Tip a pint, kick up your heels, eat Irish cuisine at Maui pubs and restaurants this St. Paddy’s Day
Looking for that pot of fun at the end of the Maui rainbow?
Then say, “Slainte!” Irish for “to good health!” at St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in select establishments islandwide. Do wear green, or you may just get pinched. And brush up on famous Emerald Isle songs from “Molly Malone” to “Whiskey in a Jar” to “Irish Rover.”
Party central on island for St. Paddy’s Day on Friday will be Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. Several other fun establishments such as Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei and ‘Umalu, Black Rock Kitchen and Down the Hatch in West Maui will put on parties, too. Make sure you have a designated driver or catch a taxi or Uber if you wish to imbibe in a cold Guinness or three.
In fact, former Maui resident Tom Kelly, who now resides in Portumna, Ireland, has emailed a joke that highlights the love of drink there.
“An Irishman struggles to find a parking space, and prays, ‘Lord, open a space up for me, and I swear I’ll give up the Guinness and go to mass every Sunday.’ “
Suddenly, the clouds part and the sun shines on an empty parking spot. Without hesitation, the Irishman says: ‘Never mind, I found one!’ ”
And so it goes.
“As Oscar Wilde once said, “I can resist everything but temptation.” And who could not be tempted to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17? asks Mike O’Dwyer, owner of Mulligans on the Blue and a Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland, native.
” ‘Whether you are in Ireland or on Maui we are all islanders,’ Willie K says to our guests at his dinner show on Wednesdays. “From the Emerald Isle to the Valley Isle, it is always a ton of fun.”
Yes, Mulligans is fun every day and night of the week. But it will go overboard for St. Paddy’s Day, ringing in the birthday of St. Patrick, a Welshman who not only drove out the snakes, but brought Christianity to the country of Ireland.
“Of course, not all things Christian will be happening at Mulligans, but we will serve up huge portions of our adopted corned beef and cabbage, which first started in America in the late 19th century by Irish settlers as it was considered very similar to bacon, an Irish staple served with cabbage and potatoes with their skins on,” O’Dwyer explains about the Americanized dish that is rarely seen in his homeland.
“Doors open at 11 a.m. and the music starts at high noon with Maui’s own Glen Innes Session Band,” continues O’Dwyer about the lineup.
Dublin’s David Connolly takes over at 3 p.m. with Irish singing songs; then it’s Pete & Pete at 5 p.m.; and the Celtic Tigers at 6 p.m. Be prepared to do the jig on the large dance floor. There will be a costume contest as well. Cover charge is $10 from noon to 4 p.m., and $20 afterwards.
“We have flown in Irish Chef Joey Crofts from Dunboyne, County Meath, to help our Chef Roland Kennedy bake Irish brown bread, Granny Smith apple pies, Dublin coddle, Irish lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage and Mulligans’ house specialty of Harp-battered fish and chips.”
Mulligans will also feature shepherd’s pie, potato-leek soup, and bangers and mash. You may sip dark and velvety Guinness, Kilkenny, Harp and “the world’s best apple cider, Magniers on tap,” from O’Dwyer’s hometown.
“Thanks to Young’s Market we will have Tullamore Dew on special and Jamesons and Paddys will be flowing. We’ll have lots of giveaways, too.” says O’Dwyer. “It’s all first-come, first served.
“To finish with another Oscar Wilde quote, ‘Work is the curse of the drinking class.’ So come ‘slainte’ to your health as we say back home in the boglands.”
Call Mulligans at 874-1131 or its new St. Paddy’s Day hotline at 250-8288.
You may kick up your heels from 11 a.m. to midnight at ‘Umalu, the poolside eatery and bar at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
Sip $7 Guinness cans, $9 Jameson drinks and $12 Mint to Be Irish, which is a perfect sweet cocktail with Bailey’s Irish Cream and mint blended.
‘Umalu will also cook up a storm of $16 corned-beef Reuben dips with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, shredded corned beef and a rye bread crumb crust mixed together and served with toasted naan.
Do you have a friend staying at the Hyatt Regency Maui now? Send a St. Patrick’s Day in-room amenity for $40. Or perhaps you may want to check in and order it just for yourself and a pal.
“Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month with the amenity of two mini bottles of Jameson Irish whiskey, Irish Porter cheddar cheese, slices of corned beef and Irish soda crackers,” says Hyatt Executive Chef Greg Grohowski.
But it doesn’t stop there. Hyatt will also present Clean & Green at 8 a.m. Friday on the new Halona Kai lawn. It’s available to the public for $20 per person and it’s free for hotel guests.
“Start your St. Patrick’s Day the healthy way,” says Hyatt Marketing Manager Karli Sullivan. “Join us for a shamrockin’ good time, including oceanside yoga with passion of movement; fresh housemade green juice; mini massages and giveaways of green-tea masks from Kamaha’o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa; and a putting contest with prizes from Ka’anapali Golf Courses.
Reservations required as space is limited. Valet parking is complimentary. For more details, call 661-1234 ext. 3225 to reserve your yoga place.
In Kihei, Moose McGillycuddy’s will also be jumping with fun and food and beverage specials. In fact, from 4 to 10 p.m. each and every Friday, it’s Irish Night serving fresh corned beef dinners and Guinness and Irish whiskey specials.
But this Friday is St. Patrick’s Day, so booze specials will run all day as will food from 11 a.m. until it’s gone.
“If you want to come to Moose’s and just cruise, we’ve got Dubliner Irish Whiskey’s promo girls who will be here giving out some swag along with tastings of Dubliner Irish Whiskey and Dubliner Honeycomb,” says the restaurant’s longtime Managing Partner Penny Jo Putnam.
“We’ll have some really good Irish food. Chef Carlos Magalhaes’ beef and Guinness Irish stew is off the hook. In fact, it’s just so incredibly good, we often run out by 7 p.m.,” she continues.
But the kitchen stays open until 10 p.m., and Moose’s bar rocks until 1 a.m. Sip from Irish Car Bombs to Black & Tans to green Bud Light drafts. Irish Chi Chis will also tempt you to kiss the Blarney stone. Oops, there is none there.
“We’ve got 22 beer taps up here now,” says Putnam. “It’s a really nice addition and there’s something for everyone.”
Moose’s St. Paddy’s Day food specials include corned beef sandwiches, classic Reubens, Cubans with corned beef and ham and shepherds pie. For more details, call the restaurant at 891-8600.
Whether you’re Irish or just Irish at heart, you may join Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at two outlets on Friday.
Black Rock Lounge will feature a special pairing of three corned-beef sliders with house pickles and chips with your choice of a Guinness beer or honeydew martini for $18 per person, plus tax and tip. Hours are from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
The Sheraton’s Black Rock Kitchen will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $45 per person, plus tax and tip.
Guinness stew with cheddar puff pastry will have your taste buds doing the Irish step dance, as will your choice of traditional Irish corned beef, boiled cream potatoes, braised cabbage and roast baby carrots; or Maui-style fish and chips with Maui Brewing Co. beer batter, peas and Maui-onion remoulade.
At the end of the rainbow will be Irish creme chocolate cheesecake with Baileys milkshake and Oreo crumble. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. For reservations, call the Sheraton at 662-8053.
Down the Hatch at the Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina will host a big St. Paddy’s Day event on the west side, with Irish drink specials of Jameson Whiskey, Irish Car Bombs and Guinness, and live music and dancing, a DJ and more starting at 10 p.m. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
For more details, call Down the Hatch at 661-4900; or visit www.dthmaui.com.