HI - Hawaii hotel group to require vaccination for employees and guests

‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach and Highgate Hawaii’s collection of seven hotels are announcing today that they will begin requiring proof of full vaccination for all employees, guests and patrons.

The hotel company is the first in Hawaii to announce a vaccination mandate of this breadth. The new requirements will start Oct. 15.

Kelly Sanders, senior vice president of operations for Highgate Hawaii, and Cheryl Williams, regional vice president at Highgate Hawaii, announced the mandate this morning today at a news conference with John De Fries, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Mufi Hannemann, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association president and CEO.

“We’re trying to do the right thing, and sometimes the right thing is really hard,” Sanders told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday.

“The thing that sticks out in my mind more than anything is that we’ve got to keep our employees safe — they are our family and they our priority — and if we can do that then we’ve done our job,” he said. “And the only way to do that is to make sure that everyone has the vaccination and that guests, patrons and the like are also held to the same level of responsibility.”

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