Carnival 2015

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Art Gallery

A popular attraction, the Carnival Art Gallery features more than 1,000 works of art created by over 300 Hawai'i artists, including paintings, photographs, wood bowls, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, handbags and original fine art pieces.

Proceeds from each piece of art are shared evenly between the contributing artist and the Carnival fundraising effort.

2015 Art Gallery

Opening Night

Tuesday, February 3
4:30 – 8 p.m.
Mamiya Science Center

Carnival

Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Mamiya Science Center

Auction

Carnival-goers love to compete for these fantastic big- and small-ticket items.

Past auction items have included hotel stays, professional sports tickets and signed memorabelia, art, clothing, furniture, restaurant and spa certificates, jewelry and more (even mango chutney for those who missed it).

2015 Silent Auction

Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
Noon – 4 p.m.
Mamiya Science Center, Cornuelle Lecture Hall

Booths and Rides

With around 60 booths and a variety of E. K. Fernandez rides, Carnival has something for everyone. Most everything at Carnival requires payment in scrip, which can be purchased at multiple locations within the carnival grounds. Rides require ride tickets, which can also be purchased with scrip.

Carnival foods are always in high demand, including teri burgers, chicken plate, gyros, taco salad, corn on the cob, Portuguese bean soup and much more. And no one can resist those signature Carnival malasadas!

Rides and games are another big hit at Carnival. For the big kids (and kids at heart), there are a dozen ways to spin, flip, hang, drop and otherwise get the heart pumping. A variety of smaller scale rides are equally fun for the little ones. And for those who like a challenge, skill games for all ages give everyone a chance to win a great Carnival memento.

2015 Carnival Price List – TBA

2015 Carnival Map – TBA

Hawaiian Plate

A relaxing getaway from the main Carnival area, Hawaiian Plate features great Hawaiian food (like lau lau, lomi lomi salmon, haupia and poi) and a place to sit and enjoy a variety of live music acts. Find Hawaiian Plate at Dole Hall, mauka of Rice Field parking and the main carnival grounds.

2015 Live Music Schedule

A great variety of bands (student, enthusiast and professional) play and rotate on an hourly schedule, with first shows at noon and final shows at 10 p.m., each day of Carnival.

Friday, February 6, 2015
12 p.m. Punahou Jazz Band
1 p.m. Erica Ito and Company
2 p.m. Imu Boys
3 p.m. Punapohaku
4 p.m. Tihati
5 p.m. Summer Derrickson
6 p.m. I Ku Mau Mau
7 p.m. George Ku'o and friends
8 p.m. Maunalua
9 p.m. Lyle Hosoda and friends
10 p.m. Sean Na'auao

Saturday, February 7, 2015
12 p.m. Punahou Jazz Band featuring Starr Kalahiki
1 p.m. Punahou Alumni Glee Club
2 p.m. The Band Tantalus
3 p.m. The Yim Brothers
4 p.m. Danny Carvalho and friends
5 p.m. Alan Akaka and Ke Kula Mele
6 p.m. Pomaika'i (Mandy) Keawe-Lyman
featuring the Genoa Keawe Foundation
7 p.m. The Coleman Ohana
8 p.m. Henry Kapono
9 p.m. David Kahiapo
10 p.m. Oahu College Band

Parking

Central Union Church
Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
Friday: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday:  8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost is $10 all day

Lutheran Church of Honolulu
1730 Punahou St.
Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
Cost is $15
Lots open at 10:45 a.m. and close at 11:30 p.m. (no in/out privileges).
Lot entrances are on Dominis Street and Poki Street.

The Parish of St. Clement
1515 Wilder Ave.
Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
Friday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost is $16 per day.
Parking passes available: $30 1-day pass (with in/out privileges) and $55 2-day pass (with in/out privileges)

Shriners Children's Hospital
1310 Punahou St.
Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
Friday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Covered parking: $10 all day, $12 in and out parking
Parking is tax deductible with security guards on duty.

