Posts Tagged ‘Carnival’

“What, me worry?” Yes. Me worry plenty! Going into Friday there was a concern that Punahou74 would not meet its malasada shift commitment and would be about 15% short of the people we needed. And many of these volunteers were “tentatives.” When it came to shift time, would the malasadas have to be make themselves?

Taj Malasadas 2018

TAJ MALASADAS is the name of this year’s Ewa Malasada booth. As the Taj Mahal is one of the world’s architectural wonders so too is a Punahou’s malasada one of the world’s culinary wonders!



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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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As promised, a list of those who so generously donated their time to Punahou74’s great malasada booth effort at the 2016 Punahou School Carnival. MAHALO PLENTY! We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you!

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Cynthia Proskefalas Dell, Lisa Matsumoto Nakamura, and Lisa Yamaguchi Bowden smiling despite all of their hard work. What troopers!


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Thanks aplenty again to Punahou74 and your wonderful work at Ewa Malasadas for the 2016 Punahou Carnival.

Triples Malasadas

Tom Farrell, Haven Young Rafto, and Lisa Matsumoto Nakamura are three of the Punahou74 Malasada Team.


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The time is nigh. Punahou Carnival opens tomorrow. Time for the Punahou74 shift at Ewa Malasadas.

Here are a few quick reminders to get you ready for our shift:

  • Check in is at 4:45 p.m.

    Coffee with that?

    DO YOU WANT COFFEE WITH THAT? Proper malasada booth worker attire. “Love” the hat.

  • Check out is at 8:00 p.m.
  • Wear closed toe shoes. (Just like when we went on field trips in Winne.)
  • Bring a hat or enjoy the booth’s haute couture paper version.
  • Sleeves needed! (Aren’t we a little old for tank tops anyway? Perhaps a Punahou74 shirt instead?)

You will have the opportunity to purchase up to (more…)

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New to the Punahou Carnival in 1962 was a game that still graces today’s midway, albeit with some updates. Provided at little cost, it was a money-maker from the start. And its appeal; obviously timeless!

Splat Midway Scene 1962

Scenes from the skills game midway of Punahou Carnival 1962. (Punahou Bulletin photo, March 1962.)

After the 1961 Punahou Carnival it was clear that one of the two bean bag booths needed to go. But what to offer in its place?

The Carnival “big wigs” that year were overall chairwoman Mrs. Alex Waterhouse and student co-chairmen Kale Okasaki (1963) and Warren Heiser (1963). There was also “Carnival granddaddy” Leo Piper (Buildings and Grounds, 1946-1965) and dean of the sponsoring Junior Class, Tom Metcalf (Elementary and Academy Teacher, Dean 1950-1990). Working together this group would raise a Carnival gross of $57,025; most of which much would go towards funding student scholarships.

Just two months before the February 9 and 10 event, Warren Heiser had an idea for a booth replacement. He shared his idea at the December 14, 1961 meeting of the Carnival Coordinating Committee: (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 5 and 6, 2016. 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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