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Hawaii hotel room rates up 13 percent in Feb.

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2013 at 7:09 am •  Published: April 18, 2013

In Waikiki, 91 percent of hotel rooms were occupied during February, the highest rate in the state.

But other islands showed gains. On Kauai, occupancy climbed more than 7 percentage points to 82.4 percent as airlines added more direct flight seats to Lihue from Oakland, San Jose and Seattle.

As for the Big Island, occupancy gained 6.4 percentage points to 78 percent. Airlines also added seats to the isle, while Big Island hotels attracted travelers with deals and packages, Toy said.

Kauai and the Big Island lagged other islands for much of last year, so their strong performances are noteworthy, Toy said.

Smith Travel and Hospitality Advisors surveys hotels across the state each month to compile data for its monthly report. For February, the study included 159 properties, accounting for 48,201 rooms. That's about 85 percent of all Hawaii lodging properties with 20 or more rooms.

The study excludes bed and breakfasts, youth hostels, single-family vacation rentals and other lodgings that have fewer than 20 rooms.