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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for August 27, 2009



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J: CASH FOR CLUNKERS IS OVER - THREE BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE NATIONWIDE PROGRAM - BUT YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED AT HOW LITTLE IT HELPED HERE AT HOME.

AND OUR SENIOR SENATOR IS ON MAUI WITH AN UPDATE ON HOW WELL HIS DELEGATION IS SERVING THE 50TH STATE ON OUR OUR 50TH BIRTHDAY.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, AND WE'LL ALSO TAKE YOU TO A KIHEI MEDICAL CENTER FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE MIGHT LOOK LIKE. ALL THAT AND LOTS MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN THIS WEEK TO MAUI TV NEWS. I'M JEFF KING. WE'RE STILL OPERATING SHORT-STAFFED, AND WE MISS JULIE Y, KALAPANA AND HOLLY CHUNG, TOO. THANK YOU FOR THE EMAILS AND KIND WORDS.

THE "CASH FOR CLUNKERS' PROGRAM IS BEING HAILED ACROSS THE NATION AS A MAJOR LEAGUE SUCCESS. BUT HERE AT HOME, SOME AREN'T SO SURE.

(Turn to cam) THREE BILLION DOLLARS ACROSS THE U.S. - DIVIDED BY 35 TO 4-HUNDRED DOLLARS PER CLUNKER - THAT SHOULD HAVE ADDED UP TO A LOT OF CARS AND A LOT OF MONEY FOR FORMER CLUNKER OWNERS AND FOR CAR DEALERS, RIGHT? WELL, IT REALLY DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT WAY.

(TAKE CLUNKERS PKG) CASH FOR CLUNKERS ENDED MONDAY. NATIONWIDE, ANALYSTS SAY IT WAS A HIT. BUT THE OWNER OF MAUI TOYOTA HAD A DIFFERENT TAKE.

Damien Farias, Owner, Maui Toyota

DF01: "I'm glad it's ending. ///They finally got their act together, but it took them about a month - so we went through a whole bunch of chaos to get deals submitted. And finally when they had enough people and staff and computers to run things proper, the program's ending."

WE SPOKE TO FARIAS ONJ TUESDAY MORNING - AFTER HE HAD A VERY LONG AND FRUSTRATING NIGHT ON MONDAY.

DF02: "And last night it crashed again. We were fortunate. We gotr the last four deals in at 11:49 p.m. so it went through. And I undersdtand some of the dealers today are trying to get in before two o'clock - it's all done. They can't get in."

AND WITH HINDSIGHT BEING 20-20, FARIAS TOLD US HOW THE PROGRAM COULD HAVE WORKED - REDUCED OR ELIMINATED THE HEADACHES, AND BENEFITTED EVEN MORE PEOPLE.

DF03: The concept was very good. I think it could have been handled a lot better if it was - if they had issued vouchers for people to come in with - or if that had allowed - like they did in other circumstances: you bought a car, if it qualified you submitted it and you get a tax credit. You file it with your taxes and you could get a tax return based on how it turned out with your tax people."

ACCORDING TO FARIAS - 50 MILLION OF THE THREE BILLION DOLLARS ALLOTTED WAS TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM...AND THAT NUMBER HAD TO SPREAD EVEN THINNER AS THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO ADD 11-HUNDRED PEOPLE TO HANDLE DEMAND AS THE FUNDS RAN OUT.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS HAWAII DEALERS HAVE REQUESTED REIMBURSEMENTS TOTALLING 7.3 MILLION DOLLARS. AND, STATEWIDE, AN ESTIMATED 18-HUNDRED NEW CARS ARE REPLACING GAS GUZZLERS. NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE TOP SELLERS ARE THE CARS THAT ARE ALWAYS THE TOP SELLERS, THE TOYOTA COROLLA, THE HONDA CIVIC, THE TOYOTA CAMRY AND THE FORD FOCUS.

