HONOLULU--Honolulu will host its second annual French Festival Nov.
7 to 22.
The event is a two-week extravaganza by French and
French-affiliated retailers restaurants and hotels. Events will be
held at more than 25 locations, including shopping centers, most
with free admission.
According to Gov. Ben Cayetano, the festival's honorary chair,
last year's event helped many businesses increase sales. More than
30 participants are investing an estimated $2.5 million in the
festival. They include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Tiffany,
Lancel, Christian Dior, Cartier, Sonia Rykiel and Celine. A
highlight of the event will be a charity fashion gala at the Hilton
Hawaiian Village Nov. 14, with the latest collections of French
Hotels producing festival events and packages include Outrigger
Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Halekulani and
Hawaii Prince Hotel.
Honolulu Academy of Arts' events include tours focusing on its
French art collection and a piano recital.
The festival will coincide with the Hawaii International Film
Festival, held Nov. 6 to 13, with a series of French films and
actors and directors participating. Major sponsors are the Hawaii
Visitors & Convention Bureau, First Hawaiian Bank and United
French Festival hot line: (808) 941-7017