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vNew activities planned for 36th Halloween Keiki Parade

By Staff | Oct 9, 2014

The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Darren Lee of “Burn’n Love.”

LAHAINA – For 36 years now, the Lahaina community has come together to host a grand and enduring Halloween celebration for children: the Lahaina Halloween Keiki Parade.

Lahaina hosts one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the Pacific. On Friday, Oct. 31, young ghouls and goblins are invited to walk in the parade, receive Halloween treats and a congratulatory ribbon, and participate in keiki activity tables in Banyan Tree Park.

Keiki and families are invited to line up on the corner of Papalaua and Front streets at 4:15 p.m. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Darren Lee of the “Burn’n Love” show in Lahaina and will depart at 4:30 p.m.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Anne, and Lahaina bagpiper Paul Tangonan will also take part in the keiki parade.

The parade will move along Front Street past the Wharf Cinema Center and end at Banyan Tree Park.

Once keiki arrive, they will walk across the stage to show off their costumes and provide parents an opportunity for pictures.

New this year at Banyan Tree Park, sponsors have arranged to have several fun activities – such as face painting and balloon designs – for the parade keiki. 5A Rent-A-Space will offer cold water for participants.

In addition to the hundreds of adorable children parading in full costume, the event will feature entertainment by the Lahainaluna High School Band and Lee, an amazing Elvis impersonator who has been performing as “The King” since he was 15 years old.

This is a free, family-friendly event; all are welcome.

The event is sponsored and organized by Soroptimist International of West Maui, National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and West Maui’s three Rotary Clubs.

Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking from Baker to Prison streets from 3:30 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31.

The sponsors encourage all who participate in costumes to be safe and have fun, but to keep in mind the tropical temperature and wear appropriate masks for good vision.

For more information, contact West Maui Soroptimist Ruth McKay at (808) 283-5193 or Jill Holley at Jill@kidneyhi.org.