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J: "THE RECOVERY IS GOING TO BE A LONG TIME." GOVERNOR LINGLE GIVES MAUI BUSINESS LEADERS HER TAKE ON THE FUTURE.

AND, THERE'S GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS IN THE NEWEST REPORT BY U-H ECONOMISTS ON HAWAI'I'S FUTURE IN CONSTRUCTION.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, AND WE'LL HAVE SOME CHICKEN SKIN MOMENTS TO SHOW YOU FROM A MOST MOVING CEREMONY AT SUNRISE LAST FRIDAY ON A SOUTH MAUI BEACH. 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. MORE AND MORE, THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING THE WORST IS OVER IN HAWAI'IS ECONOMY...BUT JUST WHEN THE GOOD PART STARTS COMING BACK IS STILL IN QUESTION.

(Turn to cam) LAST WEEK, GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE TOOK TIME TO GIVER HER PERSPECTIVE ON THE "WHEN," BUT ADDED THAT PART OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS WILL BE BASED ON HOW HAWAII'S CITIZENS CONTRIBUTE.

(take LINGLE-MNHCC pkg) IT WAS A DAY POSSIBLY DESTINED TO ETCHED INTO HAWAIIAN MEMORY - THE THIRD ANNUAL MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS FEST HAD ALREADY SET ITSELF APART FROM ANY GATHERING IN RECENT MEMORY. THE MORNING CEREMONY BLESSING THE CHAMBER'S SYMBOL - THE KO'I - WAS EXTREMELY MOVING. THEN, CAME LUNCH AND THE DAY'S FEATURED SPEAKER - GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE, WHO WASTED LITTLE TIME GETTINR RIGHT TO WHAT'S IMPORTANT.

Linda Lingle, Governor, State of Hawai'i

LL01: "If we don’t have a healthy economy everything else we want to do: provide our children with a great education, have enough resource officers to protect our natural environment, have money that we can help the needy – everything we want to do relies on a strong economy.

On the other side, if we loose what’s so special about a people and a place, if we just pay lip service to culture and it’s not authentic, then we’ve lost what we are. So being able to bring these two things together the way your organization uniquely can, I think is going to position you in the years ahead to become an extremely important organization, more so than you may have yourselves even realized. "

AMONG THE KEYNOTE MESSAGES OF THE CONFERENCE WAS SELF-SUFFICIENCY, AND THE GOVERNOR WENT RIGHT THERE, TOO.

LLO2. "First of all, let’s talk about priorities. I said the economy was number one and it is. A critical component of that is energy security for the people of Hawai‘i. So that we are not reliant on shipping oil from across oceans that’s been purchased from foreign countries and foreign companies and that we send billions of dollars outside of the state. And these two things are not separated. The economy is not separated from energy security and a clean energy future – these two things are linked together.

The third and the final priority for me is education. And again these things are linked together. You can’t have a strong economy if your people aren’t educated in the fields where jobs are going to be created in the future."

AND LIKE A LOT OF THESE KINDS OF GATHERINGS, THE GOAL IS TO PROVOKE THOUGHT IN THOSE WHO ATTEND - TO STIR A RESPONSE AND, HOPEFULLY, ACTION."

LL03: "So this gradual recovery gives us all a chance – it gives me a chance to think through these issues. I want to say that I think as a Chamber of Commerce in particular, and because Maui is a place I care so deeply about, I wanted my speech to encourage you to get involved more politically, to hold your political leaders to a higher standard. When they come out against things, ask them, “What are you for? How are we going to get our farmers projects to market on O`ahu? What is your solution, Senator? Representative, what is your solution?"

THE GOVERNOR CLOSED HER REMARKS BY POINTING OUT THAT - WITH ALL THAT PROGRES HAS BROUGHT TO THE ISLANDS - THE MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS PROVEN THAT RETURNING TO THE OLD WAYS - MAY JUST LIKELY BE THE BEST WAYS.

(ON-CAM TAG) TO READ THE ENTIRE TEXT OF GOVERNOR LINGLE'S REMARKS, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS -DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(UHERO REPORT)(PiP-CONSTRUCTION WORKER)

J: GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS. IT'S A TERM WE'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER LATELY. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THERE IS ANY GOOD NEWS DURING THE RECESSION OF 2009...AND LATELY, IT'S ONLY COME LATELY. THE BAD NEWS IS HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO GET OVER THE RECESSION.

