Carving the Carousel

Carrying on the art
of traditional hand carved carousels

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Lehua intent

Our first workshops were very successful and were a great tool in getting the word out about the Carousel of Aloha. There were many participants that never knew they wanted to be involved, but after taking the workshop, have fallen in love with the idea of a community coming together to build a carousel in Hawaii.


Nestled deep within our memories is an excitement which quickens the pulse and rejuvenates the heart whenever we hear those sweet melodious sounds of a ‘merry-go-round’. These magical memories of a carousel ride endure a lifetime and find a warm place in our hearts forever.

Now you can have a unique opportunity to be a part of the creation of Hawaii’s first permanent, hand carved Carousel. (Please look at the rest of our website for lots more information on the Carousel of Aloha.)

Paradise Ponies Inc. ( the non-profit organization behind the Carousel of Aloha) is sponsoring carving classes to teach the lost art of hand carving with chisels and mallet. No experience is required…just a desire to offer our keiki a rich and noble legacy; to have ownership in a wonderful piece of our state’s history. All monies collected are a donation to the carousel project.

These workshops will focus on an introduction to the Carousel of Aloha Pavilion and Park project and beginning woodcarving. Students can bring their own carving tools or use the ones provided in the workshop. Tools will also be offered for sale during the workshop.

Carvings produced during the class will be the property of the Carousel of Aloha and could be used on the Carousel of Aloha Pavilion & Park grounds. If completed by one individual, they may be signed by the individual, and forever acknowledge the individual’s contribution.

Our workshops will be taught by Carousel Founder, Juanette Baysa, with support from other experienced carvers. Juanette Baysa our founder, who has been studying with Master Carousel Carver Ken Means of Oregon for over 16 years.

Classes will be limited to a maximum of 10 students, admitted on a first come first served basis. Classes will fill up quickly, so please sign up now.

We will notify you after receiving your application and payment and answer any questions you may have.

Mahalo for your interest in helping us build the Carousel of Aloha. We truly appreciate it.!

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