Armed barricade, lockdown of guests and staff at Kahala resort ends after nearly 10 hours

HONOLULU (KHNL) – An armed man barricaded in his fourth floor room at the Kahala Hotel & Resort fired through the door at security staff, police say, triggering an hours-long lockdown Saturday night and a huge police response as authorities scrambled to keep guests and staff safe.

The first shot was fired about 6 p.m. and the lockdown ended nearly 10 hours later, when SWAT officers made entry into the room and found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man’s identity has not yet been released, but officials confirmed Sunday he was a member of

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Orlando-based hotel company offering free stays to people kicked out of Champions World Resort

An Orlando-based hotel and resort management company is offering free stays to visitors recently kicked out of Champions World Resort.Jan Guatam, the president and CEO of Interessant Hotels Group, says he was shocked when he heard Champions World had abruptly kicked everyone out after being sold to a new owner.“We have bought hotels, we have sold hotels in the past, but this has never been the case where you have to come overnight, knock on everybody’s doors and kick them out in the morning. I have never seen it,” Guatam said.He says he got a call from Congressman Darren Soto’s … read more

Virgin Hotels resort opening signals optimism for recovery

LAS VEGAS — Opening a new casino resort during a pandemic isn’t ideal, but Virgin Hotels Las Vegas may have found a sweet spot with the timing of its launch.

After delaying its opening twice, the off-Strip property opened Thursday.

Industry watchers say Las Vegas casino operators still face pandemic-related challenges, but the operating environment today is much better than where Las Vegas stood just weeks ago.

“The prospects for summer look increasingly positive — with vaccination levels increasing and plenty of pent-up demand from people looking to put the pandemic behind them,” Jonathan Day, an associate professor of hospitality

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Madeleine McCann disappearance: Was a monster hiding in plain sight at a vacation resort?


An inside look at the investigation into Christian Brueckner, the new suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Missing posters on the windshield of a car parked outside the Luz Ocean Club, the vacation resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal where 3-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared while on vacation with her family in 2007.


A Family on Vacation

Madeleine McCann

McCann Family/Handout

On May 3, 2007, Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bed in her family’s vacation rental. In a desperate bid to find their daughter, Madeleine’s parents distributed photos they had taken of her from that vacation, including the photo seen here.

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