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MEDIA RELEASE September 28, 1998

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Introduces New Pacific Food And Cultural Festival

Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific-A benefit For The Culinary Institute of the Pacific

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Outrigger Hotels & Resorts presents "Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific," a new event that celebrates the food and culture of Hawaii and her Pacific island neighbors.

Set for October 29-31, 1998, on the grounds of Kapiolani Community College on Oahu, this three-day food and cultural festival is also a benefit for Kapiolani Community College's highly regarded culinary arts program at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific.

According to Bryan Klum, Outrigger's corporate director of marketing and planning, the idea for Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific grew out of the company's continuing efforts to build on the quality of the vacation experience for its thousands of guests. It is also a way for Outrigger Hotels to support Mayor Jeremy Harris' initiative to establish Honolulu as a "City of Festivals."

"Outrigger has discovered a growing interest among visitors in the Islands' diverse cultures. And no cultural element holds more universal appeal and fascination than does food - and the innumerable ways of preparing it," Klum said.

Klum noted an added benefit of the festival for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is that it brings attention to those Pacific destinations where Outrigger is expanding. "This event not only allows us the opportunity to showcase Hawaii, we are also able to introduce the cuisines and cultures of our Pacific neighbors where Outrigger currently has hotels open, under construction or in development," Klum added.

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific

Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific is also a benefit for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP) at Kapiolani Community College. The CIP builds upon the strong tradition of Kapiolani Community College's culinary arts program, which is widely recognized as the finest in the Pacific Rim.

According to Provost John Morton, the CIP is poised for further development, so that it will become widely recognized as one of the top culinary arts programs in the world. "One of our goals with the Culinary Institute of the Pacific is to advance culinary training in Hawaii to a higher level using the resources of the Pacific Rim. Outrigger Hotels has provided us with an opportunity to do this by exposing our students, faculty, and also the people of Hawaii, to the culinary traditions of our Pacific neighbors," Morton said.

Schedule of Activities

Films, lectures and chef demonstrations with mini tastings (all free and open to the public) will be held on October 29, 30 and 31 at the college. Chef demonstrations and mini tastings will showcase the unique ways in which signature dishes of each culture are prepared.

On October 29 at 10:30 a.m., Stephen Marquard, executive chef at the Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort, will present Micronesia Regional Cuisine. The flavors of Hawaii will be showcased at 11:30 a.m. courtesy of Miles Togikawa, executive chef at the Outrigger Kauai Beach. The cuisine of Tahiti will be on the front burner at 1 p.m. with guest chef Lulu Wane of Papeete, Tahiti. On October 30, the cuisine of Fiji will be presented at 10:00 a.m. by Shalendra Kumar Naidu, executive chef of Fiji's Castaway Island Resort, and Nitya Nand, executive sous chef of The Reef Resort in Fiji. Executive Chef Jacques Laurent, an instructor at The Hotel School in Sydney, Australia, will be demonstrating dishes from "Down Under" at 11:00 a.m. Dishes with a Hawaiian theme will once again be presented on October 31 at 10:30 a.m. with Bill Salvador, executive chef of the Big Island's Royal Waikoloan hotel.

Pacific Islanders in Communications, a non-profit media organization dedicated to increasing national broadcast programming by and about Pacific Islanders, will be hosting a series of videos and lectures with a Pacific theme throughout Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific. Presentations will be held in Kapiolani Community College's library on October 29, 30 and 31. Check the attached schedule for film titles and times.

On October 31, a Pacific Fete will be held on the grounds of Kapiolani Community College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food samplings, music, dance, arts and crafts demonstrations and a Pacific "grocery" store will be featured. Script will be sold for all food and beverage; however, admission and parking will be free. For the convenience of visitors in Waikiki, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will provide free shuttle service between Waikiki and Kapiolani Community College during Saturday's Pacific Fete.

On Thursday and Friday of the festival, the college's Ka ‘Ikena Dining Room, which is open to the public, will offer luncheon specials from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring the cuisines of different Pacific destinations. Meals will be prepared by students of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific under the supervision of the visiting chefs. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 734-9488.

In conjunction with Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific, an exhibit that celebrates Pacific food through art will be on display from October 19 through December 31, 1998, in the college's library. Over 100 pieces will be on display, each having some historical connection with the growing, preparation and enjoyment of food within the Pacific region. Some of the art pieces on loan from Pacific Pathways and various private collectors will include a Micronesian Mortlock mask, once used to protect the breadfruit harvest in ancient times, Hawaiian poi pounders, a Taro Spirit malagan from Papua New Guinea and Fijian Cannibal Forks used in pre-contact times Also as part of Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific, the non-profit organization Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) has gathered a collection of resource material relative to food and nutrition in the Pacific region. PREL will give all educators who visit the art exhibit a curriculum resource packet that includes a "Pyramid Power" game to aid educators in teaching their students about the food pyramid and making healthy food choices. The game was created by Patricia Brittan, a specialist in food and nutrition at the College of Tropical Agriculture at the University of Hawaii. The game cards include foods often eaten in the Pacific Islands, such as breadfruit, taro and even spam.

For more information on Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific, contact Outrigger Hotels & Resorts' Public Relations office in Honolulu at (808) 921-6941 or e-mail public.relations@outrigger.com.

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is a division of Outrigger Enterprises, the 50th largest lodging company in the world. Outrigger operates more than 9,000 rooms in 28 hotels and resort condominiums in Hawaii, making it the largest hotel chain in the islands. The company also has properties open or under development in Australia, Palau, Guam, French Polynesia, Fiji and the Marshall Islands. Outrigger's affiliate, Outrigger Lodging Services, manages nearly two dozen hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. mainland.

