Kaua'i Tourism News

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.

Kōloa Landing Resort giveaway: six-day stay in villa and $1,250 flight credit to Līhuʻe

The Kōloa Landing Resort giveaway is open now through Nov. 28, 2022 at 2 p.m. HST, when one lucky winner will be selected.

Kauaʻi led Hawai’i in occupancy rate for hotel rooms in October 2022 at 78.7%

Kauaʻi hotels’ revenue per available room was $287 and its average daily rate was $364 for October 2022.

Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park largely free of rubbish and squatters 

A team of four officers from the state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement flew into Kalalau yesterday to conduct a “sweep” of the beach and the valley and found only two of the 20 campers did not have a permit.

30th anniversary of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary celebrates 30 years in November with Ho‘i Koholā, “welcome back whales” month.

Kauaʻi community group trying to buy Coco Palms from Utah owners planning 350-room hotel

I Ola Wailuanui has launched a grassroots fundraising campaign to purchase the derelict resort, which last sold at a foreclosure auction for $22 million in 2021.

Tourists build platform for Kennel for Lost Hunting Dogs in Kōke‘e

The kennels are intended to be a hunter lost-dog reclaim location, governed by the honor system, and dogs that have been placed in the kennels can be reclaimed from there at any time.

‘Hilo Hero’ Recounts Rescue of 15-Year-Old Girl From Abductor

There’s something to be said about being in the right place at the right time.

New Hospitality Program for High School Students Launched by ClimbHI

Hawaiʻi nonprofit ClimbHI has launched Hospitality for Me, a new statewide program that connects schools with hospitality industry resources to enhance education and job readiness for high school students.
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