By May ’14
Since the early winter months, booth chairs — the students responsible for a designated booth during Carnival — have been coming to school wrapped up in warm hoodies early on Saturday mornings to paint their booth signs. Although the chilly morning weather is usually intensified inside the portables that the Carnival committee works in, there’s a unison of energy and excitement about Carnival that immediately sweeps away those chills. The Carnival committee creates the design of the signs. However, the creative and catchy booth names are created by the booth chairs themselves. “Gold Rush Guzzlers” and “Malasaddles 4 Eva” are just two of the Western-themed signs to look forward to as Carnival weekend approaches.
On Sign-Painting Saturdays, students work together with friends to turn a monochromatic board into a bright mélange of colors that evokes familiar feelings and Carnival memories. Booth chair Mika ’14 said, “Sign painting makes me feel like a part of this big community.” Megan ’14 agreed, adding that “sign painting was pretty cool.” Carnival is a special bonding experience for the Junior Class, and the kindling of that anticipation for what truly is a grand community effort could be seen in the smiles on students’ faces.
With Carnival a week away, these beautiful signs are beginning to appear at famous Carnival landmarks such as KiddieLand. Punahou Carnival is on Feb. 1 – 2, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so whether you’re waiting in line for delicious warm malasadas or trying to win bragging rights at the Strongman game, take a few seconds to look up at the signs hung proudly above each booth. Every year the signs are created by a new class of students, and like those signs, every Punahou Carnival experience is unique, memorable, and unforgettable. Let the countdown to Carnival begin!