A aircraft passes over Maui. PC: Kehaulani Cerizo

Due to robust tourism numbers and improved labor market situations, Hawai’i’s economic system will see little impression from the US recession predicted early subsequent 12 months, based on a brand new state report launched Wednesday. 

To this point this 12 months Hawai’i had 7.6 million guests — almost 89% of the arrivals seen in 2019, the state Division of Enterprise, Financial Improvement and Tourism’s fourth quarter 2022 Statistical and Financial Report mentioned. The state in 2019 noticed greater than 10 million guests, essentially the most in historical past.  

The DBEDT report echoed a latest College of Hawaiʻi Financial Analysis Group forecast that mentioned worldwide vacationers will assist protect the state from a US recession on the horizon. Nevertheless, UHERO mentioned Maui and Kaua’i’ll expertise a slowdown in contrast to O’ahu and Hawai’i islands, that are buoyed by Japanese guests.

Within the state report, although, DBEDT Director Mike McCartney mentioned there’s motive to be optimistic about the way forward for Hawai’i’s economic system.  

“For the reason that final DBEDT financial forecast in August of this 12 months, the state’s economic system has remained agency, with enhancements in main indicators,” he mentioned in a information launch. “Our customer trade efficiency, labor market situations and normal excise tax income collections are all bettering.” 


“We’ve seen the building and actual property industries slowing down in the previous few months, however they’re doubtless to enhance as we enter into the brand new 12 months,” he added. 

Maui this 12 months exceeded its 2019 customer arrivals twice: in April and in September, the report mentioned. 

This 12 months, customer arrivals to the Neighbor Islands are greater than 95% of what they have been in 2019. Nevertheless, O’ahu’s numbers have been under 80% attributable to its reliance on worldwide guests.  

Customer spending totaled $15.9 billion by October 2022, representing an 8.5% improve over the spending quantity of the identical interval in 2019, the report mentioned. After adjusting for inflation, customer expenditure restoration in the course of the first 10 months of 2022 was roughly 95% of the 2019 stage. 

Wanting forward, whole air seats in December and January are on tempo with December 2019 to January 2020 seats.  


Seats from the US Mainland will probably be 17.5% increased than 2019 and seats from worldwide airports will recuperate 65.4%. Flights from Japan are scheduled to recuperate 47.4% between the 2 intervals. 

Customer arrivals are projected to be 9.3 million in 2022, barely increased than the quantity projected within the third quarter. Arrivals are forecast to extend to 9.8 million in 2023, 10.2 million in 2024, and 10.5 million in 2025, exceeding the 2019 document of 10.3 million.  

Additionally, the labor market situations continued to enhance within the first 10 months of this 12 months, based on the DBEDT report.  

Hawai‘i’s seasonally adjusted unemployment charge in the course of the first 10 months of 2021 was the 12th highest within the nation — it dropped to the 16th highest in the course of the first 10 months of this 12 months, the report mentioned.  

The unemployment charge was 4% seasonally adjusted and three.7% not seasonally in the course of the first 10 months of 2022. As compared, the seasonally adjusted unemployment charge was 6.1% and never seasonally adjusted charge was 6% in the course of the first 10 months of 2021. 


Non-agriculture payroll jobs are predicted to bump up by 4.3% by the top of this 12 months, barely increased than beforehand projected. Payroll job counts will improve by 3% in 2023, 2.3% in 2024, and 1.9% in 2025. Non-agriculture payroll jobs will recuperate to the pre-pandemic 2019 stage by 2025. 

Inflation within the Honolulu space, as measured by the Shopper Worth Index for All City Customers, averaged 6.8% in the course of the first 9 months of 2022. There was a downward pattern from 7.5% in March to 7% in Could, 6.8% in July, and 6.6% in September.

DBEDT’s present report predicts Hawai‘i’s financial development charge, as measured by the share change in actual gross home product, will improve 2.6% this 12 months over final 12 months.  

Subsequent 12 months, Hawai‘i’s financial development is anticipated to decelerate additional, to 1.7%, because of the anticipated international financial downturn.  

US financial development is anticipated to develop at a mere 0.2% in 2023, with greater than a 50% chance that the US economic system will enter a recession based on Blue Chip Financial Indicators.  

In 2024 and 2025, Hawai‘i’s financial development is anticipated to return to regular development ranges at about 2%, the state report mentioned.

For the total fourth quarter 2022 Statistical and Financial Report, go to the state DBEDT web site.