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BC-HI--Hawaii News Coverage Advisory, 9:30 am, HI

March 4, 2019

Here’s a look at AP Hawaii’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. A reminder this digest is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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Hawaii at 9:30 a.m.


HONOLULU _ A U.S. judge is postponing a trial on corruption-related charges against a former Honolulu prosecutor and her retired police chief husband because she says she has cancer. Katherine Kealoha filed a motion last week asking to postpone the trial because she has cancer. Her doctor talked to a judge during a closed court hearing Monday. After hearing from the doctor, U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright granted her motion to postpone. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 10:30 a.m.


DALLAS _ Southwest Airlines plans to begin long-delayed service to Hawaii on March 17 with a flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu. An airline spokesman said Monday the flight was already sold out. The airline begins flights to Kahului Airport on the island of Maui on April 7. Eventually it plans to serve four airports in Hawaii from Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and San Diego. SENT: 130 words.



HONOLULU _ Police in Honolulu are investigating the kidnapping of two children who were released without harm about a half hour later on the island of Oahu. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a 14-year-old and a 4-year-old were in a car Saturday night when two suspects took the vehicle in the town of Mililani about 20 miles (32.19 kilometers) from Honolulu. A man and a woman, who have not been identified, abandoned the car with the children inside. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


HONOLULU _ The tourism industry in Hawaii is anticipating a boost from a stretch of Japanese holidays known as “Golden Week” that has been extended this year. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the four national holidays typically held over seven days are a popular time for Japanese tourists to visit Hawaii. The holiday period has been extended this year to 10 days due to a change in the ruling family. SENT: 130 words.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to aphonolulu@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Honolulu bureau at 808-536-5510 or aphonolulu@ap.org. Correspondent Caleb Jones can be reached at 808-536-5510 or cjones@ap.org.

The AP, Honolulu.