Freaky Fridays returns to Kukui Grove Center

  • Courtesy of Aloha Dance Studio

    The Mini Monsters will be out at Freaky Fridays that start Friday at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    The Zombies from the Aloha Dance Studio work on their routines for Michael Jackson’s Thriller that is part of Freaky Fridays at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Hello! The Zombies from the Aloha Dance Studio render a version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Halloween at the Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Zombies will be coming out of everywhere when they appear during the Freaky Friday events at the Kukui Grove Center.

LIHU‘E — The Mini Monsters and Zombies are coming out as early as Friday evening when the Aloha Dance Studio hosts Freaky Fridays that start tomorrow and continues through the final week of October leading to Halloween at the Kukui Grove Center.

“We want people to have fun with Halloween, this year,” said Melissa McFerrin-Warrack of Kukui Grove Center. “But we have the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines to consider because we want everyone to be safe and healthy. That said, we are spreading out Halloween over the next three weekends so everyone is able to enjoy the season and still be able to observe the COVID-19 rules and regulations.”

Freaky Fridays take place for the next three weekends, starting from 5 p.m. and running until 8 p.m., with Halloween-themed games, prize giveaways, a selfie station, and outdoor dance performances from the Mini Monsters and Zombies.

The selfie station comes in handy for the Kukui Grove Center’s virtual costume contest that takes place on the shopping center’s website and social media pages.

“We’ll be awarding prizes for each week,” McFerrin-Warrack said. “People simply need to get photographed on the shopping center between Oct. 15 through 30, and submit their photos via the QR code that is part of the Countdown to Halloween schedule.”

In addition to Freaky Fridays that complements the Kukui Grove’s traditional Aloha Friday performances at the food court, and the current pop-up book fair that opens across the T-Mobile shop, this weekend will see the pop-up Wahine Toa from Hilo, Hawai‘i setting up shop adjacent to ParTea.

The shop features designs created by Nita Pilago who will be represented by her son and daughter-in-law, Kaleo and Kate Pilago during the Friday and Saturday appearance during the shopping center’s normal operating hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday’s highlight is the Dog Fanciers Club of Kaua‘i presenting Howl-oween Pet Parade and Pet Costume Contest starting at 2 p.m. following a morning of make-it-and-take-it crafts and appearances by Showtime Characters.

The Showtime Characters continue the Halloween magic, Oct. 23 with its Munchkin Masquerade starting at 11 a.m.

Online registration opens for the Halloween Festival that takes place Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with trick-or-treat bags being distributed to participants who register online at www.KukuiGroveCenter.com.

Nannie Apalla of Keiki to Career will lead the Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m., leaving people with ample time to return home for trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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