Halloween is Lahaina has been advertised as the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific." The west side town closes down and thousands of costume revelers walk up and down Front Street. A Costume Parade opens the early evening event and entertainment continues into the late evening at Restaurants and Bars. Hotel rooms are booked a year in advance so it is best to reserve your rooms at least a year ahead. We offer many locations within walking distance so check out our website and contact us if your planning to come during the Halloween Event at www.mauitropicalvacations.com
The origins of the famed celebration of Halloween in Lahaina are not well known.
Back in the 1980's people started coming to Lahaina for Halloween, the event grew to include costume contests, kids events, and a place to party. By 1990 it became an Official Event and the County of Maui closed down Front Street to keep the street safe from traffic and let the people walk around. The promotions and advertising started and the event by 1997 became known as the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific." As years passed, a reputation had developed that the Event was a raucous party and said to be culturally insensitive. By 2008 the County's Cultural Resource Commission denied permits allowing for the the late night street closure and party. The afternoon keiki parade and costume party was allowed to continue. For two years, Lahaina did not have an official Halloween Celebration. In 2011, the county brought the party back to Lahaina. The crowd's were not as big to start, but slowly people are coming back. Seems like everyone is glad to have the event back. I will be far from Front Street on Monday October 31, 2016 , quietly passing candy out instead of passing out. For all that do go Enjoy, but please be mindful and considerate of all the people and the town of Lahaina.
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