Watch Maui TV News for July 18, 2014 Coverage of Maui’s Top Stories.
J: IT WAS ONLY A DRILL…BUT RIMPAC EXERCISES AT MAUI MEMORIAL HELP MAKE SURE WE’RE PREPARED TO HANDLE SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF CASUALTIES. AND, AS MO’OKIHA O PI’ILANI GRACED THE WATER FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS WEEK, WE HAVE ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE…A BREATH-TAKING VANTAGE POINT IN THE AIR.
(ON CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS. PLUS – MAUI COURTROOMS WERE BUSY THIS WEEK AS SUSPECTS IN TWO HIGH-PROFILE CRIMES WERE BROUGHT BEFORE THE BENCH. IN SPORTS, THE MAUI BIG LEAGUE ALL STARS ARE WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH REGIONAL PLAY IN A MAJOR WAY. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES-BROWN SAYS LEGALLY BLONDE IS AS GREAT ON STAGE AS IT WAS IN THE MOVIE THEATERS. IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, IF YOU’RE A LOVER OF JUST ABOUT ANY KIND OF MUSIC, THERE ARE CONCERTS COMING TO MAUI YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT, AS WELL AS MISS SAIGON, FREE LEGO LAUGHS AND MORE. ALL THAT AHEAD THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: ALOHA EVERYONE -WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS. I’M JEFF KING.
J: THEY CALL IT DISASTER RESPONSE TRAINING. IT’S PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL RIMPAC DISASTER RESPONSE TRAINING. TWO YEARS AGO, MAUI MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER WAS THE ONLY NEIGHBOR ISLAND HOSPITAL INVOLVED IN THE DRILLS. THIS WEEK, CHOPPERS RETURNED TOP THE VALLEY ISLE.
(VO)Maui Memorial took part in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief component of RIMPAC, which included the movement of over 160 simulated casualties by army helicopter and hospital bus to 19 hospitals on five islands.
Of the 160 simulated casualties, twelve “patient” actors were transported from Ford Island on Oahu to MMMC last Friday, July 11, in two Black Hawk helicopters initiating their medical surge/ mass casualty plan . Some of the “patients” involved in the medical decompression scenario included MMMC’s community partners Maui County Civil Defense, Maui District Health Office and the American Medical Response ambulance service. THE SO-CALLED WOUNDS WERE MADE OF RUBBER AND LATES – AND EACH VICTIM WAS APPROPRIATELY TAGGED FOR TRIAGE. A BRIGHT YELLOW TRIAGE TENT WAS SET UP – QUICKLY – NEXT TO THE HOSPITAL’S EMERGENCY ENTRANCE.
(on-cam) THIS YEAR’S RIMPAC EXERCISES INCLUDE 22 NATIONS – AND HAVE FEATURED THE UNVEILING OF SOME NEW HIGH-TECH TOOLS THAT, HEAVEN FORBID, SHOULD EVERY BECOME NECESSARY TO USE IF THE REAL THING EVER TAKES PLACE.
J: IT’S NOT AN EXERCISE, IT’S A WARNING. MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY THIS WEEK IS WARNING CUSTOMERS OF INCREASING REPORTS OF A PHONE SCAM TARGETING ELECTRIC UTILITY CUSTOMERS. THEY SAY THAT BUSINESS CUSTOMERS HAVE BEEN RECEIVING PHONE CALLS SAYING THEIR UTILITY BILL IS DELINQUENT AND – UNLESS YOU PAY UP – NOW – YOU’LL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE DISCONNECT. THE CALLER TELLS THE CUSTOMERS THAT THEY MUST BUY CERTAIN TYPES OF MONEY VOUCHERS, LIKE THE PRE-PAID MONEY-PAK CARD. MECO OFFICIALS STRESS THAT PREPAID CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AS A WAY TO PAY YOUR BILL. THEY ALSO POINT OUT THAT MECO WOULDN’T MAKE SUCH PHONE CALLS – AND ADD THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DIVULGE YOUR PERSONAL OR BANKING INFORMATION TO UNIDENTIFIED INDIVIDUALS OR CALLERS. THEY SAY THE SCAMMERS ARE FAIRLY SOPHISTICATED – SOMETIMES USING A FAKE CALLER ID THAT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE IT’S COMING FROM MECO. IF YOU GET SUCH A CALL, YOU SHOULD HANG UP, THEN NOTIFY POLICE. FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THE SCAM, AND WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO, GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO THIS WEEK’S STORIES. INCIDENTALLY, BANK OF HAWAII CUSTOMERS ARE ALSO BEING TARGETED BY SCAMMERS USING VERIZON PHONE LINES. THE CALL OPENS WITH A COMPUTER-GENERATED VOICE SAYING THE CUSTOMER’S ATM CARD IS LOCKED, THEN PROCEEDS TO GIVE DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO UNLOCK IT. DON’T DO IT.
