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Anchor Script for Maui TV News for the Week ending September 24, 2010


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J: FROM A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN THE RACE FOR A POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR, TO A PHOTO-FINISH FOR MAUI COUNTY MAYOR - DISMAL VOTER TURNOUT YIELDED EXCITING RESULTS. AND, INGENUITY IN THE ISLANDS NETS MILLIONS FOR CREATIVE INVENTORS - WITH MAYBE MORE MILLIONS ON THE WAY.

(ON-CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS - PLUS - FINALLY, THERE ARE POSITIVE SIGNS AHEAD FOR MAUI'S DECIMATED CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

IN SPORTS, MAUI'S BASEBALL TEAM HAS THEIR BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR HERE AT HOME, WHILE OUTRIGGER CANOES PREPARE FOR THE WORLD SERIES IN THEIR SPORT. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES-BROWN TAKE US TO A HOMECOMING AND IN COMING ATTRACTIONS - IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE FAIR. IT'S ALL AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.

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J: ALOHA EVERYONE. MAHALO FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS - MAUI'S EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AND TELEVISION NEWSCAST - IN HIGH DEFINITION. I'M JEFF KING. ELECTION OFFICIALS PESSIMISTICALLY PREDICTED ONLY ONE IN FOUR OF US WOULD VOTE LAST WEEK. TURNS OUT IT WAS ONE IN THREE...BUT THE SMALL NUMBERS STILL CAUSED SOME BIG SURPRISES.


(TAKE ELECTION PKG) NUMBERS DON'T LIE. BUT WHEN THE NUMBERS ARE SO SMALL - IT CAN BE A REAL HEART-BREAKER, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE ON THE LOSING END. MAUI TOTALS LOOKED PRETTY MUCH LIKE THE REST OF THE STATE - WITH THE MAJOR EXCEPTION OF THE EXTREMELY LOW TOTAL. IN FACT, THE 268 VOTE MARGIN BETWEEN INCUMBENT MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES COULD HAVE BEEN IN JEOPARDY IF MORE PEOPLE HAD DONE WHAT SHE TOLD US SOME DID.

Charmaine Tavares, Mayor, Maui County

CT01: "I had people tell me, oh I didn't vote because I knew you would win it. And I tell them don't do that, vote your heart."

THE BATTLE BETWEEN TAVARES AND FORMER MAYOR ALAN ARAKAWA WAS ONE OF THE CLOSEST RACES IN MAUI COUNTY. THE OTHER NOTABLE MATCHUP WAS BETWEEN SOUTH MAUI COUNCILMEMBER WAYNE NISHIKI AND CHALLENGER DON COUCH. THEY BOTH ADVANCE TO THE NOVEMBER ELECTION, OF COURSE, BUT COUCH WON THE PRIMARY BY A 40 TO 37 PERCENT EDGE.

TOTALLING THE VOTES OF THE SERIOUS CHALLENGERS IN KEY RACES, THERE REMAIN MORE THAN ENOUGH VOTES TO SWAY KEY RACES - IN THE BATTLE FOR MAYOR AND FOR SOUTH AND WEST MAUI COUNCIL SEATS. BUT THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR THE NOVEMBER SECOND ELECTION - IS TO GET PEOPLE ON MAUI TO VOTE.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU HAVEN'T REGISTERED TO VOTE YET - THERE'S STILL TIME. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER SECOND GENERAL ELECTION IS MONDAY, OCTOBER FOURTH. FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO REGISTER, OR HOW TO VOTE ABSENTEE OR BY MAIL-IN BALLOT, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(NEIL-SUNDAY)(PiP-HAPPY NEIL)

J: IF THERE WERE A STATEWIDE RAILROAD, SUNDAY WOULD HAVE BEEN A DAY OF "WHISTLE-STOPS" FOR THE OVERWHELMINGLY VICTORIOUS NEIL ABERCROMBIE. AFTER A LOPSIDED VICTORY OVER MUFI HANNEMANN SATURDAY IN THE PRIMARY, ABERCROMBIE AND HIS NEW RUNNING MATE, BRIAN SCHATZ - ALONG WITH COLEEN HANABUSA, WHO IS SEEKING TO FILL ABERCROMBIE'S OLD SHOES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - CAME TO MAUI TO HUG AND CHEER WITH LOCAL SUPPORTERS.

(FF-CG-VO) ABERCROMBIE GREETED WELL-WISHERS AND SPOKE OF "UNIFICATION" AT A GATHERING AT THE MAUI BEACH HOTEL AND DECLARED THAT THE NEXT SIX WEEKS WOULD BE A WHOLE NEW CAMPAIGN AS HIS CAMP FOCUSES ON THE BATTLE BETWEEN ABERCROMBIE AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DUKE AIONA.

