La Mer chef Garnier receives high honor from France
Congratulations to La Mer Chef de Cuisine Yves Garnier
for receiving a high honor from France. He has been awarded the Ordre Du Merite Agricole -- in English, the Order of Agricultural Merit. France's Consul General Frederic Desagneaux
, based in San Francisco, will be here for the award celebration at the Halekulani Thursday. Patricia Lee
, honorary French consul here, will participate in the event. The award honors people who have rendered notable service to agriculture. Yves is in good company. The first award was presented in December 1883 to scientist Louis Pasteur
, who invented the process of pasteurization ...
Maggi Parker and Whatumoana Paki are marking their 80th birthdays at an Outrigger Canoe Club dinner party Monday. Abigail Kawananakoa, a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, is throwing the party for the pair. Paki is the father of New Zealand Maori King Tuheitia. Maggi portrayed the secretary to Jack Lord's Steve McGarrett when "Hawaii Five-0" began in 1968. The king and members of his family will attend the party, as will Queen Mata'aho of Tonga. Maori songs and songs of Kawananakoa's family will be performed. Singers and hula dancers include Kimo Alama Keaulana and his group Leihulu, Dutchie Saffery, Carol Kapu and Bobby Reyes. Maggi's friend Ann McCormack, a former Waikiki singer, is flying in from Las Vegas to perform ...
Randy Schoch opens a Ruth's Chris Steak House at Waikiki Beach Walk March 19. Bob Snyder, an officer of Randy's Desert Island Restaurants, has relocated to Hawaii ...
Don Ho gives writer the scoop on Waikiki
and San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor John Flinn
cruised Waikiki in Don's Lexus SUV recently. Flinn was lucky to hear stories of old and new Waikiki from one who knows ... The Hawaii Theatre Center raised $85,000 from the Chinatown Chase, a benefit chaired by Anthony
and Siana Hunt
and Julie Hendricks
. The scavenger hunt drew 300 hardy souls. Silent and live auctions brought in more bucks ... The local chapter of World Wings International, made up of former Pan Am "stews," is holding a garage sale tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Noelani Elementary in Manoa. Money raised will go mainly toward building a hospice in East Oahu ...
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