. STAY TUNED FOR MORE MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

(D Block)

(Solo-Center-Up)

J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. WE'RE STILL OPERATING ON A SHORT STAFF, BUT THANK YOU FOR WATCHING - AND FOR YOUR KIND WORDS. MAUI TV NEWS IS MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE TELEVISION AND INTERNET NEWSCAST. AND WE'RE HAWAII'S EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBOR ISLAND TELEVISION NEWS SOURCE. YOU CAN WATCH MAUI TV NEWS ANYTIME ON OUR WEBSITE AT MAUITVNEWS.COM. YOU CAN WATCH ANYTIME, ACROSS THE STATE OF HAWAI'I ON OCEANIC DIGITAL CHANNEL 953 ON NEWS ON DEMAND. AND PLEASE TUNE IN FOR OUR NEW WEEKLY REPORTS EVERY FRIDAY MORNING ON THE KHON-2 MORNING NEWS WITH KIRK MATTHEWS AND KATHY MUNENO BETWEEN 5 AND 8 A.M.

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

(Fade to Credits)

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