E. K. Fernandez Shows is a locally-owned, third-generation family business that has been entertaining the families
of Hawaii since 1903.
The company is recognized nationally and internationally for its long history in the
carnival, fair, and circus industry. Its founder, Edwin Kane (E. K.) Fernandez, was
affectionately known as The Barnum of the Pacific. Throughout his life, he
searched the world for the best acts he could find and brought them to Hawaii. Some of the
most famous acts to perform in an E. K. Fernandez production were the Flying Wallendas and
their seven-person aerial pyramid, the wild animal trainer Clyde Beatty, and the famous
clown Emmett Kelly. The first elephant at the Honolulu Zoo was named Daisy and was one of
the elephants that came to Hawaii to perform in an E. K. Fernandez show. E. K. Fernandez
also produced shows that traveled to Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Japan, Guam, India, and
first amusement ride was a steam-powered merry-go-round called a Flying Jenny, which E. K.
Fernandez introduced at the Maui County Fair in 1915. Amusement rides have changed
tremendously since those early years. The company now operates a large assortment of
kiddie rides, family rides, thrill rides, and spectaculars. But the one thing that has
remained constant is our commitment to finding interesting acts and bringing them to our
events for the entertainment of the families of Hawaii. From white tigers to racing pigs,
from flying trapeze artists to a family puppet parade, we constantly strive to provide
exciting entertainment and attractions. It is this commitment to quality family
entertainment and attractions that results in hundreds of thousands of island residents
annually attending our events to experience the thrill and excitement found only on an E.
K. Fernandez Shows midway. It is also our commitment to providing a safe, fun-filled
experience where families can share good times together that has made us a tradition in