By Sgt. William, Hankins, MPD
A pedestrian was killed in Lahaina late last night when a pickup truck veered off the roadway and into the bike lane. Maui police sat that – at 11:54 p.m., a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup drifted southward from Honoapi’ilani Highway into the bike lane near Mile Marker 22 at Hunau Street in Lahaina. The pedestrian sustained traumatic injuries and died at the scene. Airbags did not deploy and the pickup driver was unhurt. Honoapi’ilani High was closed in both directions until shortly after 4 a.m. today.
The victim’s identity is being withheld until family notification is complete. This is the 16th traffic fatality of 2013 – compared with 23 at this time last year. The Police are continuing their investigation.
HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $3.46 million in capital improvement project (CIP) funds for the Hawaii Film Studio, including a new production and multipurpose building to support film operations.
“This year marks 100 years of film production in Hawaii, a rich legacy that I was pleased to support earlier this year by signing legislation extending film tax incentives designed to further strengthen the industry,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “These CIP funds will protect our state’s investment in the Hawaii Film Studio, a key asset of our local creative economy. As international competition grows, it is particularly important that we support the Hawaii Film Office and its partner county film offices on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island in their collaborative efforts to preserve the State of Hawaii as a premier motion picture and television location.”
Hawaii Film Commissioner Donne Dawson added: “The Hawaii Film Studio is the only film facility of its kind in the state and is a critically important piece of Hawaii’s production industry. This CIP will go a long way to help us achieve the next phase of much-needed improvements for this aging facility.”
Allotment of these funds were identified by the state Legislature and approved by the Governor.
“Ask the Mayor”
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa-
Q: I am a Lahaina business owner and also work for one of the global hospitality leaders. A few months ago I took a trip to the Mainland. My travels included stops at the St. Louis, Denver, Eugene and San Francisco airports. I try to stay hydrated and usually purchase several bottles of water at the airports. In every airport I visited there were a number of accessible containers for recycling bottles and newspapers. To my dismay, when I returned home to Maui I couldn’t find one receptacle to recycle my plastic bottles. I found this nearly impossible to believe since we are such a global destination and wanting to become more “green.” Is there anything you can do to provide this important feature in our airport? I appreciate your “Ask the Mayor” column and for providing a channel for public opinion and inquiry. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
A: Thank you for the feedback. All Hawai‘i airports are under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Transportation (DOT) Airports Division. At KahuluiAirport, HI-5 beverage bottle recycling bins are available at the TSA checkpoint, and recycling bins for cardboard and other materials are located in the back-of-house. DOT-Airports maintenance staff separate out cans, bottles, and other things that can be recycled from rubbish bins in the secure areas as well as from the recycle containers near the TSA checkpoints. In the future, DOT-Airports plans to have more specific recycle bins throughout its airport system.
Aloha Mr. Mayor:
Q: What happened to the ambulance that was stationed in Lahaina at the Lahaina Comprehensive Health Center area? For the past month, the ambulance has no longer been there. There seems to be an exercise machine parked in its place? Mahalo for providing the “Ask the Mayor” column!
A: You’re welcome. The ambulance is operated under a State contract with American Medical Response (AMR), and Lahaina Comprehensive Health Center is a State-owned building operated by the State Dept. of Health. According to AMR Maui Operations Manager Curt Morimoto, the ambulance had to be moved approximately a month ago due to a sewage leak at the building that forced AMR staff to relocate. State District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang says that the building is being assessed and that any needed repairs will be made to allow AMR staff to reoccupy the building at some point in the future. Until then, the ambulance and its Paramedic crews will continue to serve the West side from its temporary Lahaina location.
Q: I live on Akala Drive in Maui Meadows which borders Pi‘ilani Highway. There are a lot of large trucks that drive up and down the highway all day long, and they use their “Jake brakes” to slow down when they see the light at the corner of Mapu and Pi‘ilani turn red. During times of construction in Wailea or Makena this happens every couple of minutes, which makes it impossible to enjoy our yard or take a nap during the day as the noise is very loud. Is there some way we can get a “No Engine Braking” sign posted along the highway? Is there some sort of ordinance regarding engine braking near a residential neighborhood? I know when I drive on the mainland, I see these signs all over the place. Thank you for your help!
