According to an industry survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research, Hawaii's hotel occupancy was 70.9% for the week ending Sept. 19, up 1.3% from the same period last year.

Statewide room rates, however, fell 11.3% to a per-night average of $161.12.

Oahu saw its occupancy climb 4.8% to an islandwide rate of 79.6%, but the average price of a room there dropped nearly 11%, to $146.99 a night. Occupancy was also up on the Big Island, climbing 4.3% year over year to 59.4%, while room rates remained essentially unchanged, dipping just .7% from 2008 to $149.95.

Maui's 61.3% occupancy rate was 4.8% lower than the same period last year. The Valley Isle's average room rate was the most expensive, at $199.35, but that price was off more than 12% from 2008. Occupancy on Kauai was 68.4% for the week, falling 6.3% year over year. Room rates there sank 12.7%, to $174.08.

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