We choose to stand by our mission of perpetuating Hawaiian values through programs of Hawaiiana, Youth Excellence, and Community Enhancement, and support the Lahaina Halloween Festivities. We make this decision with the understanding that this event is not a Hawaiian event but a Youth Excellence and Community Enhancement event.
We support the opportunity that this brings for the children that they can feel special in this unique event; for the businesses that will be able to keep their doors open a few more months; for the visitors that are welcomed in a town that is rich in culture and accepting of others customs; for the community that will benefit from the residual effects of this one event.
1. We choose to support the Halloween Parade sponsored by the Lahaina Rotary Club, Lahaina Soroptomist Intl, and Lahaina Town Action Committee as it is an opportunity for the keiki (children) to become the center of attention where they proudly wear their costumes and parade down the street. It is only once a year that Maui's young children will have this opportunity and we wholly support this. Anything that can put a smile on scores of young faces in a positive atmosphere is something that must be protected and cherished. The Royal Hawaiian Guard is honored to march down Front Street leading Hawai`i's youth as the Honor Guard, carrying the Colors for the Parade!
2. We support the opportunity that this brings to non-profits in Lahaina, especially that of Waiola Church. As Waiola Church has the Kuleana to oversee the Waine`e Royal Tombs which houses that of the most High Ali`i, it is imperative that funds be generated for its care. The Royal Hawaiian Guard will be on site to support Waiola Church in their activities.
3. We support the Mayor's decision to revive the Halloween Festivities in that many businesses on Front Street depend on the economic windfall that this event brings which allows them to keep their doors open and more people employed. We believe that the County is fully capable of keeping their promise of this being a family safe event.
The Royal Hawaiian Guard is the first Official Royal Honor Guard since 1893. We are not a "pretend" group that "dresses up" for show as some have painfully painted us during this deplorable dispute. We are the ones you see every Sunday, as we have been able to, standing sentry at the tombs; no arguments or insults when we perform our duties there. Also no arguments when we support other events like the Boys & Girls Club Teen Expo, Hui o Wa`a Kaulua, Friends of Moku`ula, The Mayor and council members, Ohana working to restore their Lo`i Kalo and Streams, our Military Veterans, our young people in instruction and connecting in to values and culture, the Kamehameha Day Parade & Festivities; where are our Nay-Sayers then? It is sad when our Honor is called into question over an issue so minuscule in the large world where such time, energy, and money could be best employed in creating better opportunities for the Community.
We stand in solidarity with the youth, businesses, County, and Waiola Church in their commitment to this event and say Aloha to you all no matter which side of the divide you stand.
October 27, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor Arakawa's Response to Halloween Decision
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i –“We are pleased with the court’s decision to allow the County to have a safe Halloween in Lahaina,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “In years past when we did not close down Front Street it made the event hazardous, with people overflowing off the sidewalk and onto the street and walking alongside traffic.
“We would like to thank all of the businesses and community members who worked with us to make this a safe and fun, family-friendly event for everyone. Please join us in having a Happy Halloween.”
Also please note that we have attached the County's response that was filed this morning, most of which Judge Loo agreed with in her ruling.
Assistant Communications Director
County of Maui, Office of the Mayor