Now in its 58th year, the 2017 Punahou Carnival took place this past Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th, with the theme this year being “Back to the ’50s”. Originally started in 1932 to raise funds for the school’s yearbook, this event is heralded as the island’s most popular and crowd-packed of its kind, with favorites being the E.K. Fernandez rides of course, as well as the White Elephant Sale, along with their highly acclaimed and famous Portuguese Bean Soup and Malasadas. Plus a whole lot more ono ‘kine grindz ‘n fun.
Other school fundraising attractions included the Carnival Art Gallery with over 1,000 art pieces by local artists for sale. As well as the Silent Auction, where you could bid on everything from collectibles such as autographed pro sports memorabilia, to vintage wine, gift baskets, to VIP parking passes for next year’s carnival.
Being there’s so many photos, the Tasty Island’s coverage of this event is split into several subpages for this post as follows:
A Punahou Carnival Malassadas story from a Honolulu Advertiser archive on display at the tent
A bag of Punahou Carnival’s famous pipin’ hot ‘n fresh Malasadas~ 1 scrip (50 cents) each, or 10 scrips/dozen (limit 2 dozen per customer order)
We have a contender for Punahou Carnival’s “Biggest Malasada”!!! This buggah’ was MASSIVE!!! “M-M-M-MUCHO-MALASADA”!!!
Ah, that’s more realistic in size now! Notice how Punahou Carnival’s Malasadas are formed in a sort of random pinched “U” shape; not necessarily with a “puka” in the middle like a doughnut, nor in a ball shape like Leonard’s and Champion Malasadas
Oh yes! Punahou Carnival’s Malasadas have THE BEST TEXTURE & FLAVOR! Excellent”chew” to them, with just the right airiness, while being deep-fried and sugar coated perfectly! I still say Punahou could BANK if they opened a brick ‘n mortar PUNAHOU CARNIVAL MALASADA SHOP somewhere on the campus where the general public could buy them anytime of year. There, they could also sell residual carnival T-shirts and other alumni logo wear. BANK! $$$
2017 Punahou Carnival “Back to the ’50s” 50 cent Scrips (sheet of 20 Scrips for $1
Please check out the following subpages for more coverage!