TRICKLING DOWN TO MAUI, HERE'S HOW THE DEALS CAME TOGETHER - OR DIDN'T - AT MAUI TOYOTA.

DF04: "We had some that were turned down - or people didn't qualify for the car they wanted to trade due to EPA mileage standards. So I think there were a total of about 57 we looked at. We were able to get through and approve3 40 deals. The first was on the 24th of July. As of this morning - I jusat checked with my manager - we've been approved for four of 'em and we got paid on one of 'em."

AND WITH HINDSIGHT BEING 20-20, FARIAS TOLD US HOW THE PROGRAM COULD HAVE WORKED - REDUCED OR ELIMINATED THE HEADACHES, AND BENEFITTED EVEN MORE PEOPLE.

DF03: "The concept was very good. I think it could have been handled a lot better it it was - if they issued vouchers for people to come in with - or if that allowed - like they did in other circumstances: you bought a car, if it qualified you submittesd it and you get a tax credit. You file it with your taxes and you could get a tax return based on how it turned out with your tax people."

UNTIL THE DEALS ARE PAID FOR, THESE VEHICLES - ALREADY DISABLED - WILL SIT. WHEN THE MONEY ARRIVES, THEY GO TO THE SHREDDER.

(on-cam tag) CASH FOR CLUNKERS WAS AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO STIMULATE FOOT TRAFFIC AS MUCH AS IT WAS TO STIMULATE VEHICLE TRAFFIC. NOW THE INTERESTING THING TO WATCH WILL BE HOW CAR MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS WILL FOLLOW UP THE FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO TRY TO KEEP UP THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN NEW CARS.

(MAKENA FORECLOSURE)(PiP-PU'U OLAI)

J: "SHOCK AND AWE" MIGHT BE THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THE LEGAL HAPPENINGS EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN A COMPLAINT WAS FILED IN SECOND CIRCUIT COURT ALLEGING THAT THE DOWLING COMPANY AND PARTNERS MORGAN STANLEY REAL ESTATE DEFAULTED ON THE ORIGINAL LOAN TO PURCHASE THE 18-HUNDRED ACRES KNOWN AS MAKENA RESORT. IN EFFECT, THE ACTION IS A FORECLOSURE - A MOVE EVERETT DOWLING SAYS IS THE ONLY WAY THE PROJECT CAN BE BROUGHT BACK IN LINE WITH THE ECONOMY.

(FF-CG-VO) IN A STATEMENT, DOWLING SAID, “For the past few months we have been in discussions with our lenders to bring the resort’s capital structure in line with the current economic environment,” said Everett Dowling, president of Dowling Company and developer partner of the resort. “Those discussions are continuing; however given the current debt level, all parties feel that foreclosure is the best possible course of action.”

(ON-CAM) THE DOWLING AND MORGAN STANLEY PARTNERSHIP BOUGHT THE SPRAWLING PROPERTY A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO FOR 575 MILLION DOLLARS. THE FORECLOSURE ONLY IMPACTS THE MAKENA RESORT PORTION OF THE PROJECT. DOWLING'S OTHER SIGNIFICANT PROJECT, THE MALUAKA DEVELOPMENT, IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE LEGAL ACTION. DOWLING ALSO SAID HE BELIEVES THE 517 JOBS CURRENTLY HELD BY WORKERS INSIDE THE RESORT - INCLUDING THE MAUI PRINCE HOTEL, SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED - AND THAT BANKRUPTCY IS NOT AN OPTION FOR HIS COMPANY.

(INOUYE-KE ALAHELE)(PiP - INOUYE)

J: OK, HERE'S A QUESTION THAT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER RIGHT AWAY: WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT INVENTION OF THE LAST 50 YEARS?

