HONOLULU -- Hawaii's visitor days rose 15% in April compared with
the same month a year earlier, according to the state Dept. of
Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
The upswing resulted from an increase in domestic visitor
arrivals -- in contrast to sagging international arrivals -- and a
longer average stay.
The number of visitors arriving on domestic flights rose 12.2%
compared with previous-year levels, while international arrivals
were 26.6% below April 2002.
The most dramatic increase occurred on Molokai, where visitor
arrivals jumped 59.4%.
Only Oahu saw a decline, with visitor arrivals dropping 10.3%
compared with the previous April.
Cruise ships also enjoyed a boost. Some 11 cruise ships toured
the Islands in April, carrying 32,647 people -- 62.6% more than