KAHULUI – Early this morning Ocean Safety officials located a decomposing 10 foot-long baby whale carcass, about 100 yards offshore of Ka’a point, also known as “Kite Beach”, near Kahului airport in Kanaha. A 10 foot-long tiger shark was seen feeding on the carcass.
At about 5:40 pm Monday, a fire department Hazmat team was called to investigate a possible oil slick outside of Kahului Harbor. They could see an object and what appeared to be an oil sheen trailing from it about 400 yards outside of the east breakwater of the harbor, but couldn’t determine what it was. About that time, the Pride of America cruise ship was making its way out of Kahului Harbor, so State Harbor’s officials contacted the cruise ship’s bridge to see if they could identify the object and source of the slick. The ship’s captain relayed that it was a dead whale and sharks were feeding on it.
Ocean Safety officials have been conducting patrols by watercraft this morning and warning beachgoers of the higher shark presence in the area between the Hale Nanea clubhouse on Amala Pl. and the eastern most part of Kanaha Beach Park.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ocean Care Division is arranging for the removal of the decomposing carcass.
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J: NSA WHISTLEBLOWER MAKES HIS FIRST LIVE APPEARANCE IN HAWAII SINCE GOING INTO EXILE. OUR PAUL JANES-BROWN WAS THERE AND FILES A REPORT. AND – WAY TO GO! SHARP EYES BY A MAUI TV NEWS VIEWER SPOT A HUMPBACK WHALE CAMEO APPEARANCE IN OUR LEAD STORY LAST WEEK. DID YOU SEE IT?
(ON CAM) THOSE ARE TWO OF OUR TOP STORIES THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS – PLUS – THE TRAGIC AND UNTIMELY DEATH OF MAUI STATE REPRESENTATIVE MELE CARROLL STILL HAS EVERYONE REELING. AND, THAT BAN ON COLLECTING AQUARIUM FISH THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY LAST WEEK IN THE HOUSE/ TURNS OUT IT ISN’T A BAN. WE’LL EXPLAIN. IN CURTAIN CALL, PAUL JANES BROWN MEASURES JUST HOW CLOSE “CLOSE TO NORMAL” COMES TO BEING A HEART-TUGGING HIT. IN COMING ATTRACTIONS, SCOUT-ORAMA, MAUI YOUTH OF THE YEAR AND BEAUTIFUL HAWASIIAN MUSIC COMING TO THE MACC. ALL THAT – AND MORE THIS WEEK ON MAUI TV NEWS.
J: WELCOME TO MAUI TV NEWS – MAUI’S EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY ONLINE AND TELEVISION N EWSCAST – DEVOTING COVERAGE TO STORIES THAT MATTER TO MAUI COUNTY – AND WE’RE IN HIGH DEFINITION, BOTH ONLINE AND ON TV. I’M JEFF KING. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.
J: SINGLED OUT BY THE BROAD STROKES OF THE PATRIOT ACT, FORMEWR HAWAII RESIDENT AND HIGH-LEVEL NSA DATA ANALYST HAS BEEN ON THE GLOBAL RUN FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS – NOW RESIDING IN MOSCOW. WHILE THE GOVERNMENT WANTS HIM LOCKED UP, HIS SUPPORTS SAY HE SHOULD – INSTEAD – BE TREATED TO A PARADE. ONE OF THOSE SUPPORTERS IS MAUI TV NEWS REPORTER PAUL JANES-BROWN – WHO MADE THE PILGRIMMAGE TO HONOLULU LAST SATURDAY TO SEE SNOWDEN SPEAK – LIVE – FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE LEAVING THE ALOHA STATE.
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(ON-CAM) PAUL SAID THE LIVE Q&A WITH SNOWDEN FOLLOWED A SCREENING OF “CITIZEN FOUR,” THE DOCUMENTARY ON SNOWDEN THAT PAUL SAYS JUST COULD BE THE MOST DOCUMENTARY OF OUR TIME.
