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Safeway donates reusable bags for families to carry their masterpiece carvings home. Master carver, Ed Moody, tries out the size of his whimsical giant pumpkin teacup. Straub Clinic staff educates families to Re-Think Your Drink and choose healthy beverages. Kamehameha Schools wins Best Overall Award. Moanalua High School wins Most Innovative Award. Roosevelt High School wins Best Carving Technique. Milk in a teacup with Lani Moo and Calci from Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaii meeting with Alice, Queen of Hearts, and Mad Hatter. Happy faces with their finished masterpieces. Going “shopping” for the best pumpkin at the Safeway pumpkin patch. Cheshire Cat meets the Teacup.

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Families ... dust off the cobwebs from your carving tools! We want to invite you to the 8th Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Windward Mall.

Get ready to release the "beast" in your carving skills this year because ... you guessed it ... our theme is Beauty and the Beast! Once more, you will have the opportunity to see the 1,200 lb. pumpkin giants that our master carver, Ed Moody, will sculpt at the festival. These giants travel thousands of miles across land and sea, from Michigan to Honolulu, to become transformed before your eyes.

We look forward to seeing everyone cheer on their favorite high schools in the Meadow Gold KULA Carving Competition that also takes place during the festival. High school teams will have two hours to carve their pumpkins and create a display with the theme Mālama Honua (care for our Island Earth). Members of the Hōkūle´a crew will be joining us as judges for the competition. While there are many vital ways to support sustainability and responsibility for protecting our environment, the Hawaiian belief of mālama´āina (caring for the land) is something our Hawaiian ancestors practiced for hundreds of years and passed on to us. Each of us must do our part to protect and care for our limited resources by continuing the educational wa´a (canoe) to Mālama Honua.

The monies raised from this event 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.

We want to share a big Mahalo on the tremendous support for last year’s Pumpkin Carving Festival, making it the best and most enjoyable day for all! We deeply appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 21, 2017 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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