Hawaii hotels 90% full for lunar new year - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii hotels 90% full for lunar new year

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart

    Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:25:44 GMT
    Instant RamenInstant Ramen
    Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.More >>
    Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.More >>
  • Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkMore >>
    A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.More >>
  • Man dubbed "Manoa Menace" arrested

    Man dubbed "Manoa Menace" arrested

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:01:06 GMT
    The man dubbed as the "Manoa menace" has been arrested, but not for harassing his Manoa neighbors.More >>
    The man dubbed as the "Manoa menace" has been arrested, but not for harassing his Manoa neighbors.More >>
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii hotels were packed for the lunar new year, with international arrivals up more than 15 percent from the same time last year.

Mainland arrivals were up smartly as well, so neighbor island hotels also did better, but the fullest hotels by far were on Oahu, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

Statewide occupancy of roughly 90 percent was driven by 91.9 percent occupancy on Oahu for the period from Feb.10 to Feb. 16, despite an average room rate of $216 a night, up 20.2 percent from the same time last year.

Traffic was heavy on flights from Japan and Korea, and hundreds of Chinese visitors flew here directly either on scheduled flights from Shanghai or on charters laid on for the holidays.

Kauai was 89.4 percent full, nine points better than a year ago, with room rates up 16.7 percent to an average $235 a night.

Maui was 88.1 percent full with room rates up 5.2 percent to an average $290 a night.

The Big Island was 84,8 percent full with room rates up 2.1 percent to an average $214 a night.

By contrast, Los Angeles hotels were 79.7 percent full, and Orlando 78.5 percent, with room rates in both markets up about 5 percent, and the national occupancy rate for the same period was 60.7 percent, also with room rates up 5 percent from year-before levels, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.