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J: REMEMBER THE SCARY VIDEO THAT SURFACED LAST MAY OF A REEF FISH COLLECTOR WHO LUNGED AT ANOTHER SCUBA DIVER FILMING HIM AND PROCEEDED TO TEAR OUT HER REGULATOR? THAT IS, OF COURSE, THE TECHNICAL NAME OF THE AIR-SUPPLYING MOUTH PIECE.
(vo) UMBERGER TESTIFIED THIS WEEK BEFORE THE HAWAII LEGISLATURE ON HOUSE BILL 5-11, A LAW MAKING IT A CRIME TO HARASS ANYONE LEGALLY CATCHING FISH. UMBERGER WAS DIVING WITH TWO OTHER PEOPLE LAST YEAR OFF THE BIG ISLAND WHEN THEY RECORDED WHAT THEY SAID WAS ILLEGAL REEF FISH COLLECTION ACTIVITY. JAY LOVELL STREAKS RIGHT TO UMBERHGER – TEARING OUT HER MOUTHPIECE AND KNOCKING THE CAMERA OUT OF HER HAND. UMBERGER NOTED THAT LOVELL CHARGED HER – A WOMAN, AND NOT THE MALE DIVE COMPANION.
(ON-CAM) LOVELL RECEIVED A SUSPENDED SENTENCE THIS WEEK AFTER PLEADING NO CONTEST TO A CHARGE OF SECOND-DEGREE TERRORISTIC THREATENING. IF HE STAYS OUT OF TROUBLE FOR A YEAR, THE INCIDENT WILL BE ERASED FROM HIS RECORD. HE WILL HAVE TO ATTEND ANGER MANAGEMENT.
THE BILL UMBERGER WAS IN HONOLULU TO TESTIFY ABOUT, HOUSE BILL 5-11, WOULD FORBID ANY ACT OF PREVENTING OR ATTEMPTING TO PREVENT SOMEONE FROM CATCHING A FISH – LEGALLY. THE LAW WOULD NOT PROHIBIT VIDEO-TAPING A DIVER OR FISHER.
WE REPORTED LAST WEEK THAT HOUSE BILL 583, INTRODUCED BY MAUI STATE REPRESENTATIVE KANIELA ING PASSED UNANIMOUSLY BUT WITH AMENDMENTS. THE MEASURE WAS INTENDED TO PROHIBITY REEF FISH COLLECTION. BUT THOSE AMENDMENTS NOW REMOVE THAT LANGUAGE, SAYING THAT ANY AQUARIUM FISH COLLECTOR MUST REDUCE THE MORTALITY RATE OF HIS OR HER CATCHES TO LESS THAN ONE PERCENT.
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J: A SHARP-EYED VIEWER OF LAST WEEK’S EDITION OF MAUI TV NEWS WROTE AND ASKED IF THAT WAS A WHALE APPEARING IN THE BACK GROUND OF OUR STORY ON CORAL BLERACHING. THE ANSWER IS YES…AND I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE CREDIT…BUT IT WAS THE WHALES ONCE AGAIN STEALING THE SHOW – AS IT SHOULD BE.
(VO) WE WERE TALKING WITH DLNR BIOLOGIST DARLA WHITE ABOUT THE STATUS OF CORAL BLEACHING IN MAUI NEAR SHORE WATERS. TO DEPICT THE POPULARITY OF SNORKELING AT MILE MARKER 14 IN OLOWALU, WE FRAMED A SHOT OF TWO SNORKELERS WITH SNORKEL CRUISE BOATS IN THE DISTANCE. BUT WATCH RIGHT…HERE. A BLOW THEN A BACK AS WHALES CRUISED THROUGH THE AREA. HERE IT IS AGAIN…THE BLOW, THEN THE DIVE.
(ON-CAM) THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MAUI TV NEWS…AND ESPECIALLY FOR PAYING ATTENTION!