(ON-CAM) ON SUNDAY THE AIONA CAMPAIGN ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE ABERCROMBIE CAMP TO SUBMIT TO SIX ONE-HOUR DEBATES BETWEEN NOW AND THE ELECTION. BY TUESDAY, ABERCROMBIE HAD NOT COMMITTED TO THE IDEA - STATING, "QUOTE, IT'S NOT MY JOB TO DEBATE DUKE AIONA." - UNQUOTE. AIONA HAD SUGGESTED A SERIES OF SIX WEEKLY, FRIDAY NIGHT DEBATES BETWEEN NOW AND THE GENERAL ELECTION.

(TAVARES-ARAKAWA) (PiP-TAVARES-ARAKAWA)

J: IT'S DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN FOR THE MAYOR'S RACE IN MAUI COUNTY.

(VO) MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES EEKED OUT A VICTORY OVER ALAN ARAKAWA - THE MAN SHE OUSTED FROM THE CORNER OFFICE BACK IN 2006. NOW THE TWO WILL FACE OFF AGAIN FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE COUNTY ON NOVEMBER SECOND.

((TAKE TAVARES-ARAKAWA PKG) MONDAY MORNING THE MAUI HEADQUARTERS OF FORMER GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE MUFI HANNEMANN WAS A GHOST TOWN. BUT JUST TWO DOORS DOWN AT OLD KAHULUI SHOPPING CENTER, CAMPAIGN WORKERS FOR INCUMBENT - AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE CHARMAINE TAVARES WERE STILL EYEING THE PRIZE: THE TOP SPOT IN SATURDAY'S PRIMARY ELECTION. MEANWHILE, THE SAME SHOPPING CENTER IS H-Q FOR THE ARAKAWA CAMPAIGN - BUT THOSE VOLUNTEERS WERE LINING KA'AHUMANU AVENUE MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR SIGN-WAVING AND SHOUTING MAHALOS FOR PUTTING THEIR MAN IN SUCH A STRONG POSITION TO RETAKE THE COUNTY'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE POSITION.BOTH CANDIDATES EXPRESSED AT LEAST A LITTLE SURPRISE AT THE RESULTS OF THE VOTE - AND THE VOTING.

Alan Arakawa, Candidate for Mayor

AA01: "I was actually a little surprised because I thought the current mayor would be ahead by a little bit more. When you're incumbent - you should have a lot more votes going in."

Charmaine Tavares, Mayor, Maui County

CT01: I was disappoiunted in the turnout. I thought that the gubernatorial race being such a tight one with such exposure between Neil and Mufi, that we would get a lot of turnout for that race. So I was really shocked when I saw the numbers for that."

WHEN TAVARES TOOK OVER THE TOP JOB FROM ARAKAWA, SHE WAS IMMEDIATELY BESET WITH NATURAL DISASTERS INCLUDING RECORD FLOODING A SERIES OF MAJOR FIRES. SHE SAYS HER AGENDA HAD TO BE REARRANGED, AND THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF UNFINISHED WORK AHEAD.

CT02: "No mayor actually accomplishes what they start.In history it's that way. The next mayor coming in is always looking at programs started by previous administrations and making the decision: should we follow through and finish it or is it at a point where we can stop and change directions. That analysis goes on with each new mayor. I think we kinda' had 'the luck of the draw' that we came into the administration ata a time when the economy tanked. So I wasn't able to impl,ement a number of programs that I had hoped I would be able to implement and get some stuff done for the community dyring these four years. So I would certainly like the opportunity to continue some of these programs we've started and begin programs that have a good chance of finishing in the next four years."

ARAKAWA SAYS THAT - IF GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE BY VOTERS, HE WON'T BE PICKING UP WHERE LEFT OFF FOURS AGO BECAUSE, LIKE TAVARES, HE'D BE INHERITING A LESS-THAN-IDEAL SITUATION.

AA02: "When I left off, we had one of the best economies in the nation. Unemployment was two percent. I'm going to be picking up with eight or nine percent unemployment, our economy in shambles and most of the social service programs are hurting a lot. They're underfunded. Our economic situation - our businesses are hurting a lot. So, no, I can't just pick up where I left off. I going to have to do a lot of damage control to be able to bring our economy back. So we're really going to have to work hard to try to work with the businesses rather than against the businesses. We're going to have to try to lower taxes, lower fees - trash collection fees, sewer fees. The average person on Maui is suffering tremendously because of all these cost increases on top of an economy that's in a downturn."

