Hotel occupancy 71% as hotels await summer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii hotels ran 71,3 percent full last week, a sign May will be, as it often is, the calm before the summer peak season in the islands.

Occupancy was 77 percent on Oahu, 71 percent on Maui, 68 percent on Kauai and 54 percent on the Big Island, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday. Only the Big Island was up - three percentage points - from the week before and all were within three points of year-before levels.

For comparison, nationwide occupancy during the same seven-day period May 5-11 was 63 percent, while occupancy was 74 percent in Los Angeles and 62 percent in Orlando, Smith Travekl Research LLC reported.

Average room rates fell below $200 a night on both Oahu and the Big Island but only Kauai hotels failed to collectively show an increase from last year. Rates were up 5 percent on the Big Island, up 7 percent on Maui and up 10 percent on Oahu.

Hotels generally see peak summer levels only when June arrives and public schools go to summer recess on the mainland.

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