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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for September 17, 2009



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J: IT WAS A CHANGE THAT HAPPENED - QUITE LITERALLY OVERNIGHT AS THE MAUI PRINCE WAS REBORN AS THE MAKENA BEACH AND GOLF RESORT - AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.

AND,

AFTER LAST WEEK'S SOLD-OUT ENERGY EXPO ON MAUI, MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES SITS DOWN WITH MAUI TV NEWS TO TELL US WHAT'S FIRST ON THE COUNTY'S ENERGY AGENDA.

THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK, PLUS WE'LL SHOW WHAT LENGTHS MAUI POLICE ARE GOING TO TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE IN THE CAR. ALL THAT PLUS SPORTS AND AN INCREDIBLY BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD IN COMING ATTRACTIONS. WE'VE GOT IT ALL THIS WEEK 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.

(TAKE MAKENA PKG) IT WAS A CHANGE THAT HAPPENED - LITERALLY - OVERNIGHT.

Bon Boyle, VP/GM Turtle Bay, Regional Operations Director, Benchmark Hospitality International

BB01: "12:01 (AND THE NEW SIGN IS ALREADY UP). Right, we put the sign up last night. I ordered the sign on Monday - we had a great vendor that was able to put it together for us. People don't realize how many steps you have to go through. There are trademark issues - we have to get those cleared up, both here and on the mainland, and then we had to create the trademark - or the logo, if you will."

BOYLE SAYS THERE MAY BE SOME TWEAKING, BUT THIS IS VERY CLOSE TO WHAT THEY PLAN TO STICK WITH. WHAT THEIR FOCUS IS - OF EVEN GREATER IMPORTANCE - IS PUTTING AS MANY OF THE 380 POTENTIALLY LAID-OFF WORKERS BACK TO WORK.

BB02: "We hired 180 of those over the last two days. And our agreement - especially on the Union side - and the union's been very, very cooperative by the way, is that as business builds up, we will bring back - based on seniority - so everybody knows what their number is."/// bb03: "Right now, running at about 50 percent occupancy - we're a 310-room hotel, we need to staff it at about 150 roomers, in order for the staffing guides to match the levels of business. As soon as it goes up to 160 rooms, we start calling people. It gets to 180, we call more people."

ONE OF THOSE 180 IS FRONT DESK AGENT RON CHAPMAN.

Ron Chapman, Front Desk Agent

RC01: "Very happy front desk agent. yes. (How do you feel?) Relieved. Just releived."

CHAPMAN - AND THE OTHER 380 EMPLOYEES LEARNED TWO WEEKS AGO THAT THEY WE'RE GOING TO BE VISITED BY THE HAWAII STATE LABOR DEPARTMENT RAPID RESPONSE TEAM - THE SAME TEAM ACTIVATED AFTER THE DEVASTATING JOB LOSSES AT ALOHA AIRLINES AND MAUI LAND AND PINEAPPLE. HE SAID HIS HEART SANK.

RC02: "Yes, very much so. It was just 'wait and see what happens.' A lot of us were on pins and needles for several days."

THEN WEDNESDAY IT FINALLY STOPPED BEING PINS AND NEEDLES AND TURNED TO CHICKEN SKIN.

RC03: " 3:06 yesterday afternoon. Yeah. I was sitting at home with my kids. The phone rang. I was asked, would you like to accept and yes, of course. Yeah. I gave a loud yell, but yes."

THE NEW MANAGEMENT IS BENCHMARK HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL. AMONG THEIR 29 PROPERTIES - NOW INCLUDING THE NEW MAKENA BEACH AND GOLF RESORT - IS THE TURTLE BAY RSORT ON OAHU'S NORTH SHORE. BENCHMARK CEO BURT CABANAS TOLD US THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS PROJECT AND THE TAKEOVER OF TURTLE BAY RESORT IN 2001.