J: THOSE IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, RESIDENTS OF THE 13TH HOUSE DISTRICT – BUT MOST OF ALL, FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE REELING AT THE SUDDEN PASSING OF RECENTLY RETIRED MAUI STATE REPRESENTATIVE MELE CARROLL.
(FF-CG-VO) A MAUI NATIVE, DIANA “MELE” CARROLL WAS re-elected on November 4, 2014 to begin her sixth term, representing the 13th House district. The 13th District is a true canoe district that includes East Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe and Molokini. CARROLL FOUGHT A HARD FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, TURNING IN HER LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO HOUSE SPEAKER JOE SOUKI LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AGO.
(ON-CAM) MELE CARROLL WILL BE REMEMBERS FOR HER TIRELESS DEVOTION TO THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND EQUALLY TO PRESERVING IT’S CULTURE. SHE AUTHORED MANY BILLS DEDICATING LAND AND PRESERVING CULTURAL SITES, PEOPLE AND PRACTICES. SHE WAS A A BOARD DIRECTOR FOR THE MAUI ADULT DAY CARE CENTER. AND – ONE THING MAYBE A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW, MELE CARROLL WAS ALSO ONCE THE HEAD COACH OF THE HISTORY MAKING VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM – THE LADY LUNAS OF LAHAINALUNA. A DATE FOR SERVICES HAS NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED. MELE CARROLL WAS 50.
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J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS. THE MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IS PRESENTING THE TONY AND PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY NEXT TO NORMAL. PAUL JANES-BROWN WENT TO SEE HOW NORMAL THAT MIGHT BE AND HAS THIS REVIEW FOR CURTAIN CALL.
PJB: MAPA’S PRODUCTION OF TOM KITT AND BRIAN YORKEY’S OPERA NEXT TO NORMAL FEATURES A GREAT CAST SERVING UP SOME OF THE BEST PERFORMANCES IN A MUSICAL SINCE LES MISERABLES. YES, I SAID THE “O” WORD BECAUSE THIS PLAY FITS THE DEFINITION OF OPERA, JUST LIKE LES MIS DOES. IT IS VIRTUALLY ENTIRELY SUNG; ARIAS, RECITATIVE AND DIALOGUE ALIKE. THERE ARE NO SCENES WHERE THERE IS ONLY DIALOGUE.
IT HAS BEEN CALLED A ROCK MUSICAL, BUT THE MUSIC BEARS ONLY A GLANCING RESEMBLANCE TO ROCK. LET’S JUST CALL IT TERRIFIC THEATER WITH GREAT SONGS. ALMOST EVERY SONG INVOLVES ENSEMBLE SINGING AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT A SOLO WITH BACK UP VOCALS. I’M TALKING ABOUT FULL SCALE COUNTERPOINT, OVERLAPPING DUETS, QUARTETS, SEXTETS AND EVEN FUGUES.
THE SINGING WAS OUTSTANDING AND THE SONGS WERE EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG. MR. YORKEY, WHO WROTE THE BOOK AND LYRICS EXPRESSES THE PAIN OF MENTAL ILLNESS AS WELL AS SYLVIA PLATH DID. THE DEPTH OF HIS POETRY COUPLED WITH THE ENERGETIC POWER OF MR. KITT’S MUSIC IS AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE. THERE ARE 39 NUMBERS IN THIS SHOW AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL TO THE AUDIENCE IF THEY HAD BEEN LISTED IN THE PROGRAM; MY ONLY QUIBBLE WITH THIS SHOW.
THE STORY IS NOT THE STUFF OF BROADWAY MUSICALS. THERE ARE NO CHORUS GIRLS HIGH KICKING OR TAPPING THEIR BRAINS OUT. IN FACT, THERE IS NO CHORUS; ONLY TIGHT HARMONIES SUNG TO PERFECTION.
