As tourism is a key component to Hawaii’s economy, the state government keeps detailed statistics on visitor arrivals, how long they stay and how much they spend. The most complete published report is from 2007. It’s 167 pages of more detail than you could ever want to know about Hawaii visitors. So, let’s glean some interesting statistics from this monster report.
- Oahu: 4,823,874
- Maui: 2,580,361
- Hawaii’s Big Island: 1,739,458
- Kauai: 1,372,682
- Lanai: 105,499
- Molokai: 86,579
- The average length of stay was 9.19 days
- The average party size traveling to Hawaii was 2.14 people.
- 59.7% of people travel independently to Hawaii, e.g. not traveling to Hawaii on a package or organized tour.
- 82% of visitors came to Hawaii for the purposes of vacation, honeymoon or getting married.
- The highest amounts of visitors came in June, July, August, and December. The least visited months were April, May, September, October and November. (Note: the least visited months are really some of the best times to visit Hawaii.)
As you probably already know the economy has curtailed travel worldwide and Hawaii has certainly felt those effects. So, as we look at these 2007 statistics, bear in mind that the current numbers are down, probably somewhere in the range of about 10%.
If you are nerdy like me, you can drill down in the 2007 Hawaii visitors report for much more detail. If perusing the 2007 report isn’t enough for you, then you can access the annual reports from 1999 here. Please comment if you find something interesting from the report. Also, please comment if you were a part of the 2007 statistics. I was. Andy and I were independent visitors to Maui, Molokai, and Lanai that year.