Editor’s Note: Times, performances, and costs listed here were obtained from the organizers. Last minute changes can occur.
By Madeline Ziecker
Everyone’s favorite “drinking holiday,” St. Patrick’s Day, is coming up this weekend on Saturday, March 17 with several events planned across the island that will celebrate luck, beer, Irish culture, and the color green.
Today the Irish holiday is a far cry from its original intention, which was to commemorate Saint Patrick – one of Ireland’s patron saints who brought Christianity to the nation.
Like Ireland, it’s easy for Maui to enjoy this now secular holiday of drinking all day long (for some revelers) at least one day a year, as we too live on a green island rife with quirky accents and some heavy drinkers.
If rainbows indeed do have pots of gold at the end of them, then Maui is the place to be with the luck and good cheer of the Irish on this internationally celebrated holiday.
11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party From noon to 10 p.m. at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. No cover before 4 p.m.
Wailea’s Irish paradise will throw an all-day celtic music party complete with Guiness beer specials and traditional Irish meals.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. with a hot Irish breakfast and Celtic Hart will take the stage at noon. Next will be The Celtic Tigers at 3:30 p.m., Isle of Maui Pipe Band featuring Jack Lee at 5:30 p.m., and Freeradicals Projekt at 8 p.m. until closing.
There will also be prizes presented to those clad in the best hats and the best leprechaun costumes.
St. Paddy’s Day BASH At 9 p.m. at Longhi’s in Lahaina. The cover charge for the event is $10.
Longhi’s Lahaina will throw a St. Patrick’s Day party like no other with three DJs, drink specials, and more.
DJs for the night include Scotty D, Illz, and Well Fed Tiger (Matt Lane).
Kit Kat Club Cabaret Emerald Ball Starts 9 p.m at Casanova in Makawao on Friday, March 16. The event cover charge is $10.
Maui’s Kit Kat Club Cabaret girls will dance in emerald at a pre-holiday event in conjunction with Makawao’s Third Friday Town Party.
Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo will rock the dance floor as the Kit Kat Club flits about the restaurant, bringing St. Patrick’s Day cheer to all with their fun, old-school-sexy moves.
St. Patrick’s Day 3 Mile Fun Run At 5 p.m. in front of Kahului Ale House. Registration is $40.
Maui runners will gather at 5 p.m. in front of Kahului Ale House to try and burn off some of the day’s beer calories in a 3 mile fun run.
At 6 p.m., awards will be given to winners in five age categories: Leprechauns (17 and under), Celtic Warriors (18 to 39), Druids (40 to 49), and Arch-Druids (50 to 59).
Registration for the event is currently $40 for each runner, including youths. Free race t-shirts will be given to runners on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Participants in the race will each receive either a free soft drink or a free domestic draft beer.
For more information on the event or to sign up online, visit www.mauirunning.com.
Willie K. On St. Patrick’s Day At 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe Maui in Lahaina. No cover charge.
Maui’s talented Willie K. will delve further into his diverse repertoire to play a free St. Patrick’s Day performance.
Hard Rock Cafe will be serving traditional favorites such as corned beef hash and cabbage as well as green Budweiser and Bud Light.
Upcountry Celtic Live From 6 – 8 p.m. in front of Paia Bay Cafe on Hana Highway.
Upcountry Celtic is a five-piece celtic music band complete with the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin.
The band will perform an authentic Irish performance for listeners who wish to stop by for a St. Patrick’s Day Green Tea.
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