Maui Halloween Intoxication Checkpoints Planned

October 26, 2015, 1:59 PM HST · Updated November 1, 5:17 AM
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Lahaina Halloween 2013, photo courtesy MPD.

Lahaina Halloween 2013, photo courtesy MPD.

The Maui Police Department announced that it will be conducting impaired driving enforcement over the Halloween weekend.

Police say the enhanced enforcement will include multiple intoxication control checkpoints at various locations.

In an email communication earlier this week, Maui Police Captain Sterling Kiyota with the Lahaina District said police are estimating a crowd of approximately 30,000 people at the Halloween festivities on Front Street on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The projected upward estimate from the 28,000 people reported last year is being attributed to Halloween falling on a Saturday this year.

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Capt. Kiyota said the department will have 100-plus officers working.  He said the traffic section will also be present to patrol the roadways.

Maui police cited data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saying 43% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night (from 6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. on Nov. 1) between 2009 to 2013 were in crashes involving an impaired driver.

Maui police called the statistics “alarming” and urged compliance to protect children and the community that will be out Trick or Treating on Halloween night.

Maui Police Sergeant Nick Krau with the Maui Police Department’s DUI Task Force Unit provided the following list of tips to help the public stay safe this Halloween and avoid impaired driving incidents:

  • Plan a safe way home before you start your festivities. Before drinking, designate a sober driver. Alcohol impairs judgment. If you wait until you started drinking, you’re more likely to make a bad decision.
  • If you’ve been drinking, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 244-6400 to report it.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, be a true friend and take their keys. Help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

“Impaired driving is reckless, preventable, and it’s our job to get that point across. No excuses, no warnings. Anyone caught driving impaired will be arrested,” said Sgt. Krau in a department press release.

Other Halloween Options include:

Trick-or-Treating at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, Start 5 p.m., Oct. 31 (while supplies last)

Halloween Spooktacular at the Piʻilani Village Shopping Center in Kīhei: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31

XTERRA Kapalua 5km and 10km trail run and costume contest, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

Longhi’s Halloween 2015, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 31

Halloween Shuttle/Transportation options for Lahaina event: (Information courtesy: Lahaina Town Action Committee)

Halloween Express Shuttle Service: Buses will load and unload in the parking lot found at the intersection of Front St. and Prison St. *Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets cost $7 each way. Tickets must be bought in advance. No reservations. Cash or Online Sales Only. Tickets are non-refundable. All ticket sales are first come and space is limited. Tickets can not be purchased at the bus pick up point, and must be bought in advance.

Tickets are on sale from Oct. 20 until noon on Oct. 31. Remaining return tickets will be available at Campbell Park, Front St. Oct. 31.

Check In 15 minutes prior to bus departure time. No food or beverages may be consumed on the bus.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
Kahului Shell Station: Super Stop 370 Dairy Road
Boss Frog’s: 2395 South Kīhei Road (in the Dolphin Plaza)
Campbell Park (return tickets only): Front Street,Lahaina from 3 p.m.

To pre-order Tickets, call (808) 667-9193

Routes include:

Wailuku-Lahaina: (service from War Memorial Gym Parking Lot)

  • Departs From Wailuku to Lahaina: 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Departs From Lahaina to Wailuku: 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Kīhei-Lahaina: (service from Kīhei Community Center)

  • Departs From Kīhei to Lahaina: 4:30 p.m.,  5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Departs From Lahaina to Kīhei: 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight

Extended Maui Bus Schedule: No Reservations Required. Normal rate of $2 each way or $4 unlimited day pass.

  • Kāʻanapali Islander Route 25: Regular schedule until 3:30 p.m. Then every 30 minutes from Wharf Cinema Center making stops at Papalaua/Wainee, Lahaina Cannery Mall and Whaler’s Village. Last bus at 10:30 p.m. (Whaler’s Village Bound).
  • Nāpili Islander Route 30: Regular schedule until 9 p.m. then every hour from Whaler’s Village. Last bus at 11 p.m. (Nāpili Bound).

Free Shuttle Service: Ask your concierge about free shuttle service from your hotel for guests staying at the Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Resorts, Sheraton Maui and Westin Maui Resort & Spa

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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