Punahou Carnival

Today is my husband’s 40th birthday.  He is so lucky to have a great boss who gave him the day off.  It also happens to be Catholic Schools Week and so my kids had off too since there was a teacher conference today. 

So, when we got up this morning I checked out the local community calendar.  I was hoping for something fun for us to do as a family.  I came across the Punahou Carnival and I knew I had found what we were going to do today.

Punahou School is a very prestigious school in Honolulu and probably it’s best known graduate is the president of the united states, Barrack Obama.  I really don’t know that much about the school but it was evident to me that they are a very unique school.  The campus is impressive for a pre-k through 12 school and has many buildings.  Almost half the people walking around were wearing some sort of Punahou logo.   It was clear to me that this is a school that is steeped in tradition and operates as an “Ohana” or family.  Most all the games and food was manned by volunteer parents and students and it was no small undertaking.  It was also clear by the condition of the grounds that the school is well endowed and takes great pride in their campus appearance. 

When we first entered we saw all of the usual things that we are used to seeing at a carnival, rides, games etc.  As we walked in we had to exchange our money for “skrit”.  I googled this and I found too definitions.  The first is that its urban slang for money and the second is an urban race of aliens.  Either fits because the whole theme is based in outer space.  We then had to exchange our “skrit” for whatever we wanted to ride, play or eat. 

The kids immediately ran for a couple of rides, the cars and the helicopters.  There were also bigger rides but we didn’t ride any.  After the rides we headed to the games.  There were a lot of people in a small area and it took a while to wait in the lines.  When all was said and done we were there about 3 hours, but it felt a lot longer. 

It was a fun time for all anyway.  The only thing John and I wanted that we couldn’t get was fried dough.  It must be a north-eastern thing because when we asked everyone looked at us very funny. 


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 22:14:40

    Thats awesome, but fried dough is pretty common anywhere.. We called them funnel cakes in Florida 🙂


  2. jenkakio
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 15:46:44

    HAHA @ the last photo! That’s so adorable.

    Okay, here is my trick on getting Malasadas (which is A MUST buy during the punahou carnival) go early! Seriously, if you go early, there is no line. Or have a friend like me, who won’t mind standing in line for it. It’s worth it….well, for me it is. Never assume the line will die down, because it will never. If it’s short, just jump in.


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