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Maui Police Ready for 2016 Halloween in Lahaina

Posted October 18, 2016, 01:10 PM HST
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Cops were checking in on an individual dressed as Cookie Monster, making sure he wasn't panhandling at the Banyan Tree park in Lahaina. No ticket was issued, and police left. Sources say he has been there two days in a row. The area will be full of people in costume on Oct. 31 as the Lahaina Town Action Committee hosts its annual Halloween in Lahaina event, which attracts thousands of revelers each year. Photo courtesy: Kevin Olson.

Photo: Maui police were checking in on an individual dressed as Cookie Monster on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, making sure he wasn’t panhandling at the Banyan Tree park in Lahaina. No ticket was issued, and police left the scene. Sources say the “Cookie Monster” has been there two days in a row. The area will be full of people in costume on Oct. 31 as the Lahaina Town Action Committee and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development hosts its annual Halloween in Lahaina event, which attracts thousands of revelers each year. Photo courtesy: Kevin Olson.

The Maui Police Department issued reminders to the public that there will be road closures and slowed traffic due to this year’s Halloween event in Lahaina.

Police will be closing Front Street from Baker Street to Prison Street at 3:30 p.m. on Halloween day, and anticipate on re-opening Front Street at approximately 11 p.m. that night.

Participants and spectators are reminded that drinking in public areas is not allowed and toy replicas of guns, knives and swords will be inspected by police. Open lewdness is also not allowed.

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Last year’s event drew between 20,000 and 25,000 people.

Maui police made three arrests and issued six traffic citations during the Front Street event in 2015. The department also reported six arrests and 27 citations issued during their expanded 2015 Halloween traffic enforcement effort.

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