Top of the mornin' to all of you who plan to wear green at Maui restaurants and pubs Wednesday.
It's OK to "kick up your heels," but the resounding theme is "don't drink and drive." As luck would have it, there will be some free shuttles and Maui Transit System also will do its regular loop around the island for a nominal fee. Call Robert's Hawaii, carrier for MTS, at 871-4838.
As usual, no St. Patrick's Day on Maui would be complete without an extravaganza at Mulligan's on the Blue in Wailea, also known as "party central."
Irish-born Mike O’Dwyer of Mulligan’s on the Blue in Wailea (from Tipperary, above left) toasts to Dave Lawless of Limerick with an icy pint of Guinness. Mulligan’s will pull out all of the stops Wednesday with a huge party as well as a golf tournament.
Penny Jo Putnam, the managing partner of Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei, gets ready for her biggest party of the year with a cool, “green one.”
Last, but certainly not least, singer and guitar player Kevin O’Kennedy will perform Irish tunes with the Celtic Tigers all over the island, including at Mulligan’s at the Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina at noon Wednesday.
"Brace yourselves for next Wednesday, for the biggest party the island has seen," says owner Mike O'Dwyer, a nice lad from Tipperary, whose eyes are always smilin'. "The day starts with our first annual St. Patrick's Day Golf tournament at 6.30 a.m., which includes free lunch and prizes as a benefit for the 'Save the Arts' program to help bring back the arts to Maui's schools such as Kamalii."
Mulligan's will open its doors at 8 a.m. with Irish breakfast selections (that pair well with a pint of Guinness), followed by by a full Irish luncheon menu until 3 p.m. "Yes, we will have Irish stew," says Mike.
A food tent will be set up outside with $10 plates of Harp-battered fish and chips, Irish bangers with mashed potatoes, and corned beef (slow cooked) and cabbage served with parsley cream sauce.
(* Be responsible. Don't drink and drive.)
Mulligan's will also feature Maui's newest Irish band, Finn McCoul, from noon until 3 p.m., followed by The Isle of Maui Pipe Band at 4 p.m. and the Celtic Tigers from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
"The highlight of the evening will be the Willie K Band from 9 p.m. onwards. He once said to me, 'You from Ireland I am from Maui, but we are all islanders.' "
Dinner with a full buffet starts at 4 p.m., and reservations are highly recommended. Wear green as there are lots of prizes for Best Hat and Best Leprechaun Costume. Dig into Emerald mixed greens, shepard's pie, fish and chips and much more.
"There will be a complimentary shuttle leaving every hour on the hour from Dog & Duck in Kihei starting at 6 p.m.," says Mike. "We are very happy to partner up with Hotel Wailea and new General Manager Marcus Schales to offer a very special room rate of $135, which includes free shuttle to and from here." Call 874-0500.
"We do anticipate large crowds, so please make you reservations early. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $20 at the door. The dinner buffet is $45 or $65, the latter including a St. Patrick's Day T-shirt."
For Mulligan's on the Blue reservations, call 874-1131.
Dog & Duck Pub in Kihei will also go green with $3 pints of beer, live music, and a full Irish fare menu. Call 875-9669.
Your taste buds can be doing the jig at Moose McGillycuddy's in Kihei anytime from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday during the Irish holiday.
"St. Patty's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for Moose's," says Managing Partner Penny Jo Putnam. "And for me! It's a great party. What more can you ask for? We'll dish up sunsets, corned beef and lots of green beer."
Food specials such as beef and Guinness Irish stew over rice, and corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings, will be served until gone.
Drink specials include Irish chi chis, Dirty Gold Snots, Car Bombs, Jameson's whiskey and Irish coffee. Beer such as Guinness, Black and Tans, green aluminums and green drafts will flow.
These specials will all replace Moose's normal happy hour and Wednesday night discounts, according to Putnam. For more details, call 891-8644.
Slainte! (Irish for "cheers"), everyone!