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March 13, 2008
By RICH VAN SCOY, Special Sections Editor
ST. PATRICK’S DAY . . . There will be St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on land and sea.

Pacific Whale Foundation will offer two sunset cruises on Monday in honor of St. Patrick. Both cruises will feature live music, corned beef and cabbage and other fare, plus specially mixed green cocktails, beer and wine.

Choose from a sunset cocktail and appetizer cruise on the double-deck Ocean Quest or a three-course dinner cruise aboard the Ocean Discovery.

“You’ll certainly be among the luckiest o’ the Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Maui, on a beautiful sunset cruise,” said Diana Bergantino, Cruises Director at Pacific Whale Foundation. “And who knows, you may see the proverbial green flash at sunset - other than personally encountering a leprechaun, there no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!”

For reservations, call 249-8811, ext. 1 or visit

Mulligan’s at the Wharf, Lahaina’s only traditional Irish pub, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish music Friday and Sunday nights and its 3rd annual St. Patrick’s festival Monday from noon to 12:30 a.m. Entertainment on Monday will kick off with a traditional Irish sing along with AnRil at 2 p.m., followed by a parade of live entertainment. A food tent will feature corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish banger sausages. There’s no cover charge before 5 p.m. and a best leprechaun costume contest. Call 661-8881 for more information.

There will also be a St. Patrick’s celebration in Wailea when Mulligan’s on the Blue presents its seventh annual Irish festival on Sunday. Doors will open at 8 a.m. with a full Irish breakfast. A food tent will open at 11 a.m. There will also be a buffet dinner with reserved seating. There’s no cover charge before 2 p.m. and no admittance after 9 p.m. A free shuttle will commence at 5 p.m. from the Dog and Duck (English pub) next to Foodland in Kihei every hour until midnight.

There will be a best leprechaun contest, best hat contest and live entertainment from 11 a.m. to closing. Call 874-1131 for reserved dinner seating.


MARCO’S MILESTONE . . . April 17 marks the 15th anniversary of Marco’s Grill & Deli on the corner of Hana Highway and Dairy Road in Kahului. To celebrate, owner Marco DeFanis is going to give away $6,000.

“I want to give a Maui customer $1,000 in gift certificates (to Marco’s) and $5,000 to a favorite charity,” said Marco. Enter your name and favorite charity between now and April 16 for a chance to win the free drawing.

The anniversary drawing is also the day after Marco’s birthday.

Marco’s longtime staff, consistent product, service, and convenient location all contribute to its success.

“ ‘I’ll take the usual,’ we hear that all the time,” said Marco of his regular clientele.

“We’re reasonably priced and have phenomenal service.”

Equally popular with visitors and locals, Marco’s reputation for home-style Italian cooking with choice ingredients extends beyond Maui’s shores. When Marco’s buddy flew out to Maui from Philadelphia, he said people he spoke to on the flight all knew about the restaurant. “They look forward to it,” said Marco.


MORE MACC MEALS . . . Tonight’s menu features Vasi’s grilled breast of chicken and wild mushroom pasta from 5:30 p.m. preceding the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance. Vasi’s will also cater mac-nut crusted mahi and spanikopita before smooth jazz man Kenny G takes the stage Friday night. What’s more appropriate than Consuelo’s Indian fish plate, Indian vegetarian plate or puff pastry preceding Indian Classical Music at the McCoy studio Friday night? Alexander’s Fish, Chicken & Chips will serve its namesake along with Cajun grilled mixed veggies before Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom performs Saturday night, and Consuelo’s will return with its Indian fare before Dina Martina’s performance at the McCoy studio the same evening.


‘ULTIMATE RECIPE’ WINNER . . . Kristine Snyder’s “Ahi Tuna Ciabatta Burger” is being featured at over 600 “T.G.I. Friday’s” restaurants across the United States. The Kihei resident’s recipe was judged best in class by a panel of food experts on Food Network’s “Ultimate Recipe Showdown.” Home cooks battled for $25,000, culinary supremacy and a spot on the T.G.I. Friday’s menu. The show will rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Tuesday; 9 p.m. Wednesday; and 2 p.m. March 23 on cable channel 60.


THE THREE WINE MEN . . . Lahaina Store Grill & Oyster Bar is hosting “A Night with the Stars” featuring three of the hottest wine makers at one combined wine dinner this evening. “The Three Wine Men” dinner is hosted by Mike Westrick, Sterling Vineyards. Robert Cook, Chalone Vineyards and Tom Rinaldi from Provenance Vineyards. Reservations are limited. Call 661-9090 to check on availability.

Contact Rich Van Scoy, Special Sections Editor, at

Article Photos

Marco DeFanis, owner of Marco’s Grill and Deli, will celebrate his restaurant’s 15th anniversary April 17 with a $6,000 prize drawing ($5,000 goes to a charity chosen by the winner). Entries for the free drawing are being accepted now.

The Maui News / RICH VAN SCOY photo

Fact Box

Dining Editor Carla Tracy is on leave. The Dining Scene contact is Rich Van Scoy. Call him at (808) 242-6323 or email



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