J: MAUI COURTROOMS HAVE BEEN BUSY OF LATE. TUESDAY MORNING THIS WEEK, 24 YEAR-OLD STEVEN CAPOBIANCO WAS FORMALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND THIRD DEGREE ARSON IN THE KILLING OF 27 YEAR-OLD CHARLI SCOTT, AND THE SUBSEQUENT TORCHING OF HER TOYOTA FORERUNNER IN AN APPRENT ATTEMPT TO COVER UP THE CRIME. CAPOBIANCO IS THE FATHER OF SCOTT’S BABY – AND SHE WAS FIVE MONTHS PREGNANT WHEN SHE DIED.
(VO) THE HIGH-PROFILE SEARCH FOR CHARLI SCOTT AND FOR THE STILL-MISSING MO MONSALVE BROUGHT A PACKED HOUSE TO KIHEI IN FEBRUARY AS CITIZENS VOICED THEIR FRUSTRATION TO MAUI POLICE AND CALLED UPON THE CHIEF TO BRING IN TYHE F-B-I.
(ON-CAM) SCOTT’S CASE WAS RECLASSIFIED A HOMICIDE IN MARCH AS INVESTIGATORS CAME UPON CRUCIAL EVIDENCE. CAPOBIANCO WAS ALREADY IN LOCKUP THIS WEEK WHEN THE NEW CHARGES WERE ADDED. HE REMAINS IN M-TRIPLE C ON TWO MILLION DOLLARS BAIL. HIS TRIAL IS SET FOR THIS OCTOBER.
J: THEN, TUESDAY NIGHT IN OLINDA, PLAINCLOTHES OFFICERS POLITELY WAITED UNTIL THE END OF A MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM AT SEABURY HALL – THEN ARRESTED NELSON WAIKIKI. THE 49 YEAR-OLD PUKALANI MAN WAS CLEARLY LISTED AS ONE OF THE CANDIDATES EXPECTED AT THE PUBLIC MEETING, SO THAT BROUGHT AN END TO AN ALL-POINTS BULLETIN MAUI POLICE HAD PUT OUT ON WAIKIKI SINCE HE FAILED TO APPEAR FOR TWO DRUG TESTS AS PART OF HIS PAROLE AGREEMENT. WAIKIKI IS ACCUSED OF BILKING MORE THAN 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM INVESTORS FOR A PHONY WATER BROKERING SCAM. HE’S BACK AT M-TRIPLE-C ON A CASH-ONLY BOND. HE HAS AGREED TO PAY DOWN HIS DEBT BY 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS LATER THIS YEAR – OR FACE UP TO 10 YEARS IN JAIL.
J: UP NEXT ON MAUI TV NEWS, THE LAUNCH OF MO’OKIHA O PI’ILANI LAST FRIDAY WAS A TRUE CHICKEN SKIN EVENT. WE’LL SHOW YOU ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE OF THE LAUNCH – SET BEAUTIFULLY TO MUSIC BY MAUI VIDEOGRAPHER JUSTIN BROWN. AND WATCH THAT SPEEDOMETER. IT’S TIME THE MPD’S ANNUAL OPERATION SPEED CRACKDOWN ON LEAD-FOOTERS. THOSE STORIES AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS CONTINUES.
J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS. IT WAS A SPECTACULAR, CLEAR DAY LAST FRIDAY WHEN HUNDREDS JAMMED ONTO JUST ABOUT EVERY AVAILABLE SQUARE FOOT OF MALA WHARF IN LAHAINA. THE OCCASSION WAS THE LAUNCH OF MO’OKIHA O PI’ILANI, THE NEWEST OCEAN VOYAGING CANOE ON EARTH.
(VO) AFTER SPEECHES, MELE, OLI AND SACRED PROTOCOLS THAT WERE FORBIDDEN TO BE RECORDED, THE 63-FOOT VESSEL GRACED THE SEA WHILE THE CROWD SANG HAWAII ALOHA. THE WA’A, HER CREW AND SKIPPER TIMI GILLIOM HEADED TO THE LAHAINA ROADS BEFORE DROPPING ANCHOR NEAR KAMEHAMEHA IKI PARK AND THE HALE THAT HOUSED HER DURING 18 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION.
(ON-CAM) ONE OF THE HIGH-TECH NEW GADGETS THAT VIDEOGRAPHERS AND PRODUCERS HAVE STARTED USING: SMALL, MULTI-ROTOR REMOTE-CONTROLLED DRONES WITH HIGH-DEFINITION CAMERAS MOUNTED ON THEM. ONE SUCH DRONE, OPERATED BY JUSTIN BROWN OF EPIC AERIAL PRODUCTIONS, CAPTURED PERSPECTIVES UNLIKE ANY OTHER. HE THEN SET THEM TO THE BEAUTIL MUSIC OF AMY HANAIALI’I AND HAS AGREED TO SHARE HIS CREATION WITH US. HERE, THEN, IN ITS ENTIRETY, IS EPIC AERIAL PRODUCTIONS PERSPECTIVE OF A MAGICAL MOMENT IN TIME.
