The other Neighbor Islands caught up - or caught down - with Maui in the November hotel occupancy statistics.
Maui, the previous high flier, had fallen the most in October, and its hotels continued to empty during November. Only 60.5 percent of rooms were sold, according to the Flash Report by Smith Travel Research for the consulting firm Hospitality Advisors.
That was a drop of almost 13 percentage points from the 73.4 percent of November 2007. Hawaii and Kauai had similar drops, finishing at 50.1 percent and 60.9 percent, respectively.
Oahu was down, too, but much less, from 73.9 percent to 68.5 percent.
It was the ninth month in a row that island hotel room sales have fallen. The decline set in even before the sudden failures of Aloha and ATA airlines in April, and the visitor industry had anticipated some cooling off from records set in 2007.
Nobody expected the declines to be so big. For the first 11 months, Maui's occupancy rate is down to 68.9 percent from 75.9 percent in 2007.
That is relatively worse than Oahu, down from 77.1 percent to 75.5 percent, or Kauai, down from 76.6 percent to 72 percent. It is about in line with the Big Island's much weaker visitor industry, which is down from 68.1 percent to 60.9 percent.
There are signs that operators are being forced to do something they learned to dislike intensely during the slow years of the mid-'90s: cut posted rates. They learned then that raising them back up was difficult.
Declines in rack rates are nowhere as big as overall declines in business, but they are becoming noticeable.
On Maui, the average posted rate was down $10 to $224. It was down $3 to $158 on Oahu, down $10 to $176 on the Big Island and down $11 to $182 on Kauai.
As a result, revenue per available room is down throughout the state.
It was down $11 to $108 on Oahu, down $26 to $136 on Maui, down $32 to $111 on Kauai and down $28 to $88 on the Big Island.
The highest-flier of them all, Wailea, fell the furthest in November. Rack rates there dropped $52 to $351 - still more than $100 higher than the second-most expensive destination, Kohala. Kohala rack rates were dropped only $10 to $245.
Occupancy at Wailea fell from 68.1 percent to 57.3 percent, compared with a drop from 61.8 percent to 45.3 percent at Kohala.
As a result, RevPAR at Wailea dropped $73 to $201. As a percentage, that was not as bad as the $47 drop to $111 at Kohala, but in dollars it was the most dramatic slide during the month of November.
* Harry Eagar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.