Burt Cabanas, Chairman/CEO, Benchmark

BC01: "The Turtle Bay property had deteriorated over many years. So it was not only issues associated with its economic problems, but it also had many physical issues with the asset. This is not the case here. We have an incredibly well-built, great-built building. What has happened here is the effects of the economic downturn that has affected us over the last 22 months, and their ability exercise their business plan under that environment."

ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTS NOTWITHSTANDING - ANOTHER BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TURTLE BAY TAKEOVER AT THAT OF THE PRINCE WAS THE HUMAN ELEMENT.

BC02: "I guess they both felt at risk. But in Turtle Bay there was never the thought of a shutdown like there was here. There was always an intent there to keep the employees employed. In this particular case, before we came here there was an actual thought and discussion of actually shutting down the building. And that would not have been good - especially not for the employees, but also for the business of the hotel."

IN AN ECONOMIC CLIMATE THAT HAS KEPT THE FORMER RENAISSANCE WAILEA FROM REOPENING OR REBUILDING, CABANAS EXPLAIND THAT HIS COMPANY IS NOT HERE IN CLEANUP MODE - BUT BECAUSE HE SEES GENUINE PROMISE AT THE REBORN RESORT.

BC03: "We're not here in a cleanup mode, we're here in a repositioning mode. The previous management - the Prince group - is an outstanding management group in business here for 23 years. They had a plan. That plan - for many reasons, mostly economic - didn't fulfill itself. Our plan is to take this property, reposition it - as we have, change the name, look at the many assets that exist in Maui and at this property, and make them the jewels that this property could represent and get it back up to being equal in occupancy and rate with the rest of the resorts on this side of the island."

AND BOYLE ALSO SAID SIGNS POINTING TO A MUCH BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THEIR NEW MAKENA PROSPECT - PRECISELY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT A BRAND NEW PROSPECT.

BB04: "We're inheriting this jewel of a staff that knows what aggresive hospitality is, so that's an instant takeover. Normally if you're doing a new opening, you're hiring a bunch of strangers. You don't know their talents, you don't know their skill levels. Here we know the skill level are four and five-star already so that gives us a huge jump in what you would normally be going through in a takeover. I can tell you, I've been here for 11 days now and this Prince staff is good as any staff in the islands. And you might expect me to say that but I really mean it."

CABANAS AND BOYLE CONCUR THAT THE HOTEL'S GREATEST ASSET IS IT'S STAFF - AND EVERY STEP TOWARD SUCCESS, MEASURED IN HIGHER OCCUPANCY AND ROOM RATES, WILL MEAN MORE AND MORE OF THE OLD MAUI PRINCE STAFF WILL BECOME EMPLOYEES AGAIN - AT THE NEW MAKENA BEACH HOTEL AND GOLF COURSE.

BENCHMARK HAS BEEN GIVEN A 60-DAY WINDOW TO COMPLETE THE TRANSITION INCLUDING EVERYTHING FROM PAPERWORK, TO SIGNAGE TO COMPUTER AND PAYROLL SYSTEMS, TO SECURING THE RIGHTS TO THE WHALE TAIL LOGO AND BOYLE SAYS THE BULK OF THAT WORK IS ALREADY COMPLETE. SO, FROM HERE, THE WORK BEGINS - OR IN THE CASE OF HAPPY EMPLOYEES...CONTINUES. REPORTING FROM MAKENA FOR MAUI TV NEWS, I'M JEFF KING.

(ENERGY EXPO)(PiP-Charmaine-CounrtySeal)

J: STUCK OUT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN - HAWAI'I IS THE MOST DEPENDENT ENERGY CONSUMER ON THE PLANET. MORE AND MORE PEOPLE SAY IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. AND OUR MAYOR IS ON TOP OF THAT LIST.

(TAKE TAVARES-ENERGY PKG) THE 2009 ENERGY EXPO WAS A HIT AND OUR MAYOR WAS PLEASED.

ct01: "Oh, very pleased. It was a terriffic success. I was very, very pleased - first of all that it was sold out and we still had people clamoring at the event before it started, 'Can't I just get in..." I think we basically accommodated everyone who wanted to go."