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(ON-CAM) YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO ANY TIME – ALONG WITH SOME OF JUSTIN’S OTHER AMAZING CLIPS ON THEIR WEBSITE AT EPIC AERIAL PRO-DOT-COM.
J: AS FAR AS AVERAGES GO – JUNE WAS PRETTYMUCH AVERAGE IN TERMS OF RAINFALL. AND BY THAT WE MEAN BELOW AVERAGE. AFTER A FAIRLY WET WINTER – ESPECIALLY FOR THE WESTRN PART OF THE ALOHA STATE, JUNE TOTALS IN MAUI COUNTY WERE BELOW AVERAGE.
(ff-cg-vo) BUT THERE WERE A FEW BRIGHT, OR MAKE THAT, WET SPOTS. THE USGS RAIN GAGE AT PU’U KUKUI GOT THE MOST RAIN IN THE COUNTY LAST MONTH – 17 AND A QUARTER INCHES, INCLUDING MORE THAN THREE INCHES OF RAIN ON JUNE FIRST. PU’U KUKUI IS NOT THE WETTEST SPOT IN THE STATE…HAVING RECEIVED MORE THAN 166 INCHES OF RAIN. THAT’S NEARLY 40 INCHES MORE THAN PERENNIALLY SOAKED MOUNT WAIALEALE ON KAUAI. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED KAHAKULOA AND KAHULUI AS WELL AS HANA.
(ON-CAM) THE REST OF THE COUNTY WAS VERY DRY IN JUNE…INMCLUDING ZERO RAIN IN LAHAINA AND KIHEI.
J: IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE SPEED-RELATED CRASHES, MAUI POLICE WILL CONDUCT THEIR ANNUAL OPERATION SPEED NEXT WEEK. BEGINNING MONDAY, JULY 21ST, MPD OFFICERS WILL HAVE EXTRA UNITS ON ALL COUNTY ROADS LOOKING FOR LEAD-FOOTED DRIVERS AND THE CARS THAT MAKE THEM GO FAST. DURING LAST YEAR’S OPERATION SPEED, POLICE ISSUED 634 SPEEDING TICKETS AND THEY MADE SIX ARRESTS. IN ALL, THEY WROTE MORE THAN FOUR THOUSAND SPEEDING TICKETS LAST YEAR. THAT NUMBER IS WAY DOWN SO FAR THIS YEAR AT 13 HUNDRED CITATIONS. BUT THE VERY BAD NEWS IS THAT IN ALL OF 2013 THERE WERE 16 FATAL CRASHES INVOLVING SPEED AND ALREADY THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 14 FATALITIES IN SPEED-RELATED ACCIDENTS ON MAUI. THE FINE FOR SPEEDING IS FIVE DOLLARS PER MILE OVER THE LIMIT PLUS COURT FEES OF 57 TO 67 DOLLARS. THOSE CITED FOR SPEEDING 30 MILES OR MORE ABOVE THE LIMIT OR EXCEEDING 80 MILES PER HOUR FACE A MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE. POLICE SAY THEY WILL ALSO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PEOPLE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS, DRIVERS USING HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES OR THOSE DRIVING IMPAIRED. AND REMEMBER, THEY ALSO HAVE THOSE NEW UNMARKED CARS…THE SMALLER CHEVYS THAT ARE WAY MORE INCONSPICUOUS THAN THE USUAL FORD POLICE INTERCEPTORS.
J: UP NEXT IN SPORTS, IT’S ALL-STAR TIME AND MAUI’S ALL-STARS ARE STILL IN THE NEWS – BUT NOT LIKE USUAL. UPDATES ON MAUI’S POWERFUL BIG LEAGUE TEAM AND THEIR BIG WIN IN CALIFORNIA. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES BROWN REVIEWS THE SHOW THAT ADAPTED VERY WELL FROM THE BIG SCREEN TO THE STAGE AS HE GIVES US HIS TAKE ON LEGALLY BLONDE. IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, CLASSICAL GUITAR, REGGAE AND JAZZ, FREE LEGO LAUGS AT THE MACC, AND MISS SAIGON IS COMING TO THE CASTLE THEATER. THAT AND MORE WHEN MAUI TV NEWS COMES BACK.