DIANA GOODMAN (ALISON ALDCROFT) IS THE BI POLAR, DEPRESSED MOTHER WHO IS MIRED IN A TRAUMA THAT SHE CANNOT SHAKE. HER LONG SUFFERING AND LOVING HUSBAND DAN (KEPA CABANILLA-ARICAYOS) IS BARELY HOLDING ON. DIANA, IS STUCK IN HER NEGATIVE PAST TO THE POINT WHERE SHE DOESN’T RECOGNIZE OR CARE ABOUT HER DAUGHTER, NATALIE (JENNIFER SUE MALLARD), WHO IS TRYING TO BECOME HERSELF WHILE FEARING SHE MIGHT BE HER MOTHER. HENRY (ORION MILLIGAN) IS NATALIE’S BOYFRIEND WHO TRULY LOVES HER AND IS HER SALVATION. OF COURSE THERE HAS TO BE A SHRINK AND HERE THERE’S NOT ONE, BUT TWO. BARRY KAWAKAME DOES DOUBLE DUTY AS DR. MADDEN AND DR. FINE. AND THEN THERE IS GABE, (DYLAN BODE) IS THEIR SON, WHOM I CAN’T SAY MUCH ABOUT WITHOUT SPOILING THE SHOW FOR YOU.
DAVID JOHNSTON TAKES THE AUDIENCE ON A HELLACIOUSLY, DIFFICULT JOURNEY. HE SAYS IN HIS NOTES THAT NEXT TO NORMAL IS A STORY FOR ALL OF US, BECAUSE EVEN IN OUR DEEPEST DESPAIR WE NEED TO REMEMBER THERE IS A LIGHT. THIS IS TRUE, BUT THE LIGHT PRESENTED IN NEXT TO NORMAL IS MORE LIKE A CANDLE THAN A BEACON; FRAGILE, TENUOUS, HOT AND HOPEFUL. WE WANT SO MUCH FOR DIANA TO LEARN TO APPRECIATE WHAT SHE HAS, BUT WE FEAR THAT SHE NEVER WILL. I WON’T REVEAL THE END, BUT LET’S JUST SAY YOU WON’T SEE IT COMING AND WHEN YOU DO, IT COMPOUNDS THE TRAGEDY.
BOTH MS’S ALDCROFT AND MALLARD HAVE DONE THIS SHOW BEFORE, BUT THEIR EXPERIENCE ONLY SERVES TO DEEPEN THEIR PERFORMANCES. THIS MATERIAL IS DELICIOUS FOR AN ACTOR AND REQUIRES EXTRA ORDINARY POWER AS A SINGER AND ACTOR. EVERY CAST MEMBER IS THOROUGHLY UP TO THE TASK. THE STRENGTH OF MS ALDCROFT’S PERFORMANCE IS BREATHTAKING. IN SUPERBOY AND THE INVISIBLE GIRL MS ALDCROFT HEARTBREAKINGLY TELLS HER DAUGHTER, WHO IS CRYING OUT FOR HER MOTHER TO SEE HER, I LOVE YOU AS MUCH I CAN.
MR. CABANILLA ARICAYOS HAS BEEN ASTONISHING MAUI AUDIENCES FOR HIS ENTIRE LIFE, BUT THIS ROLE OF DAN ASKS HIM TO GO TO PLACES DRAMATICALLY AND TRUTHFULLY IN SONG LIKE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS DOES IN WORDS. MR. MILLIGAN UNDERSTANDS HENRY, WE CAN FEEL THE LOVE THAT HE HAS FOR DIANA AND HIS PERFORMANCE SHINES AS EXAMPLE OF TRUE LOVE. MR KAWAKAMI IS SADDLED WITH THE ONLY CHARACTER WHO IS MORE TWO DIMENSIONAL THAN ANY OTHER. HE REPRESENTS THE PSYCHIATRIC ESTABLISHMENT IN ALL OF ITS FUMBLING, INEPTITUDE TRYING TO HEAL INVISIBLE WOUNDS WHICH MANIFEST THEMSELVES IN ABERRANT BEHAVIOR. HIS IS AMONG THE HARDEST JOBS IN THE SHOW, BUT HE ADMIRABLY DEMONSTRATED HE IS MORE THAN UP TO THE CHALLENGE.