(FF-CG-VO) HERE ARE JUST A FEW TO CONSIDER - THE REMOTE CONTROL, THE MICROWAVE OVEN, THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL. HOW ABOUT JET AIRLINE TRAVEL? DNA FINGERPRINTING? THE INTERNET? CELL PHONES? VIDEO GAMES, THE SMOKE DETECTOR, MP3 PLAYERS AND DIGITAL CAMERAS.

(ON-CAM ) THOSE ONLY SCRATCH THE SURFACE. FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE GRAND WAILEA, ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST IMPORTANT SENATOR'S - WHO JUST HAPPENS TO BE FROM HAWAI'I - TOLD MAUI TV NEWS WHAT HE BELIEVES THE MOST IMPORTANT INVENTIONS ARE - AND WHY HAWAI'I NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO BE IN THE FOREFRONT OF DEVELOPING THOSE TECHNOLOGIES.

(TAKE KE ALAHELE PKG) AS A LARGE CROWD OF LOCAL LUMINARIES, NOTED EUCATORS AND HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MILLED AROUND DISPLAYS PUT TOGETHER BY TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS, A PRIVATE RECEPTION WAS HELD ELSEWHERE AT THE GRAND WAILEA RESORT AND SPA FOR MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS TO THE MAUI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD'S KE ALAHELE EDUCATION FUND.

THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR OF THIS FUNDRAISING EVENT AND, EVEN IN THESE LEAN TIMES, IF THE FIRST TWO ARE ANY INDICATOR, TONIGHT PEOPLE WILL GET THEIR CHECKBOOKS OUT AGAIN.

Jeanne Unemori Skog, CEO/President, MEDB

JS01: "The support is amazing from the community. It certainly tells us that there is a priority for education and strengthening education. We put a focus on science, tech, engineering and math and the community seems to agree."

AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE OF STUDENTS STUDYING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH - THE CAREER CHOICES ARE GETTING WIDER EVERY DAY.

JS02: "It's all across the board - totally. I think a lot of people will associate it with 'oh, they're going to go and become a research scientist' or whatever, but what we know is that it runs the gamut from a technician who goes on to earn a two-year certificate on up to someone who goes for a PhD, so it's really very necessary in all walks of life, now."

Danie Inouye, U.S. Senator, D-HI

DI01: "I would say the sky's the limit. And when you keep in mind that 50 years ago when Hawai'i became a state, there was hardly a so-called high technology organization here. Now you have DOD's number one supercomputer located here - a few miles away.///And on the Big Island, we have the larget 30-meter (television - I mean) telescope in the world that can look back into the universe 14 billion light years away. I can't - it's mind boggling - that's from the beginning of time."

INDEED TIME IS MOVING SEEMINGLY FASTER THAN TIME ITSELF THESE DAYS. THESE ROBOTS ARE NOT ONLY PLAYTHINGS TO THESE BRIGHT YOUNG STUDENTS - THEY DESIGNED AND BUILT THEM. AND THE LIVES OF TODAY'S YOUTH ARE BEING RECORDED DIGITALLY AS THAT TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MORE USER FRIENDLY. THE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS ARE ALWAYS ENTICING AT EVENTS LIKE THESE - BUT THE BIG LIST OF THE LIVE AUCTION SELECTIONS IS URE TO BRING A PRETTY PENNY. AMONG THE EVENING'S HIGHLIGHTS WAS A PRESENTATION OF A LIST OF THE 50 GREATEST INVENTIONS - SPEASKING OF TECHNOLOGY - OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS. SO, WE ASKED WHAT SOME OF THE EXPERTS FEEL WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT INVENTION OF THE LAST 50 YEARS.

JS03: "In my mind I had so many, but lately my favorite is Skype because you can connect with anyone anywhere in the world who can also connect on Skype and see them as you're talking - and it's seamless. It is absolutely wonderful."

DIforPiP: "I would say it's the computer."

AFTER ALL THE CROWDS, AND THE LEADERS FROM GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY, IT WAS SENATOR INOUYE WHO ELOQUENTLY SUMMED UP THE EVENING WHEN WE ASKED - THE SIMPLE QUESTION, 'WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY?'

