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LIHU‘E — Rob Silverman said they do this on the Mainland so he thought he would try it, here.
St. Patrick’s Day and its overall green atmosphere gave birth in a tent outside Rob’s Good Times Grill, many motorists taking advantage of the drive-through feature to pick up a corned beef plate lunch to celebrate the occasion.
“I know they do things like this on the Mainland, so I thought I would try it, here to see how it would go,” said Rob Silverman, owner and manager of the Rice Shopping Center eatery.
Roy Yamakawa of the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources said if he knew ahead of time, he would have picked up a plate.
“Have you seen the potatoes?” Yamakawa asked. “They look really good. But that’s alright, I’m having corned beef for dinner.”
Others took advantage of having lunch in the tent decorated in green and preparing for live entertainment later in the afternoon.
“We’re going to have taxi drivers parked in the lot for those who celebrate too much,” said Nathan Cantor between plate lunches. “We want people to have fun, but they have to do it responsibly.”
One of the diners said this was a really nice way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Kaili Mills, 11, and Jaden Delos Reyes, 7, were decked out in St. Patrick’s Day bling while waiting for their lunch inside the Rice Shopping Center eatery.
“It’s spring break and they have to eat lunch,” said Delos Reyes’ mother. “This is really nice.”
Lolly Silverman said the celebration was scheduled to run all day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with most of the festivities coinciding with pau hana time between 3 to 10 p.m.
Some of the diners suggested that Rob do more of these themed events, even to one each month based on different themes.
“We’ll wait to see how this one goes before getting there,” Rob said.
Lolly said there is live music from 4 to 8 p.m., contests and the Guiness Girls making an appearance from 3 to 4 p.m. as well as a Guitar Hero contest at 9 p.m.
On the South Shore, Joe’s on the Green also was advertising a St. Patrick’s Day menu as well as special programming starting in the afternoon.
St. Patrick’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated on March 17, named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387-461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, states an online source.
Originally, a Catholic holiday, it became an official feast day in the early 1600s, eventually becoming more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s culture.
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