HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Need to sharpen your pumpkin carving skills? Then you need to be at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center this Sunday for the first ever Pumpkin Carving Festival.
Under the watchful eyes of master carvers and executive chefs, families will receive tips on how to give their Safeway pumpkin a special makeover. Safeway has donated 1,000 pumpkins for this first-year effort.
Chef Garde Manger Dale Radomski (Royal Hawaiian Hotel), Executive Pastry Chef Quirino Domingo (Royal Hawaiian Hotel), Executive Pastry Chef Lawrence Bayot (Sheraton Waikiki), and culinary students of Kapiolani Community College are part of the Design Team to assist families.
At the end of the day, families will take their pumpkins home for display just in time for trick-or-treating. At the festival, children can walk down the Yellow-Brick Road to have their photo taken with Dorothy and Toto, the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow.
The monies raised this year will be donated to two charities: Keiki o ka Aina (KOKA) Family Learning Centers and Paralyzed Veterans of America - Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund (PVA-ORHF).
There will be three seatings (9 a.m., 12 Noon, and 3 p.m.) for the family event. The cost for the package is $45.00 (one whole pumpkin) or $55.00 (one scooped and hollow pumpkin) which includes the carving kit, stencils, professional guidance and a souvenir photo on the Yellow-Brick Road. The team entry fee for the Corporate Carving Competition is $650.00. For more information, call 591-7700. To make reservations for the Pumpkin Carving Festival, visit PumpkinCarvingFestival.org.