Visitor spending tops $700 million in first quarter on Kaua‘i

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With just minutes remaining before silent auction bidding was scheduled to end, a roomful of visitors adjusted their final bids for lei at the 47th Walter and Irmalee Pomroy Lei Contest presented by the Kaua‘i Museum at the Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

LIHU‘E — A sizzling start in the first quarter has visitor spending on track to best last year’s record-setting total of $2.76 billion on the island of Kaua‘i.