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Mayor to participate in 35th annual Lahaina Keiki Halloween Parade

By Staff | Oct 31, 2013

Keiki will line up at the corner of Papalaua and Front Street at 4:15 p.m., and the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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.

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!

Halloween in Lahaina will kick off with the 35th annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30 p.m. At Campbell Park, ono food will be available for purchase from 4 p.m., and live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with The Benny Uyetake Band. All are invited to join in keiki activities at Campbell Park or enter the costume contest on Halloween night in Banyan Tree Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Honu Seafood & Pizza and Mala Ocean Tavern are sponsoring the contest and awarding the grand prize of $1,000. For more information, go to www.visitlahaina.com.

Keiki will line up at the corner of Papalaua and Front Street 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.

The parade is sponsored by Soroptimist International of West Maui, Rotary Club of Lahaina and Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.

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 “mailto:siwmkathy@yahoo.com”>siwmkathy@yahoo.com, or Vice President Rose Bento at 387-7043 or rose.bento@fnf.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.