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Halloween in Lahaina ‘well run’

November 8, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - The estimated 28,000 Halloween revelers in Lahaina Town Wednesday night, Oct. 31, did not cause major problems, said Maui police and county officials. In fact, they said that Halloween festivities were a lot calmer and events better organized than in the past.

Thirteen people were arrested during the festivities. A total of 23 charges were filed against those arrested--three for disorderly conduct; 16 involving drugs (mostly for smoking and possessing marijuana); and four for drinking in a historic district.

County spokesman Rod Antone said this year's events were better organized than last year's. The county and LahainaTown Action Committee co-hosted the events.

"I thought it was well run--about as well run as you can have for an event that size," Antone said.

Lynn Donovan, executive director of the LahainaTown Action Committee, heard from some merchants that they "really had a good night" and at least one restaurant said that its profits were "above what they had ever done."

Kula resident Richard Dancil had filed motions with the state Intermediate Court of Appeals asking for a stay of the Halloween festivities in Lahaina Town until an appeal of his older case could be heard.

The court denied his motions. Dancil had said the events occur in an "endangered historic district of Lahaina" and threaten Native Hawaiian culture and identity.



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