Rick Nava is grand marshal of Keiki Halloween Parade

The three Rotary Clubs of Lahaina will be leading sponsors, with support from the County of Maui and LahainaTown Action Committee, in the 40th annual Keiki Halloween Parade on Wednesday.

The parade will start at 4 p.m. from the corner of Papalaua and Front streets. Participants will march down Front Street and will end at the Banyan Tree Park. All keiki from preschool to teenagers are invited to march in the parade and should assemble at the outlet mall area corner by the clock tower by 3:45.

Rotarian Joe Pluta has been the master of ceremonies these past 39 years and says that he expects this year’s parade to be one of the best. “That’s due in part to the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band unit, who have grown to be the largest in school history,” said Pluta. “Approximately 120 students are involved.”

He credits Band Leader Myron Carlos and his wife, Jayme Carlos, for much of the enthusiasm in the marching band.

The parade grand marshal this year is Rick Nava. He is a Lahainaluna High School graduate and supports keiki as a volunteer participant in the tutoring program, LHS Youth Basketball sports programs, and through his involvement with Rotary. Currently, Nava is president of Media Systems Inc. and a candidate for the County Council’s West Maui area residency seat.

Maui’s police and fire units will be closing off the roads by 3:30 p.m. and the Maui Fire Department’s parade vehicles will be leading the parade followed by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Nava. Other vehicles will include the Maui Shriners’ and a Rotary float with presidents from the three Lahaina Rotary clubs.

After these vehicles, the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band will lead keiki in costume down Front Street to the stage area at Banyan Tree Park.

For more information, contact Pluta at (808) 661-7990.

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