THE MAYOR GAVE US HER TAKE ON MAUI COUNTY'S PROGRESS TOWARD ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SO WE ASKED HER WHY - TWO YEARS AFTER THE FIRST EXPO, THERE'S STILL NO COUNTY-BASED RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT IN PLACE.

CT02: "We've applied for some federal stimulus money for some of the projects. I think part of the County's plan is to do an energy audit first. We would like - very much - to lead by example and oput in PV where it makes sense and do other energy conscious things like changing out light bulbs."///

AN ENERGY AUDIT 15 YEARS AGO REPLACED INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS IN THE COUNTY BUILDING TO COMPACT FLOURESCENT LIGHTS. BUT NOW THAT TECHNOLOGY IS READY TO GIVE WAY TO LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES, A NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGY THAT IS HUNDREDS TIME MORE EFFICIENT AND LESS COSTLY.

CT03: "Let's take Kaunoa Senior Center. Let's say we do an energy audit there and find out that, hey, we could do a whole lot of efficiency and energy savings by converting to PV, then we could that out as a RFP."

THAT'S LOTS OF INTITALS IN THIS NEW ENERGY AGE, A PV-RFP IS A PHOTOVOLTAIC REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - AN INSTRUMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW LOCAL CONTRACTORS TO BID ON ADDING AN ENERGY EFFICIENT POWER SYSTEM TO THE KAUNOA CAMPUS - SAVING POSSIBLY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON ENERGY BILLS - AND USING LITTLE OR NO ENERGY GENERATED FROM BURNING FOSSIL FUELS.

MAYOR TAVARES PRASISED THE FORWARD-THINKING EXPO ATTENDEES AND PRESENTERS - AND WAS ESPECIALLY PROUD OF THE WORKING GROUPS THAT ASSEMBLED A 200 PAGE PROPOSAL OF PROJECTS AND METHODS THE COUNTY MIGHT CONSIDER.

CT04: " When this report is in its final form - and it has, in it, recommendations in each of five areas. There's lots of things people can be working on. The working groups at the expo were concerned that that was the end for them and I told them, no, it's just the beginning, because we need to be sure we have someone who 'birddogs' these recommendations. In fact one of the recommendations that will probably get started first is a recommendation top form a non-profit group whose purpose would be to follow the initiative plan of the Maui energy alliance so that it's not subject to who's in office - or who's where. A non-profit that stays with that idea the whole time. I really support that it gives a sense of firmness and continuity to this plan. Because, if not, it will be just another plan that just sits there on somebody's bookshelf and collects dust."

THE MAYOR HAD A LOT MORE TO SAY ABOUT THE EXPO, THE COUNTY'S GOALS AND PLANS - HER TAKE ON THE SO-CALLED OVER-POWERED SITUATION ON THE ISLAND OF LANA'I. TO VIEW THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH MAYOR TAVARES, GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK TO EXTENDED COVERAGE.

(on-cam tag) IF YOU'D LIKE TO READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING GROUPS, YOU CAN READ A COPY OF THEIR REPORT. JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(AUGUST RAINFALL TOTALS)(PiP-FELICIA)

J: MOST OF THE RAIN GAGES IN MAUI COUNTY DID SOMETHING LAST MONTH THAT THEY HAVEN'T DONE IN YEARS. THEY FILLED UP.

(VO) AS HURRICANE FELICIA BORE DOWN ON THE BIG ISLAND - THEN DIDN'T - THEN DID, FORECASTS VARIED GREATLY AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE STORM WOULD EVEN GET HERE AND, IF SO, WHAT IT MIGHT DROP. WELL, ON MAUI, IT DROPPED PLENTY.