J: CHECKING SPORTS, THE MAUI BIG LEAGUE ALL-STARS IMPROVED TO TWO AND OH IN THEIR TOURNAMENT ON THE WEST COAST. THE LITTLE LE3AGUE BIG LEAGUE WEST REGIONAL SAW MAUI TROUNCE HOST TEAM BREMERTON, WASHINGTON…10-ZIP IN FIVE INNINGS. THEY PLAY AT LEAST TWO MORE GAMES BEFORE FINALS THIS WEEKEND. IF MAUI WINS THE TGOURNAMENT, THEY’LL HEAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE BIG LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IN EASLEY, SOUTH CAROLINA. THAT STARTS NEXT TUESDAY, JULY 22ND.
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JK: EACH SUMMER MAUI ONSTAGE PRODUCES A BIG MUSICAL. THIS YEAR IT’S LEGALLY BLONDE, PAUL JANES-BROWN WENT LAST WEEK AND HAS THIS REVIEW FOR CURTAIN CALL.
PJB: BEFORE I BEGIN, LAST WEEK, I SAID KAIMANA NEAL WAS A SENIOR AT SEABURY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. HE’S JUST A JUNIOR!. SO WE HAVE A COUPLE OF YEARS TO WATCH THIS YOUNG MAN CONTINUE TO BLOSSOM.
LEGALLY BLONDE, BASED ON THE REESE WITHERSPOON FILM, WHICH WAS BASED ON THE BEST SELLING NOVEL BY AMANDA BROWN, RAN FOR 18 MONTHS ON BROADWAY AND FOR THREE YEARS ON THE WEST END WHERE IT WON THE OLIVIER FOR THE BEST MUSICAL. IT RECEIVED SEVEN TONY AND TEN DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS AND WON AN OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD.
THE STORY IS ABOUT A LOVE SICK, FASHION OBSESSED UCLA SORORITY SISTER, ELLE WOODS, PLAYED BY A REAL STAR CASEY MURPHY HUGHES, WHO REFUSES TO BELIEVE THAT THE MAN SHE LOVES, WARNER HUNTINGTON III, MAUI’S BEST YOUNG LEADING MAN, DYLAN BODE, IS REJECTING HER.
SO CONVINCED OF HER LOVE FOR HIM, SHE DECIDES TO FOLLOW HIM TO HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, WHICH AFTER A FEW TRIES, SHE COMES UP WITH AN LSAT SCORE THAT PUTS HER INTO THE TOP .1% .
SHE GETS IN AND DEMONSTRATES LESS THAN ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE OR RIGOR, UNTIL EMMETT, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN GRADUATE ASSISTANT, PLAYED BY THE CARISMATIC CHARLES COOK, FORCES HER TO CRACK THE BOOKS.
SHE ALSO FINDS OUT THAT WARNER HAS A NEW GIRL FRIEND. LAURA LEE COLE, WHO WAS SO GOOD IN THE PRODUCERS AND DID SUCH GOOD WORK IN THE RECENT MIRACLE WORKER IS BACK TO PORTRAY VIVIENNE. COLE LOOKS LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN A TALL JACKIE KENNEDY AND JULIETT MARGULIES.
PLAYING THE PART OF THE IMPERIOUS LAW PROFESSOR CALLAHAN IS MAUI’S ANSWER TO JOEL GRAY, DALE BUTTON. HE TELLS HIS STUDENTS ONLY 4 OF THEM WILL BE SELECTED FOR A COVETED INTERNSHIP IN HIS FIRM AND THAT WILL PUT THEM ON THE FAST TRACK TO ASSOCIATE AND ULTIMATELY PARTNER. THIS SETS UP A SPIRITED COMPETITION AMONG THE STUDENTS.
IN THE SECOND ACT, THE APPRENTICES, ELLE, WARNER, VIVIENNE AND ENID, PLAYED BY THE POWERFUL VOICED RACHEL BEGA AND EMMETT ARE IMPRESSED INTO A REAL TRIAL BY PROFESSOR CALLAHAN.
ELLEN PETERSON, THE QUEEN OF THE KIT KAT KLUB KABERET, PLAYS THE FITNESS EXPERT AND ACCUSED HUSBAND KILLER, BROOK WYNDHAM. NOW I KNOW SHE CAN DANCE, SHE HAS BEEN IN THE CHORUS OF MOST OF THE MUSICALS SINCE SHE CAME TO MAUI, BUT WHO KNEW SHE HAD A SOLOIST QUALITY VOICE? AND SING WHILE SHE JUMPS ROPE, AND THIS IS NO SLOW SKIP SHE JUMPS ON BOTH LEGS WHILE SHE SINGS. SHE HAS A MARVELOUS VOICE AND HAS ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS IN THE SHOW.
THERE IS A SUBPLOT IN THE SHOW. IT’S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ELLE AND HER BEAUTICIAN, PAULETTE BONAFONTE, PLAYED BY MAUI’S LEADING NEW COMEDIC TALENT, BRETT MUH-RYNN WULFSON. IT HAS BEEN GREAT TO SEE THIS YOUNG WOMAN EMERGE FROM THE CHORUS, WHERE SHE WAS IN LAST YEAR’S HIT PRODUCTION OF RENT, TO TAKE OVER LEADING AND FEATURED ROLES.