DI02: "Technology is something that nmakes the impossible possible and something that makes your dreams not so far-fetched."

(ON-CAM) THE SENATOR WAS ON MAUI FOR TWO EVENTS FRIDAY - THE OTHER BEING THE DEDICATION OF A NEW SUPERCOMPUTER AT THE MAUI HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CENTER IN KIHEI. THE NEW SYSTEM, NAMED "MANA," DWARFS THE CAPABILITIES OF THE "JAWS" COMPUTER - THAT HAS ONLY BEEN IN SERVICE FOR THREE YEARS. BOTH SYSTEMS WILL BE USED - PRIMARILY FOR DEFENSE CONTRACT PURPOSES - AND DO THEM QUICKLY. IT'S MIND BOGGLING TO TRY TO COMPREHEND, BUT THE COMPUTER SYSTEM HAS THE ABILITY AND SPEED TO PERFORM 103 TRILLION OPERATIONS EVERY SECOND.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, WE'LL VISIT WITH SENATOR INOUYE AGAIN - THIS TIME ON THE TOPIC OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE PLAN - AND WE'LL BRING IT HOME AS WE TELL YOU ABOUT A FREE HEALTH CLINIC THIS WEEKEND IN KIHEI. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(INOUYE-HEALTH CARE)(PiP-INOUYE)

J: HE HAS REPRESENTED HAWAI'I LONGER THAN HAWAI'I HAS BEEN A PART OF THE NATION. AND ONE OF THE DEBATES THAT'S GONE ON EVEN LONGER THAN THAT IS THE BATTLE OVER GOVERNMENT-PROVIDED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.

(VO) DURING HIS VISIT TO MAUI ON FRIDAY, WE HAD THE CHANCE TO ASK SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE MILESTONE LEGISLATION - AND, IN PARTICULAR, ABOUT THE SO-CALLED PUBLIC OPTION.

(TAKE INOUYE VO-SOT)

(ON-CAM) IN HAWAI'I, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 120,000 RESIDENTS ARE WITHOUT SOME KIND OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE - THAT'S NEARLY 10 PERCENT.

(KWMC-FREE CLINIC)(PiP-GRIFFIN)

J: IT WAS THAT FACT THAT GAVE A KIHEI DOCTOR THE IDEA OF REACHING OUT TO THAT SEGMENT OF THE COMMUNITY, AND TURNING THE KIHEI-WAILEA MEDICAL CENTER INTO ONE OF THE NICEST AND BEST-EQUIPPED FREE CLINICS IN THE STATE. AND THIS SATURDAY, THAT'S JUST WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

(TAKE GRIFFIN VO-SOT) Marcus Griffin, MD, Free Clinic Organizer

MG03: "The purpose of this clinic is to provide screening health services to identify any potential problems and ongoing problems, so they can follow up with a primary care physician or a facility which we'll make available for them."

POPULAR - AND EXTREMELY BUSY DOCTOR MARCUS GRIFFIN, TOLD US HOW THE IDEA CAME ABOUT.

MG01: "About six months ago, Jeff, I noticed that there was a lot of people - in our clinic specifically - who were rushing to hazve their medical services before the end of the month. I noticed every month there were people who wanted things like colonoscopies, pap smears and that kind of thing. I thought these people are losing their jobs, so I was curious to know how many of our patients were losing their jobs, so the thought kind of came to me to do a free health screening clinic for those people who lost their jobs."

UNSURE OF HOW MANY UNINSURED PEOPLE WILL SHOW UP - BECAUSE WITH LOST JOBS THEY MAY HAVE ALSO LOT TOUCH WITH THE NEWS, DOCTOR GRIFFIN SAYS THEY'RE PREPARING FOR WHATEVER - OR WHOEVER - MAY COME. AND NOT EVEYBODY WHO WILL BE THERE WILL BE A PATIENT.

