Island School’s 40th Annual Gala Auction: Venetian Masquerade at the Kauai Marriott on March 09, 2019

Volunteer Sign Up: 
February 25, 2019:
5:00pm : Doors Open
6:30pm : Blessing and Dinner Buffet
7:30pm : Live Auction Begins, Music, and Dancing

January 30, 2019:
Items are coming in already! We have them posted on our Facebook page so you can check them out at the link above. Go on to BidPal to purchase your tickets and/or donate by clicking on the "Auction Registration" button below. We are also welcoming volunteers, donations, and sponsorships!

The Venice Carnival history and its origins is a subject that fascinates many people: to know when and how the extraordinary Carnival in Venice started, the evolution in the use of masks and period costumes, curious anecdotes or historical events that have marked the way... it is a fascinating journey in the ancient celebration of the Venetian Carnival, between history and traditions. 

Considered one of the most important events in Veneto, Carnival has found in Venice the perfect location to fully express its spirit dedicated to playing and breaking down social barriers.
Venice attracts tourists from all over the world and every year the Carnival in Venice transforms the city into a cocktail of parties and fun with its distinctive appointments of entertainment, gastronomy, and music.

The Venice Carnival origins are to be found in two ancient traditions: the Latin Saturnalia and the Greek Dionysian cults - major religious festivals involving the use of masks and symbolic representations. The Venice Carnival history and meanings take their cue from these traditions, recasting them for their own purposes: in the Saturnalia of ancient Rome the social order was overturned and slaves and free citizens poured into the city to celebrate with music and wild dancing; in the Greek Dionysia processions and plays were intended to unite the human being with nature in a superior harmony, free of social conventions established by man.

Well known and renowned throughout Europe, the Venice Carnival in the eighteenth century became a real institution. Visited each year by thousands of visitors, the prestigious festival of Carnival in Venice at that time reached its zenith and international recognition: the effervescent and transgressive atmosphere, the comedy, masks, spectacular shows, and the public gambling house made Venice 'The Magnet of Europe'.

The last Carnival in Venice is dated at 1797. The fall of the Republic at the hands of Napoleon marked the end of the long independence of Venice and the abolition of the many traditions of the Venetian Carnival for about two centuries.

Only from 1967 the first parties were reorganized with parades of masks and costumes, bringing back to life traditions and the Venice Carnival history. In 1979 a program to engage the inhabitants of Venice in the Venetian festivities was drafted for the first time to return the Carnival of Venice to its origins... The new formula has become a success story that has been going on for thirty years.