Hotel Occupancy up over last year
Occupancy rates going up over last year
Oahu hotels reported the highest occupancy rates at 74 percent, or 4.4 percentage points higher than a year ago. Properties on Maui saw a 2.5 percentage point increase year-over-year at 69.2 percent, while Hawaii island hotels were flat at 54.6 percent and Kauai hotels were 57.8 percent full, up 3.4 percentage points. However, when they do occupancy for Kauai, they include the whole island, including Kapaa and Princeville. Poipu has occupancy numbers much closer to Waikiki.
Return guests to the Poipu area, especially Kiahuna Plantation Resort, have been booking at the end of their stay for the same time next year. This is great news, because, after the economic melt down, visitors were searching for airfares first, then taking whatever they could get in the way of lodging. Visitors are planning a year ahead to make sure they have the accommodation they prefer.
The Annual Koloa Plantation Days Celebration is coming
One of the best times of the summer is the whole week of activities that are included in the festivities of the Annual Koloa Plantation Day Celebration. Dates are July 22-31 and over 20 different events are planned to celebrate Kauai’s Plantation Heritage. Included is the “Block Party” thrown down by the Sheraton when the street is blocked off and filled with food booths, and bands that play a variety of music for the whole family. There will also be a Rodeo, Hapa Road Hike, Bike races, Paniolo Cookoff, Tennis tournaments, culminating in the Koloa Plantation Day Parade, followed by a fair at the Anne Knudsen Park that lasts all day and has food, entertainment, crafts, and fun for all ages. For more information you can go to their website, http::/www.koloaplantationdays.com. It is really a fun event for the whole family.