Over the years the Punahou Carnival has grown to become the dominant school fun raising event in the state of Hawaii. For years it has generated money to support scholarships, building drives, and even graduation events for the senior class.
For many alumni, the Carnival’s growth into a money raising leviathan has been an incrementally creeping, nearly imperceptible process for those who manage to make the annual pilgrimage through the Lower Field gates. For the alumnus who returns after years away, however, it is a smack-in-the-head, awe inspiring, if not overwhelming experience: “The booths! The rides! The people! Where did this all come from? Oh, and by the way … where do I park?”
To understand the reaction of the recent returnee, I’d like to take a look back over the swath of time to 40 years ago when Punahou74 ruled and ran the Carnival. Compare Carnival 1973 to Carnival 2013. You’ll see that there have been quite a few changes since then!
(And, if you really want to step into the way back machine, take a look at this previous blog post about the very first Punahou Carnival in 1932.)
As reported in The Hawaii Times on February 6, 1973:
(By Mazeppa Costa) Shortly after the New Year holidays every year, a massive network of community volunteers swings into action to produce the annual Punahou Carnival, which is set this year for Fri. and Sat. (Feb. 9 and 10).
This is an event which is staged by the junior class and their parents–plus everybody else they can get into the act. No one has ever been able to compile a list of all the people involved or even to count those who help in some way. But these volunteers number in the thousands.
And their contribution to the community is considerable. Money that is raised during the two days of the Carnival now exceeds $100,000 annually.
The first $50,000 in profits go toward scholarships which are awarded on the basis of financial need (all over $50,000 goes for building funds). (Editors Note: the junior class has regularly received some Carnival money that is later dedicated for the following year’s graduation expenses.) …
This year two of the five division chairmen of the Carnival are from the Japanese community. They are Mrs. Hiroshi Yamani (sic, Yamane) and Mrs. Unoji Goto.
The Carnival will have a two-day run, Friday and Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. both days. It will feature more than 60 midway attractions including many popular E.K. Fernandez rides, lots of skill games, arts and crafts, a teen boutique, plus the thrills and chills of the curdling crypt.
The art gallery will feature paintings, prints, woodcuts, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and batiks representing more than 150 of Honolulu’s outstanding artists including Hiroshi Tagami, Peter Kobayashi, Sunao Hironaka, and Joan Gima.
The plant booth will beckon green thumb artists with potted ornamentals, fruit trees, succulents, ground covers, orchids, herbs, cuttings, hanging baskets, and unusual plumerias (sic).
But food is the backbone of any carnival and this one is no exception. Such Island favorites as shave-ice, saimin, meat sticks, teriyaki, and sushi will probably outsell hot dogs, hamburgers, and cotton candy.
For health food enthusiasts there will be a natural foods booth. A Chinese dinner will be available at Dole Hall Friday night with a succulent poi supper Saturday evening. Serving time will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For everyone with a sweet tooth there will be 10,000 jars of jams and jellies, in 22 different varieties.
Barggain hunters can have a field day at the giant white elephant tent which will bulge with literally tons of books, clothing, knicknacks, records, toys and special “treasures,” all at giveaway prices.
Other services will include baby sitting and checking.
The 1973 Carnival Team and Carnival Booths
Who were the students who ran the Carnival itself? Here they are along with the functions that they managed. Gives you feel for the all-out class effort that was required. Remember that many of our parents answered the Carnival call as well.
Ralph Aona and Marie Mookini were the overall student Carnival chairs. Bev Ashford, Bruce’s mother, was the overall parent chairman.
Administrative Division: Burke Zen and Willie Kawashima (Purchasing), Paul Goto, Jonelson Cheng, Patrice Ching and Sharon Himeno (Student Booth Workers), Kimm Hall and Alan Takane (Special Sales), Mary Jane Markoskie and Linda de Silva (Thanksgiving Pie Sale), Liane Nip and Heather Miura (Pre-Christmas Sale), Thora Tokioka and Jean Alexander (Pre-Carnival Bake Sale), Randi Pittman (Publicity), Heidi Huckins and Warren Loui (Ride Tickets #1-13), Ted Lau and Wilma Wong (Scrip Selling), Lori Ranada, Rosemarie Wong and Kathy Shiraki (Signs), Jonette Kamai and Cathy Creveling (Curdling Crypt).
