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Want to get together with Punahou74 classmates? Want to help the Punahou Carnival cause but feel that the malasada booth is not your cup of tea? Like a cooler setting, a place to sit, and a the susurrus of quiet conversation? Read on!

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Catherine Tompkison models one of her floral lei. She says that she made more than 30 lei for Punahou Carnival 2017. 100% sold, of course!

After years of hearing, “I’d like to help but, gee … the malasada booth? Can’t we do something else?” Now you can.

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They don’t make themselves, you know.

Waiting Malasada Customers

A common sight at the malasada booth: anxious customers waiting for their malasadas.

It’s a recognized problem. One that was known even 45 years ago when Punahou74 was running the show. (more…)

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Since 2009 I have posted an thank you to those who have volunteered during Punahou74’s annual shift at the Punahou Carnival. This year a second thank you is given, a thank you to our most reliable volunteers. 

Punahou calls them the “True Blue Buff ‘n’ Blue” donors, those who reliably give each year when asked. These donors are the gems. Those who form the nexus of solid support upon which future plans and dreams can be built.

Punahou74 has its own “True Blue” malasada workers. The workers who solidly support the class effort on a regular basis. Those who enter the tent when called, ready to get their hands doughy.

Time to recognize them.

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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 (more…)

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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, (more…)

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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 (more…)

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