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Maui vacation rental supply no longer highest in the state, occupancy down from 2023 : Maui Now

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PC: Wendy Osher

According to vacation rental performance data, Maui County’s vacation rental supply experienced gains this January compared to January 2023, despite a recorded decrease in supply from last month.

Vacation rental performance data was collected amid last month’s announcement of the Maui Interim Housing Plan, which included a commitment to convert vacation rentals into long-term rentals, in response to the displaced households from last year’s wildfires.

The Maui County data was compiled by Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism’s monthly Vacation Rental Performance Report.

The data for Maui County vacation rentals includes the following:

Monthly Maui County Rental Performance. (Courtesy: Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism)
  • Vacation rental supply was 208,900 available unit nights (+12.0% vs. Jan. 2023, -1.2% vs. Jan. 2019);
  • Unit demand was 129,100 unit nights (+2.8% vs. Jan. 2023, -27.5% vs. Jan. 2019);
  • Occupancy was 61.8% (-5.5 percentage points vs. Jan. 2023, -22.5 percentage points vs. Jan. 2019);
  • Average daily rate (ADR) was at $426 (-0.1% vs. Jan. 2023, +49.2% vs. Jan. 2019)
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A vacation rental is defined as the use of a rental house, condominium unit, private room in private house, or shared room or space in a private room.

The data for Maui County hotels includes the following:

  • Hotel occupancy was 71.4%
  • Hotel ADR was $560

Hotels in Maui County reported the highest ADR of anywhere in the state last month, with occupancy tied for second with Kaua‘i and behind O‘ahu (79%).

While ADR was still highest for Maui County’s vacation rental units, for the first time since October 2023, Maui County had fewer vacation rental units nights available than O‘ahu.

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Compared to last month, vacation rental supply in Wailea/Kīhei and Lahaina/Kāʻanapali was down 14,311 and 7,838 nights, respectfully.

From year-to-date January 2023 to January 2024, both Wailea/Kīhei and Lahaina/Kāʻanapali experienced supply increases. Unit occupancy for Lahaina/Kāʻanapali was down a significant -8.2 percentage points compared to January 2023, with Wailea/Kīhei hovering close to its occupancy levels YTD.

Compared to pre-pandemic supply in January of 2019, Lahaina/Kāʻanapali reported 8% more vacation rental unit nights this January, while its unit occupancy was down -24.4 percentage points from January 2019.

Statewide data

Statewide, vacation rentals reported increases in supply, ADR and demand, with a lower occupancy rate in January 2024 when compared to January 2023. In comparison to pre-pandemic January 2019, ADR was higher in January 2024, but vacation rental supply, demand and occupancy were lower.

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In January 2024, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 728,300 unit nights (+14.9% vs. 2023, -0.7% vs. 2019) and monthly demand was 430,300 unit nights (+9.4% vs. 2023, -25.0% vs. 2019). This combination resulted in an average monthly unit occupancy of 59.1% (-3.0% vs. 2023, -19.1% vs. 2019) for January. Occupancy for Hawai‘i’s hotels was 75.4% in January 2024. 

The ADR for vacation rental units statewide in January was $333 (+1.0% vs. 2023, +52.5% vs. 2019). By comparison, the ADR for hotels was $378 in January 2024. It is important to note that unlike hotels, units in vacation rentals are not necessarily available year-round or each day of the month and often accommodate a larger number of guests than traditional hotel rooms. 

Neighbor islands

In January 2024, O‘ahu had the largest vacation rental supply at 209,200 available unit nights (+11.6% vs. 2023, -19.5% vs. 2019). Unit demand was 126,000 unit nights (+9.2% vs. 2023, -35.0% vs. 2019), resulting in 60.3% occupancy (-1.3 percentage points vs. 2023, -14.5 percentage points vs. 2019) with ADR at $263 (+2.8% vs. 2023, +64.7% vs. 2019). In comparison, O‘ahu hotels reported ADR at $284 and occupancy of 79.0% for January 2024.

The island of Hawai‘i vacation rental supply was 185,900 available unit nights (+17.9% vs. 2023, +12.2% vs. 2019) in January. Unit demand was 109,100 unit nights (+10.4% vs. 2023, -9.8% vs. 2019), resulting in 58.7% occupancy (-4.0 percentage points vs. 2023, -14.4 percentage points vs. 2019) with ADR at $264 (+2.6% vs. 2023, +53.2% vs. 2019). Hawai‘i Island hotels reported ADR at $455 and occupancy of 69.9%.

Kaua‘i had the fewest number of available vacation rental unit nights in January at 124,400 (+21.4% vs. 2023, +28.3% vs. 2019). Unit demand was 66,000 unit nights (+23.2% vs. 2023, -17.7% vs. 2019), resulting in 53.1% occupancy (+0.8 percentage points vs. 2023, -29.7 percentage points vs. 2019) with ADR at $400 (+1.0% vs. 2023, +42.1% vs. 2019). Kaua‘i hotels reported ADR at $426 and occupancy of 71.4%.

The full report can be viewed online.

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