Not sure if you’ve been clicking through the indigenous outrage blogs lately, but a bunch of people are pissed at Urban Outfitters. Mostly, the Navajo Nation argues it’s a big no-no that the hipster clothier’s culturally misappropriated the name “Navajo” on products like panties and fabric-wrapped hip flasks.
Just ahead of St. Patty’s Day, the Irish community’s ire’s been raised, too; as many are unhappy with Urban’s seasonal shirt line that say stuff like, “Kiss me. I’m drunk or Irish or whatever.” (Note: almost all of the off-color products have been pulled from Urban Outfitters website and stores.)
So in efforts to be culturally sensitive this St. Patty’s season, I’m nixing the section on where to go for day-after Irish yoga (think child’s pose/downward dog with puke). But against my better judgment (hey, I’m a few beers deep already), I’m sticking with recycling my annual line for our St. Patty’s Picks: “Here’s a rundown of hot haps on everyone’s favorite religious-turned-secular celebration.” Because we’d like to believe that all St. Patrick himself would’ve really cared about is that you’re happy and safe on his namesake holiday. Cheers!
MULLIGAN’S ON THE BLUE’S “SHARING THE GREEN” GOLF TOURNAMENT + EXTREME BOCCE BALL + ST. PATTY’S PARTY – This 7am shotgun-start, four-person scramble–plus their 9am Extreme Bocce Ball Tourney–is the perfect preamble to a day spent with the Mulligan’s on the Blue crew. (If anyone throws a proper St. Patty’s party, it’s the authentic Irishmen of Mulligan’s. Who else, after all, has a year-round countdown clock to this big day?) The tourneys benefit two local charities–Hospice Maui and Back Pack Buddies (a keiki nutrition program)–and cost just $125 for golf or $40 for bocce and includes lunch. Speaking of food, Mulligan’s doors open at 8am and there’s no cover until 4pm ($20 advance general admission / $25 door), and they’ve got great Irish grinds at their lunch buffet (10:30am-2:30pm; $25 per person), foot tent (3-9pm; $15 per plate) and dinner buffet (4-7:30pm; $50 per person all-inclusive). Keeping it lively is the day-long lineup of entertainment, including Celtic Hart (12-2pm), The Celtic Tigers (3:30-5:30pm and 6:30-8pm), Isle of Maui Pipe Band featuring Jack Lee (5:30-6:30pm), and The Freeradicals Projekt (8-10pm). And everyone knows the only place to get a properly poured Guinness is at this Irish hub, and this drink of choice is on special for just $5. 8am-5pm. Mulligan’s on the Blue (100 Kaukahi St., Wailea); 874-1131; mulligansontheblue.com
FOURTH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY “RUN ‘TIL YOU’RE GREEN” THREE-MILE RACE – It’s a flat, fast wheel-measured three-mile course with awards in divisions for ‘Leprechauns’ (17-years-old and under), ‘Celtic Warriors’ (18-to 39-years-old); ‘Druids’ (40-to 49-years-old), ‘Arch-Druids’ (50-to 59-years-old), and ‘Grand Druids’ (60-years-old and better). Entry includes a race T-shirt, one beverage (your choice of domestic draft beer or soft drink), a chance to win great prizes, three miles of fun and a killer after party. 3:45-4:30pm registration and packet pick-up / 5pm race. Kahului Ale House (355 E. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului); mauirunning.com
ALSO AT THE ALE HOUSE… – Hang out with the “Run ‘Til You’re Green” racers as the Ale House’s new Flashback Saturdays Dance Party turns green, too. DJ Z spins ‘80s and ‘90s music and green beers are just $2 ‘til 11:30pm with dance marathon kicking off ($100 cash prize) at that time, too. No cover. 9:30pm. Kahului Ale House (355 E. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului); mauirunning.com
FREE CORNED BEEF! JES’ US’! – Who says there’s no such thing as a free meal hasn’t been to Steel Horse Saloon. They’re dishin’ free food and JES’ US’ is playin’ tunes. No cover. 7pm. Steel Horse Saloon (1234 L. Main St., Wailuku); 243-2260
GET SHAMROCKED WITH WILLIE K AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE – The Hard Rock serves up corned beef and cabbage from 11am to 10pm, with Willie K onstage from 8-10pm. Plus, stock up on sweet schwag and fill up on green Bud and Bud Light. No cover. Hard Rock Cafe (900 Front St., Lahaina); 667-7400; hardrock.com
TASTY PIE PRODUCTIONS INVITES YOU TO SPEND ST. PATTY’S WITH A WELL-FED TIGER – The Westside’s finest, DJs Illz and Scotty D (with video visuals by Dr. Zom and Benjamin Christ), team with community crackerjack Matt Lane in his Lahaina-side debut as DJ A Well-Fed Tiger. They’ll be jammin’ and handin’ out green sweet treats and free green Choice stickers. PS: Leprechauns welcome (there’s a costume contest)! $10. 9pm. Longhi’s Lahaina (888 Front St.); 667-2288; longhis.com
GET LUCKY WITH DJ DECKA – Any night’s your liable to get lucky at Ambrosia, where the atmosphere’s cozy, the beats are bumpin’ and the drinks are flowin’. And with DJ Decka on deck, you know you’re in good hands. No cover. 10pm. Ambrosia Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 891-1011
LADIES GET LOVE AT CHARLEY’S ST. PATTY’S PARTY – DJ Kamikaze and friends raise the roof and bring down the house (or whatever other metaphorical structural damage you’d prefer). $10. 9:30pm. Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon (142 Hana Hwy., Paia); 579-8085; charleysmaui.com
ST. PATTY’S DAY BASH WITH THE WHISKEY PIMPS – This band’s name says it all. No cover. 10pm. Three’s Bar & Grill (1945 S. Kihei Rd.); 879-3133
HAUI’S ST. PATTY’S PARTY WITH PA’A MANA – This powerful group helps you power through a night of hardcore drinking. Okolemaluna! No cover. 9pm. Hauis’ Life’s A Beach (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 891-8010
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT LAHAINA CAFE – On the Westside and wanna chow on corned beef and cabbage, and down $3 green draft beers, $4 Jameson drinks and $5 Irish car bombs? Head this way: Lahaina Cafe (843 Wainee St.); 667-6655; lahaina-cafe.com
UPCOUNTRY CELTIC ON THE NORTH SHORE – When you’re pau hitting the St. Patty’s Day breaks, hang out on Paia Bay Cafe’s covered outdoor lanai and enjoy the sweet sounds of Upcountry Celtic. No cover. 6-8pm. Paia Bay Cafe (137 Hana Hwy.); 579-3111