Attended more than a couple of Lahaina Halloweens. I have always found it to be highly overrated. However, i don't begrudge others a night of revelry if it suits them. The criminal element will always exist. It is sad that once again the good crowd (Majority)has their ways subordinated because of the deeds of the few.Haven't been to Lahaina for many years but truly enjoyed the Halloween events. I used to paint people's faces and women's bodies for the event. The Wailuku folks referred to Lahaina as "Haole town". There were remnants of the jail where the drunken sailors were kept but not much else left that wasn't from the whaling era. Front Street was truly a party on Halloween when I lived there. Tourists and locals had a lot of fun. Maybe too much fun. That's always illegal in Puritan cultures. Lahaina is the name given to the day when the Sun is directly overhead in Hawaiian tradition and is often interpreted to mean "meciless Sun". The reason that Hawaiian vessels would lower their sails around Lahaina and paddle was probably because there just wasn't much wind unless the Konas were blowing. That is why it made such a good anchorage for whaling vessels.
It is also just one more nail in the coffin of tourism, which is Maui's economic base.