(FF-CG-VO) THE 2.91 INCHES AT KULA AND THE 1.47 INCHES OF RAIN IN KIHEI FROM THE STORM WERE RECORD AMOUNTS - DATING BACK TO 1991 AND 1992 RESPECTIVELY, WHEN THEY STARTED KEEPING ARCHIVES. KIHEI LOOKED PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE AT 735 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THERE WERE TRIPLE DIGITS APLENTY PERCENTAGE-WISE, AS WAIKAPU RECORDED MORE THAN THREE TIMES NORMAL AUGUST RAINFALL. KULA HAD 364 PERCENT OF NORMAL AND HONOKANAIA ON THE FAR SOUTHWEST TIP OF KAHO'OLAWE RECEIVED MORE THAN FOUR TIMES NORMAL RAINFALL LAST MONTH.

WEST WAILUAIKI STREAM RECEIVED THE HIGHEST RECORDED AMOUNT OF RAIN AT MORE THAN 18 AND A HALF INCHES. PU'U KUKUI LIKELY BEAT THAT - BUT THE GAGE FAILED MID-MONTH, SO NO RAINFALL WAS OFFICIALLY RECORDED THERE IN AUGUST.

(ON-CAM) THE WETTEST SPOT IN THE STATE WAS THE USUAL WETTEST SPOT IN THE STATE. KAUAI'S MOUNT WAIALEALE RECEIVED MORE THAN THREE FEET OF RAIN LAST MONTH - BUT THAT WAS STILL ONLY 94 PERCENT OF NORMAL FOR THERE.

(CHILD SEAT WEEK) (PiP-INSPECTION)

J: WHILE IT'S OBSERVED ONLY ONE WEEK OUT OF THE YEAR, CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY IS - OF COURSE - SOMETHING EVERY PARENT SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT ANY DAY THEIR KEIKI ARE RIDING IN A CAR.

(TAKE CHILD PASSENGER WEEK PKG) LAST SATURDAY AT MAUI MARKETPLACE ON DAIRY ROAD, A SMALL ARMY INSPECTED MORE THAN A DOZEN CARS, VANS, SUVS AND TRUCKS FOR PROPER CAR SEAT INSTALLATION. THEY FOUND A LOT OF MISTAKES.

Capt. Charles Hirata, MPDChief, Child Passenger Safety

CH01: "Those who came here appreciate the fact that we're able to correct these mistakes and help to keep their kids safe."

CAPTAIN HIRATA NOTED THAT - AS CARS HAVE BECOME SAFER, CAR SEATS FOR KEIKI HAVE HAD TO ADAPT, TOO. IF IT'S BEEN A WHILE, YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT WHAT'S NEW

CH02: "Well, there;'s new technology. There's new types of seats, new types of seatbels. There's side airbags, so the most important thing is to read the instrruction manual for your car seat and read the instruiction manual for your car as well because they may have recommendations as far as to where to put the seat and how to install it correctly. There may be a special locking feature. There's a new thing called LATCH - Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children - it's a special child seat securement that's designed specifically for car seats."

ON A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY, CAPTAIN HIRATA SHOULD BE OUT PLAYING GOLF ON HIS DAY OFF INSTEAD OF HERE CHECKING CAR SEAT ANCHORS.

CH03: "Over the years I've seen too many kids getting injured and killed. It's well worth it to take a few hours on a Saturday once a month to make sure kids are buckled up correctly."

(ON-CAM TAG) NOT ONLY IS IT JUST GOOD SENSE TO PROPERLY BUCKLE UP YOUR CHILD, IT'S ALSO THE LAW. LAST YEAR ACROSS THE STATE, POLICE ISSUED 937 CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATIONS. AND THE FINES CAN RANGE AS HIGH AS 500 DOLLARS.


