Average daily room rates during the Thanksgiving week of Nov. 18 to Nov. 24 were $209.79, an increase of 5.3 percent from the same week last year. Maui hotel occupancy increased 2.7 percentage points to 76.7 percent, and average daily room rates increased by 1.1 percent to $252.94, the highest rate of all the major islands.
All of the state’s major islands had an increase in occupancy, and all but the Big Island had an increase in average daily room rates when compared to the same week in 2011.
The Big Island did, however, lead all islands in occupancy increases, up 12.1 percentage points to 62.9 percent, but still the lowest occupancy of all islands. Average daily room rates at Big Island hotels decreased by about 1 percent to $206.55.
Oahu was the only island to have average daily room rates below $200 per night. At $190.29, the average daily room rates were a 9.4 percent increase from the same week in 2011. Occupancy increased by only 1.6 percentage points — the lowest increase of all islands — to 79.3 percent.
Kauai hotel occupancy increased by 8.7 percentage points to 65.1 percent, and average daily room rates increased by 4 percent to a rate of $212.
Kahului, Hawaii – Following the opening ceremony at Ho’okipa Beach Park on Maui’s North Shore, an official lay day was called due to light and variable winds, postponing the start of the KSP World Tour finals. With plenty of waves on tap for the week ahead, contest directors aim to start the competition as soon as wind conditions permit.
Hawaii’s Kumu Keli’i Tau’a led a traditional Hawaiian blessing to open the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro followed with a speech by Rod Antone, Communications Director for the County Of Maui, who welcomed the 36 KSP riders from 18 countries. Lois Leinani Whitly wrapped up the beautiful beach ceremony by performing the National Anthem and Hawaiian Pono’i.
“It’s was a beautiful opening ceremony with perfect waves breaking out on the reef at Ho’okipa,” said Kristin Boese, KSP World Championship Tour President. “Unfortunately, we are just in a bad wind pattern at the moment. The wind forecast right now is not looking great for the next few days, but that can change quickly. We are still early in the holding period and are looking forward to what the following week will bring.”
The next call will be at 9am today following an assessment of conditions. Tune in live on www.kspworldtour.com/live today for the “morning show” and a first possible start of the Local Qualifier Competition followed by Men’s Round 1.
The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.
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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI and MOLOKAI, in effect from 10:00 p.m. this evening until 6:00 a.m. Saturday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing strong rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A long period north swell will build through the night, with surf reaching heights of 12 to 16 feet along north facing shores. Surf will continue to build through Friday and gradually diminish through the day on Saturday.
A high tide of approximately 2.8 feet is expected between 3:48 a.m. and 5:06 a.m. tomorrow morning. The next high tide of approximately 1.5 feet is expected between 2:25 p.m. and 3:43 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
Early today – around 2:25 a.m., Maui Police responded to a homeless encampment located at the end of Ka’ae Road, Wailuku, HI., and area known as the “Wailuku River Mouth,” in regards to four males fighting. Upon arrival Police located a 52 year-old, local male to be unresponsive within his tent and started CPR.
The victim was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival to the Emergency Room. The investigation revealed that the Victim was involved in verbal argument that became physical with his nephew, identified as a Charleston KOKO ( 27 years old) who resides in another tent at that location.
Witness reports say KOKO threw the victim to the ground and mounted him, before being separated by other family members. KOKO then fled the scene on foot prior to Police arrival at which time the Victim proceeded back into his tent and collapsed. The Victim did not have any outward observable injuries that could reveal the cause of his death. As a result, a MANSLAUGHTER investigation is being initiated and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s exact cause of death.
Police are looking for the Suspect, Charleston KOKO, 27 years old. They say he is an adult Hawaiian male, about five feet, six inches tall and about 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. With no known other address, police consider him homeless and unemployed.
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in October 2012 rose 12.7 percent (or +$125.5 million1) compared to the previous year to $1.1 billion, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Though still strong growth, the pace was slightly slower than the first nine months of 2012 (+19.5%). Higher daily spending and an 8.6 percent growth in total arrivals (to 640,666 visitors) contributed to the increase in October 2012.
