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Master Carver, Ed Moody, poses with one of the many princesses sitting in the 1,200 lb. pumpkin carriage Even Lani Moo and Calci from Meadow Gold Dairies couldn't resist the Fairytales and Dreams carriage Happy moms finding the perfect pumpkin Safeway Pumpkin Patch Local artist adding the finishing touches to his pumpkin art Carving by Ray Villafane Carving by Ray Villafane Shaka Pumpkin Hanging out with one of Ray's friends Ray Villafance creating one of his masterpieces Princess Carriage

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Mahalo to all our wonderful sponsors and Gourd Friends for making last year's festival a Fairytales and Dreams success!
See you Saturday, October 22, 2016!

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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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