According to an industry survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research, Hawaii's hotel occupancy was 71.7% for the week ending March 27, climbing 4% from the same period a year ago.

Room rates, however, were down statewide, falling 5.4% to an average of $177.37 per night.

Occupancy jumped nearly 7% on Oahu to an islandwide average of 77.7%. Room rates were down only slightly there, slipping just 1.1% year over year to $153.39 a night.

Rooms were most expensive on Maui, where the average was $230.69 per night, sinking 9.3% from the year before. Valley Isle occupancy was up, though, climbing 5.8% to an islandwide average of 74.2%.

Occupancy on Kauai was essentially flat, slipping just .8% to 58.2% across the Garden Isle. Room rates there fell 8.7%, to $191.42 a night.

The Big Island's occupancy was 55.4% for the week, down 5.1% from the same period in 2009. Room rates sank 7.5%, to a $166.66 per-night average.

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