IT'S A NECK-AND-NECK RACE WITH LESS THAN SIX WEEKS TO GO TO AND LOTS OF CAMPAIGNING TO DO. NOT TO MENTION THE POWER OF THE ENDORSEMENT POSSIBILITIES FROM THEOSE WHO VOTED FOR RANDY PILTZ, CHRIS HART AND OTHERS.


(ON-CAM TAG) IN ADDITION TO NEITHER CANDIDATE IMMEDIATELY SEEKING TO WOO THE SUPPORTERS FOR RANDY PILTZ, SOL KAHO'OHALAHALA AND CHRIS HART - NONE OF THOSE FORMER CANDIDATES HAS STEPPED FORWARD TO ENDORSE ARAKAWA OR TAVARES.

(UHERO)(PiP-CONSTRUCTION JOBS)

J: THE NUMBERS ARE IN SINGLE DIGITS. BUT WHAT'S REMARKABLE IS THAT THE ECONOMIC FORECAST FOR GROWTH IN CONSTRUCTION IN HAWAI'I HAS SHIFTED DRAMATICALLY - FROM A FORECAST DROP OF ANOTHER FOUR PERCENT TWO MONTHS AGO - TO A FOUR-POINT-THREE PERCENT INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY FOR THE YEAR.

(TAKER UHERO PKG) THE EFFECT OF THE ECONOMIC CRASH OF 2007 WAS ALMOST IMMEDIATE ON THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ON MAUI AND ACROSS THE STATE. NATIONWIDE, THE ECONOM8IC STIMULUS FUNDS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO STOKE THE FIRES OF JOB CREATION FAILED TO MATERIALIZE...FOR A LONG TIME. NOW, ECONOMISTS SAY, THE STIMULUS IS FINALLY REACHING OUR SHORES.

A NEW REPORT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ECONOMIC RESEARCH ORGANICATION - U-HERO - HAS A HUMBE INTRODUCTION. IT SAYS, "WE HAVE MADE A MODEST UPWARD REVISION TO OUR CONSTRUCTION FORECAST..."

THAT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT, ACTUALLY. THE ORIGINAL FORECAST WAS FOR A DECLINE IN BUILDING PERMITS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS FOR 20-10 OF FOUR PERCENT. THE NEW FORECAST SAYS PERMITS WILL, INSTEAD, INCREASE BY 4.3 PERCENT. AN OVERALL SWING OF MORE THAN EIGHT PERCENTAGE POINTS. FURTHER, THE UHERO FOLKS SAY THAT PRIVATE SECTOR BUILDING PERMIT ACTIVITY IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE TICKINBG UPWARD BECAUSE INTEREST RATES WILL LIKELY STAY LOW FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY WILL RECOVER THE QUICKEST ON O'AHU, THE REPORT SAYS, AND THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS WON'T FEEL THE BENEFIT FOR A WHILE. HOWEVER, IN THE MEANTIME, MAUI CONTINUES TO LEAD THE STATE IN RECOVERY IN TOURISM-RELATED INCOME. EITHER WAY, THE INDICATORS ARE THAT THE WORST APPEARS TO BE OVER.

(ON-CAM TAG) IF YOU'D LIKE TO DOWNLOAD AND READ THE LATEST U-HERO REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC FORECAST FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, YOU CAN. JUST GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(A-TOSS-B)

J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, GREAT IDEAS CAN BE WORTH DOLLARS - AND FOR A PUKALANI WOMAN, THE NUMBER IS APPROACHING NINE DIGITS! COUNT 'EM! AND WE'LL SHOW YOU ANOTHER INVENTION - CREATED HERE IN HAWAI'I THAT WILL BE WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD - AND YOU WILL WANT ONE. THOSE STORIES AND LOTS MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.

(B-BLOCK)

(ERGO BABY)(PiP-KAREN FROST)

J: THEY SAY "BUILD A BETTER MOUSE TRAP AND THE WORLD WILL BEAT A PATH TO YOUR DOOR." FOR A PUKALANI MOM, IT WASN'T A MOUSE TRAP - BUT THE PATH TO HER DOOR COULD NOW BE LINED WITH BRICKS OF GOLD.

