Punahou Carnival

By: Ronnie Allen Campman

13 April 2020

The Punahou Carnival is one of the most highly anticipated events in Hawaiʻi for local families and college students alike. The carnival serves as a fundraiser for Punahou School’s financial aid program.

 

Every year the event is hosted by the school's junior class. The theme was “Music Through the Ages: A Chart-Topping Carnival.” The carnival took place from Friday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 7. 

 

The first Punahou Carnival took place in 1932 when the school was called Oʻahu College. The “Oahuan Campus Carnival '' was held to raise money for the yearbook. 

 

Today, the carnival is hosted by the class of 2021. The junior class banned together to sell their popular malasadas, portuegese bean soup and host the popular White Elephant Sale.

“Ever since elementary school, to now being a senior at the University of Hawaiʻi, I come for the malasadas,” said Chloe Santiago, when asked what she looks forward to every year. “I leave with at least 12 and eat three before the night ends.” 

 

The school partners with E. K. Fernandez every year to provide guests with some of their favorite rides, including the Ferris Wheel, Wave Swinger and Zero Gravity. 

 

Rides aren’t for everybody. Some people come specifically for the carnival games, food booths and the annual Variety Show. “2020 Endgame: Escape from Punaverse!” incorporated song, dance and comedy into a musical production for family and faculty to enjoy. 

The first Punahou Carnival took place in 1932 when the school was called Oʻahu College. The “Oahuan Campus Carnival '' was held to raise money for the yearbook. 

 

Today, the carnival is hosted by the class of 2021. The junior class banned together to sell their popular malasadas, portuegese bean soup and host the popular White Elephant Sale.

 

Despite being full from food stands like Ice Ice Cream Baby, Boogie Down Beverages and Tango Tacos, people were still in line for malasadas, hoping to get some of their last batches for the year. Parents, students, faculty and volunteers use a homemade recipe dating back to 1957 to make the malasadas. 

The Wave Swinger is one of the most popular rides at the Punahou Carnival

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