Maui had growth in both visitor spending and visitor arrivals for the month of October in comparison to the same time last year according to the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Although visitor spending was down in August and September due to Hurricane Lane and Tropical Storm Olivia, spending was back up in October to $377 million. Even with the storms interrupting the months of August and September, for the 10 month span of January through October visitor spending was up 10.9% to $4.26 billion. This total puts Maui on track to break last year’s record.
Air travel to Maui has increased making it an easier destination for visitors which will in turn increase the amount of visitor spending. Although the tourism industry is fragile and affected by multiple sources, Maui remains focused on continuing to make Maui a top global destination.
Hawaiian Tourism Authority reported the single largest month ever on record in Maui County for January at $548.5 million. That is a whopping 18 percent increase from the same time last year. Increase in visitors from both Coasts of the Mainland as well as Canada helped contribute to the large visitor expenditures.
Maui County’s tourism isn’t the only thing booming. The real estate market is red-hot too! Median home prices rose 1.8 percent to $685,000. Median condo prices also increased from this time last year to $472,500. Up 1.6 percent from the same time last year.
Also pleasing to know, Maui County’s unemployment rate for the end of 2017 was half of what the rest of the nation saw.
Docked in Kahului Boat Harbor is the impressive 2000 passenger Pride Of America ship. This is the only ship to sail around the Hawaiian Islands year round. Native ambassadors of the ship will be your guides and teachers first hand of Hawaiian culture. This massive ship has more than 15 restaurants and 12 bars and lounges on board. The spacious comfortable suites make the Pride Of America a great adventure for families! Enjoy a swim on board in the spacious pool, or spend the day being pampered at the Mandara Spa. There is plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy! You can learn more about the Pride Of America ship and see everything the ship has to offer here.
This Friday is the Makawao Town Party. Running from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm come out to enjoy music, food, and even a fashion show at 7:00 pm. Entertainment for Keiki includes face painting, henna tattoos, mechanical pony rides, and balloon animals. There is something for everyone at the Town Parties hosted on Friday’s throughout Maui. For the most up to date information, visit the Makawao Maui Fridays page here.
Also on Friday July 17th at 7:30 a Starry Night Cinema presents Frozen at the A&B Amphitheater. Free admission! All you need is blankets and beach chairs! No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but there will be a pre-movie dinner menu. The Maui Arts website has more information on the movie event.
Saturday’s monthly beach cleanup will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Kanaha Beach Park. All cleanup supplies will be provided. Just bring your lunch and reusable water bottle.
Sunday the Stand Up Paddle Race starts at 2:30 pm in Kamalo, Molokai. The 8.5 mile course end at the Hotel Molokai. This event is good for paddlers of all levels. Registration is $75.00 and includes membership to SUPAM. Those racers wishing to stay on Molokai special rates are available. Visit the Sup Molokai events section here for more information.
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