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2016 Waialua Carnival

Magic Maze @ the Waialau Carnival

The Waialua Festival Foundation held the first annual Waialua Carnival this past weekend, March 4th, 5th and 6th, 2016, on the campus of Waialua Intermediate and High School.

Yours Truly paid a visit on Saturday afternoon while on a cruise (and VERY LONG DRIVE) way out there on the North Shore of Oahu. Following are photos I took to share with you from the Waialua Carnival. Enjoy. ;-)

The crowd on Saturday afternoon around 4pm grew substantially during my 1 hour visit

Area 51 (a.k.a. “Gravitron)

Jungle Twist (a roller coaster ride with cars that twist side to side)

Pharoah’s Fury

Pharoah’s Fury

Super Sizzler

The Spring Ride lifts riders 30 ft. in the air, dropping them in sequences (look out Super Shot! lol)


Rockin’ Roll-a-Ball


Tic Tac Toe


Goblet Toss

Water Game

Where’s the shaka sign balloons?

Battery-powered Bubble Gun

Mauka Brothers jam on Saturday afternoon @ the Waialau Carnival entertainment tent

The Fans

Aunty Geri presents the one, the only… “FLYING SAUCER”!!

Making a “Flying Saucer” using the classic TOAS-TITE®: A “Flying Saucer is essentially a toasted saucer-shaped sandwich made with basic bread, filled with ground beef that’s usually like a “Sloppy Joe” tomato-based mixture, however in this case, there was no tomato sauce, having just corn and basic seasoning in it so that it wasn’t well… SLOPPY

Making “Flying Saucers” using the classic TOAS-TITE®

“Flying Saucer”…. a Kauai Hongwangi Festival classic!

“Flying Saucer”…. a Kauai Hongwangi Festival classic!

“Flying Saucer” server Dana with Pomai ~ 3.05.16 @ #WaialauCarnival

Da’ ultimate directional street sign! “Eh Brah, which way to Laulau City?” Waialua man replies, “Hang one left on Beef Stew Drive, then make one sharp U-turn when you reach Huli Huli Chicken Avenue.” LOL!!!

Huli Huli Chicken and Pulehu Trip-Tip Steak

Pulehu Tri-Tip Steak over charcoal and Kiawe wood

North Shore style Garlic Butter Shrimp plate

Pepperoni Pizza…. dang, looking at that is giving me “da’ ono’s” for a slice right about now!

Cheese Pizza

Corn Dog ‘n Fries

Funnel Cake (dusted with powdered sugar upon order)

You know where these Hostess Twinkies are heading, right? Yup…

Battered ‘n Deep-Fried Twinkies on-a-stick

Candied ‘n Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

The Cotton Candy Rastafarian!

Iced-down cold drinks to chill you out in the hot Waialua Sun

Tea Girls Vaifala (a Samoan drink made with Coconut Milk and Pineapple) and Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi

Tea Girls Vaifala is a Samoan drink made with Coconut Milk and Pineapple … this drink is ONO! It taste like a more natural (and virgin) version of the slush-like Pina Colada and Lava Flow you get at a bar.. just add rum!

 As advertised,Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi is made with Poi (Taro brand) mixed with Mochi flour, deep-fried to sticky perfection on the inside, tasty GBD crust outside

Da’ Tea Girls Hawaii and Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi crew (braddah Pati stay “mo’ fah” on da’ right!)

Pati of Tea Girls Hawaii offers Pomai a complimentary sample of their supah ono Vaifala, a signature Samoan Pineapple-Coconut drink… CHEEEEEEEEEEEE-HOOOOOOO!!!!

For more information about this event, please visit:

The Tasty Island related links:

Haliewa Eats: Macky’s Shrimp Truck

P.S. Reposting this photo from the previous post on Macky’s Shrimp Truck in nearby Haliewa, as I think it’s absolutely HILARIOUS!…

“Acking like one Touris'”, I kinda’ look like a Podagee version of Mr. Howell from Gilligan’s Island LOL!!!

Thurston Howell, III from Gilligan’s Island


5 thoughts on “2016 Waialua Carnival

    • March 8, 2016 at 11:38 pm


      Not that Haleiwa was ever NOT “touristy”, it seems so even more now when I’ve driven past there, similar to how Kailua town is becoming that way, especially with all the B&Bs operating out there now. Shoots, the shopping mall where Matsumoto’s Shave Ice even has a Hula show in the courtyard, which is as “touristy” as it gets! If the law allowed it, I bet Haliewa would be bustling (more like overrun) with Pedicabs and street vendors. Same for Sunset Beach area. The OUTSTANDING Popularity of this year’s (rare) Eddie Aikau event will no question make the North Shore more popular and “trendy’ then it ever has before, especially for tourists who want a piece of that history. I heard the Quiksilver store out there still can’t hold onto even one “Eddie Would Go” shirt, flying out the door faster than they can unbox them.

      Speaking of which, sorry to hear about the cancellation of most of Millwood Ohana Productions’ remaining Waikiki block parties for the year. I find it hard to believe the surrounding businesses in Waikiki suffer sales losses during these massive crowd-drawing events. I’d think the added foot traffic would increase sales for them, not the opposite. However they claim the block party vendors reap all the sales, not the businesses established there. I suppose it depends which businesses it is, whether it’s a boutique fashion store or convenience/fast food.

      I still think they should block Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki from Lewers to Kaiulani Ave. on Halloween night, as it’s more of a hazard with SO MANY people trying to fit on just the sidewalks on that night vs. if they just get the logistics together (even more police) and block the street off. Have the hotels help foot the bill, as they will definitely reap FULLY BOOKED rooms around that time, as Maui does for their annual “Mardi Gras in Paradise” Halloween ight in Lahaina. Surprisingly, as much as Maui’s tourism economy BANKS during Halloween because of that event, the Lahaina community had the block party shut down for several years because of “adverse effects”.

  • March 9, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Aloha Pomai,

    That flying saucer looks cool and delicious! Haha. Awesome coverage of the carnival.

    Please give our family run restaurant, Cafe Taj Mahal, a visit. We’re down by Waialae and St. Louis.


    Hope to see you guys soon!

    Take care,



  • March 9, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I see Kauai somehow kept the Flying Saucer from the graveyard of old style carnival food. And now the nostalgia wave carries it forward. Wish the same would happen to the old style, Hula Brand, chow fun in the shave ice cups that were popular when I was a child.

    • March 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm


      According to Aunty Geri, they used to make “Flying Saucers” for events at the old Waialua Festivals that date way back decades. It seems to be something passed on from Hongwangi festivals all over the islands, including Kauai and Maui. What I don’t get is why traditionally it was a Sloppy Joe filling. You’d think it would have more asian (Japanese) influence, like say, a finely chopped teriyaki beef filling.

      Hongwangi festivals are also said to be where the Chow Funn served in a paper cone became popular. I have a Maui cookbook that features it. I’ll try dig it up.


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