(FF-CG-VO) KARIN FROST CAME UP WITH AN IDEA TO MORE EFFICIENTLY AND ERGONOMICALLY TOTE HER TOT BACK IN 2001. USING HER MASTERS DEGREE IN CLOTHING DESIGN, SHE CAME UP WITH A LINE OF BACKPACK AND FRONT-PACK TYPE BABY CARRIERS THAT CAUGHT ON LIKE WILDFIRE. ERGO BABY CARRIERS NOW SELL AT THE RATE OF ABOUT 10 TO 12 THOUSAND PER MONTH ALL OVER THE WORLD.

(ON-CAM) HER SUCCESS CAUGHT THE EYE ON A MAINLAND COMPANY AND LAST WEEK, SHE AGREED TO SELL 84 PERCENT OF HER COMPANY, ERGOBABY CARRIER, INCORPORATED, FOR A DEAL VALUED AT 91 MILLION DOLLARS. COMPASS DIVERSIFIED HOLDINGS OF CONNECTICUT NOW CONTROLS THE STOCK - BUT THE UPCOUNTRY MOM IS STILL IN THE DRIVERS SEAT - OR CAR SEAT - OR MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OF THE GLOBAL OPERATION. E HO'OMAIKA'I!

(MICROLITE)(PiP-MICROLITE)

J: IF YOU'RE LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU LIKE TO WATCH TV IN A MOSTLY DARKENED ROOM. AND THERE'S NOTHING MORE FRUSTRATING THAN NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE THE BUTTONS ON THE REMOTE CONTROL. HAVE YOU EVER SWITCHED FROM HOUSE TO CRIMINAL MINDS BY MISTAKE? OR FROM A TAPED MOVIE TO C-SPAN AT THE MOST INCONVENIENT TIME? A KAUA'I COUPLE HAS COME UP WITH AN IDEA THAT'S SO SIMPLE, IT'S GENIUS. THEY SAW THE LIGHT, AND THEY SENT US ONE SO WE COULD, TOO.

(VO) IT'S CALLED MICROLITE AND THAT'S JUST WHAT IT IS - A SMALL, POP-UP L-E-D LIGHT THAT EASILY LIGHTS UP ALL THE BUTTONS ON YOUR REMOTE. EVEN THOSE BACK-LIT REMOTES AREN'T EFFECTIVE AFTER YOU'VE BEEN STARING AT THE SCREEN FOR A WHILE. WITH THIS GIZMO, YOU JUST ATTACH IT TO YOUR REMOTE, PUSH DOWN AND IT POPS UP AND LIGHTS THE WAY FOR YOU. IT FITS PERFECTLY AT THE BOTTOM OF THOSE OCEANIC TIME-WARNER CABLE REMOTES. WHEN YOU'VE MADE YOUR CHOICE, PUSH DOWN AND IT SHUTS OFF.

(ON-CAM) THE HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM OF JOHN AND JESSICA TEEL FROM KAUA'I PLAN TO SELL THE MICROLITE ON EBAY AND AMAZON - AS WELL AS THROUGH THEIR OWN WEBSITE. THE PRICE IS LESS THAN 10 DOLLARS. IF YOU'D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK'S STORIES.

(PASHA)(PiP-PASHA BARGE)

J: AND THEN THERE WERE TWO. IN A LANDMARK RULING THIS WEEK, THE HAWAI'I STATE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION GRANTED PASHA HAWAII TRANSPORT LINES A CERTIFICATE PF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY. WHAT THAT MEANS IS NOW THERE IS ANOTHER CHOICE FOR SHIPPING CARS AND GOODS BETWEEN THE PORTS OF HONOLULU, KAHULUI, NAWILIWILI, HILO, BARBER'S POINT AND PEARL HARBOR. THE COMMISSION RULED THAT PASHA'S SERVICE WOULD FOSTER COMPETITION IN THE INTER-ISLAND SHIPPING BUSINESS, THUS PROVIDING SHIPPERS AND CONSUMERS AN ALTERNATIVE AND - POSSIBLY - LOWER COST IN SHIPPING GOODS. THE CERTIFICATE IS GOOD FROM NOW THROUGH THE END OF 20-13.

(BUS STOP)(PiP-QKC GROUNDBREAKING)

J: FROM INTER-ISLAND SHIPPING TO INTRA-ISLAND TRANSPORTATION. ON TUESDAY, OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND FOR SOME MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE QUEEN KA'AHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER HUB FOR THE MAUI BUS.

(FF-CG-VO) MAYOR CHARMAINE TAVARES JOINED MANAGEMENT FROM THE SHOPPING CENTER, FROM ROBERTS HAWAI'I AND THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY THAT WAS AWARDED THE QUARTER-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT. THERE WILL BE FIVE CLUSTERS OF BUS SHELTERS WITH SEATING, LIGHTING, BIKE RACKS AND TRASH AND RECYCLE BINS. THE COUNTY RENTS THIS SPOT AT QUEEN KA'AHUMANU CENTER FOR A DOLLAR A YEAR.

