HONOLULU -- The third annual French Festival will be held Oct. 22
to Nov. 4 this year in Honolulu and on Maui.
The two-week festival is a joint effort of the state of Hawaii;
the city and county of Honolulu; visitor organizations, and, for
the first time, Whalers Village, a shopping complex at Maui's
Kaanapali Beach Resort.
With more than 30 sponsors, including French and
French-affiliated retailers, shopping centers and hotels, the
festival will be held at more than 25 Honolulu locations. Most
events will be free. Almost all 60 shops and restaurants at Whalers
Village will participate.
Honolulu cultural partners are the Contemporary Museum (with an
exhibit of French works), the Honolulu Academy of Arts (also with a
French exhibit) and the Hawaii Theatre (with Momix, a
French-inspired dance ensemble).
Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Halekulani will participate
again with events and special packages.
The festival highlight will be a black-tie gala fashion ball,
held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Oct. 30. Ala Moana Center --
including the 160,000-square-foot Neiman Marcus which opened at the
center last fall -- and the Royal Hawaiian Center will have French
themes and events.
Fashions and fragrances are being produced exclusively for the
festival. Celine will create a handbag for the festival; Christian
Dior will unveil its latest creations, and Chanel will introduce
Chanelchat, an Internet fashion chat site.
Cartier will have pieces from its 150-year history on display;
Sonia Rykiel will produce a limited-edition festival logo item, and
Louis Vuitton will have an exhibit in which visitors can design
their own handbags.
Call the festival's hot line at (877) THE-FEST.