Volunteers working at carnival can check with Douglas Fortner about parking earlier at 780.2169.

Variety Show

A decades-old tradition, the Variety Show is the senior class contribution to Carnival. It is a student production that typically incorporates theater, music, dance and comedy in an original theme and script.

Though held in spacious Dillingham Hall, tickets to the show usually sell out very quickly.

2015 Variety Show

Friday & Saturday, February 6 and 7
Show Times: 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Ticket price: $15

Tickets on sale to the general public at the Sullivan Administration Building - Box Office Monday through Friday, 3 – 5 p.m., beginning on Thursday, January 29.

Behind the Scenes - Variety Show (2013)

Courtesy of student produced Punavision Video Magazine, March 2013

Courtesy of student produced Punavision Video Magazine, February 2013

White Elephant Tent

A main draw at Carnival, the White Elephant Tent can be found at the Diamond Head end of the Carnival grounds, across from the plant sale. It houses the White Elephant sale, as well as booths for the O-Men, Pa'ani and Punahou Alumni Association.

White Elephant Sale

This huge second-hand goods sale features clothing, toys, books, music and much more. Items are collected and sorted year-round by a dedicated group of volunteers, and the proceeds represent a significant portion of the Carnival's income, which supports the school's financial aid program.

An entire section, with its own entrance, is dedicated to books - a great destination for readers, offering a wide array of choice and bargains. More about White Elephant Sale prep and The Tank

Treasures

The cream of the crop, this section of the sale features particularly special second-hand items, and generally draws an early crowd.

Punahou Alumni Association Booth

Filled with hats, shirts, foam fingers and other great clothing and accessories for the spirited alumnus/a, this booth supports the Punahou Alumni Association and its programs and events.

O-Men Fruits and Vegetables Booth

A fundraiser for the O-Men booster organization that supports Punahou boys athletic programs, this booth is a bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Pa'ani Flower Booth

Selling beautiful and fragrant flower bouquets and lei, this booth is brought to you by Na Wahine Pa'ani 'O Punahou, and is a fundraiser for this booster organization that supports Punahou's girls athletics.

History of Carnival

The tradition began in 1932, when, during the Depression, Academy students hosted an "Oahuan Campus Carnival" to raise money for the yearbook. Held on Rice Field, it took place early one Friday afternoon in April and lasted until late evening, with the usual Carnival fare and games. In the end, they raised $240 for the Oahuan. In 1936, the PTA and the junior class banded together and introduced the first Carnival rides.

About Carnival

Punahou's annual two-day fundraiser draws thousands of Carnival-goers. The proceeds from Carnival help support the more than 500 students at Punahou who benefit from its financial aid program.

From rides and games to crafts and food, hosting Carnival takes months of preparation prior to opening day on the first Friday in February. Every year, the junior class organizes, plans and executes the theme and activities for the event. Their parents and other volunteers from across the Punahou community also contribute their time to prepare for and staff the many Carnival booths and activities.

Carnival features around 60 different booths with food, games, rides and other Carnival-going fun, appealing to all ages. Carnival favorites include the senior class Variety Show, the malasada and mango chutney booths, and the hugely popular white elephant sale.

Calendar

Fri / Feb 06

Punahou Carnival

11:00 AM - 11:00 PMPunahou Campus
Sat / Feb 07

Punahou Carnival

11:00 AM - 11:00 PMPunahou Campus

Online signups for carnival shifts are now closed

To volunteer, call 944.5760 or email

News

  • An Onolicious History of Carnival Food Booths

    Posted January 29, 2015

    Warm, sugary malasadas, mango chutney with a sweet-and-spicy flavor, delicious teri cheeseburgers and hearty Portuguese bean soup are only some of the many foods served at the annual Punahou Carnival. However, the history behind a few of these foods is something you can really sink your teeth into.