Rick Nava to lead Keiki Halloween Parade
LAHAINA – Once again, the three Rotary Clubs of Lahaina will join together to be the leading sponsors (with support from the County of Maui and LahainaTown Action Committee) for the 38th annual Keiki Halloween Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Rotarian Joe Pluta, who has served as master of ceremonies these past 39 years, expects this year’s parade to be one of the very best.
He said, “That’s due in part to the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band unit, who have grown to be the largest in school history. Approximately 120 students involved!”
He credits band leader Myron Carlos and his wife, Jayme, for much of the enthusiasm in the marching band and its outstanding growth and successes.
The parade grand marshal this year will be Rick Nava, who serves children and the community through the Lahaina Rotary Clubs and other efforts.
Currently, Nava is president of Media Systems Inc. and a candidate for the West Maui seat on the County Council.
A Lahainaluna High School graduate, Nava helps youth by volunteering in the Lahaina Complex After School Tutor Project, youth basketball programs, and the Lahaina Rotary Scholarship Committee awards.
Nava has said that “the future of our community is with our youth, and we need to support and encourage them in every way we can.”
The parade will start promptly at 4 p.m. from the corner of Papalaua and Front streets. Participants will march down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park.
All keiki from preschool to teenagers are invited to march in the parade and should assemble at the Outlets of area corner by the Clock Tower by 3:45 p.m. at the latest.
Maui Police Department will close the parade route to motorists by 3:30 p.m. Maui Fire Department parade vehicles will lead the parade, followed by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Grand Marshal Nava. Other vehicles will include the Maui Shriners and a Rotary Float with presidents from Lahaina’s three clubs.
After these vehicles, the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band will lead hundreds of keiki in costume down Front Street to the stage area at Banyan Tree Park. First behind the band will be preschool and kindergarten keiki, followed by first- to third-graders, fourth- to sixth-graders, and then high school students.
All keiki are invited to march across the stage where they will receive a participant’s ribbon and a bag filled with candies and treats.
Don’t miss this fun event! For more information, contact Pluta at 661-7990.