Hawaii Hawaii hotel occupancy up; room rates drop By Shane Nelson / June 14, 2010 Share 1 -- According to an industry survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research, Hawaii's statewide hotel occupancy was 68.5% for the week ending May 29, up 4.7% from the same period in 2009. Room rates across the Islands were down during the week, though, slipping 2.9% year over year to an average of $163.11 per night. Rates were essentially unchanged on Oahu, dipping just .4% to an islandwide average of $147.23. Occupancy, however, climbed 7.2% year over year, to 77.6%, during the week. Kauai saw the largest increase in occupancy from the same period last year, jumping 10.5% to an islandwide average of 67.4%. Garden Isle room rates, on the other hand, took the biggest hit, falling 7.6% from the same week in 2009, to $168.17 a night. Room rates were actually up slightly on the Big Island, creeping up .8% year over year, to $161.65 a night. Occupancy figures there sank 2.8%, to 46.8%, across the island. Rooms were most expensive on Maui, averaging $202 a night, off 5.8% from the same week last year. Occupancy was up on the Valley isle, rising 2.1% year over year to an islandwide average of 63.6%.