(TAKE UHERO PKG) A YEAR AGO WE BROUGHT YOU AN IN-DEPTH REPORT ABOUT CONSTRUCTION JOBS ON MAUI - OR, MORE PRECISELY, HOW CONSTRUCTION JOBS WERE VANISHING AT AN ALARMING RATE. THE REPORT WAS THE PRODUCT OF THE UNIVERSIUTY OF HAWAIIA ECONOMIC RESERACH ORGANIZATION - OR UHERO.

EACH QUARTER UHERO HAS ISSUED UPDATES ON THE TOPIC AND THEIR NEWEST ONE CAME OUT THIS WEEK. AS WITH LOTS OF REPORTS OF LATE, IT'S A GOOD NEWS - BAD NEWS DOCUMENT.

FROM THE COVER, IT DOESN'T LOOK ENCOURAGING AT ALL - AND WE WON'T DEVLVE DEEPLY INTO THE DETAILS, BUT WE'D LIKE TO PRESENT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.

THE REPORTS PRIMARY FINDING IS THAT THE U.S. RECESSION IS EASING. THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS. THE BAD NEWS: THAT WON'T TRANSLATE INTO RECOVERY OF HAWAII'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ANY TIME SOON - PROBABLY NOT UNTIL SOMETIME IN 2011.

ON A SEMI-POSITIVE NOTE, HOME SALES ON O'AHU HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO TURN AROUND. WHILE NOT SO ON THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS, THE RPORT EXPRESSES A LITTLE OPTIMISM BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF INVENTORY AND DAYS ON THE MARKET HAVEN'T REACHED THE RECORD LEVELS SET IN THE 1990S.

BUT, ON A NEGATIVE NOTE, HOME AND CONDO PRICES ARE TAKING A BIGGER HIT ON THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS. CONDO PRICES - CO0MPARED TO A YEAR AGO HAVE DROPPED BY 33 PERCENT ON MAUI, 39 PERCENT ON THE BIG ISLAND AND 46 PERCENT ON KAUA'I.

NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION IS STILL A DOWNER. THE UHERO REPORT FORECASTS AN OVERALL DROP IN RESIDENTIAL PERMITS OF 44 PERCENT FOR 2009. BUT, AS A SLIGHTLY MORE SILVER LINING, THAT DROP EASES TO JUST FOUR PERCENT IN 2010. AGAIN - DOWN...BUT NOT AS MUCH.

THE REPORTS BRIGHTS NOTES ARE FEW - BUT THEY DO EXIST. FOR EXAMPLE, WHILE JOB LOSSES ARE LEVELLING OFF FOR MOST OF HAWAI'I, CONSTRUCTION JOBS ARE STILL DROPPING THE WORST THIS YEAR - SOME 14 PERCENT. BUT THE ECONOMISTS SAY THAT, JUST ABOUT A YEAR FROM NOW, THE NUMBER OF CONSTRUCTION JOBS WILL BEGIN TO GROW AGAIN.

THE REPORT SUMMARY NOTES THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN A YEAR THAT FORECASTS HAVE NOT BEENM LOWERED SIGNIFICANTLY, EVEN CLOSING ON A POSITIVE NOTE, SAYING "WHILE THERE IS STILL CONSIDERABLE DOWNSIDE RISK, THE STABILIZATION OF THE FORECAST PICTURE IS ENCOURAGING NEWS."

(ON-CAM TAG) TO VIEW THE ENTIRE REPORT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ECONOMIC RESEARCH ORGANIZATION, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(UH ENROLLMENT) (PiP-UH LOGO)

J: SPEAKING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I - AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE NATION IN FACT, THE RECESSION IS HAVING AN UNPREDICTED EFFECT: PEOPLE OUT OF WORK ARE GOING BACK TO COLLEGE. CASE IN POINT: THE 2009 FALL SEMESTER ENROLLMENT IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I SYSTEM IS AT RECORD LEVELS - AND MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS LEADING THE WAY.

