Visitor spending surges in November

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chantal Aban of Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala uses the pu‘ili, or split bamboo, to perform an ‘auana (modern) hula on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, for visitors to the National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center in Kukui‘ula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Patrons to the National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center browse the rows of Aloha Market vendors on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in Kukui‘ula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Shoppers to the Aloha Market at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens South Shore Visitors Center in Kukui‘ula look for unique gift items on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Visitors to the National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center in Kukui‘ula flock to the food truck on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, during the weekly Aloha Market.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Visitors to the National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center browse through the Aloha Market vendors set up in Kukui‘ula on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jayna Parongao, of Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala, performs a hula kahiko (ancient) about Pele for guests at the National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center in Kukui‘ula, at the Aloha Market on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.

LIHU‘E — The allure of the Garden Island in the post-pandemic era can be measured in a lot of ways, but none more telling than the number of people who flocked to Kauai and the money spent during their visits through November of 2022.

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