Among Hawai‘i’s top visitor markets, arrivals by air from U.S. West grew 9.6 percent to 255,602 visitors, and total U.S. West visitor expenditures increased 15.2 percent from October 2011 to $381.7 million. U.S. East arrivals fell 1.4 percent to 118,799 visitors in October 2012. Despite a second consecutive month of decline in arrivals, a longer length of stay and stable daily spending ($205 per person) led to a 2 percent growth in U.S. East total visitor expenditures to $245.4 million.
Japanese arrivals rose 15.2 percent from October 2011 to 125,742 visitors, making Japan Hawai‘i’s second largest market over U.S. East. Higher daily spending (+4% to $329 per person) also helped to elevate total Japanese visitor expenditures (+18.8%) to $236.4 million.
Canadian arrivals dropped 4.4 percent to 28,276 visitors and daily spending was lower (-1.7% to $155 per person) compared to October 2011. Balancing these declines was a longer average length of stay (+6% to 13.06 days). The net result was $57.4 million in total Canadian visitor expenditures for October 2012, similar to a year ago.
There continued to be growth in arrivals (+11.1% at 84,241 visitors) and total spending (+19.1% to $185.1 million) by visitors from All Other developing markets.
Visitor arrivals by cruise ships increased 28.1 percent (to 28,006 visitors) from October 2011.
In October 2012, increased daily spending (+6.1% to $188 per person) and arrivals (+5.4% to 177,174 visitors) contributed to a 13 percent growth in Maui’s total visitor expenditures to $268.6 million. Growth in arrivals from U.S. West (+13.2% to 94,979) offset lower arrivals from Canada (-5.2% to 13,933) and Japan (-8.4% to 4,611), while U.S. East arrivals to Maui (44,518 visitors) were comparable to last October.
Total visitor expenditures rose 19.2 percent, compared to year-to-date October 2011, to $3 billion. Of the 1,907,642 visitors to Maui (+5.6%) through October 2012, 61.9 percent stayed there exclusively.
Washington – Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02) today was joined by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), and two Republicans, Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-24) and Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) in introducing a House Resolution honoring Mother Marianne Cope for her life’s legacy of compassionate care and dedication to those she served at the Hansen’s disease settlement at Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai.
“Even at a time when partisan disagreements too often dominate our headlines, it’s heartening that Democrats and Republicans can come together and agree that Saint Marianne’s remarkable life of service should be honored. I welcome and am grateful for the support from my colleagues across the aisle,” said Congresswoman Hirono.
Mother Marianne was canonized as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on October 21, 2012, by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Catholics from Hawaii and across the country traveled to the Vatican to witness the historic event. She joins Saint Damien of Kalaupapa among the 12 American Catholic saints.
“Mother Marianne Cope dedicated herself to a lifetime of selfless service. Her tireless compassion directly improved the lives of the suffering and forgotten,” said Congresswoman Hirono.
Hansen’s disease, which is also known as leprosy, damaged the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes of those with the disease before a cure was discovered. Native Hawaiians, who largely lacked immunity to the disease, were disproportionately affected. Those with the disease were forcibly exiled by the government beginning in the mid-19th century to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula on Molokai. Mother Marianne’s Sisters of St. Francis and other religious communities were often the only ones who would care for the physical and spiritual needs of the Hansen’s patients.
“Mother Marianne’s incredible legacy will forever be connected with the history of Hawaii. At a time when Hansen’s patients were shunned and exiled, she courageously opened her arms in the name of human dignity and compassion. She serves as a shining example and inspiration to us to be of service to others. In Mother Marianne, her service was of such extraordinary depth, leading to her canonization and the recognition and honor she deserves, but never sought,” said Congresswoman Hirono.
Mother Marianne died at the age of 80 of natural causes at the St. Elizabeth Convent at Kalaupapa and was buried on the grounds of Bishop Home in 1918.
To watch Congresswoman Hirono introduce the resolution on the House floor, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDWuKbJ9fwc&feature=youtu.be
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