(FF-VO-CG) THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEM, ENROLLMENT FOR THE FALL HAS REACHED AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF MORE THAN 58,000 STUDENTS. IT'S A NEW RECORD THAT SURPASSES LAST YEAR'S ALL-TIME RECORD OF MORE THAN 50,000 STUDENTS BY MORE THAN EIGHT PERCENT. ALL 10 U-H CAMPUSES ACROSS THE STATE EXPERIENCED INCREASES - BUT NONE MORE THAN MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

M-C-C- ENROLLMENT JUMPED BY A WHOPPING 26-POINT-TWO PERCENT OVER 2008 LEVELS. THAT'S THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE GROWTH IN THE STATE. KAPIOLANI COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAD THE LARGEST NUMBER OF NEW STUDENTS - BUT THAT'S IN A MUCH MORE POPULATED AREA - AND ON O'AHU.

(ON-CAM ) ON TOP OF THE VOLUME OF NEW REGISTRATIONS FOR ACCREDITED COURSES, SOME 28,000 MORE STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ENROLL IN NON-CREDIT COURSES, LEARNING SKILLS AND TRADES THAT DON'T WORK TOWARD A COLLEGE DEGREE - YET ENRICH THEIR LIVES AND BETTER PREPARE THEM FOR SKILL JOBS IN TODAY'S MARKET.

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J: SPEAKING OF HIGHER EDUCATION, DID YOU KNOW THAT THE FEDERAL "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" ACT REQUIRES THAT THE HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING UNLISTED PHONE NUMBERS, TO MILITARY RECRUITERS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS? IF THAT DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH YOU - YOU ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

AS A PARENT OR GUARDIAN - OR IF YOU'RE THE STUDENT - YOU NEED TO SUBMIT AN OPT-OUT FORM TO YOUR SCHOOL TO KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE. YOU HAVE TO DO THIS BEFORE THIS COMING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH.

(FF-CG-VO) THE FORM IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT DOE-DOT-K-12 DOT H-I DOT US. SCHOOLS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT YOUR FORMS BY MID OCTOBER, AND THAT'S WHY THEY'VE SET SEPTEMBER 15TH AS THE DEADLINE FOR YOU TO GET THE FORMS TO THEM.

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HOWEVER, THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER WILL BE IN OLIVE DRAB NEXT JUNE IF THEY DON'T FILL OUT THE FORM. IF A REQUEST COMES IN AFTER TH SEPTEMBER 15TH DEADLINE, THE HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS THEY WILL HAVE RECRUITERS REMOVE ANY STUDENT'S INFORMATION FROM LISTS PREVIOUSLY MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM.

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J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE EVENT THAT BROUGHT GOVERNOR LINGLE TO MAUI LAST WEEK OPENED WITH A MOST AMAZING CEREMONY. WE'LL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU UP NEXT. AND WE'LL ALSO HAVE AN UPDATE ON MAUI COUNTY FISHING - AND SHARKS. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

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(MNHCC-CEREMONY)(PiP-MOON-CANOE)

J: IT WAS AN EVENT THAT HASN'T HAPPENED IN GENERATIONS - AND PERHAPS CENTURIES. TWELVE KUPUNA, 12 POHAKU AND FOUR KO'I BLESSED THE SHORES OF SOUTH MAUI.

(TAKE MNHCC PKG) IT WAS LONG BEFORE DAWN AS THE FULL MOON WAS ABOUT TO SET. KO'I - THE SYMBOL OF THE MAUI NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - WERE DIPPED AND BLESSED BY THE SEA BEFORE BEING TRANSPORTED TO A DONZEN WAITING CANOES.

AFTER APPROPRIATE SHORELINE CEREMONIES, 12 CANOES ROUNDED THE POIJNT - EACH BEARING A KUPUNA, AN ELDER REPRESENTING EACH OF THE 12 MOKU OF MAUI. ON SIGNAL, FOLLWING THE LEAD OF THE DOUBLE HULLED SAILING CANOE MO'OLELO, CANOES STORMED THE SHORE AND EACH CANOE'S KUPUNA PRESENTED A POHAKU - OR STONE - TO A CHIEF OF THE CHAMBER STAFF.

