‘Ohana / Like Disneyland’s Indiana Jones ride and renewing your driver’s license, there are just some things you have to wait in line for, no matter how early you get there. Malasadas and mango chutney from the Punahou Carnival? Absolutely. Mangoes have been collected all year for that chutney.
Treasured items for the white elephant tent have been carefully assembled all year, too. That’s gotta be the best place to build out your book, record, antique or anything collection on the island. Too bad there are a few thousand other people that know that, too.
While the carnival’s old traditions–it started in 1932–are regally upheld, it is also going modern, with the establishment of an official hashtag (#PunahouCarnival), a live Punavision webcast (Friday, Feb. 1 from approximately 10:50 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) and an official iPhone app (iCarnival) created by Punahou students showing locations of vendors and pricing. This year’s theme is The Wild Wild West: The Great Carnival Roundup, so put on your boots and make sure your phone is charged for those lines. It will be worth it. The annual fundraiser benefits the more than 400 students who receive financial aid.