A: Pi‘ilani Highway is a State highway, and according to the State DOT Highways Division-Motor Vehicle Safety Office, that there are currently no restrictions on the use of compression release engine brakes or “Jake brakes.” DOT also says there are no State laws in the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes prohibiting the use of Jake brakes.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has EXTENDED a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES OF MOLOKAI, NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI and WEST FACING SHORES of LANAI and KAHOOLAWE, now in effect until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: Expect Surf of 15 to 20 feet for north shores of Molokai and Maui.
Surf will be 10 to15 feet on west facing shores of Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.
Surf will gradually diminish this afternoon and tonight.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHOREBREAK, AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
Watch Maui TV News for December 13, 2013 Coverage of Maui’s Top Stories:
J: FOR MOST OF US THESE IMAGES ARE TOO MUCH TO TAKE. IMAGINE BEING THE ONE TASKED TO TREAT THESE TRAUMAS. THIS WEEK WE’LL MEET THE MAN THEY CALL THE SHARK DOC. AND FROM ANOTHER EXPERT, WE’LL LEARN EVEN MORE ABOUT WHY THERE ARE SO MANY SHARKS IN SUCH A SMALL SPACE.
(ON CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS. PLUS MORE OF THE TRAGIC DETAILS SURROUNDING THE UNTIMELY PASSING OF A HAWAII NATIVE DAUGHTER WHO ROSE TO THE RANKS OF DIRECTOR OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
IN SPORTS, THE INK IS DRY AND JUST SOME OF THE BIG NAMES COMING TO MAUI FOR THE FIRST BIG GOLF TOURNAMENT OF 2014. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES-BROWN REVIEWS MORE OF THE SOON TO BE MAJOR MOVIES COMING OUT JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, HOLIDAY MAGIC, GIFT GIVING FROM THE HEART AND AMERICA’S BAND IS COMING TO MAUI. ALL THAT AND MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
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J: ALOHA EVERYONE THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS -MAUI’S EXCLUSIVE HIGH DEFINITION NEWSCAST COVERING IMPORTANT STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY. I’M JEFF KING. AND THIS WEEK A SPECIAL WELCOME THOSE TUNING IN FOR-PERHAPS THE FIRST TIME-THROUGH OUR LINK WITH FACEBOOK SENSATION, MAUI WATCH.
J: IT TAKES A SPECIAL KIND OF DEDICATION AND SKILL – NOT THE MENTION A STRONG STOMACH – TO BE A SURGEON OF ANY KIND. BUT WHEN YOU ADD THE URGENCY, THE SEVERITY OF INJURY, AND THE MINDSET OF PATIENTS WHO NEVER SAW IT COMING, THEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH THE SKILL SET OF A VERY SPECIAL KIND OF DOCTOR. AROUND HERE, DR. PETER GALPIN IS KNOWN TO MANY – SIMPLY – AS THE SHARK DOC.
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(on-cam) IN ADDITION TO SAVING LIVES AND LIMBS, DOCTOR GALPIN ALSO HAS AN AMAZINGLY BUSY SCHEDULE AS ONE OF THE STATE’S LEADING PLASTIC SURGEONS. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS PRACTICE BY GOING TO MAUI TV NEWS.COM AND FOLLOWING THE LINK TO THIS WEEK STORIES.
J: MOST OF US FIND THE SIGHT OF A SHARK WHILE WERE OUT OF THE WATER PRETTY DARN SCARY. AND, THAT SEEMS, PRETTY DARN NORMAL. BUT A MAN WHO’S MADE A VERY SUCCESSFUL LIVING AT PUTTING PEOPLE IN THE WATER WITH SNORKELS, MASKS AND FINS SAYS ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS THAT THE OCEAN IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL PLACE IS THE SACRED SPECIES HAWAIIANS CALL “MANO” – THE SHARK.