Food Division: Lynn Tanoue and Kalfred Wong (Division Chairmen), Laurie Ching and Bert Lau (Cold Drinks), Ted Sugihara and Fay Imamura (Corn), Kris Hansen and Maile Mobberly (Cotton Candy), Mike Green, Earl Nakaya, and John Fink (Transportation), Io Phillips and Betsy Abts (Friday Night Dinner), Faith Sereno and Alton Komori (Ewa Hamburgers), Roy Tsuchida and Lynne Obatake (Waikiki Hamburgers), Vernon Yee and Jade Wong (Hot Dogs), Carlyle Castle and Neal Higgins (Ride Midway Ice Cream), Renee Blondin and David Apo (Waikiki Ice Cream), Patty Frederick, Bryann Bromley and Kathy MacDonald (Malasadas and Coffee – one booth only in 1973), Joyce Kato, Kelly Nakano and Fred Frizelle (Meatsticks and Saimin), Ann Harakawa and Timmy Chinn (Natural Foods), Cathy Kam (Pie Making), Sharon Loomis (Pie Selling), Keith Kam and Molly Gunther (Pizza), Wendy Wichman and Martha Rietow (Sandwiches), Mary Madinger and Julie Onna (Saturday Night Dinner), Craig Leong and Ellen Goldstein (Shaved Ice), Harvey Lung and Lisa Yamaguchi (Teriyaki Sandwiches).
Skills Games Division: Jay Higgins and Lisa Matsumoto (Division Chairmen), Gaye Miyasaki and Craig Harada (Prizes), Cathy Field and Bill Richardson (Baseball), Gene Lau and Eleanor Bell (Basketball), Bean Bag (Charles Loomis and Nancy Dew), Bruce Chinn and Grace House (Ewa Bowling), Lynne Tsuda and Brenda Dang (Waikiki Bowling), Lynnette Lo and Warren Chaiko (Fish Bowl), Jackie Ching and Sandy Doo (Fish Swish), Meredith Chuck and Peter Robinson (Golf Ball Maze), Warren Karkosza and Deanie Kuwasaki (Golf Putting), Carolyn Ing and Gail Ikinaga (Grab Bag), Mike Yokoyama and Robin Haws (Instant Art), Rosanne Mandel and Lynne Gartley (Penny Toss), Gail Mulholland and Bruce Ashford (Record Smash), Shoji Ledward and Fred Hu (Rifle), Mele Meyer and Bill Price (Ring Toss), Carrie Chang and Roy Rathburn (Splat Trap), Waiau Kaulukukui and Marlene Hsi (Tether Ball), Ann Yoshida and Bert Takushi (Tic Tac Toe).
Specialties Division: Shari Moore (Division Chairman), Debbie Withans and Kimberly Allen (Art Gallery), Gail Gronau and Howie Bond (Arts & Crafts), Sharon Uyeda and Lori Yee (Teen Boutique), Ross Fujimoto and Jim Howeton (Body Painting), Pat Frazier and Haven Young (Checking), Anne Hogan and David Ladd (Jams & Jellies), Debra Pang and Mark Fukunaga (Plants), Greg Cassidy, Heidi Smyser and Richard Botkin (Sound Booth), Susan Fukuhara and Debbie Kawamura (Baby Sitting Service).
White Elephant Division: Anne Stone and John Tyler (Division Chairmen), Connie Williams and Craig Washofsky (Books), Pauline Chang and Ann Asahina (Clothing), Tammy Melder and Terry Kageyama (Knick-Knacks), Tanya Yamada and Curtis Tom (Records), Frank Izuta and Lisa Lai (Toys), Coralie Chun and Cindy Proskefalas (Treasure Shop), Martin Stifel and Lance Sheehan (Transportation)