Halloween in Lahaina 2012 - Artwork Courtesy of the Lahaina Town Action Committee
For the second straight year, after a three year absence, Lahaina, Maui will be hosting an official Halloween celebration in 2012.
Last year's event was relatively low key and was largely a test to see if attendees could behave themselves in a manner that was respectful to the history and culture of Lahaina. The event proved to be a huge success and it has been expanded a bit this year, once again including musical performances, an adult costume contest and, of course, the keiki (children's) parade, now in its 34th straight year.
A number of local restaurants and taverns have stepped up to sponsor this year's added events and attendance is expected to be as many as 30,000 people.
With this year's added events and expected increase in participants a new shuttle service from Central and South Maui has been added along with increased bus service from points in West Maui.
As Maui Mayor, Alan Arakawa, said on Mauinow.com, "Because of Halloween on Front Street last year our shops, hotels, restaurants and bars made money, our local families had fun and many of our visitors booked return trips to come back for October 31st again this year."
For more information about the history of this big annual event, details of this year's celebration and some tips for those attending, check out our feature on Halloween in Lahaina, 2012.
You can also view our gallery of photos of a prior celebration of Halloween in Lahaina.