Punahou Carnival has Launched! This year’s Carnival theme, “A Carnival Out of This World,” couldn’t be better for this truly unique Carnival experience. It speaks to the unique nature of our times, and it has been an opportunity for our fearless student leaders from the Class of 2022 to reimagine Carnival during a pandemic, while staying true to the traditions of our annual on-campus event.
This time-honored Punahou tradition is made possible thanks to the hard-working volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to its success. Carnival 2021 “A Carnival Out of This World” will be a success thanks to the support of our generous community of parents, alumni, faculty, staff, family members and friends.
We invite our entire community to participate in Carnival 2021 through our Carnival website.
The state's largest art show, 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 and other original fine art pieces. Proceeds from each piece of art are shared evenly between the contributing artist and the Carnival fundraising effort.
Food, Rides and Games
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.
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.
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 memorabilia, art, clothing, furniture, restaurant and spa certificates, jewelry and more (even mango chutney for those who missed it).
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 and Other Goods
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.