‘Predator’ takes top prize in Lahaina

Jeremy Swangel took first place and the $1,000 prize in the handmade Costume Contest during Halloween festivities Tuesday night in Lahaina town. His costume was called “Predator.” LahainaTown Action Committee / BRYAN BERKOWITZ photo

The Maui News

Jeremy Swangel’s “Predator” captured the handmade adult costume contest during Halloween festivities Tuesday night in Lahaina town.

Swangel of Lahaina, who finished second last year with his costume “Optimus Prime,” spent six months putting together his costume. He won a $1,000 cash prize.

There were 70 entries in the annual costume contest, held at Banyan Tree Park and sponsored by Honu Seafood & Pizza and Mala Ocean Tavern.

Other winners were Chuck and Julie Dicker of Lahaina, “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” second; Justin Herrmann of Lahaina, “War Satyr,” third; the Martinez family of San Jose, Calif., “Peter Pan Crew,” fourth; and “Maui Mermaid Goddess,” who listed herself from the great Pacific Ocean off the Maui coastline, fifth.

Big Island helicopter pilot Kyle Jacobson poses with girlfriend Megan Ryan on Tuesday night on Front Street while drawing plenty of attention as the candlestick “Lumiere” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” So many revelers asked to pose for photos with Jacobson, the couple had a hard time making their way down the street. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The runners-up received gift certificates from restaurants, clothing stores and ocean activities companies.

In other events Halloween night in Lahaina, Remy Romo-Valdez of Kihei, who sang “Smile” by Nat King Cole, captured first place in The Wharf Cinema Center’s 34th Ghoulish Gala Costume Karaoke Contest.

Mariah King of Lahaina, who sang “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, took second; Angela Albertson of Kihei with “Zombie” by The Cranberries, took third.

The LahainaTown Action Committee and the county Office of Economic Development sponsored the Halloween event that included closing Front Street to traffic for part of the night. There was the annual Keiki Costume Parade held in the late afternoon, as well as food and live music throughout the town.