AFTER BLESSINGS, EACH POHAKU WAS PLACED ON AN AHU - A SHRINE - IN THE ORDER THEY EXIST ON MAUI. AFTERWARDS, A HULA CELEBRATING THE KO'I COMPLETED THE MORNING'S EVENT FOR THE KO'I - TO BE PRESENTED FRIDAY EVENING TO NOTED RECIPTIENTS INCLUDEING U.S, SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA AND VOYAGING PIONEER NAINOA THOMPSON.

IT WAS A CHICKEN SKIN EVENT THAT HAS BEEN CAPTURED FOR ALL TIME - AND ONE THAT WITNESSES WON'T LIKELY SOON FORGET.


(ON-CAM TAG) THERE'S AN EXTENDED VERSION OF THIS CHICKEN-SKIN EVENT AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO SEE. JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO EXTENDED COVERAGE.

(SHARK TOURS) (PiP-sHARK)

J: MEANWHILE, JUST OFFSHORE AROUND MAUI COUNTY THERE WILL BE NO SHARK ENCOUNTERS - AT LEAST NOT THE PLANNED KIND WITH CAGES.

ON TUESDAY THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL PASSED AN ORDINANCE AGAINST SO-CALLED SHARK TOURS PROPOSED A FEW WEEKS AGO BY SOUTH MAUI COUNCILMEMBER WAYNE NISHIKI. MAUI MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES SIGNED THE BILL ALMOST IMMEDIATELY ON TUESDAY.

COUNCILMEMBER JOANNE JOHNSON SAID THE BILL IS A SIGN OF RESPECT FOR NATIVE HAWAIIANS WHO HOLD SHARKS AS SACRED. SHE ALSO POINTED OUT THE SAFETY ISSUE AS DEAD FISH PARTS ARE USED TO ATTRACT SHARKS - A MOVE THAT COULD POTENTIALLY CHANGE THE BEHAVIOR OF SHARKS AROUND MAUI.

NOW, THE COUNTY DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REGULATE WHAT GOES ON IN THE WATERS OFFSHORE. HOWEVER, THE BILL DOES HAVE THE POWER TO REGULATE THE BUSINESS SIDE OF SHARK TOURS AND CAN PROHIBIT ANY BUSINESS FROM OPERATING IN MAUI COUNTY THAT CHARGES CUSTOMERS TO ENTER THE OCEAN TO FEED OR ATTRACT SHARKS FOR VIEWING.

(KAHOOLAWE FISHING SEASON)(PiP-KAHOOLAWE)

J: BUT - IT WILL BE LEGAL TO FISH CLOSE TO KAHO'OLAWE ON THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 26TH AND 27TH.

(VO) TO DO THAT, ALL VESSELS MUST REGISTER WITH THE KAHO'OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION. THE FEE IS 25 DOLLARS AND IT'S GOOD FOR A YEAR. WITH THAT PERMIT, VESSELS WILL BE ALLOWED TO TROLL FOR FISH THAT WEEKEND. ANY FISH CAUGHT MUST BE REPORTED TO THE COMMISSION - AND ANY VESSEL TROLLING MUST ALSO REPORT TO THE COMMISSION. EVEN IF THEY COME UP EMPTY.

(on-cam) THE AREA IS SEVERELY RESTRICTED TO VESSELS BECAUSE OF THE ABUNDANCE OF UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE STILL IN THE WATERS AROUND THE ISLAND. ALSO BECAUSE THE FRAGILE REEF ECOSYSTEM IS ALSO PROTECTED. FOR INFORMATION ON REGISTERING FOR THE TROLLING WEEKEND THIS MONTH, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

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J: COMING UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS - THE FOOTBALL WORLD ON MAUI TILED ON IT'S AXIS LAST WEEKEND WITH MAJOR UPSETS IN DIVISION ONE AND DIVISION TWO. . PLUS IT'S TIME FOR ALOHA FESTIVALS - AND FOR BARYSHNIKOV ON MAUI. IT'S ALL ON MAUI TV NEWS WHEN WE COME BACK.