(A-TOSS-C)

J: COMING UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI TV NEWS - THE FOOTBALL WORLD ON MAUI SAW A MORE NORMAL PATTERN OF WINS AND LOSSES IN WEEK TWO OF ACTION. AND, SPEAKING OF ACTION, THIS IS AN ACTION-PACKED WEEKEND WITH THE MAUI MARATHON, LOADS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND PLENTY OF CHANCES FOR YOU TO GET DOWN AND DIRTY. IT'S ALL ON MAUI TV NEWS WHEN WE COME BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS...THE WORLD OF MAUI INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE FOOTBALL IS GETTING CLOSER TO BACK ON TRACK - AFTER THAT EYE-POPPING FIRST WEEK OF MAJOR DIVISION UPSETS. WITH THE SECOND WEEK NOW UNDER OUR BELT, THE LUNAS NOTCHED ONE IN THE WIN COLUMN WITH A VICTORY OVER KING KEKAULIKE SATURDAY NIGHT. THE NIGHT BEFORE THAT, THE WARRIORS OF KAMEHAMEHA MAUI EDGED THE RESURGENT MAUI HIGH SABERS IN A CLOSE ONE 10 TO 6. THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IT'S A BIG ONE WHEN THE BALDWIN BEARS TAKE ON LAHAINALUNA UNDER THE LIGHTS AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM. KICKOFF IS AT SEVEN. SATURDAY NIGHT THE WARRIORS TAKE A SHORT TRIP ACROSS PUKALANI TO VISIT NA ALII. KICKOFF IS ALSO SET FOR SEVEN O'CLOCK.

SPEAKING OF PHOTO FINISHES AND PICTURE PERFECT ENDINGS - AS WE MOVE INTO THE WORLD OF COMING ATTRACTIONS - THAT'S WHERE WE START. IN FACT, IT'S STARTED ALREADY. THE FIRST MAUI PHOTO FESTIVAL AND WORKSHOPS IS TAKING OVER MUCH OF THE HYATT REGENCY RESORT AND SPA ON KA'ANAPALI BEACH - ITSELF A WORLD CLASS PHOTO BACKDROP. ALL WEEKEND LONG THERE ARE SESSIONS, PHOTO ASSIGNMENTS, HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS AND PHOTO CONTESTS. FOR DETAILS ON THIS FIRST-EVER EVENT ON MAUI, GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND THERE'S ANOTHER EVENT GOING ON NOW AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER - AND WILL 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.

NOW IF YOU FIND YOURSELF STUCK ON THE ISLAND OF LANA'I - AND WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE STUCK - THIS EVEN MAY NOT BE TOO SEXY, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT. THE FIRST OF MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES’ COMMUNITY BUDGET REVIEW MEETINGS WILL TAKE PLACE FRIDAY EVENING STARTING AT 5 IN THE LANA'I COMMUNITY CENTER. YOU CAN REVIEW THE DOCUMENT, FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU AND ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT.

NOW WE COME TO ANOTHER OVERSTUFFED SATURDAY. STARTING EARLY. IT'S MAUI MARATHON WEEKEND AND THAT MEANS IT ALL STARTS WITH THE MAUI TACOS 5-K. RUNNERS AND WALKERS SHOULD BE IN PLACE AT THE STARTING LINE IN FRONT OF WHALERS VILLAGE AT KA'ANAPALI FOR RACE INSTRUCTIONS STARTING AT 7:15. THERE ARE - GET THIS - 27 CATEGORIES - EACH WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOODEN PLACE FOR THE WINNER. THE RACE STARTS AT 8 AND AWARDS BEGIN AT THE WHALERS VILLAGE CENTER STAGE AT 9.

MEANWHILE, JUST DOWN THE ROAD AT ALMOST THE SAME TIME IT'S THE FIRST ANNUAL KEIKI FISHING TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING THE MAUI UNITED WAY. THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY MAUI ELECTRIC AND THE KA'ANAPALI GOLF RESORT. KEIKI WILL BE FISHING IN THE GOLF COURSE POND STARTING AT 9 A.M. THERE WILL BE PRIZES FOR THE BIGGEST FISH AND THE SMALLEST FISH FOR AGE GROUPS FIVE AND UNDER, SIX TO 11 AND 12 TO 15. ENTRY FEES RANGE FROM 10 TO 15 DOLLARS AND ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE UNITED WAY. THIS IS A “CATCH AND RELEASE” FISHING EVENT. VISIT THE COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE AT MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM FOR DETAILS.