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(ON-CAM TAG) SNORKEL BOB IS NOT THE ONLY PERSON WHO FEELS THAT SHARKS ARE NOT ONLY MISUNDERSTOOD BUT UNFAIRLY TARGETED AND HUNTED. HE SENT US A LINK TO A VIDEO COMING SOON CALLED “OF SHARKS AND MAN” WHERE A REEF IN FIJI IS COMING BACK TO LIFE THANKS TO SHARKS. WE HAVE THAT LINK FOR YOU. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS.COM, AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK’S STORIES.
J: IN AN INSTANT, LIFE CAN END. A SMALL PLANE TAKING OFF FROM THE TINY AIRSTRIP AT KALAUPAPA ON MOLOKAI DITCHED IN THE OCEAN AFTER WHAT THE PILOT CALLED CATASTROPHIC ENGINE FAILURE. BY NOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT OF NINE SOULS ABOARD, EIGHT PEOPLE SURVIVED. THE ONE WHO DIED WAS, IRONICALLY, THE MAYOR OF KALAWAO COUNTY.
(VO) LORETTA FUDDY ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS FROM A HEALTHCARE WORKER TO THE POWERFUL POSITION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. HER MOST RECENT VISIT MAUI THIS PAST APRIL WAS PART OF GOV. NEIL ABERCROMBIE IS CABINET IN YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT AT UH MAUI COLLEGE. WE AT MAUI TV NEWS JOIN OUR AUDIENCE, CITIZENS, STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS IN MOURNING THE LOSS OF THIS DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. SHE HAD BEEN ATTENDING AN ANNUAL HANSEN’S DISEASE CONFERENCE IN KALAUPAPA AND WAS ON HER WAY BACK TO THE OFFICE WHEN THE PLANE WENT DOWN AROUND 3-30 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
(ON CAM) WE USE THE TERM “IRONICALLY “BECAUSE – TECHNICALLY – KALAUPAPA LOST ITS ONE AND ONLY LEADER. WHILE ALL OF MAUI COUNTY IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MAUI COUNTY MAYOR ALAN OUR OCALA, THERE IS ONE EXCEPTION. THE TINY TRIANGULAR PENINSULA KNOWN AS KALAWAO COUNTY, IS GOVERNED BY FIRST – THE LOCAL SHERIFF – BUT ULTIMATELY BY THE SITTING DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OF THE STATE OF HAWAII.
J: WE GOT THE LIGHTS. WE KNOW WHERE THE CAMERAS ARE. NOW IT’S TIME FOR ACTION. MAUI’S NEW FILM COMMISSIONER IS A VETERAN OF THE MOVIE BUSINESS, A LONGTIME MAUI RESIDENT AND A VETERAN OF THE NFL. NOW THAT’S A RESUME.
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(ON CAM TAG) BENNETT HAS JUST COMPLETED HIS FIRST FEW WEEKS ON THE JOB SPENDING MUCH OF IT ON THE MAINLAND DRUMMING UP BUSINESS. A TOP PRIORITY: BRINGING A TELEVISION SERIES PRODUCTION TO MAUI. AND WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO WATCH THAT?
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J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS ON MAUI T V NEWS, THE GRAS IS GREEN AND THE INK HAS DRIED ON SOME OF THE MAJOR NAMES FOR THE 20-14 HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES BROWN SAYS THERE ARE EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE MOVIES COMING OUT IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS AND FOR FIRST LIGHT – NOT TO MENTION MOVIE AWARD SEASON. IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, MUSIC, HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AND BIG, BIG MUSICAL NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR. ALL THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
J: CHECKING SPORTS, JUST THREE WEEKS REMAIN BEFORE THE 2014 HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS KICKS OFF ON THE PLANTATION COURSE AT KAPALUA, AND THE FIELD IS SHAPING UP QUICKLY. THREE OF THE GAME’S BIGGEST NAMES WILL BE STARTING 2014 ON MAUI, INCLUDING ZACH JOHNSON, ADAM SCOTT AND WEBB SIMPSON. EACH PLAYER WON AN OFFICIAL PGA TOUR EVENT DURING THE 2013 CALENDAR YEAR TO QUALIFY FOR THE WINNERS ONLY HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS. THE HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS RETURNS TO THE PLANTATION COURSE AT KAPALUA FROM JANUARY 2-6, 2014. ALL FOUR COMPETITIVE ROUNDS OF THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE BROADCAST ON THE GOLF CHANNEL.