HER TAKES WERE BRILLIANT, HER SINGING WONDERFUL AND HER PAULETTE HAD THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF HARD AND SOFT.
THE SHOW HAS MANY ASPECTS TO IT BESIDES THE AFOREMENTIONED SUB PLOT, THERE IS ALSO THE GREEK CHORUS MADE UP OF ALL THE SORORITY SISTERS. AMONG THEM IS A TRIO OF CHRISTINA SUTROV, FELICIA CHERNICKI AND ARI GLAUSER, WHO FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN THE SHOW, THE PLOT AND HAVE SEVERAL EXCELLENT NUMBERS.
A DIRECTOR/TEACHER I HAD IN NEW YORK TOLD ME NEVER TO ACT WITH KIDS OR DOGS, WELL THIS PRODUCTION OF LEGALLY BLOND HAS TWO DOGS. THEY ARE BOTH ADORABLE, BUT RUFUS PLAYED BY PIPER ELICITED AUDIBLE “AHHS.”
THE CAST IS WORKING VERY HARD, THE FIRST ACT HARDLY GIVES THE AUDIENCE A MOMENT TO CATCH ITS BREATH; THE NUMBERS ARE UP TEMPO, MOSTLY UNISON AND BELTED OUT WITH GUSTO.
HOWEVER, THE UNDISPUTED, REIGNING AND HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPEEN OF LEGALLY BLONDE IS CASEY MURPHY HUGHES. THIS IS THE BEST THING SHE HAS DONE ON MAUI BY FAR. OF THE 18 SONGS, SHE IS IN 16. SHE HAS A LEGITIMATE BROADWAY BELT AND KNOWS HOW TO SELL A SONG. SHE HAS 12 COSTUME CHANGES AND THE WHOLE SHOW RESTS ON HER SHOULDERS. HER JOURNEY IS WHAT THE AUDIENCE IS THERE TO SEE.
ACCORDING TO THE PROGRAM NOTES, DIRECTOR JUSTIN HOUSE, TURNED DOWN A BROADWAY GIG TO DO THIS SHOW. HE KEEPS UP A BREATHLESS PACE SO THE AUDIENCE HAS NO TIME TO THINK. ONE NUMBER MOVES SEEMLESSLY INTO THE NEXT AND SOME NUMBERS SEEM TO GO ON FOREVER.
THE CHOREOGRAPHY BY ERIN KOWALIK CAN BEST BE DESCRIBED AS CHEERLEADER/POP. EXECUTED WITH REASONABLE PRECISION AND TOGETHERNESS BY THE MOSTLY FEMALE DANCERS. OF COURSE WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS, MOST NOTABLY, JASON WOLF, AARON CANDELARIA AND T.J. IDEMOTO WHO IS BACK AND HIS DANCING IS EXCELLLENT SHE ALSO THROWS IN A RIVERDANCE LIKE IRISH STEP DANCE NUMBER.
IT IS SO NICE TO SEE AND HEAR THE PRODIGIOUS TALENTS OF VANIA JEROME BACK ON THE BOARDS. SHE IS AN EXCEPTIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR AND THE SONGS, WHICH ARE NEITHER, ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN NOR STEVEN SONDHEIM ARE WELL DONE AND HER ENSEMBLE SOUNDED PROFESSIONAL IF A LITTLE OUT OF BALANCE WITH THE ACTORS.
SARAH LONEY HAD A HUGE JOB COSTUMING THIS SHOW OF 34 MEMBERS AND EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE CHANGE AND SEVERAL HAVE MORE THAN ONE AND, OF COURSE ELLE HAS A DOZEN. THE SHOW LOOKS GREAT! THERE WERE TIMES THAT I FELT LONEY HAD MUGGED A MARY KATE LADY THERE WAS SO MUCH PINK.
LEGALLY BLONDE CONTINUES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 7:30 PM AND 3 PM SUNDAYS UNTIL AUGUST 10. CHECK MAUITVNEWS COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
THAT’S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK, I’M PAUL JANES-BROWN, A HUI HOU, NEXT WEEK I’LL HAVE A REVIEW OF THE PREMIERE OF JIM PRICE’S OPERA MAUI. STAY TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUITVNEWS RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.
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J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS – A RUNDOWN OF JUST SOME OF THE FUN, AMAZING, EDUCATIONAL, AND OTHERWISE JUST PLAIN WONDERFUL THINGS AND EVENTS TO SEE AND DO ON MAUI.
