Featuring a keiki parade and major costume contest in Banyan Tree Park, Halloween in Lahaina is scheduled to return to Front Street on Monday, Oct. 31.
LahainaTown Action Committee and the county Office of Economic Development aim to host a family-friendly event for Maui residents and visitors. This year's theme is "Halloween in Lahaina-Back on Front."
"Kudos to the Lahaina Town Action Committee and the County Office of Economic Development for putting this all together," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "It's these sorts of events which will help to jumpstart Maui's economy and reinvigorate our small businesses."
A Halloween tradition, the 33rd annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade is slated to to begin at 4:30 p.m. Maui keiki are invited to come in costume and parade down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park, where they will receive a congratulatory ribbon and bag of treats.
But as reported in The Maui News Sunday, a Native Hawaiian organization filed suit in 2nd Circuit Court seeking a restraining order to block the county's Halloween events on Oct. 31. The matter was unresolved at press time Monday morning.
Front Street is scheduled to be closed to vehicular traffic from 3:30 p.m. to midnight from Baker to Prison Street. No street parking will be permitted.
A Halloween tradition, the 33rd annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade sponsored by Lahaina Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise and Soroptimist International of West Maui is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Maui keiki are invited to come in costume and parade down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park, where they will receive a congratulatory ribbon and bag of treats.
Come meet Mayor Arakawa and his wife, Anne, and enjoy The Royal Hawaiian Guard marching in the parade.
Live entertainment at Campbell Park (located between The Wharf Cinema Center and Baldwin Home) is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with 1810 and Sounds of Addiction.
If the event proceeds as planned, all are invited to enjoy face painting and other keiki activities at Campbell Park, and enter the costume contest sponsored by Honu Seafood & Pizza and Mala Ocean Tavern with a $1,000 grand prize. Registration will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m.
"Back on Front" T-shirts and ono grinds would be available for purchase starting at 4 p.m. in Campbell Park.
Halloween in Lahaina is supported by sales of the "official" Halloween T-Shirt on sale now at the Lahaina Visitor Center in the Old Lahaina Courthouse daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shirts would also be sold at Campbell Park on Fright Night.
Under the county lineup, at 6 p.m. in Banyan Tree Park, Deejay Jonathan Scott would start spinning tunes. The big costume contest hosted by Maui's own Branscombe Richmond is set for 7 to 9 p.m., with winners announced at 9:30 p.m.
A First Aid Station/Lost Person Tent is planned for Banyan Tree Park at the corner of Front and Canal Streets.
Porta-Potties are planned on Papalaua, Market and Canal streets, as well as Lahainaluna Road.
The county urges Halloween revelers to obey the laws: underage drinking, public alcohol consumption and public nudity are not allowed.
"Just remember to stay safe, have fun, respect others and watch out for one another this Halloween," said Mayor Arakawa.
Catch a ride to the event on the Lahaina Halloween Express, with shuttles departing from War Memorial parking lot and South Kihei Road. Tickets are on sale at Super Stop at 370 Dairy Road in Kahului and Blackie's Pit Stop at 30 Mana'o Kala St. in Kihei for $3 each way, cash only. Shuttles will be first-come, first-served for purchase and boarding.
For more information, call Jill Holley or Lynn Donovan at LahainaTown Action Committee at 667-9175.
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