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J: AMONG THE 160,000 MEMBERS OF THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS: SAG-AFTRA; BARELY 21-HUNDRED ARE SELECTED TO SERVE ON THE SAG AWARDS NOMINATING COMMITTEE. WELL, GUESS WHO? AND MAUI’S VERY OWN PAUL JANES-BROWN HAS MADE HIS PICKS FOR 2014 AWARD CONSIDERATION AND SHARES A FEW FOR THIS WEEK’S CURTAIN CALL.
PJB: STARTING IN NOVEMBER I BEGAN TO RECEIVE SCREENERS – WHICH ARE NOT-SO-SPECTACULARLY PACKAGED PREVIEW D-V-Ds OF MOST OF THIS YEAR’S TOP FILMS – SO I COULD MAKE A RECOMMENDATION ABOUT WHO SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR TWENTIETH ANNUAL SAG AWARDS. THIS YEAR THERE ARE SO MANY EXCELLENT FILMS IT WAS A TRULY DAUNTING TASK.
THERE ARE THE TWO SEPTUAGENARIANS, ROBERT REDFORD AND BRUCE DERN, TURNING IN REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES IN ALL IS LOST AND NEBRASKA, RESPECTIVELY. THERE WAS THE VIRTUAL ONE WOMAN SHOW BY SANDRA BULLOCK IN GRAVITY. MARVELOUS PERFORMANCES BY TERRANCE STAMP AND VANESSA REDGRAVE IN A SONG FOR MARION OR IF YOU PREFER THE AMERICAN TITLE THE ENDLESS SONG. AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION BY MATTHEW MCCONAGHEY IN THE TEXAS BUYERS CLUB. JUDY DOENCH’S HEART WRENCHING MOTHER SEARCHING FOR HER LONG LOST SON IN PHILOMENA. MARK WAHLBERG IN THE HARD TO WATCH LONE SURVIVOR. TOM HANKS DUEL PERFORMANCES IN CAPTAIN PHILLIPS AND SAVING MR. BANKS. THE IRONIC RELEASE OF MANDELA’S LONG WALK TO FREEDOM ON THE DAY OF THAT GREAT MAN’S PASSING. THE ANGER PROVOKING STORY ABOUT THE MURDER OF JAMES GRANT III IN FRUITVALE STATION. THE EXCEPTIONALLY EROTIC BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR. THE SURPRISING THE SPECTACULAR NOW. THE LAST, AND I THINK THE BEST WORK THAT JAMES GANDOLFINI EVER DID IN ENOUGH SAID. THE GREAT ENSEMBLE WORK DONE IN AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY HEADED BY AN OSCAR WINNERS MERYL STREEP AND JULIA ROBERTS. THE LATEST COEN BROTHERS FILM INSIDE LLWYN DAVIS. AND WOODY ALLEN’S UPDATE OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE WITH ANOTHER GREAT CATE BLANCHETT PERFORMANCE IN BLUE JASMINE. RALPH FIENNES’ STORY ABOUT CHARLES DICKENS’ DALIANCES WITH A TRANSCENDENT PERFORMANCE BY FELICITY JONES WAS ALSO EXCELLENT. THE BUTLER IS AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNING PERFORMANCE BY FORREST WHITAKER AND FINALLY, MY PERSONAL FAVORITE FILM OF THE YEAR, MAUI BOY DESTIN DANIEL CRETTON’S SHORT TERM 12.
