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The shift started out apprehensively. The class with which we had shared malasada duty for the last two years was moving to another shift. Given this development we needed twice as many class members to fill the tent. With Punahou74 starting its seventh decade of life could such a quota be filled? To quote from Punahou’s signature cheer the answer was “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

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AFTER THE SHIFT: Some of Punahou74 classmates who attended the Punahou74 Carnival Shift After Party. Pictured are (front row, L-R) Cindy Li, Babs Miyano Young, Renee Ahuna Cabrinha, Haven Young Rafto, and Warren Loui, (back row, L-R) Jan Bertram, Sheree Lum Orsi, Cliff Halevi, Lynne Gartley Meyer, Ian Sandison, Alvin Cabrinha, Landis Lum, Ralph Aona, and Lyallyn Temple.

That Punahou74 consistently fills its shift quotas is a testament first to our dedication to Continue Reading »

The text came in shortly after I returned home from a long Friday at the Punahou Carnival. “Renee and I may be on the KITV 4 news.” Huh? Then this: “Just got home–they showed us on the news.” What? When did this happen?

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Babs Miyano Young and Renee Ahuna Cabrinha show their media prowess when featured in a KITV news story about the Punahou Carnival.

Punahou’s iconic malasadas are always an item of interest to the news media when covering the annual Punahou Carnival. Such was the case on the Friday, February 3 KITV late newscast.

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It’s finally here. Time to clue you all in on how to make your Punahou74 Carnival Day 2017 be an unreal experience.

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Hey Daddy-o! It’s time to get back to the 50’s at Punahou Carnival 2017. Here Cliff Halevi and Cathy Kam Ho have some fun while working the Punahou74 malasada shift during Punahou Carnival 2016.

The Checklist

First thing: Get to Carnival. Check out this post for Everything you Need to Know about the 2017 Punahou Carnival for information about parking, prices, white elephant, and most importantly, a map of the carnival grounds. Because …

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Hey, Daddy-o! The word from the bird is that it’s time to fire up your rocket, lay a patch, and make the scene at Punahou Carnival 2017! It’s a real kick!! Let me clue you in so you can be in orbit for an unreal experience.

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Dates and Times

February 3 and 4, 2016. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily on the lower Punahou School campus.

Weather Forecast

Sure the Carnival’s earthbound for its rain and mud. In fact, Continue Reading »

Punahou74 After Party!

So you’ve left work early, navigated the parking challenge, experienced The Ultimate Malasada Sugar Rush while you worked your Punahou74 Carnival shift and … time’s up. Shift’s done. You’re out of there. See ya next year…maybe. The party may not be over!

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“Rewinding the Time” after the 2016 Punahou Carnival at the Sidestreet Inn (Hopaka Street) are (L-R) Lee Ann Nicolay, Landis Lum, Tammy Yee (Mike’s wife), Lynne Gartley Meyer, Mike Yee, Mike Mikasa, Cliff Halevi, Catherine Tompkison, and Ian Sandison.

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Section 11343, Revised Laws of Hawaii 1945, refers  to the playing of prohibited games. This statute provides that every person who participates in or who conducts, either as an owner or employee, any specific type of game or any game in which money or anything of value is won or lost is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1957 Carnival scene: Grant Marsh and Barbara Townsend splurge on a balloon from the happy vendor, Dave Ferguson. (1957 Oahuan photo and caption)

So read the February 7, 1957 letter from Dan Liu, Chief of Police (signed by Arthur M. Tarbell, Deputy Chief of Police), to Dr. John Fox, President of Punahou School. Walter F. Dillingham, President of the Board of Trustees, and Mrs. Robert S. Lowery, Carnival Chairwoman, were copied on the communication.

At issue was a January 1957 court ruling, made by Judge Harry R. Hewitt, that gambling is involved in “any game in which money or something of value is won or lost.” Because Carnival games offered prizes to its winners, game players were gambling and would, as stated in Chief Liu’s letter, be subject to the possibility “of embarrassment attendant to arrest and prosecution of any individual concerned either as operators or as participants.”

With this news being delivered on the eve of the start of the February 8-9 event fifty years ago this year, it seemed that the Carnival much attended midway was doomed.

What to do? Actually the answer was quite simple. According to Carnival Chairwoman Lowrey, “We just Continue Reading »

Are you up to the challenge? Join with Punahou74 classmates–and others–as we pursue The Ultimate Malasada Super Rush at Punahou Carnival 2017.

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Always room for you! Mary Madinger Balding, Babs Miyano Young, Lynne Obatake Yorita, and Lee Ann Nicolay enjoy a mini reunion while working at Punahou Carnival 2016.

 

The Ultimate Malasada Sugar Rush? What’s that you say?

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