OR, IF YOU MOVE AT A SLOWER PACE - AND DON’T STRAY TOO FAR FROM SOUTH MAUI, THEN CALLING ALL HANDS FOR A SATURDAY MORNING CLEANUP AT KEALIA POND. THE SOUTH MAUI SUSTAINABILITY COASTAL CLEANUP STARTS AT 9 SATURDAY MORNING AND WRAPS UP AT NOON.

BUT, IF YOU'RE A LOCAL CLEANER-UPPER WHO DOESN'T LIKE TO STRAY TOO FAR FROM THE WEST SIDE - WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED THERE, TOO. STARTING AT 9 SATURDAY MORNING AT KAMEHAMEHA IKI PARK, IT'S A LAHAINATOWN CLEANUP THAT WILL MAKE IT'S WAY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FROM THE PARK. FOR DETAILS ON BOTH CLEANUP EVENTS, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM.

KEEP IN MIND THIS IS ALL STILL SATURDAY MORNING. STARTING AT 10 AT THE QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER, IT'S A WOMEN'S HEALTH FAIR. THE EVENT WILL LAST UNTIL TWO AND THERE WILL BE ENTERTAINMENT AND PRIZES AT CENTER COURT AND FREE HEALTH SCREENING FOR WOMEN.

BUT IT'S NOT JUST PEOPLE WHO NEED TO STAY HEALTHY. WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO KEEP THE ISLAND HEALTHY BY DOING WHAT WE CAN TO CONTROL THE PET POPULATION. THERE'S A FOUR-DAY FREE AND LOW-COST SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC AT THE NINTH LIFE CAT RESCUE AND SANCTUARY IN MAKAWAO. THE GOAL IS TO STERILIZE UP TO 400 CATS - AND THEY DID EVEN MORE THAN THAT AT THEIR LAST CLINIC IN JANUARY. THE COST IS A SUGGESTED 20 DOLLARS - BUT THEY WILL NOT REFUSE SERVICE BASED ON A KITTY OWNER'S ABILITY TO PAY. THE CLINIC WILL ACTUALLY START FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 18TH AND CONTINUE ON SATURDAY, THE 19TH. THEY'LL TAKE SUNDAY OFF AND DO IT AGAIN ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY. FOR DETAILS, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

WITH THE FIRST DAY OF FALL IN JUST A FEW DAYS, THE VERY LAST HALEAKALA STAR PARTY OF SUMMER WILL HAPPEN SATURDAY NIGHT. BRING SOMETHING COMFORTABLE TO LIE ON AND DRESS FOR A CHILLY MOUNTAIN EVENING, THEN HEAD UP TO HOSMER'S GROVE AT HALEAKALA FOR STAR- GAZING, TALK STORY AND EVEN A LESSON IN HOW TO USE THE NIGHT SKY AS BOTH CLOCK AND CALENDAR. THE 10 DOLLAR PARK ADMISSION IS THE ONLY COST AND THE KILO HOKU STARTS AROUND 7-30...JUST AFTER SUNSET.

FINALLY WE REACH SUNDAY - BUT WE'RE STARTING EARLY AGAIN. IT'S THE 39TH ANNUAL MAUI MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON. THE GUN GOES OFF AT 5-30 SUNDAY MORNING IN FRONT OF QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER. AN ADDED FEATURE OF THIS YEAR'S EVENT IS A FOCUS ON THE HOST CULTURE. RUNNERS - AND THE EVENT - WILL BE BLESSED BEFORE THE GUN GOES OFF - AND HULA DANCERS AND CONCH SHELL BLOWERS WILL SEND YOU ON YOUR WAY. THE RACE ENDS IN KA'ANAPALI. EVEN THE AID STATIONS WILL BE HAWAIIAN THEMED AND THE AFTER-PARTY WILL FEATURE CHOKE LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT.

