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Chinatown businesses welcome costumed crowds back to Hallowbaloo after 2-year hiatus

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Lillian Tsang
The Hallowbaloo Festival returned to Chinatown on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Over the Halloween weekend, the 13th Hallowbaloo Festival brought vendors, artists, musicians and costumed crowds to Chinatown after a two-year pandemic hiatus. The Conversation walked among the zombies and skeletons and ghosts, and talked with businesses and area residents about how the event impacted the neighborhood.

We spoke with Hallowbaloo co-director Mark Tarone, ukulele musician Taimane Gardner, Lattrecia Norman from Tea at 1024, Lisa Nakao, Sky Fung of Mui's Herb Shop, and Nathan and Greta from The Other Side Diner.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 31, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at
Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at
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