‘It’s been a challenge’: Hotel occupancy down in September after governor’s request to not travel

  • Guests enter the Royal Kona Resort on Thursday. (Laura Ruminski/WestHawaii Today)

  • Guests enter the Royal Kona Resort on Thursday. Hawaii Island hotels saw occupancy drop significantly in September following Gov. David Ige’s request travelers hold off on coming to the Aloha State as Hawaii battled a surge in COVID cases. (Laura Ruminski/WestHawaii Today)

Hawaii Island hotels saw occupancy drop significantly in September following Gov. David Ige’s request travelers hold off on coming to the Aloha State as Hawaii battled a surge in COVID cases.