(ON-CAM) THE MAUI BUS CONTINUES TO GROW IN POPULARITY AND RIDERSHIP. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS RIDERSHIP HAS MORE THAN TRIPLED. NOW MORE THAN 44,000 PEOPLE RIDE THE MAUI BUS EVERY WEEK.

(B-TOSS-C)

J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, IT WAS A HEARTBREAK ENDING TO A FAIRYTALE SEASON FOR NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI. AND - IT'S ONLY TWICE AS FAR. HOW A HALF-MARATHONNER BECOMES A FULL-LENGTH MARATHON WINNER. AND IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES BROWN ATTENDS "THE HOMECOMING." ALL THAT AND LOTS MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS COMES BACK.

(C-BLOCK)

J: CHECKING SPORTS, SO CLOSE - YET SO FAR. MAUI'S NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI PRO BASEBALL TEAM CAN BOAST THE BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE EVER IN THE GOLDEN BASEBALL LEAGUE. THEY WON THE SOUTH DIVISION - BUT WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO THE BIG FINISH, CRR-RASH! NA KOA LOST THE PLAYOFF MATCH IN THREE STRAIGHT GAMES TO THE CHICO FLYERS. ON THE UPSIDE, IT WAS A PACKED HOUSE AT MAEHARA STADIUM FRIDAY NIGHT. ON THE DOWNSIDE- WE LOST. ON THE UPSIDE, NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED NA KOA WOULD HAVE HAD THE IMPACT THEY HAD ON THE LEAGUE IN THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON. ON TYHE DOWNSIDE, SEVERAL OF NA KOA'S KEY PLAYERS HAVE HAD THEIR CONTRACTS PURCHASED BY MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS - THINNING THE TEAMS STRENGTH AS THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR 20-11 CAMPAIGN. E HO'OMAIKA'I, NA KOA IKAIKA MAUI - ON A JOB EXTREMELY WELL DONE.

(VO) AND WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU WON THE MAUI HALF-MARATHON LAST YEAR? YOU DECIDE AT THE LAST MINUTE TO GO FOR THE MAJOR ENCHILADA THIS YEAR. THAT PAID OFF BIG FOR MATT STEVENS OF KAILUA, O'AHU. THE DEFENDING HALF-MARATHON CHAMP FROM 2009 WON SUNDAY'S 40TH ANNUAL MAUI MARATHON WITH A DECISIVE MARGIN. HIS TIME OF TWO HOURS, 47 MINUTES AND 36 SECONDS WAS EIGHT MINUTES AHEAD OF AKIHIKO FUTAKI OF JAPAN. STEVENS RAN THE FRONT STREET MILE SATURDAY AND DECIDED - AT THE LAST MINUTE - TO SWITCH HIS REGISTRATION FROM THE HALF-MARATHON TO THE FULL DEAL, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT WAS A PRETTY GOOD DECISION.

(CON'T VO) YOKO YAMAZAWA OF TOKYO WON THE WOMEN'S DIVISION WITH A TIME OF THREE HOURS AND 13 MINUTES.

(ON-CAM) THE TOP MAUI FINISHERS WERE PAUL HOPWOOD OF MAKAWAO - COMING IN THIRD OVERALL FOR THE MEN WITH A TIME OF TWO HOURS AND 55 MINUTES. THE TOP MAUI FEMALE FINISHER WAS LINDSEY WILBUR OF KIHEI - COMING IN FIFTH OVERALL AMONG WAHINE WITH A TIME OF THREE HOURS, 23 MINUTES.

THE NEXT TWO WEEKENDS ARE THE GRAND-MAMA AND GRAND-DADDY OF OUTRIGGER CANOE LONG DISTANCE RACING. THIS SUNDAY NA WAHINE O KE KAI WILL TACKLE THE MOLOKA'I CHANNEL. FAVORED TO WIN IT ALL AGAIN IS TEAM BRADLEY, FEATURING AN ALL-STAR CREW FROM MAUI AND O'AHU INCLUDING THE AMAZING LAUREN BARTLETT. NEXT SUNDAY THE MOLOKA'I HO'E WILL WRAP UP THE SEASON AS THE MEN CHALLENGE THE TREACHEROUS KA'IWI CHANNEL. DEFENDING CHAMPS SHELL WA'A FROM TAHITI WILL HAVE TO FEND OFF ANOTHER ALL-STAR CREW OF THE BEST FROM MAUI AND O'AHU. TEAM PRIMO HAS AN EXCELLENT CHANCE OF STOPPING TAHITI'S WIN STREAK. THEIR CREW INCLUDES MAUI'S KAI BARTLETT. AND IF THAT NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR, YES - KAI AND LAUREN BARTLETT ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE. WHICH JUST GOES TO PROVE, IF YOU WANT YOUR TEAM TO WIN IN HO'E WA'A, YOU NEED A "BARTLETT PAIR." (RIMSHOT) SORRY, I COULDN'T RESIST.

