Actress Hayden Panettiere, who recently stepped into the shoes of aviatrix Amelia Earhart for a Glamour magazine photoshoot, took to the skies in real life recently, boarding a flight bound for the 50th state.
After landing, the lei-laden luminary happily played the role of a typical tourist, perusing for purchases in the stores of Waikiki as she waited for the start of the weekend’s big event– the re-opening of The Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
A star in its own right, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel has appeared in such diverse silver screen fare as Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Punch-Drunk Love. Following an extensive renovation, the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” was back to its former glory and ready to welcome the gathering glitterati on March 7, 2009.
The Waikiki retreat– which won a place in Hollywood history as the venue where the Shirley Temple cocktail was created– served a bevy of beverages to the steady stream of stars invited to the hotel happening, including Heather Graham, former Bachelor Andy Baldwin, He’s Just Not That Into You star Justin Long, and Lost cast members Michael Emerson and Daniel Dae Kim, who all appreciated the A-list atmosphere as they enjoyed a performance by jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.