MY PICK FOR BEST ACTRESS WAS BRIE LARSON. HER PORTRAYAL OF GRACE, THE ULTRA-COMPETENT YOUTH COUNSELOR WHO NEEDS TO LISTEN TO HER OWN COUNSELING BECAUSE OF HER ABUSIVE BACKGROUND WAS THE MOST TRUTHFUL WORK I HAVE SEEN ON THE SCREEN IN A VERY LONG TIME.
WITH ALL OF THESE FILMS, THE BEST ACTOR CATEGORY IS THE MOST DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE. I KNOW CANNES CHOSE BRUCE DERN FOR NEBRASKA AND HIS PERFORMANCE IS VERY GOOD, BUT IT DOES NOT APPROACH HANKS’, REDFORD, WAHLBERG, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, FORREST WHITAKER, MCCONAGHEY, IDRIS ELBA OR MY PICK FOR THE BEST ACTOR, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR FOR 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
HIS PORTRAYAL OF A PROSPEROUS FREE BLACK MAN WHO IS KIDNAPPED AND SOLD INTO SLAVERY IN THE SOUTH MADE ME EMBARRASSED TO BE WHITE. THE ECHOES OF SLAVERY, REVERBERATE TO THIS DAY STAINING US ALL. ONE OF THE THINGS THE FILM SHOWED WAS A LACK OF ANY DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DARK SKINNED PEOPLE IN THE FREE STATES. THAT WAS SURPRISING TO ME.
IN THE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, IT WAS NO CONTEST, JUNE SQUIBB GETS MY VOTE FOR THE NO NONSENSE WIFE OF BRUCE DERN IN NEBRASKA. HER PLAIN TALK AND HONESTY WERE SO REFRESHING IN ALEXANDER PAYNE’S PAEN TO THE PLAINS. SHE BROUGHT SOME LIFE AND SPIRIT TO A FILM THAT AT TIMES WAS AS DRY AS THE DESERT AT HIGH NOON.
IN THE SUPPORTING ACTOR CATEGORY, I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THE MINNEAPOLIS CHAUFFEUR TURNED ACTOR BARKHAD ABDI. HIS PERFORMANCE AS MUSE, THE LEAD PIRATE IN CAPTAIN PHILLIPS IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST FIRST TIME ACTING PERFORMANCES IN THE HISTORY OF THE MOVIES. ONLY TWO OTHER MEN HAVE WON BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OSCARS IN THEIR DEBUT PERFORMANCES, HAROLD RUSSELL IN 1946 FOR THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES AND HAING SOMNANG NGOR FOR THE KILLING FIELDS.
HIS PORTRAYAL OF MUSE IS SO REAL AND SCARY IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE HE HASN’T BEEN ACTING ALL HIS LIFE.
THE SAG AWARDS HAVE A UNIQUE CATEGORY, IT’S FOR BEST CAST. YOU CAN’T BEAT THE WORK OF THE CAST OF AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY. MERYL STREEP, JULIA ROBERTS,CHRIS COOPER, EWAN MCGREGOR, MARGO MARTINDALE, SAM SHEPARD, DERMOT MULRONEY, JULIANNE NICHOLSON, JULIETTE LEWIS, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, AND MISTY UPHAM TURN IN AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE AS THE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY IN CINEMA.
MOST OF THESE FILMS CAN BE SEEN AT THE FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL WHICH KICKS OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY AT THE CASTLE THEATER. GO TO MAUI FILMFESTIVAL-DOT-COM FOR THE A LISTING OF ALL THE FILMS.
THAT’S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK, I’M PAUL JANES-BROWN A HUI HOU, NEXT WEEK I’LL HAVE A REVIEW OF PRO ARTS’ THE AMAZING PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. STAYED TUNED TO MAUI TV NEWS FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS – RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.
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J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS-A QUICK LOOK AT JUST SOME OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS – MOSTLY HOLIDAY THINGS – AND LIKELY AT LEAST A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS – TO SEE AND DO AROUND THE VALLEY ISLE.
