Maui County Communications Director Rod Antone issued a press release today stating that 2nd Circuit Court Judge Rhonda I.L. Loo has decided to allow the planned Halloween festivities in Lahaina to proceed.
Today's hearing addressed the injunction filed by Na Makua O Maui and Kula resident Richard Dancil to halt Halloween festivities in Lahaina.
"We are pleased with the court's decision to allow the county to have a safe Halloween in Lahaina," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "In years past, when we did not close down Front Street, it made the event hazardous, with people overflowing off the sidewalk and onto the street and walking alongside traffic."
"We got an adverse decision here," commented Keoni Agard, the plaintiff's attorney. "The TRO was dissolved today by court action."
Angard added, "We are going to have to go back and discuss options-take a look at a possible appeal in the future... But the October 31st event will go forward."
"We would like to thank all of the businesses and community members who worked with us to make this a safe and fun, family-friendly event for everyone," said the mayor. "Please join us in having a Happy Halloween."
The complaint was filed against the organizers of the event: Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, the county Office of Economic Development, the county Planning Department and the Lahainatown Committee.
See the accompanying PDF for the county's response, which was filed this morning. Judge Loo agreed with most of the points in this document in her ruling.