According to an industry survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research, Hawaii's statewide hotel occupancy was 55.8% for the week ending Dec. 19, rising 1.8% from the same period last year.

Room rates across the islands, however, continued their decline, sinking 10.5% year over year to a statewide average of $159.89 per night.

Rooms were least expensive on Oahu, where the per-night average for the week sank 10.3%, to $143.18. Occupancy there was up, climbing 2.3% from 2008 to an islandwide average of 69.3%.

Occupancy was also up on Maui, rising 4.4% year over year to 47.4%, though Valley Isle room rates plunged more than 14% to a per-night average of $206.37.

Kauai's occupancy fared worst, falling 5.8% from the same week last year to an islandwide average of 34.1%. Garden Isle room rates were off 7.5%, at $173.12 a night.

The per-night room rate average on the Big Island was $160.07, off 5.7% from last year. Occupancy there remained essentially unchanged, slipping just .1% from 2008, to 36.7%, during the week.

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