Carnival 2015


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

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


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


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 – TBA

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.



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


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.



Fri / Feb 06


Through 2/711:00 AM - 11:00 PMPunahou Campus