HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Next year’s Punahou Carnival will not have EK Fernandez rides or thrill rides.
And the carnivals of other schools either. Iolani and Mililani High were also notified of the change.
In a letter sent to families, the Punahou School said the highly anticipated carnival will be open to the public next year, but the rides will be limited to children’s rides.
In a statement, EK Fernandez President Scott Fernandez told Hawaii News Now that their “ability to produce Punahou Carnival at the same size and pace is no longer available” and is not under their control. He said they can only supply the school with what is in their current capacity.
“Over the past 24 hours after this story broke, we have received many inquiries from the public expressing concerns about our reduced footprint at the Punahou Carnival,” Fernandez said. “And our response is that these are the consequences of government action over the past two years.”
Fernandez said the company, along with other “non-essential” businesses that were shuttered at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, saw a lot of business fallout, including insufficient revenue leading to layoffs.
“If the government doesn’t do more to help businesses like ours recover, this new normal will become permanent,” Fernandez said.
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