THIS WEEKEND, THE EIGHTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION TAKES OVER MAKAWAO TOWN. THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 FROM 9 TO 30 UNTIL FIVE THERE ARE ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT MAKAWAO TOWN. HINT: FOR YOUR PLANNING PURPOSES, A LARGE RED ELF WHOSE NAME YOU MIGHT KNOW, IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOMEWHERE AROUND 9 -30 NEXT SATURDAY MORNING. THE SEABURY MARCHING BAND WILL LEAD THE PARADE AS YOU KNOW WHO RIDES INTO TOWN. THEN THE FAMOUS LARGE GUY WILL BE AT THE MAKAWAO LIBRARY FROM 10 UNTIL THREE. MEANWHILE THE KING KEKAULIKE MUSICAL GROUP LED BY CASEY NAGATA WILL FILL THE AFTERNOON WITH ENTERTAINMENT. WIND ENSEMBLE 2 PM TO 3 PM, UKULELE GROUP 3 PM TO 4 PM AND THE JAZZ BAND AND CHOIR 4 PM TO 5 PM. THERE ARE FREE ACTIVITIES ALL DAY INCLUDING FREE PONY RIDES FREE PAINTING AND ART IN SANTA’S WORKSHOP NOT TO MENTION SUPER DEALS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND ALL SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. THE EIGHTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION NEXT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 IN MAKAWAO TOWN.
AFTER THAT, GET CLEANED UP THEN HEAD TO KAHULUI AND BE PREPARED FOR THE ANNUAL GREETING, “WILLIE KALIKIMAKA.” MULTIPLE NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARD WINNER AND PROLIFIC SONGWRITER, MAUI BORN WILLIE KAHAIALI`I, A.K.A. WILLIE K, IS FAMOUS FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIVE PERFORMANCES. AN ECLECTIC AND VERSATILE MUSICIAN, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED WHEN WILLIE K IS ON STAGE, SO ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS HAWAIIAN STYLE WITH WILLIE AND HIS BAND IN A THRILLING EVENING OF CELEBRATORY MUSIC. PRESHOW FESTIVITIES INCLUDE HAWAIIAN ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS, LEI STANDS, LIVE MUSIC, AND ONO-LICIOUS ISLAND FOOD. THE CONCERT IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC STARTS AT 730. TICKETS RANGE FROM $12-$45.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S EVEN MORE HOLIDAY MUSIC THIS WEEKEND. THE MAUI YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA WILL PRESENT THEIR ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, AT 3 PM IN THE H.P. BALDWIN AUDITORIUM AT BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL IN WAILUKU. THE FREE CONCERT WILL FEATURE STUDENT MUSICIANS AGES 9 TO 17 ON STRINGS, WOODWIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS, AS WELL AS GUEST ARTISTS INCLUDING VALERIE LUM, TAMI SAITO, AND SUE NAKAMA. THE PROGRAM WILL ALSO INCLUDE A PERFORMANCE BY THE M.Y.P.O. BRASS ENSEMBLE. THE MAUI YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY MR. LANCE H JO, IS COMPRISED OF ADVANCED STUDENT MUSICIAN AND IT’S ALL FOR FREE.
THE MAUI PREPARATORY ACADEMY IN NAPILI IS PARTNERING WITH THE WILL SMITH FOUNDATION TO DELIVER HOLIDAY GIFTS TO MOLOKA’ I FOSTER CHILDREN AND THEY INVITE YOU TO JOIN THEM BY BRINGING A GIFT! THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US! IT IS A SEASON OF FAMILY, FOOD, GRATITUDE, AND GIFT-GIVING FOR MANY. ALL OF US CAN HELP SPREAD THE JOY OF THIS SEASON BY LOOKING OUT FOR SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY: FOSTER CHILDREN. THE MAUI PREPARATORY ACADEMY STUDENT SENATE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE WILL SMITH FOUNDATION, IS NOW ACTIVELY RUNNING THEIR ANNUAL “PROJECT GIVE-A-GIFT.” THIS YEAR THE’ RE COLLECTING GIFTS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN IN MOLOKA’ I BETWEEN THE AGES OF TWO AND 17. WHEN ALL THE GIFTS HAVE BEEN GATHERED, MAUI PREP LOWER SCHOOL FATHER ARCHIE KALEPA WILL DELIVER THE GIFTS TO MOLOKA’ I BY BOAT, AIDED BY MEMBERS OF THE MAUI PREP STUDENT SENATE. PLEASE BRING A UNWRAPPED GIFT TO MAUI PREP BY THIS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 TH.
