Kaua‘i turning green for St. Patrick’s Day

LIHU‘E — The ladies who work at the 5th Circuit Court were not going to let St. Patrick’s Day pass just because the court is closed today.

Friday, the staff transformed themselves into “The Lucky Charms,” adorning themselves in green and enhancing the look with traditional icons of St. Patrick’s Day — green party hats, shamrocks and shamrock-based decorations.

“It’s a good morale booster,” one of the Charms said.

People of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, states the History.com website.

St. Patrick’s Day offers a wide variety for almost any taste on Kaua‘i, starting early with the 2012 International Garden Isle TriFest at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club and overflowing into Kalapaki Beach.

The event, with proceeds benefiting the Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity and the Rotary Clubs’ Scholarship Fund, promises “lots of Aloha including Irish and Hawaiian entertainment” when it unleashes its palette of a Kids Duathlon, Aquathlon, Splash and Dash, a 5K Run/Walk and a Stand Up Paddle event, states its website.

TriFest Kaua‘i honors the memory of Joel Ehrlich.

As the sun rises higher, the Sierra Club and Surfrider team up for a beach cleanup at South Nukoli‘i Beach, offering an opportunity for people to “do something green for St. Patrick’s Day” starting at 9 a.m.

There will be signs guiding people to the site where gloves, bags, snacks and cold water will be provided, according to the Sierra Club website.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday on Kaua‘i where one can wear green and have a great time at the Third Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash, states the Kaua‘i Vacation Rentals website.

Rob’s Good Times Grill in the Rice Shopping Center opens up family friendly fun from 1 to 5 p.m., moving to “extra exuberant fun” from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. “because St. Patrick’s Day brings out the Irish in all of us.”

Jean & Abbot Properties website, authored by Shelah Jean Abubo, steers people to Rob’s Good Times Grill and, for those on the South Shore, Kalapaki Joe’s.

The Kalapaki Joe’s website offers St. Patrick’s Day with Anuhea at Kalapaki Joe’s Po‘ipu for all ages in the outside parking lot from 4 p.m.

On the North Shore, the Hanalei Gourmet will be serving up “yummy corned beef and cabbage” along with “lots of raucous cheer,” while across the street at Tahiti Nui, Matt Bolton offers an all-Irish set, being joined by a full band from 9:30 p.m., the website states.

Moving outside of Lihu‘e, Trees Lounge opens up the night with its St. Patty’s Day Party with Battery Alley starting at 9:30 p.m., states the Trees Lounge website.

Earlier in the evening, Felix Sonnyboy Irish Drinking Songs is on the agenda from 7 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century, states the History.com website.

Irish have observed this date as a religious holiday more than 1,000 years, families attending church in the morning and celebrating in the afternoon.

St. Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, being born in Roman Britain, kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16 years old, the website states.

He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland’s people and in the centuries following his death, believed to be Mar. 17, 461, the mythology surrounding his life became more ingrained in Irish culture.

One of the well-known legends is how he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover — the shamrock.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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