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.
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.
Visit the Fun Pass trailer to load your card using a credit card. New fun passes loaded with 200 credits are also available for purchase using Carnival scrip. E.K. Fernandez attractions (rides, games and food) only accept Fun Passes – not 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.
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.