OF COURSE THERE ARE LOTS, AND LOTS, AND LOTS OF EVENTS – LARGE AND SMALL – BETWEEN NOW AND CHRISTMAS DAY, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25. PLEASE REMEMBER THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOU AND – PERHAPS EVEN MORE – PLEASE BE SAFE AS YOU ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS.
AFTER CHRISTMAS, THINK OF THE BIRDS. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 06 UNTIL 10 PM AT THE MAUI BREWING COMPANY IN KAHANA, IT’S MAUI FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT BENEFIT NIGHT. JOIN MAUI FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT FOR A PINT NIGHT AT THE MAUI BREWING COMPANY. HALF THE PUB PROFITS FROM HOUSE BEERS SOLD WILL GO TOWARDS PROTECTING NATIVE BIRDS. MAUI FOREST BIRDS IS DEDICATED TO THE CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH OF RARE AND ENDANGERED BIRD SPECIES ON MAUI, LIKE THE KIWIKIU, A BIRD FOUND NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. MAUI BREWING COMPANY TAKES PRIDE IN SERVING LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS AND IN WORKING TO MINIMIZE THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. DRINK BEER FOR THE BIRDS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 FROM 6 PM. MAUI BREWING COMPANY’S BREWPUB IS LOCATED OFF OF HONOAPIILANI HIGHWAY IN THE KAHANA GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER, JUST NORTH OF LAHAINA.
THEY’VE SOLD MORE THAN 100 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE. THEY HAVE 33 GOLD AND PLATINUM RECORD AWARDS AND, IT’S PRETTY SAFE TO SAY THEY ARE AMERICA’S BAND. THE BEACH BOYS ARE COMING TO MAUI JANUARY 10, 2014. I GET AROUND, CALIFORNIA GIRLS, SURFER GIRL, FUN, FUN, FUN, GOOD VIBRATIONS… NEED I GO ON? THEY EVEN WROTE A SONG ABOUT A STREET IN MAKAWAO. KOKOMO… AT LEAST THAT’S MY STORY AND I’M STICKING WITH IT. TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS SATURDAY FOR MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER MEMBERS AT THE MACC BOX OFFICE. TICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21. PRICES RANGE FROM $45-$125… AND WORTH EVERY PENNY. THE BEACH BOYS – IN CONCERT AT THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MACC FRIDAY JANUARY 10. AND IF YOU LIVE ON OAHU, DON’T FEEL LEFT OUT. THE BEACH BOYS WILL BE PLAYING A SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT MARKING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLAIDSDELL ARENA ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 12TH AT 7 TO 30.
FOR DETAILS ON EVERYTHING WE’VE MENTIONED THIS WEEK, GO TO MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. AND WE’LL BE BACK TO WRAP US THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THIS.
J: THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO MAUI’S MOST-WATCHED NEWS PROGRAM – IN HIGH DEFINITION ONLINE AT MAUITVNEWS-DOT-COM, STATEWIDE ON NEWS ON DEMAND ON DIGITAL CABLE CHANNEL 953 AS WELL AS OUR WEEKLY FRIDAY REPORTS EVERY FRIDAY MORNING ON KHON-TWO’S WAKE UP TWO DAY NOW ALSO IN HIGH DEFINITION. YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND US ON TWITTER AND ON FACEBOOK. AND IF YOU LIKE US PLEASE CLICK LIKE. AND, LOOK FOR MANY OF OUR BIG STORIES ON THE HOTTEST FACEBOOK PAGE IN THE ISLANDS, MAUI WATCH.
THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS ONLINE OR ON TV – AND – THANKS FOR HELPING PUSH OUR WEBSITE WELL BEYOND OUR NEW MILESTONE OF 9 MILLION HITS A YEAR AND STILL GROWING-WITH MORE THAN 1 MILLION HITS IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER ALONE. SO UNTIL NEXT TIME, MAHALO AND ALOHA.
HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $74.39 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) that further invest in Hawaii’s airports. A large chunk of those funds will pave the way to Kahului Airport from Hana Highway.
“We are making significant investments in our airports that will bring immediate and long-term benefits for the people of Hawaii, ranging from improved facilities, enhanced safety, and increased sustainability and energy savings,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Identified in partnership with state Legislators, these priority projects coincide with the launch of an unprecedented energy efficiency program that will cut energy use at our airports nearly in half, reduce our dependence on imported energy sources, provide savings on future energy costs, and add jobs to our economy.”
Allotment of funds for the following projects were identified by members of the state Legislature and approved by the Governor:
$10,000,000 – Supplemental to the $45 million Kahului Airport, Airport Access Road to Hana Highway Project, Maui – Rental Motor Vehicle Customer Facility Charge funds for additional construction to provide a proposed divided multi-lane airport access road to connect Hana Highway to the Airport Loop Road and proposed Consolidated Car Rental Facility; additional funds are needed to accommodate design changes that have occurred since the original construction funds were requested, including a change in roadway materials from asphalt to concrete to match the DOT Highways portion of the road, and the addition of approximately 1,000 feet of retaining walls adjacent to the new off-ramps to the Consolidated Car Rental Facility.
$600,000 – Kahului Airport, Restroom Renovation, Phase II, Maui – Construction for the renovation of public restrooms; Phase II will include restrooms at Holdrooms D, E and F as well as the Checkpoint and Grout Tour Area.
$320,000 – Kahului Airport, Terminal Fire Protection System, Maui – Design to replace the existing fire sprinkler system lines and risers throughout the airport.
$810,000 – Lihue Airport, Ticket Lobby and Holdroom Improvements, Kauai – Design to increase the covered area of the ticket lobby and expand the usable area for holdrooms.
$298,476 (in addition to $1,346,210 in federal funds) – Molokai Airport, Taxiway Safety Area Improvements, Molokai – Additional construction to bring taxiway safety area into compliance with federal requirements; this project will provide the design for a new box culvert and/or trench drain of approximately 800 feet in length to replace the existing ditch currently adjacent to the taxiway.
$45,719,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Taxi Lanes G and L Widening, Phase I, Oahu – Construction for Phase I (three phases total) to widen and strengthen taxi lanes G and L, from taxiway A to the existing maintenance facility, and related improvements; work will include excavation, asphalt/concrete paving, modifications to airfield grading, drainage, airfield lighting, striping, and utility work.
$15,000,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Aloha Air Cargo Demolition, Phase II, and Hardstands, Oahu – Construction for the demolition of the remainder of the Aloha Air Cargo facilities (four permanent buildings and various temporary structures) and to provide a concrete hardstand fronting the new Hawaiian Airlines maintenance facility complex; the demolition of the existing structures and the construction of the hardstands are required to facilitate construction of replacement hangar and cargo facilities.
$1,500,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Elliot Street, Oahu – Design for the demolition of the existing Hawaiian Airlines / Aloha Air Cargo Maintenance Hangar as well as Hawaiian’s engine shop, cargo facility, credit union building, multipurpose buildings, and all remaining temporary structures
$150,000 (in addition to $450,000 in federal funds) – Honolulu International Airport, Sustainable Management Plan, Oahu – The plan will include the establishment of sustainability goals and initiatives, assessment of potential funding sources, and establishment of procedures to ensure identified goals are met; key areas include reducing energy consumption and solid waste generation, potable water conservation, and increasing recycling efforts at the airport.
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