Cinema Italiano’s opening night

September 30th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
Model Anya Rozova and Amanda Stevens park themselves near a Ferrari.

It was all about Italy Sept. 23, grand opening night for the Italian Film Festival presented by Cinema Italiano in Hawaii, on the rooftop deck at Kahala Mall.

It was really crowded under the tents, which just demonstrates how the festival has grown in a few years.

Food and drink—some of it related to Italy—were provided by such restaurants and companies as Café Sistina, Che Pasta, Kevin Two Boots, Mediterraneo, Pua Ono Salades, Roberto Pizza Party, Sabrina’s, Town, Baci Bistro, The Big Wave Tomato Bar, Oeno Wine, La Gelateria, R. Fields, Waiwera, Whole Foods, and more, and pre-screening entertainment was provided by members of Hawaii Opera Theatre.

The fashionable showed up in black or slate grays in keeping with the Italian theme, and I spotted a few Dolce & Gabbanas and Pradas in the crowd.

Maseratis and Lamborghinis added to the ambience and provided a backdrop to many a photo. The DJ music was occasionally punctuated by the revving of engines by a few particularly obnoxious auto racer wannabes, leaving the rest of us more aghast than impressed. Dudes, save it for the dealerships!

I couldn’t stay for the film, the comedy “Basilicata Coast to Coast,” but heard it was sweet.

More photos of the event are at

Lance Ishibashi, left, of Couture Jeweller at 909 Kapiolani spotted many of his clients in Italian designer Roberto Coin’s jewelry. He’s with stylists Allison Lee and Tyson Joines.

From left are Daniela Haynes, Monica Salmaso, Margaret Rufo and Selli Cito-Rodrigues.

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One Response to “Cinema Italiano’s opening night”

  1. onawing:

    Gorgeous classy people live in Hawaii!!!

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