Hawaii Tourism Board approves two new hotels in Hawaii

HAWAII—Hawaii Tourism Board Chairman Tom Motta said Monday the board approved two new hotel projects in the state, and the board is seeking approval for the other two.

Motta said a hotel in Maui, and a hotel near Waikiki, would open in 2017.

The two hotels will be located at the intersection of Waikitihaukale Highway and Route 3 in Hilo, which is located on the southern edge of Maui.

The project also includes a new hotel in Kapolei, which will be constructed in the next two years.

The projects will add 2,300 hotel rooms and 2,100 hotel rooms of additional occupancy to the state’s population of more than 4.3 million.

Motta called them both good investments for the state and tourism in general.

Hawaii’s economy is growing by 4.5 percent annually and it’s projected to be the fastest growing in the country by 2020.

The state is expected to become the sixth-largest economy in the U.S. by 2020, after California, Florida, Nevada, New York and Texas.

The population is projected to grow by nearly 2 million people by 2050.