‘Ohana / Halloween gets crazier each year. Sure, carving pumpkins is a fun mess, but a carving competition between CEOs from high-rolling companies such as First Hawaiian Bank, Alexander & Baldwin, Hawaii News Now and American Savings Bank? That’s a new one.
Actually, these hardworking executives have held the Corporate Competition & Executive Carvedown for the past two years–just never in public. The Pumpkin Carving Festival rules are simple: Individual business leaders go head-to-head in a two-hour timed round, carving pumpkins into something inspired by media coverage or local news. The first-prize winner receives $1,500 to give to the charity of their choice. Second prize is a Meadow Gold ice cream party for the office, while third prize is dinner for four at Hiroshi’s.
Corporate teams also have two hours to carve four pumpkins, and they have a choice of three categories: endangered species, monuments and historical landmarks or politics. (Big Bird, anyone?)
To participate in the People’s Choice Awards, vote for your favorite executive or a team using 50-cent scrip purchased on site. Proceeds go to Keiko O Ka ‘Aina Family Learning Centers and USO Hawaii. Watch, cheer, jeer, drink and eat from food booths. Just avoid the pumpkin shavings whizzing through the air. Apparently, hardcore competitors bring their own electric drills and tools. These big dogs are here to win.