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Lawsuit seeks to block Maui Halloween celebration

By Associated Press


WAILUKU >> A lawsuit claims a Halloween celebration on Maui violates Native Hawaiian rights.

A Native Hawaiian group filed the suit Friday in 2nd Circuit Court.

The Maui News reports the suit seeks a restraining order and claims Mayor Alan Arakawa improperly circumvented the county Cultural Resources Commission to move the event forward. 

According to the complaint, the annual Lahaina Halloween party known as the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific” has in the past involved nudity, drinking and other offensive behavior. The complaint says participants urinated on a sacred Hawaiian site. 

The Cultural Resources Commission had denied event permits for the past four years. This year the county removed any elements of the event that would be under the commission’s purview. 

County spokesman Rod Antone says the complaint is under review. 

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solobiker1 wrote:
Let’s keep Halloween for the little one. This is a time for the kid’s not rowdy adults. The whole state should ban adult Halloween parties. And of course ban all kinds of fireworks. Native Hawaiian rights make this a great place for everyone.
on October 24,2011 | 12:43PM
Mikilai wrote:
I've been to the front street celebration, they have half NAKED or ALMOST NAKED teenage girls roaming the streets with thongs and a tiny bra or bedroom lingerie clothing made for their mother. These teenagers choose to dress like prostitutes or porn stars because they feel beautiful and prance around on front street. I think this event would be better if they could control the teenage scene.
on October 24,2011 | 01:11PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
According to the Star Advertiser's report on the Waikiki breast protestors, there is no law in Hawaii making public nudity illegal. Personally I would rather see it confined to late night adult parties such as this...
on October 24,2011 | 01:41PM
lee1957 wrote:
............and not all nudity is meant to be seen.
on October 25,2011 | 06:55AM
jess wrote:
I have seen more nudity on TV
on October 24,2011 | 03:22PM
mcc wrote:
What's wrong with adults having fun on Halloween?
on October 24,2011 | 03:45PM
Mikilai wrote:
I think the problem is teenagers and nudity, not a good mix when partying with adults at a block party surrounded by bars.
on October 24,2011 | 04:11PM
akufish wrote:
Halloween is one of the few non-sectarian festivals. Why not let people have harmless fun for this one night. The revelers don't go out and purposely target ancient Hawaiian shrines for urination, unless you put it into their heads.
on October 24,2011 | 06:24PM
nitestalker3 wrote:
hmmm, let's try this again mr/ms monitor. i've been raised in hawaii since i was three, living and going to school here over 60 years and never, except for the last 10 years, have i heard of "native hawaiian rights". can somebody explain to me exactly what native hawaiian rights are in a clear, unemotional discourse. in all my time here, and with all my hawaiian friends, this phrase never came up except for the very recent past. also,since when does the hawaiian cultural committee have the power to grant or deny permits for public activities. that's a gov't power. when and who gave that power to this committee. are they elected or appointed. what is their charter. what happened to the bill of rights and right to gather in public. as for public nudity and drinking, as has already been posted, there is no hawaii law banning either. if that displeases them, they should go back to the history of lahaina and what took place there when it was the seat of hawaiian power. what takes place in lahaina on halloween is nothing compared to what took place in lahaina as a whaling town with the kings in power there.
on October 24,2011 | 06:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The "sacred site" was the Heineken distributor.
on October 25,2011 | 06:40AM
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