Student Leaders Share About Carnival Changes

Student leaders from the Class of 2022 share how they’ve adapted Carnival during the pandemic while preserving the cherished School tradition.

By Kiara Reeves ’22 and Morgan McKinney ’22 

We had to be innovative in how we distributed food at this year’s Carnival, so we drew inspiration from ’60s drive-ins. It was difficult to come up with solutions that rival the traditions that come with Punahou Carnival food, but we tried to be as creative as we could.” – Michael Chang ’22, Food Division

Due to the pandemic, we are finding unique and innovative ways to bring the Carnival experience to the Punahou community. Although some things remain mostly unchanged, like sign painting, the Silent Auction and Sound Booth needed to be modified to replicate the traditional Carnival experience, while taking into account these unprecedented times. This year, Silent Auction will be completely online through the new Carnival website. – Logan Yogi ’22, Administrative Division

White Elephant has been completely turned upside down this year. With the Tank closed, my fellow division heads have been working really hard to get the same quality products for the online sale this year. It’s been so fun to work with my classmates. Maybe we’ll use the online shop for years to come and have even more sales! – Liana Burke ’22, White Elephant Division

‘Blast in and out’ is a brand new drive-up movie booth at Carnival this year. Punahou families will be able to enjoy watching ‘WALL-E,’ Senior Variety Show and the Junior lip dub while enjoying Carnival food. – Danielle Yamashiro ’22, Drive-up Movie

Thankfully, students were still able to gather together over the summer to collect mangoes, though in smaller, safe groups. Volunteers also helped package jams, as in previous years, and the booth chairs worked together to decorate the Jams and Jellies booth, which feature plenty of festive fruit-themed accessories, as well as a galaxy-themed painted sign. – Ksenia Sherstyuk ’22, Jams and Jellies

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