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Angelica Balanay belts out “Hopelessly Devoted To You” to capture the Ruby Tuesday Team Spirit Award. Damien Memorial School Monarchs' team wins BEST CARVING TECHNIQUE for their entry featuring local music legends, Bruddah Iz, Elvis Presley and Bruno Mars. Kailua Surfriders team captures PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award for their carvings featuring Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Elvis Presley. Roosevelt Roughriders’ entry featured alumni Bruno Mars, winning MOST INNOVATIVE Award. Saint Louis Crusaders swept BEST OVERALL with their outrageous carving of 70’s rock band, KISS.  Farrington Governors pay homage to music legends John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Prince, Selena and Aretha Franklin. Heart Beat Hawaii dancers wowed the crowd with their heartfelt dance moves. Singer-songwriter KEILANA MOKULEHUA, cast a spell on the audience. Team Warriors from Kamehameha Schools featured an array of legends for their entry: Prince, Elvis, Bob Marley, Beatles and Michael Jackson. Waipahu Marauders carvers were represented by the JV Girls Softball Team, 2018 Division 2 Champions.

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Mahalo to our extraGOURDinary sponsors, volunteers and high school teams in making this year's festival a huge success!

Congratulations to our high school competitors and winners:

Aiea High School - Ruby Tuesday TEAM SPIRIT Award Sponsored by Meadow Gold Dairies

Damien Memorial School – BEST CARVING TECHNIQUE Sponsored by Regal Services

Kailua High School – PEOPLES' CHOICE Sponsored by Hawaii Pilots Association

Roosevelt High School – MOST INNOVATIVE & SCHOOL PRIDE Sponsored by Pagoda Floating Restaurant

Saint Louis School – BEST OVERALL Sponsored by Matson

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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 8th 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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