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St. Regis Princeville reopens on Kauai

st_regis_princeville_reopening_Kauai_South_PacificOf course, it wouldn’t have been a grand opening without a gala five-course banquet.

Over the mushrooms with gnocchi and truffle sauce and chili-glazed prawns, we ran into friends: slack-key legend Cyril Pahinui and his wife Chelle, and equally esteemed guitarist Dennis Kamakahi, who, since he was in formal wear, wore his Grammy award on a ribbon round his neck.

Kauai mayor Bernard Carvalho stopped by the table.  He’d phoned his friend, Big Island mayor, Billy Kenoi and said, “You don’t have a St. Regis, so I guess if you’re going to see one, you’re going to have to come to Kauai.”

st_regis_princeville_reopening_Kauai_South_PacificThe guest of honor was actress and singer Mitzi Gaynor, who had not been back on Kaua‘i since filming South Pacific there in 1958.  Introduced by a chorus line singing “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” Gaynor, charming and vivacious at 78, entertained the crowd with her memories of Kauai and South Pacific, had the whole room laughing and clapping.

We had no idea what to expect from Ms. Gaynor, but earlier in the day we got a chance to sit down and talk to her.  Since she’s remarkably friendly and easy to talk to, we felt we made a new friend. 

What did we talk about?  Everything from Kauai to the Beatles.  It was so interesting, we gave her own post, Five Questions with Mitzi Gaynor on Kauai.

Photos by John Heckathorn.  Page 1: The entry of the new St. Regis Princeville at night, the "waterfall" chandelier.  Page 2: The ballroom lit up for the event.  Mitzi Gaynor greets the gentlemen of the welcoming chorus.

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Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
Princeville Resort on Kauai to close for seven months
Kauai's Princeville Resort readying for fall reopening under St. Regis brand
Five Questions with South Pacific’s Mitzi Gaynor on Kauai
Kauai north shore deal! Castle at Princeville hotel rooms from $125 a night

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