Kaua'i Tourism News

Visitor arrivals throughout Hawaiian Islands are down, state officials report

Decreased arrivals have been an ongoing trend since the first of the year.

DLNR finalizing investigation into cruise ships reported close to Na Pali Coast

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says it’s awaiting a final report following its investigation into two cruise ships that came too close to the shore of the Na Pali Coast earlier this month.  On May 1, social media images and videos began circulating of the Royal Caribbean’s over 1,000-foot-long ship, the Celebrity […]

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority launches new campaigns to stimulate meaningful travel demand

We need to ensure that the Hawaiian Islands stay top-of-mind among travelers amidst the competitive global market, especially as we head into the summer and fall.”

Local event: Easter brunch at Kōloa Landing Resort

The buffet will feature elevated classic dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Menu items include a variety of local brunch specialties, such as Punalu‘u French toast, Kaua‘i kimchi fried rice and kalua pork hash. Those seeking a sweet treat can visit the sweet shop and enjoy ice cream, homemade brownies, and chocolate chip cookies.

Senate committees advance marijuana legalization bill

A third reading in the full Senate for SB 3335 is likely to be scheduled in the coming days, as the bill has a March 7 deadline to cross over to the House for further consideration.

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority returns to Europe to promote islands to UK, Germany, Switzerland

The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, the state agency responsible for representing the Hawaiian Islands brand globally, has reentered Europe.

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).
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