For reservations or information, call your preferred travel professional or Outrigger Hotels & Resorts toll-free at 1-800-OUTRIGGER (1-800-688-7444) within the U.S., Guam and Canada. Outrigger's toll-free number is also available internationally via ATT's Direct 800© Service. Elsewhere call 303-369-7777. Internet users can access information on Outrigger via the World Wide Web at www.outrigger.com. Outrigger's e-mail address is reservations@outrigger.com.

For more information: Sandi Yara Nancy Daniels Public Relations Outrigger Hotels & Resorts 2375 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815-2992 Ph: 808-921-6839 Fx: 808-921-6901 Email: public.relations@outrigger.com

OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS Honolulu, Hawaii CUISINES OF THE PACIFIC

October 29, 30, 31, 1998

Thursday, October 29, 1998

9:30 am Press conference at Kapiolani Community College (KCC), Tamarind Room, Ohelo Building.

10:30 - 11:30 am Chef demonstration with mini tastings of the cuisine of the Marshall Islands. Featuring Stephen Marquard, executive chef of the Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort. KCC, Ohia Building, Room 118.

11:00 am- 1:30 pm Ka 'Ikena Dining Room, special luncheon menu will be offered featuring dishes from Guam, Fiji, and Australia.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Demonstration with mini tastings of the cuisine of Hawaii. Featuring Miles Togikawa, executive chef of the Outrigger Kauai Beach, KCC, Ohia Building, Room 188.

1:00 pm Demonstration with mini tastings of the cuisine of Tahiti. Featuring guest chef Lulu Wane of Papeete, Tahiti. KCC, Ohia Building, Room 118.

2:00 pm Screening of Celebrating Hawaii's Culture in the KCC Library. This film explores the native as well as immigrant cultures that make up Hawaii today through folk artists who continue to practice their traditional arts. (30 minutes)

2:30 pm Screening of Then There Were None in the KCC Library. This film is an intensely personal and powerful vision of Hawaii's history. A story of a race displaced by outside forces to the verge of extinction. (26 minutes)

Friday, October 30, 1998

10:00 - 11:00 am Demonstration with mini tastings of the cuisine of Fiji. Featuring Shalendra Kumar Naidu, executive chef of Fiji's Castaway Island Resort, and Nitya Nand, executive sous chef of the Reef Resort. KCC, Ohia Building, Room 118.

11:00 - 12:00 noon Demonstration with mini tastings of the cuisine of Australia. Featuring Chef Jacques Laurent, lead instructor at The Hotel School in Sydney, Australia. KCC, Ohia Building, Room 118.

11:00 am - 1:30 pm Ka 'Ikena Dining Room, special luncheon menu will be offered featuring dishes from Hawaii, Marshall Islands and Tahiti.

1:00 pm Book signing by Leslie Mansfield, author of "The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury" cookbook. Location TBA.

1:30 pm Screening of Sacred Vessels in the KCC Library. This film is a thoughtful exploration of canoeing traditions in Polowat, Guam, and the Federate States of Micronesia. First documentary of its kind produced by indigenous filmmakers of Micronesia. (28 minutes)

2:00 pm Screening of Chamoru Dreams in the KCC Library. Chamoru Dreams follows an expatriate filmmaker's return to his native Gam. His search for the "perfect Chamoru" becomes a personal quest for his own identity and sense of place. (26 minutes)

Saturday, October 31, 1998

10:00 a to 2:00 pm Pacific Fete at Kapiolani Community college. Food samplings, music, dance, arts, crafts, demonstrations, and a Pacific "Grocery" store. Admission and parking is free. Script will be sold for all food and beverage.

10:30 am - 11:30 am Chef demonstration with mini tastings of the cuisine of Hawaii. Featuring bill Salvador, executive chef of The Royal Waikoloan Hotel. KCC, Ohia Building, Room 118.

11:30 am Screening of Tatau: What One Must Do in the KCC Library. The Samoan tatoo, or tatau, is renowned throughout the Pacific for its unique markings and placement, and remains a unique symbol of Samoa. Tatau: What One Must Do is a look at this ancient tradition, carried forth into the modern world, and how that affects the deep, spiritual history of the tatau and those who choose to wear it. (26 minutes)

12:30 pm Screening of The Samoan Heart in the KCC Library. This film features two western trained Samoan artists who speak about their love for the culture that sustains, challenges and, ultimately, inspires them. On hand to answer questions will be producer/director Ruth Tuiteleapaga. (26 minutes)

1:30 pm Screening of The Voyage Home: Hawaiiloa's Northwest Journey. This film follows the historic journey of the Hawaiian sailing canoe from Seattle, Washington to Juneau, Alaska through the northwest Inside Passage uniting thousands of native people in a celebration of their heritage and culture. (56 minutes)

2:00 pm Closing Ceremonies.

2:30 pm Screening of Then There Were None in the KCC Library. This film is an intensely personal and powerful vision of Hawaii's history. A story of a race displaced by outside forces to the verge of extinction. (26 minutes)

October 19 - December 31, 1998

An art exhibit, "Celebrate! Pacific Food and Art," will be on display in Kapiolani Community College's Library. Over 100 pieces that celebrate the growing, preparation and enjoyment of food in the Pacific will be on view. Some of the pieces on loan from Pacific Pathways and private collectors will include a Micronesian Mortlock mask, once used to protect the breadfruit harvest in ancient times; Hawaiian poi pounders; a Taro Spirit malagan from Papua New Guinea and Fijian Cannibal Forks used in pre-contact times.

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