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J: CHECKING SPORTS...WOW! IT'S BEEN THE SEASON FOR UPSETS IN THE N-F-L...THE U.S. OPEN IN TENNIS AND THE MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE. LAST WEEKEND HISTORY WAS MADE WHEN THE MAUI HIGH SABERS BROKE A THREE-YEAR M-I-L LOSING STREAK BY DEFEATING DEFENDING DIVISION TWO CHAMPS LAHAINALUNA, 19 TO 6. THE SHOCKER OPENED THE M-I-L REGULAR SEASON AND THE SHOCK - AND AWE - CONTINUED INTO SATURDAY WHEN HISTORY WAS MADE AGAIN BY VIRTUE OF A BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL LOSS! THE BEARS FELL TO A NEWLY-REGROUPED SQUAD OF NA ALII AS KING KEKAULIKE HANDED BALDWIN THEIR FIRST LEAGUE LOSS IN 38 GAMES. THE FINAL IN THAT ONE, 14 TO SEVEN. THIS WEEK KAMEHAMEHA MAUI OPENS THEIR 2009 CAMPAIGN WHEN THEY HOST THE MAUI HIGH SABERS FRIDAY NIGHT AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM. SATURDAY, IT'S A RE-GROUPING MATCH WHEN THE LUNAS FACE KING KEKAULIKE AT WAR MEMORIAL AT 7 P.M.

BUT - FRIDAY NIGHT - IF ENTERTAINMENT MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR YOU THAN HELMETS AND PADS - HOW ABOUT HAWAIIAN WOMEN AND POETRY? FRIDAY NIGHT THERE'S A VERY COOL EVENT AT THE MACC TITLED "REMEMBERING ROOTS AND ENVISIONING FUTURE - FIVE HAWAIIAN WOMEN POETS." A QUINTET OF EXTREMELY TALENTED WOMEN WEAVE MELE OLI IN ENGLISH, HAWAIIAN AND PIDGIN IN POETIC FORMS RANGING FROM TRADITIONAL METER TO 21ST CENTURY POETRY SLAM STYLE. IT STARTS AT 6 P.M. IN THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER AT THE MACC.

AND THERE'S A FREE EVENT THAT BEGINS SATURDAY AT THE MACC AND RUNS THROUGH OCTOBER 24TH. IT'S CALLED HI'IAKAIKAPOLIOPELE: VISUAL STORIES BY CONTEMPORARY NATIVE HAWAIIAN ARTISTS. THE EXHIBITION IN THE SCHAEFFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY FEATURES YOUNG AND UP AND COMING NATIVE HAWAIIAN ARTISTS WHO EXPRESS THEIR INTERPRETATION OF CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE THROUGH A VARIETY OF MEDIA - ALL FOCUSING ON THE ORIGIN OF HULA. FOR HOURS AND DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

THE 2009 FESTIVALS OF ALOHA KICKS OFF IN A BIG WAY SATURDAY ON THE PINEAPPLE ISLE. EVENTS BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AT THE LANA'I CULTURE AND HERITAGE CENTER WITH MUSIC, HULA, LEI MAKING AND TALK-STORY WITH KUMU HULA NAPUA BROWN KAMELAMELA AND HER HALAU. THE EVENT IS FREE.

THEN FROM 3-30 UNTIL SIX, THERE'S EVEN MORE CULTURAL GLORY AS THE FESTIVALS PRESENT FEATHER LEI MAKING, CRAFTING WITH OPIHI SHELLS, HE'E HOOK AND KAPA - AND HULA LESSONS.

THE DAY CULMINATES SATURDAY EVENING WITH A BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURING NONE OTHER THAT KEALI'I REICHEL. ONE OF HAWAII'S PREMIERE PERFORMERS, KEALI'I REICHEL WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MEMBERS OF HIS HALAU FROM SEVEN UNTIL 8-30 AT THE LANA'I FOUR SEASONS RESORT AT MANELE BAY. THE CONCERT IS A BENEFIT FOR THE LANA'I CULTURE AND HERITAGE CENTER AND TICKETS RANGE FROM 40 TO 120 DOLLARS. AND, IF YOU'RE TRAVELLING TO LANA'I, SPECIAL ROOM RATES ARE BEING OFFERED BY THE FOUR SEASONS. FOR DETAILS, VISIT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE MACC, IT'S ANOTHER ANNUAL FAVORITE WHEN KA MAI KA HULA: HULA APPEARS, TAKES TO THE STAGE BEGINNING SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 1 P.M. IN THE CASTLE THEATER. THIS FOURTH ANNUAL HULA COMPETITION FEATURES INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP COMPETITORS FROM HALAU BASED IN HAWAII AND IN JAPAN. TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS.

