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Saturday, October 24, 2015 Windward Mall will be transformed into a sea of orange with more than 2,000 families carving their pumpkins just in time for the holidays. Master Carver from Michigan, Ed Moody, will be making an encore appearance at the Festival to carve one of his 1,200 lb. pumpkins into a Fairytales & Dreams pumpkin carriage. There will be a high school carving competition, a "Grass Slippa" Scavenger Hunt, children's crafts and activities. Come on down and join the fun!

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What is the festival?

Historically, pumpkins have been a staple for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Families purchase their token pumpkins, and Dad is usually the chosen one to gut the pumpkin and carve the basic triangle eyes and toothless grin. Now in its 6th year, here in Hawai’i, things have changed since the Pumpkin Carving Festival arrived!

Founded in 2010, the Pumpkin Carving Festival is held during the week preceding Halloween on the island of O’ahu. Matson and Safeway are the founding sponsors of this annual event. “This is where families start a new tradition of carving pumpkins in a festive atmosphere with other families of the local community”, says Leighton Tseu, president of the festival. “Kids excitedly walk through the SAFEWAY Pumpkin Patch to pick their personal pumpkin, they share the day with other families carving pumpkins and take home the finished product to display in their homes.”

Windward Mall hosts the Family & Youth Day each year. Hundreds of families sit together and carve their pumpkins in the shopping mall. Local artists offer tips to families who want to take their pumpkin carving to the next level. A high school competition, Meadow Gold Dairies KULA Carving Youth Challenge, is held during Family & Youth Day. High school teams are given a specific theme and two hours to carve five pumpkins.

Join us and be part of this exciting community event...start creating traditions and new memories with your family! The Pumpkin Carving Festival brings together the community to share the Hawaiian values of lokahi and ‘ohana...neighbor-to-neighbor, friend-to-friend.

And the true winners of the festival are the two valued organizations ~ Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers and Metro Christian Academy Preschool, thanks in part to all of our invaluable festival partners. These two outstanding organizations provide critical service and programs for families and our community.

Happy Carving!