MR. BODE, HAS MORE THEATRICAL HOME RUNS THAN BABE RUTH. HE CONSISTENTLY, IN SHOW AFTER SHOW TURNS IN EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCES WHETHER, IT’S A DRAMA LIKE GLASS MENAGERIE, A COMEDY LIKE THE MOUSETRAP, AN OPERA LIKE THIS OR LES MIS, HE DEMONSTRATES A RANGE THAT IS AS RARE AS ASTATINE AND MORE ENDURING SINCE IT’S HALF LIFE IS ABOUT 8 HOURS.
I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, MR. BODE, WITH HIS BOYISH GOOD LOOKS, EXCEPTIONAL VOICE AND SINGULAR ACTING TALENT COULD HAVE A BIG CAREER IN THE PROFESSIONAL THEATER. I SAY IT NOT BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO SEE HIS WORK HERE, BUT BECAUSE SUCH A GIFT NEEDS TO BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD.
IN ADDITION TO MS ALDCROFT MAPA BROUGHT IN THE MUSIC DIRECTOR FROM THE HONOLULU SHOW MELINA LILLIOS TO HANDLE THE MUSIC FOR THIS ONE. APART FROM THE ACTORS, WHO WERE SO STRONG ON THE VOCALS, SHE HAD A GREAT INSTRUMENTAL GROUP WITH MS LILLOS HANDLING PIANO AND KEYBOARDS AS WELL AS CONDUCTING, PERRY GRAGAS ON PERCUSSION, MARCUS JOHNSON ON BASS, ALAN VILLAREN GUITAR, SUE WESTCOTT VIOLIN AND CHERYL LINDLEY CELLO. WHO DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB ON THIS MOST CHALLENGING SHOW.
ONCE AGAIN, THE DYNAMIC DUO OF MR. JOHNSTON AND CHOREOGRAPHER ANDRE MORRISSETTE HAVE COMBINED TO PROVIDE MARVELOUS MOVEMENT AND GREAT STAGE PICTURES.
DAN HAYS IS BACK TO DESIGN THE SET AND MR HAYS CREATED SLEEK CARPETED MULTI LEVEL PLAYING AREAS THAT WORKED VERY WELL FOR THE MULTIPLE SETTINGS CALLED FOR IN THE SHOW. I PARTICULARLY LIKED THE ON STAGE STORAGE AREAS THAT MADE THE SCENES MELD INTO EACH OTHER THROUGH THE EASE OF THE SET CHANGES.
RICKY JONES LIGHTING WAS EXCEPTIONALLY EFFECTIVE, EVOCATIVE AND COMPLEX. I WAS TAKEN BY THE WAY HE CREATED THE FEELING OF A TERRIBLE INCIDENT WITH JUST LIGHTS.
THE SHOW CLOSES ON FEB 22ND. IT RUNS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 7:30 AND SUNDAY AT 3 PM AND ON CLOSING NIGHT THEY WILL HAVE A FINAL SHOW AT 6:30. CALL 244-MAPA OR GO TO MAUI ACADEMY.ORG FOR TICKETS. IT’S GREAT! GO SEE IT.
THAT’S CURTAIN CALL FOR THIS WEEK, I’M PAUL JANES-BROWN A HUI HOU, NEXT WEEK I’LL HAVE A REVIEW OF KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS PRODUCTION OF ARTHUR MILLER’S MASTERPIECE THE CRUCIBLE. STAY TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS ON MAUI TV NEWS RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES.
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J: WELCOME BACK TO MAUI TV NEWS AND COMING ATTRACTIONS – A CHECK OF SOME OF THE MOST WONDERFUL THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON MAUI.