AND JUST ABOUT THE TIME THE FIRST RUNNERS WILL BE RELAXING IN KA'ANAPALI, QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER WILL BE JUMPING AGAIN. THIS TIME IT'S THE 14TH ANNUAL STAND FOR CHILDREN RALLY AND CELEBRATION. IT'S FREE, IT STARTS AT 10-30 AND IT'S SPONSORED BY MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES.

DID YOU KNOW THAT MONDAY IS INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY? IT IS. THERE WILL BE EVENTS SPONSORED ACROSS THE STATE AND THE GLOBE - INCLUDING RIGHT HERE ON MAUI. THE MAUI YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE BEGINS AT 9 A.M. IT'S A FREE EVENT FEATURING ABOUT A DOZEN STUDENTS FROM EACH OF MAUI COUNTY'S HIGH SCHOOLS. EVENTS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE PEER-TO-PEER MEDIATION, CONFLICT RESOLUTION TECHNIQUES - EVEN PEACE THROUGH MUSIC. IT'S AN ALL-DAY EVENT AT WESTIN MAUI HOTEL IN KA'ANAPALI.

AND THE MAYOR WILL TAKE HER BUDGET-MOBILE BACK OUT ON THE ROAD NEXT TUESDAY. THIS TIME THE LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER WILL BE THE SITE FOR THE Q AND A...YOU BRING THE Q ABOUT THE PROPOSED 2011 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET...THEY'LL SUPPLY THE A. IT STARTS AT 5-45.

AND WHEN THEY'RE FINISHED, THEY DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 5-45 IN THE MAYOR HANNIBAL TAVARES COMMUNITY CENTER IN PUKALANI. OF COURSE THERE'S NO ADMISSION CHARGE FOR EITHER EVENT.

THERE WILL BE AN ADMISSION CHARGE NEXT THURSDAY BUT IT'S WORTH EVERY PENNY WHEN UNCLE RICHARD HO'OPI'I'S EIGHTH ANNUAL LEO KI'EKI'E FALSETTO CONTEST TAKES OVER THE MCCOY STUDIO THEATER STAGE AT THE MACC. THE ANNUAL FAVORITE EVENT SHOWCASES MAUI'S FINEST AMATEUR MALE FALSETTO PERFORMERS, HITTING THOSE NOTES WAY UP HIGH...ALL IN TRIBUTE TO A LONG-AGO TIME WHEN HAWAIIAN WOMEN WERE FORBIDDEN TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC. TICKETS ARE 20 DOLLARS , AND JUST 15 DOLLARS FOR KUPUNA AND FOR KEIKI 12 AND UNDER. THE CONCERT AND CONTEST RUN FROM 6 TO 8 P.M.

HAVE YOU MET OUR NEW POLICE CHIEF YET? HOW ABOUT THE DEPUTY CHIEF? HERE'S YOUR CHANCE. MAUI POLICE CHIEF GARY YABUTA AND DEPUTY CHIEF CLAYTON TOM ARE PLANNING A ROAD TRIP TO COMMUNITY CENTERS ACROSS MAUI COUNTY. THEY'LL BE FOCUSING ON THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR COUNTY AND WHET THEY PLAN TO DO ABOUT THEM. THEIR FIRST COMMUNITY MEETING WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 30TH AT THE HANNIBAL TAVARES CENTER IN PUKALANI FROM 6 TO 7-30. FOR TIMES, DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR THEIR MEETING CLOSEST TO YOU, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

IN FACT, 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.

(D Block)

(Solo-Center-Up)

J: THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND THANK YOU FOR TELLING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO WATCH, TOO. MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE INTERNET AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST IS 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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