Exactly 48 days from St. Patty’s day we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a day Wikipedia calls a “celebration of Mexican heritage and pride” in America. I don’t know if it’s the deep ocean separating us from the source of the holiday, but we have pretty much watered down the holiday into just tacos and tequila. So grab your Corona and don your sombrero because Cinco falls on a Saturday this year. That means we have license really go south of the border.
Do it right by starting with a big breakfast. We’re thinking huevos rancheros from Fred’s Cantina in Kihei or Pinata’s in Kahului. You’ll need a good base before you hit up all the margarita specials, and there are few better ways than huevos rancheros. And when it comes time for a shot of tequila, summon the courage to stray from Patron and try something different like Corralejo, Cazedores or Peligroso.
Amigos is serving up Mexican specials on food and drinks all day long at their Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina locations. The Maui Onion Festival is having a bartender competition for best Cinco de Mayo drink starting at 2:30pm on Center Stage. Belly up after that at one of Kaanapali’s finest bars: Leilani’s, Hula Grill or Cane & Taro. Oh, and Spanky’s Riptide starts their taco bar and drink specials at 11am. Not on the Westside? Enjoy a leisurely lunch and Milagro’s in Paia. There you can sip some of the best Anejo tequilas found Maui.
After you have spent your afternoon with Mexican beers and margies, recharge with a quick siesta and get back on your horse. It’s time to get wild. Fred’s Cantina will have the Gringo Mariachis spicing up sounds. Taco Bar at Ocean’s opens at 4pm with GoGo Dancers and rad electronic giveaways at 9pm. Diamonds has $3 and $4 Mexi beers all night. FreeRadicals Projekt will be at Mulligan’s with DJ Boomshot at 9pm. And there’s a fiesta at the Triangle with Shaun Kamakazi at Three’s, DJ Decka at Ambrosia and Happy Cinco at Dog & Duck.
Shake your tail feathers at Charley’s in Paia’s with their Brazilian Cinco De Mayo Tribal House Carnival, Latin beats, shakers, whistles horns and percussionists. In Makawao, Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo teams up with Kit Kat Cabaret to give Cinco the burlesque treatment.
Back on the Westside, Longhi’s celebrates hairy lips with DJ Ills Mustache Party, artists in action and drink specials. Next door, Hard Rock Cafe has DJ Kurt & Trvr with a House Dubstep Hip Hop session, free nachos bar and margarita specials. Cool Cat has Jomo Pemberton and Jah Seed playing and Patron while Capt. Jack’s has Johnny Ringo and Sauza. Still awake? Continue onto Spanky’s for their Cinco de Derby and Timba’s Patrona.