THIS WEEKEND AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF MAUI – IT’S SCOUT-O-RAMA 20-15. SATURDAY, FEBRUYARY 21ST, FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M., BRING THE ENTIRE ‘OHANA FOR A FUN-FILLED FAMILY DAY OF GAMES, PRIZES, THE FAMOUS PINE-WOOD DERBY, EXHIBITS…AND TO CHECK AND SEE IF YOU REMEMBER HOW TO TIE ANY OF THOSE KNOTS THEY TAUGHT YOU WHEN YOU WERE A WOLF, BEAR, LION OR SCOUT. ADMISSION IS FREE – BUT THEY REQUEST YOU BRING CANNED GOODS FOR THE MAUI FOOD BANK.
JAKE SHIMABUKURO ALMOST LOOKS LIKE HIS FINGERS SHOULD GET TIED IN KNOTS AS FAST AS HE PLAYS. CHECK AND SEE THIS SATURDAY AT THE MAUI ARTS AND CLUTURAL CENTER. ONE SHOW ONLY, THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUIARY 21ST AT 7-30 IN THE CASTLE THEATER AT THE MACC. GIVING A SMAPLE OF HIS AMAZING PLAYLIST WOULD SHORT-CHANGE THE EXPERIENCE. HE PLAYS EVERYTHING! AND HE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO HAVE PLAYED BEFORE HER ROYAL MAJEST THE QUEEN OF ENGLAN. AND YES, WE HEAR, SHE WAS AMUSED. TICKETS FOR JAKE SHIMABUKURO THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MACC RANGE FROM 12 TO 55 DOLLARS.
TALK ABOUT A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE! OK, WE WILL. THIS SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. IN THE CASTLE THEATER OF THE MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER, SLACK KEY MASTER KEOLA BEAMER WILL BE JOINED BY THE MAUI POPS ORCHESTRA. THE MAN WHO CREATED “HONOLULU CIUTY LIGHTS,” STILL ONE OF THE BEST SELLING HAWAIIAN RECORDINGS IN HISTORY, KEOLA BEAMER WILL BE JOINED ON STAGE FOR LOVELY HULA BY KUMU HULA MOANA-LANI BEAMER. TICKETS RANGE FROM 15 TO 50 DOLLARS WITH DISCOUNTS FOR STUDENTS.
OK MOM AND DAD, A QUESTION FOR YOU: WHO SHOULD BE NAMED THE 20-15 MAUI COUNTY “YOUTH OF THE YEAR?” IF IT SHOULD BE YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER, THEN BE SURE TO SHOW UP TO CHEER THEM ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH AT THE MACC. DOORS OPEN AT 5-30 P.M. WHEN M-C MALIKA DUDLEY WILL INTRODUCE THE CANDIDATES WHO WILL PRESENT THEIR SPEECHES. THEN, WHILE JUDGES DECIDE THERE’S MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN IN THE YOKOUCHI PAVILLION AT 7 P.M….WUITH THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MAUI COUNTY YOUTH OF THE YEAR AT 8 P.M. IT ALL HAPPENS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH AT THE MACC AND IT’S ALL FREE.
ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL MAUI AGENCIES THAT AIDS FOLKS WHO ARE DOWN ON THEIR LUCK IS HALE KAU KAU. THE KITCHEN AT ST TERESA’S CHURCH IN KIHEI PREPARES HUNDREDS OF HOT MEALS EVERY DAY…DELIVERING MANY TO HOME-BOUND PEOPLE AND SERVING THE REST RIGHT THERE AT THE CHURCH. HERE COMES YOUR CHANCE TO HELP – AND YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO KNOW HOW TO COOK, SERVE OR DRIVE. THE ANNUAL HALE KAU KAU FUNDRAISER IS NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH AT THE WAILEA BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA. IT’S AN ENTIRE EVENING OF FUN FROM 4 UNTIL 10 P.M. HILARIOUS M-C CHINO LA FORGE WILL SPREAD THE LAUGHS WHILE YOU ENJOY DELICIOUS BUFFETS, LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND DANCING. TICKETS ARE TAXT DEDUCTIBLE AND ARE JUST 110 PER PERSON.
