Hitting the beach

Hawaii tourism increased 2.5 percent last month, bringing more than $1.2 billion in revenue to the state.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports this number represents a 0.8-percent increase from this time last year.

A total of 748,775 vacationers visited the islands in August, with each spending an average of $189.

The earlier part of the year brought $10 billion in revenue to the state, a 5.1-percent increase.

Vacationers in Kauai increase 13.2 percent, and the Big Island saw a 10.2-percent increase.

Maui had 2.6 more visitors than it did this time last year.

Pacific Business News

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