(CURTAIN CALL)(PiP - PJB)

J: RECENTLY, A STRAIGHT-FORWARD PLAY, ONE OF HAROLD PINTER’S MOST CELEBRATED, “THE HOMECOMING,” WAS PRESENTED FOR ONLY THREE PERFORMANCES AT THE IAO THEATER IN WAILUKU, PAUL JANES-BROWN HAS HIS REVIEW IN THIS WEEK'S CURTAIN CALL.

PJB: LIKE A MOONBOW, JENNIFER ROSE’S BRILLIANT PRODUCTION OF “THE HOMECOMING” CAME AND WENT. THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED IT, FORFEITED ONE OF THE FEW OPPORTUNITIES HERE ON MAUI TO EXPERIENCE THOUGHT PROVOKING, UNCOMFORTABLE AND INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGING WORK BY NOBEL LAUREATE AND MULTI TONY AND OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT HAROLD PINTER.

PINTER WROTE 30 PLAYS, INCLUDING THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, BETRAYAL AND THE CARETAKER TO NAME A FEW AND 15 SKETCHES. THE HOMECOMING, WHICH WAS WRITTEN IN 1964, PREMIERED IN LONDON IN 1965 BY THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY UNDER THE DIRECTION OF SIR PETER HALL AND IT OPENED ON BROADWAY IN 1967 WITH THE SAME CAST MINUS ONE, THE PART OF TEDDY PLAYED BY MICHAEL BRYANT IN LONDON WAS PLAYED BY MICHAEL CRAIG IN N.Y. IT CAPTURED FOUR TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY" (PAUL ROGERS), BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY" (IAN HOLM).

IF THERE WERE SUCH AN AWARD ON MAUI, THIS CAST AND DIRECTOR WOULD MOST ASSUREDLY TAKE HOME THE PRIZE. PINTER’S WORK HAS BEEN CALLED THE COMEDY OF MENACE BY CRITIC, IRVING WADLE, AND A BETTER TERM HASN’T BEEN COINED. THERE IS A DARK, SURREALISTIC, UNDERTONE TO THIS PLAY. WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE STILL TOGETHER? THEY CLEARLY DON’T LIKE EACH OTHER, BUT FAMILY IS THE GLUE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND A MORE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY, ONE MAY NEVER SEE.
MAX IS THE PATRIARCH, HE’S PLAYED BY MARK COLLMER IN A TOUR-DE-FORCE PERFORMANCE THAT EXPLORES EVERY NUANCE OF EMOTION AND INSANITY OF AN OLD MAN SUFFERING FROM THE LOSS OF HIS WIFE AND BITTER ABOUT EVERYTHING IN HIS LIFE. JOE SPANGLER RETURNED FROM LA TO PLAY THE PART THAT IAN HOLM REALIZED, LENNY, THE MIDDLE SON, A PIMP AND DESPITE HIS FAMILY’S OBVIOUS LOWER CASTE, MAX WAS A BUTCHER, LENNY PUTS ON THE UPPER CLASS AIRS OF AN OXFORD MAN, BUT HE IS MORE LIKE A LOW-LIFE SHARK CONSTANTLY SWIMMING LOOKING FOR A KILL. INTO THIS MIX ARRIVE THEIR PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR OLDER BROTHER TEDDY, PLAYED WITH REMARKABLE RESTRAINT AND STIFF UPPER LIPEDNESS BY ANOTHER MAINLANDER, ROBERT HENNINGSEN. TEDDY HAS COME HOME TO INTRODUCE HIS WIFE OF SIX YEARS, RUTH, TO THE FAMILY. SHARLAYNE LA RENN LAGATUTTA WAS BORN TO PLAY RUTH, SHE SIMMERS WITH SENSUALITY, SHE HAS THE PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES TO COMMAND OUR ATTENTION AND SHE CAPTURES THE POWER OF THE CHARACTER AND KNOWS HOW TO WIELD IT. FROM THE MOMENT SHE STEPS ONTO THE STAGE SHE IS IN COMMAND AND WE KNOW THAT HERE IS THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY FIT TO CHALLENGE MAX.

