‘Predator’ takes top prize in Lahaina
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.
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.