Coming in Feburary 2016

Punahou School invites people of all ages to “Rewind the Time: the Punahou Journey” for a day of family fun. Fresh malasadas, mango chutney, kiddie games and E.K. Fernandez rides, White Elephant treasures and live musical entertainment are among the many treats that draw fans each year to the Punahou Carnival. Proceeds support the School’s financial aid program.

Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
11 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day

Sponsored by Punahou’s Class of 2017

There is limited parking on campus. Paid parking is generally available at nearby community institutions. The Carnival is also accessible by city buses 4, 5 or 18. Admission to the grounds is free. Scrip is available for purchase throughout Carnival.

Looking Back – Last Year's Carnival (2015)

Check out the 2015 #PunahouCarnival Tagboard

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
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mamiya Science Center, Cornuelle Lecture Hall


See Facebook for select descriptions on select items.

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

2015 Carnival Map

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. Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei
7:30 p.m. The Coleman Ohana & Friends
8 p.m. Henry Kapono
9 p.m. David Kahiapo
10 p.m. Oahu College Band


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.

Maryknoll Grade School
1722 Dole Street
Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
$15 for 4 hours on both days (no in/out privileges)
$45 all day

Maryknoll High School
1526 Alexander Street
Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7
$10 for 4 hours on both days (no in/out privileges)
$30 all day

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


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.


  • Carnival Arts and Crafts Booth Invites Donations of Baked Goods

    Posted November 30, 2015

    Most know Carnival to be the time where the junior class collaborates to put together booths and get ready for the two big days in the beginning of February. While many may believe that prep starts with making the numerous jars of mango chutney, lilikoi butter and red pepper jelly, there's a lot more to Carnival planning than meets the eye.


Tue / Feb 02

Carnival Art Gallery Opening

Fri / Feb 05

Carnival 2016

Through 2/611:00 AM - 11:00 PM