FREE FUN CONTINUES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES THIS WEEKEND. STARRY NIGHT CINEMA ON THE GREAT LAWN OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER FEATURES “THE LEGO MOVIE.” GATES OPEN AT 6 – WITH ACTIVITIES FOR KEIKI AND MUSIC AND PRIZES FOR ALL. THE MOVIE STARTS AT 7-30. BRING YOUR LOW-BACK CHAIRS OR JUST STRETCH OUT ON THE GRASS FOR A FUN SATURDAY MOVIE. NO COOLERS, UMBRELLAS OR OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES, PLEASE. THE LEGO MOVIE STARS IN STARRY NIGHT CINEMA THIS SATURDAY, JULY 19TH AT THE MACC.
IF YOU LOVE THE SOUND OF GUITAR – THERE WILL BE CHOKE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO HEAR SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD NEXT WEEK ON MAUI. ON TUESDAY, JULY 22ND, IT BEGINS WITH FOUR GUITAR VIRTUOSOS – BENJAMIN VERDERY, JOHN DEARMAN, IAN O’SULLIVAN AND JEFF PETERSON FOR A SPECIAL CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE NATURE CONSERVANCY. IT STARTS AT 7 THAT EVENING AT MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH ON BALDWIN AVENUE. THE SUGGESTED DONATION IS JUST 10 DOLLARS. THE CONCERT IS THE FIRST EVENT IN A WEEK-LONG MASTERCLASS TAUGHT BY VERDERY AND DEARMAN. OTHER CONCERTS WILL HAPPEN AT LAHAINA JODO MISSION, KEAWALA’I CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN MAKENA AND AT THE UH-MAUI COLLEGE CAMPUS. WE’VE GOT THE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO MAUI TV NEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS.
KA ONO ULU. IT’S THE NAME OF A BUSY STREET IN KIHEI. IT, LITERALLY, MEANS “THE DELICIOUS BREADFRUIT.” IT’S ALSO THE NAME OF AN UPCOUNTRY RANCH. WELL, THE HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY LECTURE SERIES WILL FOCUS ON THE CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE AHUPUA’A KA ONOULU…WHICH ACTUALLY HAD ITS OWN POST OFFICE 150 YEARS AGO. LUCIENNE DENAIE AND DANNY KANAHELE WILL PRESENT “THE KA ONO ULU STORY – ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY” IN A LECTURE AND SLIDE SHOW IN THE LECTURE HALL OF THE WHALE SANCTUARY NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD STARTING AT 6 P.M. IT’S FREE AND IT WILL BE FASCINATING.
IT’S BON SEASON AND THE DANCING AND DRUMS WILL TAKE OVER THE MAKAWAO HONGWANJI MISSION NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JULY 25TH AND 26TH. THE OBON SERVICE BEGINS AT 6-30 P.M. BOTH NIGHTS AND DANCING STARTS AT 7-30.
OR, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, HOW ‘BOUT THE MAYJAH RAY JAH MUSIC FESTIVAL ON THE GREAT LAWN OF THE MACC – ALSO NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. INTERNATIONAL REGGAE STARS SHAGGY FROM JAMAICO AND J BOOG FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE JOINED BY LOCAL REGGAE STARS INCLUDING REBEL SOULJAHS, ANUHEA, AWA, KAPENA AND MORE. THE GATES OPEN AT 4 P.M. EACH DAY AND THE MUSIC STARTS AT 5. TICKETS RANGE FROM GROUP RATES AS LOW AS 29 DOLLARS PER PERSON…OR 58 DOLLARS FOR TWO-DAY FESTIVAL TICKETS.
THE NAME MIGHT NOT JUST ROLL OFF YOUR TONGUE – BUT THE KAHEKILI HERBIVORE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AREA – HAS A VITAL MISSION. THEY’RE ABOUT TO CELEBRATE THEIR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY IN TYHEIR QUEST TO PROTECT CORAL REEFS AND THE CRITTERS WHO LIVE THERE. NEXT SATURDAY, JULY 26TH, FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL NOON AT OLD AIRPORT BEACH IN KA’ANAPALI – OFICIALLY KNOWN AS KAHEKILI BEACH, THE FREE ALL-AGES COMMUNITY EVENT WILL FEATURE A SEAWEED EATING CONTEST, A REEF SNORKEL TOUR, A MARINE-THEMED CULINARY CONTEST…AND THE CHANCE FOR YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP KEEP THE RIDGE TO REEF HEALTHY. THE K-H-F-M-A WAS ESTABLISHED TO ENHANCE THE POPULATION OF HERBIVORES, THAT IS ANIMALS THAT EAT SEAWEED IN THE REEF AREA – INCLUDING SURGEONFISH, PARROTFISH, SEA URCHINS AND PEOPLE.
