Kaua'i Tourism News

Kauaʻi vacation rental occupancy for May down 14% from a year ago

The occupancy for Kauaʻi vacation rentals in May was 51.7%, which is down 1.1% from a year ago and 28.2% lower than May 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Outrigger Resorts & Hotels to acquire Kauaʻi Beach Resort & Spa

Outrigger Resorts & Hotels announced Thursday it plans to acquire Kaua‘i Beach Resort & Spa in Līhu‘e.

Southwest ending nonstop flights Sept. 5 between Los Angeles and Kauaʻi, Big Island airports

Southwest Airlines once again will end daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and the airports in Līhuʻe on Kaua‘i and Kailua-Kona on the Big Island the day after Labor Day.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters reopens at Princeville Airport on Kaua‘i

Kaua‘i is approximately 563 square miles in size, but about 70% of its landmass is only viewable to most travelers from the air.

UH Shidler College of Business raises $420,000 to support Travel Industry Management students

The University of Hawaiʻi’s Shidler College of Business’ School of Travel Industry Management raised more than $420,000 during its 21st annual Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism gala; these funds will support future business leaders in the travel industry.

Earth Day celebrations, volunteer opportunities aplenty on Kaua‘i

Clean up a favorite beach during Da South Side Sweep, make a pizza at Ho’olaule’a no ka Hōnua, join ʻĀina Day and more for Earth Day on Kaua’i.

Kauaʻi, state visitor numbers rising

Visitor arrivals to the Garden Isle were up nearly 20% by February.

Dozens of brewers from across the nation to be featured at the Kaua‘i Brewers Festival

The Kaua‘i Brewers Festival will provide entertainment as well fundraising tournaments for local nonprofits.

Watch: Whale shark spotted off Big Island’s Kona Coast

A nearly 30-foot whale shark was spotted one mile off Kahalu‘u Beach Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Kīlauea’s Anaina Hou Community Park to host legendary musician John Cruz

Hawai‘i legend John Cruz will present a wonderful night of music and community connection April 29 at Porter Pavilion at the park in Kīlauea, with special guest Bronson Aiwohi.

UH research report: Hawaiʻi’s economy slowing but no recession

The cooling of inflation in Hawaiʻi and nationally is welcome news. But whether it continues to recede will determine if the Federal Reserve pushes interest rates higher and for longer.

Visitor arrivals to Kauaʻi in January rebound to pre-pandemic level

Visitors spent $234 million on Kauaʻi in January 2023, according to a state report.

63% of Hawaiʻi voters support $50 annual ‘green fee’ for tourists, survey finds

The proposed $50 annual green fee for visitors would fund conservation efforts across Hawaiʻi. 

Visitor satisfaction overshadowed effects of inflation for Hawai’i tourists last quarter

Visitors rating their most recent trip to Hawai‘i as “excellent” included U.S. West (87.5 percent), U.S. East (88.7 percent), Canada (79.5 percent), Japan (79.5 percent), Oceania (75.2 percent) and Korea (85.5 percent).

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority updates cultural resource ‘Ma‘ema‘e Toolkit’ for visitors

Since its first edition in 2010, Ma‘ema‘e has evolved from a resource for media to a living toolkit for anyone who has a role in representing Hawai‘i.

Traveler alert: Līhuʻe Airport parking lot closed

The closure is temporary as there is no more space for public parking. Anyone heading to the airport on Kauaʻi is advised to get dropped off.

$1.7 trillion spending bill has provisions to help Hawaiʻi small businesses, tourism

The recently passed $1.7 trillion Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes several initiatives to strengthen Hawaiʻi’s dominant tourism and small business economies and assist Hawai’i workers with their retirements.

Visitor satisfaction in Hawaiʻi rivals pre-pandemic levels, state survey finds

Overall satisfaction among visitors from Hawai‘i’s primary North American markets has continued its upward trend since the beginning of the year to rival pre-pandemic levels, state officials said.

Kauaʻi hotels lead state in occupancy for November 2022 at 75.1%

The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s Hotel Performance Report for November 2022 shows Kaua‘i hotels led the state in occupancy at 75.1%, but trailed some counties in revenue per available room of $273 and average daily rate at $364.

Permit or hunting license needed to enter Big Island’s Narnia

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is working to curb illegal hiking in an area known as Narnia.
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