From steam powered merry go-rounds to online booking and more, the E.K. Fernandez company continues to search out the best and adjust with the times.
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 China
The company’s 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 the islan
In 1997 Fun Factory Entertainment Centers were added to the business creating more good memories for families throughout Hawaii and he Continental U.S. Today 17 Fun Factory locations are serving up fun and good times.
In 2020 a new restaurant concept called Rock ‘N Fun was added to the company’s portfolio. Rock ‘N Fun was the initial proving grounds for Partywirks. Our teams worked together on the proof of concept and the success paved the way for Partywirks expansion to Fun Factory locations across Hawaii.
Today locals and visitors to the islands can book a party, check upcoming promotions, apply for a job, join their birthday club and even plan a Fundraiser online with a click from Facebook or a webpage. It’s never been easier to get the party started!
Management gets information faster with Partywirks Multi-location Manager because all accounts are linked together showing consolidated sales reports and customer data.
The results have been a streamlined process, better information collection, improved guest services and a better competitive position when instant gratification is the expectation.
E.K. Fernandez has entered a new era with Partywirks and we’re honored to be helping keep the magic alive.