JUST ONE OF THE BEATUFUL TRADITIONAL CELEBRATIONS IN THE JAPANESE CULTURE IS GIRLS DAY. THIS YEAR KA’ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL WILL CELEBRATE GIRLS DAY ON SUNDAY, MARCH 1. THROUGHOUT THE DAY THERE WILL BE TRADITIONAL ACTIVITIES, HINAMATSURI DOLLS, A FABULOUS BRUNCH LIKE ONLY K-B-H CAN CREATE AND A VARIETY OF CULTURAL FESTIVITIES. GUESTS – INCLUDING LOCALS – ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN ODORI DANCING, KIMONO DRESS-UP AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HOTEL LOBBY. BRUINCH 9S SERVED FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. MY ADVICE: GET THERE AT 9, ENJOY THE FEAST – PACE YOURSELF THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES…THEN CRUISE THE BUFFET AGAIN CLOSER TO LUNCH TIME. BRUNCH IS 49.95 FOR ADULTS AND FOR KODOMO – THASM MEANS CHILDREN, IT’S JUST 22 DOLLARS.
IF YOU ARE AMONG THOSE OF US WHO LOVE THE LOCALS WHO SPEND WINTER HERE, THEN HERE’S A FUN THING TO DO. PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION IS CONDUCTING A PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WHALE SEASON. IT’S CALLED “TRAIL OF THE WHALE.” FOUNDATION NATURALISTS ARE STATIONED – ALMOST EVERY DAY – AT KEY POINTS ALONG MAUI’S COAST. THEY SHOW YOU HOW TO SPOT A WHALE, WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND MORE FUN FACTS. THEY’LL ALSO ANSWER ANY QUESTION, TALK ABOUT THE NATURAL HISTORY OF MAUI, THE REEFS, THE FISH, TURTLES AND MORE. THOSE FOUR PLACES, BY THE WAY ARE THE PALI LOOKOUT ON HONOAPI’ILANI HIGHWAY; THE WALIEA MARRIOTT, MARRIOTT’S OCEAN CLUB IN KA’ANAPALI AND ULUA BEACH IN WAILEA. GO TO MAUITVNEWS DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMING ATTRACTIONS. THERE YOU’LL FIND ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT “TRAIL OF THE WHALE.”
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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MAKENA – The beach below ‘Pu‘u Olai area (also known as “Little Beach”) of Makena Beach State Park was reopened today at noon by the DLNR Division of State Parks.
A U.S. Army explosive ordnance detail (EOD) expert determined there was no danger to people after a shock cord was discovered on Tuesday. The cord was a remnant from a rockfall mitigation project in the 1990’s and was non-explosive. They were determined as “spent” and non-threatening. DLNR announced the Wednesday closure Tuesday evening.
“Thanks to the military personnel who provided air transport and EOD support to State Parks. We thank the beach and ocean goers for their understanding,” said Clarence Yamamoto, Maui DOCARE branch chief.
HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced the nominations of Carleton Ching to serve as Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Kekoa Kaluhiwa to the position of First Deputy.
Ching has devoted much of his career to creating communities for Hawaiʻi’s residents. Early on he spent a decade with the Hawaiʻi Housing Authority where he specialized in building affordable homes. From his time at the Authority he is best known for his role in facilitating a resolution to the contentious conflict between the Waiāhole-Waikane Community Association and the state. Following this he worked for Westloch, Inc., Castle & Cooke Kunia, Molokai Ranch and SSFM International. Currently he is the Vice President, Community and Government Relations, for Castle & Cooke Hawaii. In this role, he supports the organization’s real estate, agricultural and renewable energy initiatives. He is an active volunteer with a number of business, housing, health and education non-profit organizations.
