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Japanese visitors to Hawaii are trickling back

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Market conditions for Japanese arrivals are difficult to read, a tourism industry official says. Above, visitors from Japan departed buses in Waikiki last week.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Market conditions for Japanese arrivals are difficult to read, a tourism industry official says. Above, visitors from Japan departed buses in Waikiki last week.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Japanese arrivals dropped from a 15.4% share of Hawaii’s overall arrivals to a 6% share between 2019 and 2023, a Hawaii economist says. Above, visitors stood outside DFS Waikiki last week.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Japanese arrivals dropped from a 15.4% share of Hawaii’s overall arrivals to a 6% share between 2019 and 2023, a Hawaii economist says. Above, visitors stood outside DFS Waikiki last week.

The full recovery of visitor arrivals from Japan, one of Hawaii’s most coveted source markets, continues to fall short, and a complete return to 2019 levels could take until 2026. Read more

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