In a moment of insanity and incredibly low airline ticket offers from Island Airlines, The Sarge and I decided to pack up the Little Dude and travel to Maui for Halloween. Halloween in Lahaina, Maui is called “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”. During the day it’s a kid-friendly party – the main road, Front Street, is closed to vehicles, stores pass out treats, and there’s a children’s parade in the late afternoon.
At night the festivities live up to their Mardi Gras nickname – but with no beads and less boob showing. People parade up and down Front Street and though drinking in the street is not allowed, you can be sure it’s not just Coke that people are drinking out of the cans they carry. There were lots of police and fire teams on hand to keep everyone safe and it seemed like everyone was in a fun mood.
The costumes were amazing but my pictures do not do it justice. Search for “Lahaina Halloween Images” on DuckDuckGo (or whatever search engine) and you’ll get a good idea. We saw a Rubik’s cube, a digital camera (and the back of the costume had a real time feed of what the camera saw!), a 10-foot-tall tiki statue, and the Jamaican Bobsled Team complete with practice shopping cart. We saw at least two Jesuses (Jesuss? Jesusi? Whatever the word for multiple of Jesus is), several oil cans (I don’t get that one?), many strippers and hookers (in costume or in real life, who knows?), and a full set of happy face emojis (Smile! Laugh! Sad! Mad!).
We went as a hippie family. A couple of wigs, some head bands, lots of tie dye, and bam! Instant costume that was very pack-able.
We skipped the expensive hotels and used AirBnB to get a condo. To be specific, this condo. It was easier than a hotel room would be since we had a whole kitchen to work with – complete with full stove and a full refrigerator. I don’t know about you but I can set my home air conditioner to temperatures colder than most hotel fridges. But, I digress. Let’s just say traveling with a less-than-one year old was an exercise in perseverance and stamina that I’d have to think twice about doing ever again. It was like packing for a mission to Mars. I will say that the condo we stayed at had lots of great amenities like a Pack and Play, beach toys, a stroller and other amenities that made baby travel a bit easier.
So, that’s about it. Food every where we went was amazing. Sunsets were amazing. Halloween was epic. We did many other things but that was the big one.
Here are a few tips for traveling to Lahaina for Halloween – or any time of year:
– Take a look at Island Air for your tickets – they fly inter-island only but have amazing ticket deals. If you’re coming to Hawaii for a visit, sign up for their emails.
– If you’re going to use AirBnB to book a place to stay make sure you use their filters to find just the right place for you. I need air conditioning to survive or I get incredibly grumpy. I was able to find a place that was right for us by using the filters and not settling on places that weren’t just right.
– Lahaina is about 40 minutes from the main airport at Kahului. Make sure you plan that in to your trip times. I didn’t think about it at the time because I have a terrible case of mom brain lately. But when you’re tired and you’re getting in on the last flight of the night and you have to drive 40 minutes – yeah, suddenly it matters.
– If you want to drive the Road to Hana plan to use a whole day for it. It was something we really wanted to do but nixed because it didn’t seem like the best plan with the baby and we didn’t plan timing accordingly. Maybe on a different trip.
– Also, you can go on a tour bus to take the Road to Hana. I would definitely consider that next time. You can kick back, don’t have to worry about insane turns in the road, and because you sit higher up, you can see more.
So, there you have it. Peace!