Strong June for tourism: 157,443 visited Big Island last month, despite surging prices

  • Guests depart a Hilton Grand Vacations shuttle while others prepare to head out on a tour with Hawaii Forest & Trail Thursday afternoon at the Queens' MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors play on the rocks and look out into the crystal clear waters of Anaehoomalu Bay Thursday afternoon in Waikoloa Beach Resort. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors check out Anaehoomalu Bay and the fish pond Thursday afternoon within Waikoloa Beach Resort. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

After years of COVID-induced stagnation, Hawaii visitor rates have all but recovered, with June arrivals nearly matching prepandemic numbers.