“Stewardship of Hawaiʻi’s unique resources is one of the most critical tasks of State government, and Carleton Ching has the heart, knowledge and skills to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources,” said Governor David Ige. “No one understands better the complex issues this Department handles and how to balance the needs of our environment and our residents.”
Ching graduated from Kaimuki High School and earned a Business Administration Degree at Boise State University where he was an imposing left tackle for the Broncos.
“It’s humbling to be asked to protect Hawaiʻi’s natural, cultural and historic resources,” said Ching. “I am committed to upholding the mission and purpose of the DLNR. My inspiration comes from my keiki and my moʻopuna. I want to leave Hawaiʻi a better place for them and for future generations.”
Kaluhiwa began his career as a fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and then as a graduate intern in the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools. Following this he worked in U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka’s Honolulu office, and he then served for two years as the Director of External Affairs for First Wind Energy. He is currently a principal at Kuanoʻo Communications where he helps clients understand the unique cultural and environmental challenges of doing business in Hawaiʻi.
“Kekoa Kaluhiwa learned about leadership from his kupuna,” said Governor Ige. “He has the education and skillset to carry out his kuleana in an ever changing world. I know he will make a difference.”
Kaluhiwa is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and earned a B.A in political science from the University of Washington. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental Planning and Management Theory from the University of Hawaiʻi.
“From an early age, natural resource management has been my passion,” said Kaluhiwa. “So it is a privilege for me to serve in this capacity. I have great confidence in the DLNR staff, and I look forward to supporting the kuleana we all share in caring for Hawaiʻi’s precious environment and host culture.”
“As in all my departments, no one person can manage it alone,” said Ige. “I’m confident this leadership team will work with DLNR’s committed employees as stewards of the public trust so future generations will be proud to call Hawaiʻi home.”
Both appointments are subject to approval by the Senate. Interim Chairperson Carty Chang and Interim First Deputy Dan Quinn will remain in their respective positions until new leaders are confirmed by the Senate.
UPDATE: As of 3:30 p.m., After further review, the ruling in the water has changed. The object has been identified as a mooring buoy that had apparently broken loose. The beach has since been reopened.
Honolulu – Officers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), along with staff from the DLNR Division of State Parks, closed the Kua Bay section of Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park today after an unidentified object was found in the water.
State Parks Administrator Dan Quinn said, “High winter surf brings a lot of surfers to this park and we feel it is best to close the park and not allow surfers and others into the water, for their own safety, until we can identify this object.”
A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) expert is planning to gather photographs of the object this afternoon in an effort to determine exactly what it is. A representative from the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will accompany the EOD expert. The Navy is working closely with DLNR to assess the item and appropriate response actions.
The object is approximately two feet in diameter and is estimated to weigh 150 pounds. There has been a history of unexploded ordnance found in the waters of this region. This one resembles the kind of tethered mines anchored just below the surface in shipping lanes in World War II.
As soon as the object is positively identified and removed if necessary, staff from the DLNR Division of State Parks will determine when Kua Bay can be reopened.
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in cooperation with Hawaii County Civil Defense, is canceling all camping permits for Waimanu and closing the Waimanu trail in north Kohala on the Big Island today. This closure continues at least through the weekend. A forecasted storm could bring high winds, rising waters and flash flooding to the Big Island. With long sustained rains, stream levels are likely to rise, which is a safety hazard for hikers crossing streams. Do not attempt to cross a flooded stream. Remain on higher ground and wait for the water to subside.
” We are cancelling all camping permits and the remote Waimanu trail until after the storm has passed and the trail can be inspected and made safe again,” explained Hans Sin, DOFAW wildlife biologist and manager for Hawaii Island.
In addition, the DLNR Division of State Parks has closed the Kalalau Trail in Kauai’s Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park until further notice. State Parks staff will re-evaluate trail conditions Saturday morning before deciding when to reopen this popular trail.
No closures have been announced for parks in Maui County yet – although Poli Poli Ridge and Waianapanapa will likely be the first considered. We’ll update this story as further closures are announced.
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