BUT, BACK TO THE MUSIC. IF YOUR MUSICAL TASTE TREND TOWARD JAZZ…ARE YOU IN LUCK! JAZZ MAUI 2014 IS COMING UP. STARS INCLUDING OUR VERY OWN GRAMMY NOMINATED AMY HANAIALI’I WILL JOIN THE LIKES OF TOMMY JAMES FROM THE DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA AND VALERY PONOMAREV FOR CONCERTS ACROSS THE VALLEY ISLE. JAZZ MAUI 2014 RUNS FROM JULY 28TGH THROUGH AUGUST THIRD AND VENUES INCLUDE THE MACC, RITZ CARLTON KAPALUA, THE SHERATON MAUI, KING KEKAULIKE HIGH SCHOOL – EVEN FREE MINI-CONCERTS AT WHALER’S VILLAGE IN KA’ANAPALI. JAZZ MAUI 2014. FOR DATES, TIMES, TICKET INFORMATION AND EVEN MORE-CLICK ON THE COMING ATTRACTIONS LINK AT MAUI TV NEWS-DOT-COM.
AND DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY FOR MAPA’S MAJOR SUMMER PRODUCTION OF “MISS SAIGON,” COMING TO THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MACC AUGUST 15TH THROUGH THE 23RD. Never before produced on Maui, Miss Saigon is a stunning theatrical spectacle and a deeply personal love story. Created by the writers of Les Miserables and based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is a scathing indictment of the shattering devastation of war and a moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. DAVID JOHNSTONE DIRECTS WHAT IS SURE TO SELL OUT. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE USUAL PLACES.
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.
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THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS ONLINE OR ON TV – AND – UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, MAHALO NUI LOA FOR WATCHING. A HUI HOU.
KAHULUI – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $3.5 million for the renovation and repurposing of the former Hale Haumana student housing facility at the University of Hawaii (UH) Maui College into the Hospitality Academy of Maui.
“The university has partnered with local resorts to convert these four deteriorated wooded buildings into a hands-on learning laboratory for students to manage and operate a hotel operation with real public guests and resort-level rooms,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Once complete, revenue generated at the ‘teaching hotel’ will support the operation of this unique, real-world classroom.”
Identified by the state Legislature, design and construction funds for the capital improvement project will be used for reroofing and renovation of building walls, windows, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure, along with new floors, air conditioning and lightning. Local resort partners have agreed to sponsor interior furnishings.
The Hospitality Academy of Maui is part of the UH Maui College’s Hospitality and Tourism (HOST) Program. The UH Maui College Chancellor will be responsible for the overall management and operation of the project. The HOST Program Coordinator or designee will oversee daily operations of the Hospitality Academy of Maui, and serve as the hotel’s general manager.
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Genevieve, located more than a thousand miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii.
1. Shower activity associated with an area of low pressure centered about 1150 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula has become better organized and the potential for tropical cyclone formation during the next 24 hours or so has increased. However, after that time, upper-level winds are forecast to become less favorable for development as the system moves westward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.
2. Showers and thunderstorms have also become better organized in association with the tropical wave moving westward well south of the coast of southwestern Mexico. Upper-level winds are becoming a little more favorable for development of this system and a tropical depression could form during the next couple of days while it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…60 percent.
3. Another area of low pressure is forecast to form well south of southeastern Mexico late this weekend. Some gradual development of this system is possible after that time.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent
Forecasters expect Genevieve to encounter westerly winds in the upper atmosphere, which will shear the storm apart. The storm is likely to become a post-tropical cyclone, similar to the remnants of Tropical Storm Wali that affected the islands last weekend. What’s left of approaching Genevieve may bring muggy weather and rains to Hawaii sometime next week. Another band of moist weather closer to the islands is expected to bring weaker tradewinds and muggy weather Saturday, along with a slight increase in showers.
HONOLULU – The people of Tanohata Village, in the Iwate Prefecture, on Japan’s northeast coast “are slowly, but surely walking on the path to recovery as a united body,” according to Tanohata Village Mayor Hiroshi Ishihara. The tiny village was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.
Now, a sign being returned from Hawaii may provide further sense of hope and renewal. Today, the large wooden sign from the village, which washed up on a beach near Kahuku, Oahu, was loaded into the cargo hold of a Hawaiian Airlines jet and shipped to Sendai International Airport. From there a delegation from Tanohata Village will transport it home.
“This small gesture, a result of cooperation between state and federal agencies, the government of Japan, and Hawaiian Airlines, symbolizes the concern the people of Hawaii continue to have for the victims of the 2011 tsunami,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. “We hope, in some small measure, the return of this sign from the distant shores of Hawaii will further the healing and recovery of the people of Tanohata Village.”
