LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - An economist says a revival in construction on Kauai could boost the island's economy and compensate for a projected decline in tourism.
University of Hawaii professor Jack Suyderhoud says Kauai construction jobs remain below the pre-recession peak but building permits paint a better picture for next year.
The Garden Island newspaper reports Suyderhoud says construction will be crucial if tourism growth slows.
Single-family home construction has held steady throughout the downturn but now there is an upswing of multi-family and commercial building.
Visitor spending started strong but became erratic in the latter part of last year and this year.
Suyderhoud says part of the reason is most tourists visiting Kauai stay at timeshare and other non-hotel accommodations. He says travelers who stay at such places tend to spend less.