Save the date for Music Through the Ages: A Chart-Topping Carnival on February 7 – 8, 2020. The Class of 2021 is currently preparing for a rockin’ carnival. All proceeds from Punahou Carnival support the School’s financial aid program.
- Art Gallery
- Food, Rides and Games
- Hawaiian Plate and Entertainment
- Silent Auction
- Variety Show
- White Elephant and Other Goods
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.
With around 60 booths and a variety of E. K. Fernandez rides, Carnival has something for everyone. Rides and games are a 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.
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!
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. 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.
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.
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.
O-Men Fruits and Vegetables
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, and also features refreshing açai bowls.
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.
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.
Starting a garden? Need a little something to liven up your lanai? Go green and check out the selection at the plant booth.
Jams and Jellies
People line up for these coveted labors of love that students, parents and alumni spend most of the year preparing, including Lilikoi Butter, Red Pepper Jelly and the ever-popular Mango Chutney.
Scrip and Fun Passes
Most food booths, games and merchandise (white elephant, plants, etc.) at Carnival require payment in scrip, which can be purchased in $10 sheets of 20 scrip (1 scrip = 50¢) at multiple locations within the carnival grounds. Some booths also accept cash and credit cards, including:
- Art Gallery (scrip, cash or credit card)
- Silent Auction (scrip, cash or credit card)
- Alumni Store (scrip, cash or credit card)
- Hawaiian Plate (scrip or cash)
- O-Men Produce and Açai Bowl (scrip or cash)
- Pa‘ani Flowers (scrip or cash)
- Tshirts (scrip or cash)
E.K. Fernandez rides, games and food booths require payment using Fun Pass.
New Fun Passes loaded with 200 credits can be purchased for $20 CASH ONLY, but can be refilled with credits (1 credit = 10¢) using cash or credit cards. All E.K. Fernandez attractions (rides, games and food) accept Fun Passes, but do not accept Punahou Carnival scrip, and Fun Passes can only be used at E.K. Fernandez attractions.
Parking on campus is limited during Carnival and it is recommended that attendees utilize auxiliary parking lots available in the area.
- Catholic Charities
- Central Union Church
- Kapiolani Hospital
- Lutheran Church of Honolulu
- Maryknoll Grade School
- Maryknoll High School
- The Parish of St. Clement
- Shriners Children’s Hospital
1515 Wilder Ave.
Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2
Friday: 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Cost is: $18 per day (no in/out privileges).
Limited Parking passes available: $40 1-day pass (with in/out privileges) and $65 2-day pass (with in/out privileges). Passes may be purchased on-site on Carnival days.
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.
Today, Carnival is a monumental effort taken on by the junior class and supported by hundreds upon hundreds of student, parent, faculty/staff and alumni volunteers. For the juniors, it is a valuable bonding experience and an opportunity for many to practice leadership and collaboration. For others, it's an annual opportunity to support financial aid and reconnect with old friends, or make new ones.