THEN COMES SUNDAY - AND THERE'S ANOTHER TON OF FUN STUFF TO SEE AND DO. THE MAUI KUMAMOTO KENJIN KAI PICNIC FEATURES FOOD, CULTURAL DISPLAYS AND AGE-OLD TRADITIONS AT THE WAILUKU COMMUNITY CENTER FROM 9-30 UNTIL 2 P.M.

AND I HOPE YOU HAVE YOUR NEW HAT TO WEAR AT THE MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY THIS SUNDAY. IT'S MAPA'S BIGGEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AND IT WILL HAPPEN SUNDAY FROM 1 TO FIVE ON THE BEAUTIFUL SHADY LAWN OF THE YOKOUCHI ESTATE IN WAILUKU, THE 21ST ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY WILL FEATURE IMPRESSIVE FOOD AND DRINK AND THEIR SIGNATURE "FRESH ART" AUCTION. TICKETS ARE 65 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE, 75 DOLLARS AT THE EVENT.

MEANWHILE - AS THEY SAY - BACK AT THE MACC, IT'S A MULTI-CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN THE MC COY STUDIO AS "CARAVAN" FEATURES MUSIC AND DANCE FROM INDIA, TURKEY AND THE MIDDLE EAST. THE COLORFUL FEAST FOR THE SENSES BEGINS AT 6-30 P.M. AND TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS.

MONDAY IN HANA THE COUNTY WILL CONTINUE THE SERIES OF INFORMATION MEETINGS ON THE PROPOSED NEW FEMA MAPS ON AREAS SOON-TO-BE-DESIGNATED AS HIGH-RISK FLOOD-PRONE AREAS. THAT MEETING MONDAY WILL BE FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. IN THE HELEN SOCIAL HALL IN HANA.

ARE YOU A SNORKELER OR SCUBA DIVER? DO YOU LOVE THE AMAZING REEF ENVIRONMENT AROUND MAUI? IF SO, THEN YOU'LL WANT TO ATTEND A FREE TALK NEXT THURSDAY IN THE DISCOVERY CENTER OF THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION IN MA'ALAEA. THE TITLE IS "IMPACTS OF THE AQUARIUM TADE IN HAWAI'I." RENE UMBERGER IS A SCUBA INSTRUCTOR WITH MORE THAN 10,000 DIVES UNDER HER WEIGHT BELT OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. SHE'S SEEN THE DECIMATION OF MAUI'S REEFS IN THIS LARGELY UNREGULATED INDUSTRY. NOW YOU CAN LEARN THE FACTS, TOO. THE FREE TALK STARTS AT 6 P.M. THURSDAY. FOR DETAILS, VISIT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

OR, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAT NIGHT - HOW ABOUT THREE SOLOS AND A DUET? WORLD-RENOWNED BALLET SUPERSTAR MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV AND ANA LAGUNA WILL BE FEATURED IN AN EVENING OF AMAZING PERFORMANCES THAT CAPTURE THE SKILLS OF BARYSHNIKOV - NOW 61 YEARS OLD AND IN TOP PHYSICAL SHAPE - MOVING ACROSS THE STAGE IN FRONT OF SCREENS PROJECTING HIS YOUTHFUL PERFORMANCES. THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 7-30 P.M. THURSDAY EVENING AND TICKETS RANGE FROM 12 TO 65 DOLLARS.

FOR DETAILS ON ALL THESE EVENTS AND EVEN MORE, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS. THAT'S A LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK. 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. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE INTERNET AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST, AVAILABLE 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 NOW YOU CAN CATCH OUR NEW WEEKLY REPORTS EVERY FRIDAY MORNING ON THE KHON-2 MORNING NEWS BETWEEN 5 AND 8 A.M.

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

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