Hotels see ‘significant decline’ in occupancy rates after Ige request

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

  • Hotel guests lie outside by the pool at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo on Thursday. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

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.