Hawaii Hawaii hotel occupancy inches up By Shane Nelson / March 26, 2010 Share 1 -- According to an industry survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research, Hawaii's hotel occupancy was 70.8% for the week ending March 13, inching up just 1.3% from the same period in 2009. Maui enjoyed the largest year-over-year occupancy gains, climbing 4.8% to an islandwide average of 72.6%. Room rates there, however, suffered the largest drop across the state, plunging 12.4% from the same week last year to $211 a night. Hotels were most full on Oahu, where the occupancy average was 77.1% for the week, up 3% from 2009. Rooms were least expensive there too, running at an islandwide average of $166.82 per night -- off 4% year over year. Room rates actually increased on Kauai, climbing 4.5% from the same week in 2009 to $195.86 a night. Garden Isle occupancy was down, though, falling 5.8%. Occupancy on the Big Island averaged 54.1% for the week, down 6% from last year. The cost of a room was also off, sinking 5.9% to $160.79 per night.