LAHAINA - The 35th annual Lahaina Keiki Halloween Parade down Front Street starts at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
This year's grand marshall is Don Rosenthal, who has devoted himself to West Maui youth athletics for over 30 years.
Rosenthal helped found the youth basketball, baseball and soccer leagues, as well as the Lahaina Junior Golf Association. He also served as director of programs for the West Maui Youth Athletic Association and coached the Lahainaluna High School golf team.
The parade is sponsored by Soroptimist International of West Maui (above), Rotary Club of Lahaina and Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.
Parade participants will include Mayor Alan Arakawa, bagpiper Paul Tangnan, Shriners and their fun cars (with a surprise rider!), the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band and attendants, a Maui Fire Department vehicle and costume characters, the OliOli whale bus provided by Travel Plaza Transportation and, of course, keiki in fabulous costumes!
Keiki will line up at the corner of Papalaua and Front streets at 4:15 p.m., and the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Children 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, and walk across the stage to show off their costumes and take pictures.
For the parade and town's Halloween celebration, Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Baker to Prison streets from 3:30 p.m. to midnight. No street parking is allowed during that time.
Employees parked in lots with ingress/egress only on Front Street will not be able to exit the parking lots from 3:30 p.m. to midnight.
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. at the West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St., Soroptimists will stuff candy bags to be distributed at the parade.
If you would like to help, want more information about Soroptimist programs or are just interested in meeting your local Soroptimists, contact President Kathy Perry at 298-2625 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Vice President Rose Bento at 387-7043 or email@example.com.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
West Maui Soroptimists meet on the third Wednesday of each month at China Boat Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.; contact Perry for information.