Maui Has 26% of State’s Visitor Accommodation Units
Maui has the second highest percentage of visitor accommodation units in the state according to a new 2018 Visitor Plant Inventory Report filed by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.
According to the report, Maui has more than a quarter (26.5%) of the state’s visitor accommodation units, second behind Oʻahu, which recorded an inventory of 48.4%. Maui was followed by the island of Hawaiʻi (13.4%) and Kauaʻi (11.2%). Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi combined for the fewest units (0.6%), according to the report.
The overall number of lodging units on Maui totaled 21,367 units, a slight increase over the previous year (+0.6%).
- Hotel rooms continued to account for the largest share of Maui’s visitor units in 2018, with about 34.5% of the supply. VRUs represented about 27.7% of Maui’s visitor accommodation units in 2018, an increase compared to previous years.
- The majority of Maui’s visitor units were in the Luxury and Deluxe price classes as the bulk of Maui’s visitor accommodation supply consists of high-end properties in the luxury regions of Wailea and Lahaina Kā‘anapali-Nāpili-Kapalua. Luxury and Deluxe priced visitor units combined represented 81.3% of the supply.
- The 310-room Mākena Beach & Golf Resort (formerly known as the Maui Prince Hotel) closed in the
summer of 2016. Demolition of the property began in June 2018, making way for future redevelopment.
There were a total of 80,751 visitor accommodation units throughout the Hawaiian Islands in 2018, up slightly (+0.1%) compared to 2017, according to the report.
The report further notes that most of Hawaiʻi’s visitor accommodation units in 2018 were comprised of hotel rooms (54.3%), followed by vacation rentals (16.2%), timeshare units (14.8%) and condo hotel units (13.1%), with the balance (1.6%) being a combination of other accommodation types, including apartments, bed and breakfasts, and hostels.
HTA’s 2018 Visitor Plant Inventory Report for Hawaiʻi was produced by Kloninger & Sims Consulting LLC. Data was gathered by surveying properties in HTA’s Visitor Plant Inventory database and identified using a variety of sources. The full report is available online.