SHE SETS ABOUT HER CONQUESTS ONE BY ONE TAKING ON EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY UNTIL IN THE END, SHE HAS USURPED MAX’S THRONE, TAKEN OVER THE HOME, DISPATCHED HER MILK TOAST HUSBAND BACK TO AMERICA AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN AND HAS EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY AT HER FEET. TWO OTHER CHARACTERS, THE YOUNGEST SON JOEY, WHO HAS DREAMS OF BECOMING A PRIZE FIGHTER AND WE LEARN IS THE HOPE OF THE FAMILY WAS WELL DONE BY NICK BARTES. HE UNDERSTANDS, JOEY’S MENTAL LIMITATIONS AND PLAYS THEM UN SELF-CONSCIOUSLY AND TENDERLY. WHEN LENNY TORTURES JOEY FOR NOT GOING THE “WHOLE HOG” WITH RUTH AFTER TWO HOURS WE GENUINELY FEEL FOR HIM.

JOHN PETERSON ROUNDS OUT THIS SUPERB CAST, YOU MAY RECALL PETERSON HASN’T APPEARED ON A MAUI STAGE IN THREE YEARS, ONE OF OUR BEST ACTORS, IT IS GREAT TO SEE HIM BACK ON THE STAGE. HIS PERFORMANCE AS MAX’S BROTHER, THE BEST CHAUFFER IN LONDON, SAM IS SENSITIVE AND SYMPATHETIC. HE’S THE ONE WHO IS THE MOST TORTURED IN THE FAMILY BY MAX. IT MAY BE BECAUSE MAX BELIEVES HE COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HIS LATE WIFE JESSIE AND PETERSON MAKES US FEEL EVERY MOMENT OF HIS PAIN.

JENNIFER ROSE HAD THE COURAGE, PASSION, SKILL, AND COMMITMENT TO BRING THIS UNCOMMON, WONDERFUL THEATRICAL GIFT TO MAUI AUDIENCES. I HOPE IT’S NOT AS RARE AS A MOONBOW.

THAT’S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK, I’M PAUL JANES-BROWN, A HUI HOU, AND BE SURE TO GO OUT AND SUPPORT MAUI’S PLETHORA OF TALENTED ARTISTS, SEE A LIVE SHOW. STAY TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS, UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.

(COMING ATTRACTIONS)

J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS AND A LOOK AT COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS BUSY WEEKEND, NEXT WEEK AND NEXT WEEKEND - WHICH IS EXTREMELY BUSY.

AN ONGOING EVENT YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T MISS CONTINUES AT THE SCHAEFFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER. MAUI NEWS PHOTOJOURNALIST MATT THAYER HAS SEEN A GREAT DEAL THROUGH HIS LENS THROUGH THE YEARS AND YOU CAN SEE IT ALL TOO. HIS PHOTO RETROSPECTIVE IS ON DISPLAY NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 23RD. THE GALLERY IS OPEN DAILY FROM 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M. AND THERE'S NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION.

IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE ANY PLANS FOR THIS SATURDAY, YOU WILL NOW. SATURDAY ALL DAY IS COMMUNITY WORK DAY’S ANNUAL MAJOR CLEANUP CAMPAIGN, "GET THE DRIFT AND BAG IT" EVENT. THERE ARE ORGANIZED CLEANUPS PLANNED FOR ALL OVER MAUI FROM LAUNIOPOKO TO HONOLUA BAY - IN SOUTH MAUI FROM KEALIA TO PU'U OLAI, IN PA'IA AT THE BIRTHING POOLS EVEN THE NISSEI VETERANS CENTER IN WAILUKU. TO SEE HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED, JUST GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

OR, IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP - BUT CAN'T HANDLE ALL THAT BENDING OVER AND PICKING UP STUFF - YOU CAN STILL DO YOUR PART. SATURDAY AT WHOLE FOODS IN KAHULUI, IT'S A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIAL - WITH GENUINE MADE-ON-MAUI ROSELANI ICA CREAM. AND ALL THE SWEET PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT COMMUNITY WORK DAY. ICE CREAM CONES ARE JUST THREE DOLLARS, AND FOR JUST TWO BUCKS MORE - YOU GET A SECOND SCOOP AND THE TOPPING OF YOUR CHOICE.

