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What to eat at the Punahou Carnival

Are you going? We got your back: Here’s where to park, what to eat, how much it costs

Posted February 3, 2012 by Mari Taketa

Punahou Carnival is today and tomorrow, people, THE most buzzed-about carnival of the year, and for those non-veterans who haven’t mapped out their food priorities, we’ve got you covered. Just scroll down to the photo gallery below for best eats and tips.

But first, the deets:

When: Friday & Saturday, Feb. 3 & 4, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Punahou School, 1601 Punahou St.
Admission: Free
Parking: Available in nearby lots for a fee

Special note: Scrip this year are worth 50 cents each, a departure from past years when they were worth 25 cents. The move is to cut down on paper and amount of scrip handled throughout the carnival. Some prices have gone up a touch; others have dropped a touch. But don’t worry: Malasadas are still 50 cents (1 scrip) apiece.

Punahou Carnival (1 of 12)

Punahou Carnival

Tip 1: Go early, when the carnival opens. You may actually score street parking, and there are practically no lines at the two malasadas tents, especially if you're buying small amounts. Remember, we're talking 11 a.m. This may also be your only chance to snag some of that famed mango chutney.


  1. CodyZamboni1
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Punahou Carnival. Good malasadas. But those damn kids on the PA system, every 2 seconds, screaming out those inane messages, drives me nuts.

  2. MelissaChang
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

    That’s corn. Corn with a C.


  3. turkfontaine
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    @MelissaChang oh, i thought you were playing a harmonica

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    @CodyZamboni1 pa system? now that u mention it… i’m always focused on the food :>

  5. konaish
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Tip for enjoying cold malasadas the day after: Toaster over until crispy & re-roll in sugar. They’re good as new! Gotta agree with you about the Teri burger – it’s a must-eat for me, along with the Hawaiian Plate. The haupia was reeeally good!

  6. Melissa808
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    @konaish You know, I IQF my malasadas and microwave them later…the sugar (for the most part) stays intact! no need re-roll, so you save on calories. Wellllllll sorta save. hahaha.

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    @Melissa808 @konaish tried konaish’s suggestion w/ my sole remaining malasada one day later: it recrisped!


About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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