According to the Global Dispatch, an norovirus has swept it’s way through the resort.
Royal Hawaiian general manager, Kelly Hoen, apologized for the unpleasant situation, “We at the Royal Hawaiian are very sorry for having many of our guests and several of our associates that have gotten ill with the norovirus.”
Hawaii health officials confirmed norovirus. Hawaii state epidemiologist, Dr. Sarah Park said in an interview with KITV, “It’s a very hearty sort of virus that it can stick around in the environment and be resistant to normal antiseptic kind of sanitation-type solutions. Park went on to say that someone not necessarily contaminated food at the hotel, but since several employees were sickened, kitchen surfaces and dishware likely got contaminated.
Hoen said the hotel has cleaned and sanitized public areas, restrooms, kitchen and guest rooms at the hotel.