The Maui News - By most accounts from Maui government officials and business owners, Halloween in Lahaina was a success for Maui's economy.
"For basically such short notice of just a month, I can't imagine anything but it growing even bigger next year, especially with the hotels having time to promote it," said one of the event organizers, LahainaTown Action Committee Executive Director Jeff Rogers. County Managing Director Keith Regan said last week that officials were still working on crowd estimates and figuring out the financial impact. Anecdotally, he said business people reported seeing a huge bump in foot traffic and purchases.
The owners credited LahainaTown Action Committee and Mayor Alan Arakawa, who worked together to bring back the party to Front Street after it languished the past few years after organized Halloween activities were shut down after facing opposition. "We wanted to make a fun and safe event, and I think you can see that the people were waiting for it," Regan said. "I think a lot of people knew this event is important and tried to make it controlled and fun for everyone."