Hawaii tourism officials are predicting a larger-than-normal boost from 2019's "Golden Week," a series of Japanese holidays in the spring that make for a popular time for vacations.

Golden Week typically consists of four national holidays held over seven days, but this year, because of turnover in the Japanese royal family, the annual holiday period has been extended to 10 days. Japanese Emperor Akihito is scheduled to abdicate the throne on April 30 to Crown Prince Naruhito, who will replace his father on May 1.

Golden Week will take place from April 27 to May 6, and Hiroyuki "Keith" Kitagawa, the CEO of JTB Hawaii Inc., told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he is expecting approximately 40% more Golden Week visitors to Hawaii in 2019 than last year, with roughly 8,700 travelers already booked for the period.

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