MG02: "We should be able to handle a crowd - we're hoping we will. There will be two physicians: myself and Dr. Gaylen Yee. We'll have a full staff of actual volunteers coming to help. The interest has just been phenomenal for us. We've gotten calls from the hospital - from nurses wanting to come and help. I've gotten calls from strangers in the medical, Doctors without Borders wanting to come and help. So, the interest is there. We have no idea - but we're willing to take all comers. Obviously there's going to be some limit on the number of people we'll be able to see. So, we'll see how it goes and see what happens."

DOCTOR GRIFFIN SAYS HE EXPECTS MOST OF THOSE WHO SHOW UP WILL HAVE COMMON AFFLICTIONS LIKE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, VARIOUS INJURIES - AND THE KINDS OF THINGS HE'D SEE ON A NORMAL DAY. BUT HE'LL HAVE THE ALL-VOLUNTEER DONATED SERVICES OF THE PARTNERS OF THE KIHEI-WAILEA MEDICAL CENTER.

MG04: "Maui Diagnostic Imaging and Clinical Labs have graciously offered free services. We'll be able to do some lab work - without a charge, and we'll be able to do some x-rays - without a charge. With the availability of those services, that will enable us to make certain diagnoses. "///

DOCTOR GRIFFIN ADMITS HE'S NOT COMPLETELY SURE WHAT HE'S GETTING INTO - AND THAT'S WHY IT'S TOUGH TO LOOK INTO HIS CRYSTAL BALL TO SEE IF HE'LL EVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS AGAIN.

MG05: "I don't know. You know at this time this is only scheduled for a one-time event. We'll see what kind of need is out there in the community. I think this will give us a pulse of what's available in the community and what kind of need there is. And, hopefull this will inspire others individuals or groups to offer a helping hand to those people who need it."

(ON-CAM) THE STAFF, INCLUDING DOCTORS, NURSES, TECHNICIANS AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE ALL DONATING THEIR TIME FOR SATURDAY'S CLINIC FOR THE ALL-DAY EVENT. REMEMBER THAT'S THIS SATURDAY, FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL 5 P.M. AT THE KIHEI WAILEA MEDICAL CENTER IN THE PI'ILANI SHOPPING VILLAGE NEAR SAFEWAY IN KIHEI. FOR DIRECTIONS AND DETAILS, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS - THE WEATHER IS CALLING FOR SNOW IN WAILUKU - AND A TASTE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO COVER NEWS ON THE FRONT LINES FROM A CNN VETERAN REPORTER. IT'S ALL ON MAUI TV NEWS WHEN WE COME BACK.

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J: IT'S ANOTHER EXTREMELY BUSY WEEK OF THINGS TO DO, TAKE IN, LOOK OVER AND ENJOY ACROSS MAUI COUNTY - SO IT'S OUR JOB TO TELL YOU WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE THEY ARE IN COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS.

SPEAKING OF NEWS, THIS WEEK AKAKU: MAUI COMMUNITY TELEVISION, IS HOLDING A WORKSHOP TO FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW A CNN CORRESPONDENT GATHERS NEWS IN THE FIELD. FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEDIA LAB AT AKAKU AT 333 DAIRY ROAD, JOANA JOHNSTON WILL DETAIL THE FACTS ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GATHER INFORMATION AND REPORT THE NEWS FROM THE FRONT LINES OVERSEAS. THE EVENT IS FREE, BUT A SUGGESTED DONATION OF FIVE DOLLARS IS REQUESTED TO COVER REFRESHMENTS AND COSTS. FOR THE REST OF THE DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

