By Catherine Cluett Pactol
For the second year, Adolpho ‘ohana has gone all out for Halloween, offering a free and safe event for families to celebrate the season at their property. The four days of Haunted Homestead, Wednesday through Saturday night, featured a light show, haunted maze, bouncy castle, photo booth, vendors, snacks, and other activities. More than 1,500 community members attended hour-long time slots that ensured compliance with COVID safety guidelines.
“It really is a labor of love,” said Kui Adolpho. “It takes us months to set up and plan, but it’s a family activity to do together. Having a purpose creates that more cohesive unity we already have and inspires our children to see that giving back to our community is important but can still be fun.
She said they started the event last year when COVID canceled traditional Halloween community events like HallowHim and Cheat or Treat. Always wanting to do something for the local keiki and keep safety at the forefront without replacing other long-standing events, her family came up with new ways to celebrate.
This year, the much sought-after time slots for the free event were booked in early October, but Adolpho said he tried to accommodate as many families as possible.
“It was our biggest performance and seeing everyone’s smiles and the children in awe was so worth it,” she said. “You could tell everyone was grateful and that’s really what it is for us. We are truly grateful to everyone who came.