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2018 - Get Ready, Get Set, CARVE!

This year's 9th Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Windward Mall.

Come out and cheer your favorite high schools in the Meadow Gold KULA Carving Competition that takes place during the festival. High school teams will have two hours to carve their pumpkins and create a display that features Music Legends. We'll have an exciting special guest performer at the Awards Ceremony.

A new highlight at the festival this year will be the Ohhh My Gourd! Contest among elementary and high school teams. Each participating school will receive special giant seeds, donated by our master carver and friend from Michigan, Ed Moody, to start planting during the summer. These seeds are from the 2017 giant pumpkin which weighed 1,102 pounds. Schools will attempt to grow the largest pumpkin this summer and bring their prize-winning pumpkin to the Pala´ai Nui (Grand Pumpkin) Weigh-Off at Windward Mall during the festival. The team that grows the heaviest pumpkin will receive cash and prizes for their school.

Net proceeds from the Pumpkin Carving Festival will enhance both existing and new child development programs at Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers. Programs include native Hawaiian cultural enrichment activities, family literacy, and wellness programs.

Mahalo nui loa to our presenting sponsors and festival partners for helping make this community event possible each year. We look forward to seeing you all!

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Windward Mall

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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 winner of the festival is a valued organization ~ Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers, thanks in part to all of our invaluable festival partners. This outstanding organization provides critical service and programs for families and our community.

Happy Carving!

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