Hawaii Hotel occupancy, rates increase in May By Shane Nelson / July 18, 2011 Share 1 -- Hawaii’s statewide hotel occupancy was 66.7% during May, a modest 1.4% increase over the same month in 2010, according to recently released data from Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research. Average daily room rates grew significantly, however, climbing 9.6% year over year to a statewide average of $175.92 per night. “Although the recent earthquake and tsunami continues to impact Japanese arrivals, Hawaii also continues to see pent-up demand for Hawaii travel from the U.S. mainland and Canada, which has benefited from favorable exchange rates for the past couple years,” Joseph Toy, president and CEO of Hospitality Advisors, said in a statement. “The recovery still appears sustainable, although it remains somewhat uneven with Kauai and the Big Island lagging behind Oahu and Maui.” Japanese visitor totals were off 17.1% in May when compared with the same month a year earlier, while arrivals from Canada jumped 19.6%. Revenue per available room for Hawaii hotels in May was $117.34, a surge of 12% year over year.