Maui eyes will be smilin' on Monday, when St. Paddy's Day fun kicks up its heels.
"Slainte! To your health!" toasts Mike O'Dwyer, owner of Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea, with a dark and creamy Guinness Stout in hand.
An Irishman from Tipperary, O'Dwyer will throw the biggest St. Paddy's Day party on the island. His dad, John O'Dwyer, and friend, John Killeen, flew in from Dublin just for the occasion.
Mulligans on the Blue employees Lindsey Davis (from left), Trevor Denny and Kari Hobson get ready for Irish merriment.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
The Polka Paddy’s dancers will join their musicians at Mulligans and Makena Beach & Golf Resort.
"We will start the festivities at 9 a.m. on Monday morning with a good old Irish breakfast of Irish rashers, bangers, and black and white pudding," O'Dwyer says. "Buffet lunch starts at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with fish and chips, bangers and mash, Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, Emerald salad and potato soup." Cost is $25 per person.
Direct from Dublin, the Polka Paddy's will bring a taste of Irish culture with 16 traditional dancers and musicians at noon. Crunch Pups will take the stage at 2 p.m.; Celtic Tigers at 4 p.m.' and Willie K band will play from 8 p.m. to close.
The dinner seating is from 4 to 7 p.m. "It features all of the above Irish cuisine and homemade apple pie," says O'Dwyer. Cost is $45, which includes admission. Otherwise, if you just want to listen to music, it's $10 in advance and $15 at the door after 4 p.m. Before that, there is no cover charge.
Wear your favorite Irish attire and enter to win the Best Hat contest and the Best Leprechaun Costume contest. Of course, there will be drink specials galore from whiskey to stout. Call 874-1131.
Mulligans on the Blue will also serve the preshow dinner for the Irish band, Danu, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 20 in Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard.
Bring your appetites for traditional Irish lamb stew, potato leek soup, chopped salad and baked Atlantic salmon with white-wine caper sauce, potato cake and asparagus. Prices range from $6 to $14.
Named after the Celtic moon goddess, Danu is one of today's leading traditional Irish ensembles (see Maui Beat, Page 3), featuring virtuosos on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and both Irish and English vocals.
Danu starts kicking up its heels at 7:30 p.m. in the MACC's Castle Theater. Tickets are $12, $28 to $38. Call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org. Linger for "AfterGlow" after the show with desserts, coffee, tea and bar beverages.
Stopwatch Bar & Grill in Makawao will warm you up with its annual corned beef and cabbage plates "starting at lunch until we run out," says partner Haru Hiu-Arian. "It's got potatoes, carrots, celery and the optional rice for the local people."
The popular bar and grill on Makawao Avenue will also feature its Reuben sandwich with pastrami on rye with Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese. Jamesons and other whiskeys will flow, and you may sip Irish coffee specials. Call 572-1380.
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort brings the true taste of Ireland to Maui this St. Patrick's Day from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The resort will transform into the ultimate location for a traditional St. Patrick's Day Celebration, complete with customary Irish comfort food, plus lively music and dancing from an authentic Irish band and dancers flown in directly from Ireland.
The resort's Molokini Bar & Grille will set the Irish stage. Experience a traditional Irish a la carte menu featuring such selections as savory lamb stew, Shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage, which is Irish-American favorite rarely seen in the old country.
"Plus, do try some of our Executive Chef Marc McDowell's own Irish-inspired dishes like creamy potato-leek soup and also Irish cream chocolate cheesecake," says Director of Food & Beverage Leo Mallari.
"Specials on Irish beverages like Irish coffee and Guinness will also be available."
The resort's General Manager Declan McCarthy hails from Dublin, and is ready to celebrate. "The Makena Beach & Golf Resort, and I, especially, are excited to help share a big part of Ireland's culture with Maui by way of the traditional Irish dance troupe, the Polka Paddy's," says McCarthy in his sophisticated Irish accent. "Direct from Dublin, the Polka Paddy's features 16 traditional dancers and musicians currently All-Ireland Champions, having maintained both solo and group championship titles over the past three years."
When the Polka Paddy's kick up their heels on Maui, the dancers will perform traditional Irish light reels, fast paced gigs and a nod to the popular River Dance.
Traditional tunes from the Emerald Isle will be played on accordion, concertina, bodhran and flute all fused together with the melody of folk song. Of course, you may sing along as between sips of stout and authentic fare of Ireland.
"If you are looking for a true taste of Irish culture when celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Monday night, please join us at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort for great food, dancing and good ol' Irish fun," adds Mallari.
For Makena Beach reservations, call 875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
"Slainte," everyone! "To your health!"