By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, November 11, 1998

Festivals link
East and West

Mug shot WITH the French Festival going full blast all over town and with the Asian community so heavily represented in the Hawaii International Film Festival, it seemed only a matter of time before the two came together. I took in the French film "L'Ecole de la Chair" ("The School of Flesh") at the Academy of Arts Theatre in its sole showing. Isabelle Huppert, as the older woman attracted in a no-win situation to a youthful hustler, was magnificent. Oh yes, the Asian connection comes from the fact that the story is adapted from a novel by Yukio Mishima ... The Japanese are very much interested in the film festival as well. A web site for the fest was set up in Japan and thousands of people responded to a contest to attend. Some 20 were selected for a free trip and are here now...

MANY fine French chefs are here in conjunction with the festival - Hubert Keller from San Francisco's top-rated Fleur de Lys, for example. Meanwhile, the Halekulani's Chef de Cuisine at La Mer, Yves Garnier, is sharing his kitchen with Jean-Claude Guillon from Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, voted the No. 1 hotel in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler ... And Jean-Marie Josselin of A Pacific Cafe knows there's always room for one more premiere chef in the kitchen. That's why he's asked former La Mer and Four Seasons Maui chef George Mavrothalassitis to help prepare a special dinner featuring the cuisine of Provence on Nov. 20. The four-course prix-fixe menu with appropriate French wines for each course is a bargain at $49 per person. Chef Mavro is readying for the December opening of his new Chef Mavro Restaurant at the site of the former Hanamizuki eatery on the corner of King and McCully, not far from Alan Wong's top-rated restaurant ...

Poker face off

NOW here are some high stakes poker players: At the fifth annual Molokai Ranch Professional Rodeo, a number of cowboys will be playing that wonderful local card game, "Paniolo Poker." And yes, the stakes will be high. You see, during the game, a bull will be released into the arena. The winner is the last one remaining seated at the card table. The rodeo will be held in the arena at Maunaloa, the ranch's state-of-the-art rodeo site Friday and Saturday ...

SOME members of the cast of "To Kill a Mockingbird" at Manoa Valley Theatre may look familiar to TV viewers. Both Richard MacPherson and Rose Marie Barbee, who are in the play opening Nov. 25, were in recent episodes of "Fantasy Island." ... Some nice publicity for the Outrigger's Marshall Islands Resort - the hotel appears on a new Marshall Islands stamp, one of three new stamps in the "New Buildings" series just released. The other buildings now on stamps are the Trust Company of the Marshalls and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China." You don't have to guess which stamp the Outrigger resort will be using in correspondence...

Sisters in song

AS a loyal graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy, Nohelani Cypriano performed for a huge turnout at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom. She got all the sisters from the academy on stage to sing "We Work Hard for the Money," which was pretty funny. Nohe also brought on her piano teacher, Sister Stephanie, and sang to her, "You Are So Beautiful." It was a touching moment since the sister had suffered a stroke two months ago and this was her first outing since then. When she heard Nohe would be performing, Sister Stephanie asked the other sisters to take her along and all found the experience extremely fulfilling...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

Contact Dave by e-mail: donnelly@kestrok.com.

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