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.