MEANWHILE, IN WEST MAUI, IT'S SWEETNESS OF A DIFFERENT KIND. THE 14TH ANNUAL HULA GRILL YOUTH UKULELE PLAYERS CONTEST. FROM EIGHT UNTIL NOON SATURDAY, SOLO AND GROUP ENSEMBLES WILL VIE FOR PRIZES ON THE VENERABLE UKE. CONTESTANTS WILL BE JUDGED ON THEIR BRIEF INTRODUCTION, UKULELE PERFORMANCE, SINGING AND STAGE PRESENCE. COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL BE SERVED TO ALL CONTESTANTS. THE ENTRY FEE IS JUST 15 DOLLARS. WE'VE GOT MORE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MACC. NEXT SATURDAY IT'S MOHALA MAI. THIS MULTI-CULTURAL, MULTI-GENRE, MULTI-MEDIA EXPERIENCE FEATURES KUMU HULA AND NA HOKU HNOHANO WINNER NAPUA GRIEG SINGING, CHANTING AND LEADING HER HALAU NA LEI KAUMAKA O UKA. THE 5-30 SHOW IN THE CASTLE THEATER OFFERS GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS FOR 37 DOLLARS.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THE ANNUAL FAVORITE SAINT JOHN'S KULA FESTIVAL RETURNS - IN A TRIBUTE TO RETIRING PASTOR , THE REVEREND HEATHER MEULLER. TO HONOR THE DAY, GRAMMY WINNER GEORGE KAHUMOKU JUNIOR WILL PLAY AT 2 P.M SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF FUN, PLUS CHOW FUN, PORTUGUESE BEAN SOUP, ARTS AND CRAFTS AND MUCH MORE. ADMISSION IS FREE AND THE FESTIVAL RUNS FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. EACH DAY.

AND SATURDAY NIGHT, IT'S HAMMER TIME! HAMMER MAGAZINE PRESENTS “HAMMER TIME, MAUI,” WITH DANCING, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, VERY COLORFUL FASHION SHOWS, AND MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE. KATHY “TITA” COLLINS IS JUST ONE OF THE HEADLINE ACTS FOR THE EVENT THAT STARTS AT 6 O’CLOCK SATURDAY EVENING AT THE MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION. TICKETS ARE 40 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE, 45 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR. PROCEEDS BENEFIT PACT – PARENTS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER. FOR MORE INFO, CLICK ON COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM.

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE STORY IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK THAT CONGRESS IS REVIEWING THE POSSIBILITY OF AWARDING THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR TO MOST OR ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMED 442ND COMBAT REGIMENTAL UNIT AND THE 100TH INFANTRY BATTALION. THIS SUNDAY, YOU CAN MEET SOME OF THESE MARVELOUS MEN AT THE NISSEI VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER IN WAILUKU. IT'S THEIR ANNUAL JOINT MEMORIAL SERVICE. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE SERVICE STARTS AT 2 P.M.

AND LOOKING A BIT FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE FAIR? THE 88TH ANNUAL MAUI COUNTY FAIR IS COMING TO WAR MEMORIAL COMPLEX FROM SEPTEMBER 30TH THROUGH OCTOBER THIRD. THE THEME THIS YEAR IS "CELEBRATING COMMUNITY," AND THAT WILL HAPPEN IN A WIDE VARIETY OF WAYS. FROM THE USUAL MIDWAY AND COTTON CANDY, TO THE HIGH-TECH ROBO-TECH MAUI EXPO, IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT THE FAIR, ALONG WITH EVEN MORE HIGH-TECH DISPLAYS AND WORKSHOPS. WE'VE GOT THE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.

AND, DON'T FORGET, NEXT FRIDAY IS OCTOBER THE ONE-TH - FIRST FRIDAY IN WAILUKU AND ART NIGHT IN LAHAINA.

FOR THE RUNDOWN OF COUNTY FAIR EVENTS AND SHOWS AND EVERYTHING ELSE WE'VE MENTIONED THIS WEEK, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. JUST CLICK THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND WE'LL BE BACK TO WRAP UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.


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J: THAT WRAPS UP THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING - AND WE INVITE YOU TO CATCH UP ON ARCHIVED EDITIONS OF MAUI TV NEWS - ANYTIME AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM. ON OUR WEBSITE YOU'LL ALSO FIND ONGOING UPDATES OF BREAKING NEWS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND PLEASE TUNE IN TO KHON-2 EVERY FRIDAY MORNING ON "WAKE UP 2-DAY FOR OUR MAUI UPDATES BETWEEN 5 AND 8 A.M.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND UNTIL NEXT TIME, A HUI HOU.

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