Halloween is a REALLY BIG DEAL in Lahaina. They close Front Street to cars from 3:30 to Midnight, and the street is full of people in costumes parading up and down. From 4:30 to 6 is the children's hour, and the street is full of children parading in costume. This is my favorite part, as this is very different from Halloween at home, there are hundreds of children. Many of the businesses along front street are giving out candy, and the smaller children are wide-eyed at seeing so many kids in costumes. From 6 to midnight is adult time, with costume prizes announced at 9:30. The adult portion is somewhat tamer than it was in the past, so participants are required to wear as much clothing as would be the minimum on the beach, and there are plenty of police to make sure nobody gets out of hand. If you are here on Halloween, be sure to bring a costume, particularly for any children you have with you. It is a fun evening.
I spent October in Hawaii this year. On the flight to Maui, I had as seatmates two young men who were going to compete in the world famous Iron Man race on the Big Island. They were going to Maui to train for a week before the race. They were going to swim for 2.4 miles, bicycle for 112 miles, and then run for 26.2 miles! Needless to say, they were very fit. It was fun to talk to them, they were so excited to do this. I did remind them of the fate of the original marathoner, Philippides, who ran 26.2 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Athenian army had defeated the Persians at the battle of Marathon. The Athenians were anxious, because if their army had lost the Persians were coming to Athens to sack it. Philippides had fought in the battle, then was sent to run 26.2 miles to Athens to let the worried Athenians know that it would be OK. He got to Athens, said "Joy to you, we've won", collapsed and died. Of course, he had fought a battle first, but these two men would swim 2.4 miles and bicycle 112 miles, which is pretty strenuous. They assured me that they would be OK.
My wife and I are retired, and we visit Maui three times every year. In May and October, we stay in our Treetop condo, and in the winter we stay in our Oceanfront condo. We fell in love with Maui 25 years ago, and have been coming back ever since.