Dive into the Punahou Carnival on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The theme for this year’s carnival is “Explore the Shore ‘24” and features a beach and ocean vibe, according to a news release from Punahou School. 

Carnival is known for its food, including malasadas, mango chutney and other local favorites, haku lei, sound booth, art gallery, silent auction, and variety show. Also, enjoy Punahou’s games and find treasures at the White Elephant.

For the first time since 2020, E.K. Fernandez rides will be available. The E.K. Fernandez FunPass is the only form of payment accepted for all ride rides and E.K. Fernandez Games, which will be located under the white tent on Lower Field. To purchase the FunPass at E.K. Fernandez trailers, a $20 bill is required. FunPass cards from past years will be accepted. Rides will be discounted on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For everything else, carnival goers can purchase scrip with credit or debit cards across Carnival grounds, while people who wish to buy scrip with cash may go to the Box Office in Dillingham Hall. 

Free parking may be found on the street, although it is often limited. Paid parking is also available at neighboring community institutions. The Carnival may also be accessed via TheBus. 

The Punahou Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1932, when students hosted the Oahuan Campus Carnival to fundraise for the yearbook, according to the school’s website. Today, the Punahou Carnival is a community event that’s spearheaded by the junior class, along with hundreds of volunteers made up of students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni. The annual event helps the class learn leadership skills and bond while also raising funds for the school’s need-based financial aid program, which benefits 700 students.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke covers the Hawaiian Islands for Spectrum News Hawaii. Email her at michelle.brodervandyke@charter.com.