LIHU’E — The island’s growth of 3.7 percent in visitor arrivals for the first
five months of this year is the strongest jump in the state among the
For the first five months of this year, 440,873 people visited
the island, compared to 424,951 for the same period last year.
Buoyed by a
51 percent increase in numbers of visitors arriving from Japan, Kaua’i in May
welcomed 91,863 visitors, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to the same month
last year and the largest number for that month since 1992, when the island
greeted 97,680 visitors.
The figures are as reported by the state
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT).
island hosted 15,705 international visitors in May, 2000 — 11,780 from Japan
— with the international total up 57.5 percent from the same month a year
Statewide, the 554,641 visitors arriving in May marked an all-time
high for that month, prompting the DBEDT to predict, based on expected strong
summer numbers, “the probability of a record-breaking year.”
statewide, May marks the fourth straight month of record arrivals.
are very significant increases, indicating a very positive trend for one of
Hawai’i’s primary industries,” said DBEDT Director Dr. Seiji Naya.
is clearly enjoying a resurgence as a visitor destination. The effect is going
to be positive for all sectors of our economy,” Naya commented.
greeted 30,922 visitors who chose to come only to this island in May, about the
same as came only to Kaua’i in May of 1999.