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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.


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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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.


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


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?

Easy. It’s that (more…)

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As Punahou celebrates the graduation of the class of 2016 this weekend, there will be one thing missing from the occasion, something that once was a seventy-year campus tradition: the bestowing of a class gift.

Punahou's Main Gates were a gift of the classes of 1931 and 1931.

Punahou’s Main Gates were a gift of the classes of 1931 and 1931.

Class gifts are a way for alumni to benefit current and future students while honoring their alma mater.  Punahou’s records document the gifts received from graduates dating back to 1904.

Commencement was a week-long affair in those days and featured events such as graduation, a dance, and Class Day. It was during this celebration on June 18, 1904 that class president, Harold Castle, introduced the first class gift. He spoke from the balcony to those gathered on the shady lawn in front of Pauahi Hall:

Mr. Castle said that (more…)

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Froshie Day? I remember it as our Freshman Picnic. But I’m not known for being especially politically correct.

Found this little nugget on page 3 of the November 6, 1970 edition of Ka Punahou. It was written by Punahou74’s Catherine Tompkison. Do you remember this shared Punahou74 experience?

Punahou74 classmates frolic at their freshman picnic. (Ka Punahou photo)

Punahou74 classmates frolic in the Kailua surf during their freshman picnic. (Ka Punahou photo) Recognize anyone? I do!



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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” So says Juliet to Romeo. She wants him to know that she loves the person who is called “Montague” but not the name itself.

Bennie's Pennies

Holding pennies in their fingers, Roseanne Mandell Levine and Lynne Gartley Meyer recalled the 1973 Punahou Carnival booth that they co-chaired: the Penny Toss. The booth was named “Benny’s Pennies: It’s Good-Man.” (1974 40th Reunion Picture)

Despite Juliet’s perspective, (more…)

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Don’t mean to brag, but this is really everything you need to know. And, honestly, if it isn’t, let me know and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.

Carnival Logo

Dates and Times

February 6 and 7, 2015. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily on the lower Punahou School campus.

Weather Forecast

Sure the Carnival’s famous for its rain and mud. In fact, (more…)

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