In a letter sent by Mayor Ishihara, he writes, “Thank you very much for finding and saving the sign – our village’s irreplaceable memento – which was lost during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, from a tremendous amount of debris items – we imagine as many as the number of stars in the sky – that ended up on Kahuku Beach on the Oahu Island. We are truly and deeply moved by the fact that you took the time to deliver the message to us, connecting many people and their compassion. Our village will treasure the memento that is coming back to our hands through your cooperation.”
“The world watched stunned and heartbroken by the devastation the tsunami caused in terms of loss of life and property,” said William J. Aila, Jr., the chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). “My department has worked closely and in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to track and recover Japan tsunami debris believed to have washed up in Hawaiian waters,” Aila explained. “Debris that makes its way to Hawaii is usually returned at the owner’s expense; however, Hawaiian Airlines volunteered to ship the sign back at no charge.”
The Tanohata village sign is one of fewer than 20 items that have been positively identified as arriving in Hawaii as a result of the Japan tsunami.
Kyle Koyanagi, regional coordinator for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program in Hawaii said, “The websites both NOAA and DLNR established for people to report possible tsunami debris has resulted in numerous small vessels (skiffs) and other items being recovered. People are asked to provide specific information about where they find debris and to take pictures. Based on this information a determination is made about whether further investigation is necessary to prevent the introduction of invasive species or other things that could damage Hawaii’s environment.”
Some of the Tanohata Village sign’s lettering broke off during the tsunami or during its open ocean voyage from Japan to Hawaii. Koyanagi was instrumental in coordinating with the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu to try and identify the origin of the sign.
Consul General of Japan in Honolulu, Toyoei Shigeeda said, “The lettering on the sign, 「しまのこし村営住宅, means “Shimanokoshi village housing.” The people of Tanohata village wanted it returned for an exhibit and to serve as a useful reference for future generations to learn about and understand the tsunami disaster of March 11, 2011. We’re all excited that now, more than three years after the tsunami, this sign can be returned as a reminder and symbol of what was lost.”
The sign was wrapped and crated by DLNR staff before Hawaiian Airlines cargo personnel loaded it onto HA 441 for the direct flight to Sendai. Tim Strauss, vice president of cargo for Hawaiian Airlines, remarked: “We deeply value our relationship with the people of Japan, and it is our great honor to do our part in returning this precious piece of cargo to the people of Tanohata.”
To report large quantities of marine debris, debris with living organisms on it, or debris too large to remove by hand, call (808) 587-0400 and then email any photos to:
DLNR.email@example.com and DisasterDebris@noaa.gov
WAILUKU – The Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee will consider a bill on Monday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber in Wailuku, to ban the use and sale of polystyrene disposable food service containers, Committee Chair Elle Cochran announced today.
The bill, introduced by Councilmember Michael Victorino, would prohibit food establishments and vendors from using or selling polystyrene food containers. The most well-known polystyrene product is Styrofoam, which is widely used by residents for plate lunches and take-out containers.
“When ingested, polystyrene may become lethal to our marine animals and birds. It is not biodegradable and can exist in our landfills for hundreds of years. These widely recognized environmental impacts show good cause for consideration of a countywide ban,” Cochran said. “It is our duty as council members to implement policies that will protect and preserve our natural resources.”
Exemptions in the bill include prepared foods packaged outside the county and polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests specifically designed for multiple re-use.
Food providers will be able to apply for a one-year exemption if they can show that no reasonable alternative to polystyrene containers is available or if compliance with the ban would cause significant economic hardship.
“Considering our community’s collective success and ability to adjust to the plastic bag ban implemented in 2011, it seems to be a reasonable next step that we address the issues surrounding polystyrene containers,” Cochran said. “The bill would promote environmental awareness and support responsible waste management.”
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a man who went missing during a plane crash approximately one mile from Pago Pago Tuesday night.
Search efforts for 58-year-old Babar Suleman continued throughout the day and suspended Wednesday night due to decreased visibility. The search resumed Thursday morning and will continue throughout the day.
The Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu is currently coordinating search efforts with the HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point, the American Samoa Marine Patrol, American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel and good Samaritan Tug Lillie.
American Samoa is currently under small craft and high surf advisories. Weather conditions will continue to be closely monitored.
Debris recovered from the crash includes sections of the fuselage and interior components of the plane.
Watchstanders are using the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System to determine the search area. The Hercules crew dropped a Self-locating Data Marker Buoy to calculate current drift, water temperature and sea conditions. That information is then used in the SAROPS to better ascertain the optimal search area.
At 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, Coast Guard watchstanders at the JRCC received notification from the Regional Command Center in New Zealand that a Beechcraft Bonanza with two passengers aboard crashed into the water approximately one mile from shore. The RCC in New Zealand attained that information from the plane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter.
The Hercules crew departed Honolulu at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday and arrived at the crash site approximately eight hours later.
Wednesday’s total search area consisted of 275 nautical square miles. Thursday’s projected search area consists of 1,027 nautical square miles.
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