FRIDAY NIGHT WILL ALSO FEATURE THE MAUI PREMIERE OF A FILM THAT'S BEEN GETTING HUGE REACTION ACROSS THE NATION. IT'S CALLED "THE COVE," AND IT WILL AIR FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE KUKUI MALL THEATERS IN KIHEI. IT'S A DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTING THE SLAUGHTER OF DOLPHINS IN JAPAN. DIVERS AND FILMMAKERS USED A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES TO CHRONICLE THE COMMERCIAL VENTURES OF DOLPHIN CAPTURE IN THE VILLAGE OF TAIJI, JAPAN. FOR DETAILS ON "THE COVE," GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

OR, FRIDAY NIGHT - MAYBE THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD FOR YOU TO DO IS ESCAPE THE "REAL WORLD" TROPICAL CLIMATE OF MAUI AND ENJOY SLAVA'S SNOW SHOW. THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER PRESENTS THREE MAGICAL OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE SNOW - ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND TWICE ON SATURDAY. CLOWNS, DRY ICE, MUCH, MUCH COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES, AND A TOUCH OF MAGIC MAKE SLAVA'S SNOW SHOW A VERY REFRESHING AND ENTERTAINING EXPERIENCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. FOR SHOWTIMES AND TICKET INFO, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

"DON'T GIVE IN TO THE DRAMA." THAT'S THE THEME OF A SPECIAL MOVIE PREMIERE FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE CAMERON CENTER IN WAILUKU. THE CONCEPT IS PEER-TO-PEER MEDIATION, FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION. THE VIDEO SHOWCASES HOW YOUNG PEOPLE AT MAUI HIGH SCHOOL ARE TAKING ACTION AS PEER MEDIATORS, USING TACTICS OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION THAT INTERVENE IN FIGHTS AND VIOLENCE THAT OCCUR ON THEIR CAMPUS. IT'S A VERY 21ST CENTURY APPROACH TO AN AGE-OLD PROBLEM OF CONFLICTS ON THE CAMPUS. THE PREMIERE STARTS AT 5:30 P.M, AT THE CAMERON CENTER ON MAHALANI STREET IN WAILUKU.

RE-DO THE IMU...THAT'S THE THEME AT THIS YEAR'S SECOND ANNUAL TAILGATE EVENT AT LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL THIS SATURDAY. ESPN'S NEIL EVERETT WILL BE ON HAND TO MODERATE THE EVENTS AS BOOSTERS OF THE LAHINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL EFFORT TO BUILD A BEAUTIFUL NEW STADIUM COMPLEX ON THE 178-YEAR-OLD CAMPUS TRY TO ENTICE FRIENDS, FAMILIES, NEIGHBORS, ALUMNI AND ANYONE ELSE WILLING TO HELP. THE TAILGATE PARTY TAKES OVER BORDER'S FIELD SATURDAY FROM NINE UNTIL NOON.

MEANWHILE, CENTRAL MAUI WILL LOOK BACK 178 YEARS...AND MAYBE EVEN A FEW CENTURIES MORE. DO YOUR PART TO RE-PLANT NATIVE HAWAI'I OF OLD WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS DURING THEIR NATIVE PLANT SALE THIS SATURDAY. FROM NINE UNTIL NOON, YOU'LL FIND OHIA, KALO, NAUPAKA, A'ALI'I AND MANY, MANY MORE BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTY NATIVE HAWAIIAN PLANTS ON SALE. AND PARKING IS FREE AND EASY, TOO, RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET IN THE WAR MEMORIAL PARKING LOT ON KANALOA AVENUE.

AND DON'T FORGET, SATURDAY FROM 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. IT'S A FREE DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT CLINIC AT THE KIHEI-WAILEA MEDICAL CENTER IN THE PI'ILANI SHOPPING VILLAGE. WHILE THE CLINIC WILL BE OPEN TO REGULAR CLIENTS, THE PURPOSE OF THE EVENT IS TO SERVE THOSE ON MAUI WHO DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE.

