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Front Street closed to cars for Keiki Halloween Parade

By Staff | Oct 26, 2009

LAHAINA — This year, pint-sized ghosts, goblins, witches and other scary creatures will gather at the corner of Papalaua and Front streets at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 for the kick-off of the 31st annual Keiki Halloween Parade sponsored by Soroptimist International of West Maui, Lahaina Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise. 

   

This year, these West Side service organizations welcome the Wharf Cinema Center/MJT Corporation and Expedia as additional sponsors.

“We greatly appreciate all the support we’ve received from the community to help us put on the parade again this year,” said Ruth McKay, Soroptimist International of West Maui member and longtime parade committee chair. “A special mahalo goes to The Westin Maui for loaning their portable stage for the event.”

   

The keiki marchers by grade level will be led down the parade route by the JROTC Drill Team from Baldwin High School carrying the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii, followed by the Lahainaluna High School marching band and cheerleading squad. 

Following the keiki will be bagpiper Rev. Paul Tangonan and cars carrying parade Grand Marshals Pat and Richard Endsley, Soroptimist President Molly Elmo, Rotary Club of Lahaina President Rick Nava, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise President Charles Keoho and Casper the Friendly Ghost. Maui Fire Department’s truck signals the end of the parade.

The parade will end at Banyan Tree Park, where keiki will be invited to walk across the stage to show off their costumes and provide parents with an opportunity for pictures. Each keiki will receive a ribbon of participation and a trick-or-treat bag of candy. 

   

Rotarian Joe Pluta will emcee the activities at the park. 

Parade organizers thank the police and county for their assistance with this year’s parade and advise motorists that Front Street will be closed beginning at 2:30 p.m. 

All cars parked on Front Street should be moved prior to the 2:30 p.m. shutdown. The street will reopen after the parade at 6 p.m.