Lahaina to host family- friendly Halloween party
LAHAINA – Front Street on Saturday night will transform into a giant Halloween party full of family-friendly activities, live music and a world-renowned flood of ghosts, ghouls and revelers in imaginative costumes.
The festivities begin with the 37th Halloween in Lahaina Keiki Parade at 4:30 p.m.
Emcee Joe Pluta said, “This will be a very large event this year, especially since the celebration is on Saturday! All Maui keiki are invited, and we are planning a fun, safe event.”
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 Marshals Mark and Judy Ellman, owners of Mala Tavern, Honu Seafood and Pizza and their newest location, Frida’s Mexican Beach House.
Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Anne; Lahaina bagpiper Paul Tangonan; and the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band will also join the hundreds of adorable children parading in full costume.
The parade moves along Front Street past the Wharf Cinema Center and ends 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.
The children will receive customary Halloween treats and a congratulatory ribbon, and enjoy keiki activity tables that will be set up in Banyan Tree Park.
Sponsors have arranged several fun activities, such as face painting and balloon designs, for the parade keiki.
The Lahaina Halloween Keiki Parade is one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the Pacific. The sponsors encourage all children who participate in costumes to be safe and have fun, but to keep in mind the tropical temperature and wear an appropriate mask for good vision.
The event is sponsored and organized by Soroptimist International of West Maui, National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, and the Rotary Club of Lahaina, Lahaina Sunrise and Lahaina Sunset. For more information, contact West Maui Soroptimist Jill Holley at Jill@kidneyhi.org.
In Campbell Park between the Baldwin Home Museum and Wharf Cinema Center, event T-shirt sales will begin at noon. “Halloween in Lahaina” is supported by Lahaina merchants ande sales of the “official” Halloween T-shirt.
Family fun activities – including food booths, face painting, photo opportunities and keiki activities – begin at 3 p.m. Kanamon & JB will play music from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by more live music with 8 Track Players from 7 to 9 p.m.
Registration for the Halloween Costume Contest will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in a Pioneer Inn Retail Store on Hotel Street. Sponsored by Honu Seafood & Pizza and Mala Ocean Tavern, the contest boasts thousands of dollars in prizes.
In Banyan Tree Park, dance and mingle from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with music by Deejay Serna. The costume contest will run from 7 to 9 p.m., with winners announced at 9:30 p.m.
The Outlets of Maui’s Halloween festivities include keiki trick-or-treating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and face and body painting services from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. by Hard Rock Cafe and Tommy Hilfiger. For more information on services, or to schedule an appointment, call (808) 359-9142 or visit www.BobbyMageeLopez.com. A special flat parking rate of $10 will be offered from 3 p.m. to midnight, and The Outlets of Maui’s Shuttle Service will run until 2 a.m. Visit www.TheOutletsofMaui.com for information.
Halloween Cannery Kid’s Night is set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Lahaina Cannery Mall. The free event will feature a magic show by Holden Mowat at 5 p.m., keiki costume contest at 6 p.m., and photos with Frankenstein (by Imaging Plus Hawaii), trick-or-treating from store to store, face painting and spooky crafts from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Call 661-5304 or visit www.LahainaCanneryMall.com for information.
The Maui Bus will offer an extended schedule on Halloween. Transportation will be available from Kihei and Wailuku, sponsored by Cheeseburger in Paradise. Tickets are sold in advance for Kihei buses at Boss Frog’s Dive and Surf Shop in Dolphin Plaza, and Wailuku buses at Kahului Shell Station on Dairy Road. Return tickets will be available at Campbell Park after 3 p.m. on Halloween Day.
LahainaTown Action Committee and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development aim to host a family-friendly event for the residents and visitors of Maui.
Maui Police Department reminds the public that there will be road closures and slowed traffic due to this year’s Halloween event.
Police will be closing Front Street from Baker Street to Prison Street at 3:30 p.m. and anticipate re-opening Front Street at 11 p.m.
Parking will be prohibited in the following areas between 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 2 a.m. on Nov. 1: Front Street from Prison Street to Baker Street; Dickenson Street from Front Street to the Baldwin Home parking lot; Lahainaluna Road from Front Street to Wainee Street; and Papalaua Street from Front Street to the entrance of Old Lahaina Center. Violators will be cited and towed at their own expense.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable time for all, the Maui Police Department will be on special alert for the following violations:
1) Drinking of alcoholic beverages will not be allowed or tolerated in public areas. The use of plastic cups, water bottles or any other drinking container to conceal liquor consumption is prohibited.
2) Open lewdness will not be allowed or tolerated. ?
3) Toy replicas of guns, knives, swords or other types of weapons utilized as part of one’s costume will be inspected by the police. If found to be real or utilized in a dangerous manner, they will be confiscated and proper charges initiated. ?
4) Throwing eggs, stink bombs or firecrackers may seem funny or amusing, but it is dangerous. Violators will be prosecuted. ?
5) Although creativity is encouraged, costumes that pose a hazard to public safety due to their size or construction will be evaluated and banned if deemed inappropriate. Please keep mobility and safety, especially the safety of the pedestrian population at the event, in mind when designing your costume. ?
6) Dogs will not be allowed in the area (with the exception of registered service animals). ?
7) Stationary performances within the event area will not be allowed (for example, no stopping to play music or put on a skit). ?
For additional information, contact Capt. Sterling Kiyota of the Maui Police Department’s Lahaina District at 661-4441.