- Associated Press - Friday, August 29, 2014

Good morning! Here are AP’s general news coverage plans for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Hawaii. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, please call Hawaii News Editor Oskar Garcia at 808-536-5510. As a reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are HST unless otherwise noted. Some broadcast members may receive shorter versions of stories.

Hawaii at 10 a.m.

TOURIST NEIGHBORS

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Tourism Authority says a new study shows there are four times as many residential short-term accommodations such as vacation rentals and bed-and-breakfast establishments in Hawaii than it previously believed. Still, vacation rental industry officials say demand is outstripping supply as more people want to live like locals while they holiday. Maui County’s economic development director, Teena Rasmussen, says there’s a role for such rentals, but they need to be balanced with the community’s need for housing. By Audrey McAvoy. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.

US-SOUTH CHINA SEA

HONOLULU - China should act like a regional leader and help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea without coercion instead of raising tensions, the head of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Thursday. Adm. Samuel Locklear said China should reverse recent actions that assert its claim to virtually the entire strategically important region, calling them provocative and disruptive. He urged Beijing to refer its claims instead to international legal forums. By Vijay Joshi.

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LAVA FLOW

HILO - Pahoa community members are being assured that a lava flow doesn’t pose an immediate threat. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua told a packed community meeting Thursday the flow appears to be “weeks to months” from reaching Kaohe homesteads or other neighborhoods south of Pahoa. He said the part of the flow closest to the homes appears to have stalled.

HAWAII HOMELESS

HONOLULU - The city of Honolulu is negotiating with the state of Hawaii to allow homeless people to set up camp on Sand Island. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.

SPORTS:

T25-WASHINGTON-HAWAII

UNDATED - Spending time on the islands during football season is not Washington coach Chris Petersen’s idea of a vacation. He learned the difficulty of taking a team to Hawaii when he was the head man at Boise State and a trip to Oahu to face the Rainbow Warriors was a part of conference play. By Sports Writer Tim Booth.

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