SATURDAY IS ALSO THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS. ENJOY AN AMAZING LU'AU CELEBRATION AT THE GRAND WAILEA RESORT AND SPA FROM 6-30 UNTIL 9-30. IN ADDITION TO ALL THE FUN YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, THERE WILL ALSO BE LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION ITEMS AVAILABLE.

MEANWHILE, UP THE STREET, OBON CELEBRATING WILL BE COMING TO KIHEI. THIS WEEK THE OBON FESTIVITIES TAKE OVER AZEKA SHOPPING CENTER IN KIHEI FOR ONE OF THE SEASON'S LARGEST EVENTS. THERE WILL BE PRE-DANCING FESTIVITIES BEGINNING AT 7 P.M. AND DANCING STARTS SHORTLY THEREAFTER. FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE EVENT AT THE AZEKA SHOPPING CENTER IN CENTRAL KIHEI, ON THE MAUKA SIDE OF SOUTH KIHEI ROAD.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK, HANA COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO CLEAN UP LARGE EYESORES BY DROPPING THEM OFF AT THE HANA LANDFILL FOR TRANSPORT AND RECYCLING . BETWEEN NEXT MONDAY, THE 31ST AND NEXT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER FIFTH, BRING THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN PILING UP - INCLUDING TIRES, OLD BUSTED MICROWAVE OVENS, CAR BATTERIES - AND ALL THOSE THINGS THEY NORMALLY WON'T ACCEPT AT THE HANA LANDFILL. THINGS LIKE WASHERS, DRYERS, ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT, OLD TVS AND ANYTHING WITH A CIRCUIT BOARD...ALL OF THAT STUFF WILL BE PROPERLY STOWED, STORED AND TRUCKED BACK TO CENTRAL MAUI THEN OFF THE ISLAND FOR GOOD. REAL GOOD! THE BEST PART, IT'S FREE. BRING YOUR ITEMS TO THE HANA LANDFILL NEXT MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 5 P.M.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS OF 2009 WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT FRIDAY IN WAILEA. THE 2009 MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN OF COMMERCE BUSINESS FEST WILL OPEN WITH A SUNRISE ARRIVAL OF KO'I DELIVERY TO THE BEACH FRONTING THE GRAND WAILEA RESORT AND SPA. CHICKEN SKIN EVENTS WILL PERMEATE THE DAY AS THE STATE'S ORIGINAL BUSINESS LEADERS WILL CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF OIHANA...AND YOU SHOULD BE THERE. THE FULL DAY OF CONFERENCES WILL FEATURE A KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT LUNCH BY GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE AND THAT EVENING BY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY PIONEER NAINOA THOMPSON. FOR TICKET INFORMATION, AND MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND WE AT MAUI TV NEWS ARE MORE THAN HUMBLED AT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS AMAZING ORGANIZATION.

LOOKING WAY DOWN THE ROAD - DO YOU LOVE CATS? DO YOU LOVE CATS ENOUGH TO CARE ABOUT THE LIVES OF THE KITTY CATS THAT LIVE ON MAUI? IF YOU DO...IF YOU REALLY DO, THEN YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT A MAJOR MASS SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC COMING UP ON THE SEPTEMBER 18TH, 19TH, 22ND AND 23RD. NINTH LIFE HAWAII IS FOCUSED ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EVERY CAT ON MAUI - AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO KEEP THE NUMBERS MANAGEABLE. WE'RE TELLING YOU ABOUT THIS NOW - THIS FAR IN ADVANCE- BECAUSE, IF YOU’RE A "CAT PERSON," YOU KNOW THAT IT TAKE A WHILE TO PREPARE FOR EVENTS LIKE THIS. GET YOUR TRAPS READY, GET YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS READY, AND YOU GET READY FOR THE NINTH LIFE MASS SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS ON SEPTEMBER 18TH, 19TH, 22ND AND 23RD. FOR DETAILS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

IN FACT, 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.

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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 THANK YOU FOR YOUR EMAILS. 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.

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