Carnival Skills and Games Volunteers Cross the Finish Line

By Michelle Leong P ’19, ’24, Carnival Skills and Games Division Head

Racers put their skills to the ultimate test at the Pun Prix ’23 Skills and Games booths. Student division heads Camden Fujimoto ’24, Jason Leung ’24 and Kat Viola ’24  set new speed limits reaching their victory lap while parent division heads Michelle Leong and Christine Tamashiro supported everyone from the Pit Stop. 

The Skills and Games Division consisted of 19 game booths including the Splat Trap and Prize Exchange. The Skills and Games crew created catchy booth names and made them come to life with color and paint. At the Prize Pit Stop, the student and parent booth chairs selected over 39,000 prizes. The Splat Track crew shifted into gear to recruit participants willing to get wet. 

Collectively, the Punahou community came together in support of a Punahou education. Proceeds from the Carnival support Punahou’s Financial Aid Program. 

The Skills and Games division offered students and parents many opportunities to lead, create and collaborate in a safe and fast-paced environment. Many new friendships were made and old friendships rekindled as a result of Carnival.

As with many Punahou parents, I volunteer to support my daughters and the Punahou Community. Volunteering creates opportunities for students and parents to find meaningful involvement and lasting relationships while participating in activities with a greater purpose. It also contributes to a sense of pride and a sense of community. More importantly, everyone had fun! 

I have fond memories of seeing the excitement and anticipation in the eyes of kindergarten students going to the Punahou Carnival for the first time. Those feelings still exist in the Junior Class, the leaders of this time-honored tradition.

On behalf of the Skills and Games division, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many student and parent volunteers who gave generously of their time and energy.

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