Hawaii hotels see improvement in rates

HONOLULU -- Hawaii hotel performance improved in September, driven primarily by a rise in daily room rates on Kauai, according to Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research.

On Kauai, average daily rates rose from $137.34 last September to $150.01 this year.

Oahu also improved. Room rates there reached $109.49 compared with $107.89 a year ago.

Statewide, the average daily room rate increased by 1% to $130.40 for the month, marking the first gain in room rates since August 2001.

Kauai also led the market in occupancy, with 73.8% in September, a gain of 10.8% compared with the previous-year level.

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