HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii hotels are fuller than last in all four operating counties, and the newest weekly report found three of the four counties had higher occupancy than the national average.
Oahu, with half the hotel rooms in the state, was 86% full for Aug. 15-21, two points lower than the week before but three points better than the same week last year, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday. Room rates averaged 5% higher than last year.
Maui County was 76% full, down eight points from the week before but still seven points better than year-before levels, and room rates averaged 2% higher than last year at $236 a night. West Maui rates are generally a little lower while Wailea rates are higher.
Kauai was 68% full, one point better than the previous week and five points better than the same time last year, though the average room rate of $189 was down 6% from year-ago levels. Kauai has benefited from having a lot of timeshares, which are typically much fuller.
Big Island hotels were 61% full, one point better than the week before and three points better than year-before levels, with an average room rate of $199 that is down only 1% from the same time last summer.
The national hotel occupancy rate for Aug. 15-21 was 65%, down five points from the previous week, and hotel occupancy fell ten points to 58%, Smith Travel Research LLC reported Thursday.