Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day In Hawaii: Fun Things For You And Your Family To Do In Oahu!
It’s hard to imagine that you would find a big celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Hawaii, but that’s just not true. Hawaii has many citizens that have Irish roots, and one of the most prominent citizens was James Campbell who was born in Londonderry, Ireland. He left Ireland as a stowaway at the age of 13 for the New World, and at the age of 24, he arrived in Hawaii in 1850. He worked as a carpenter and ended up becoming one of the most successful businessmen. He later married a Maui chiefess and became one of the largest landowners in Hawaii.
Here are some fun ways you and your family can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the island of Oahu!
Murphy’s Bar and Grill – Keiki Fair and Block Party
Hop over to Murphy’s Bar and Grill located at 2 Merchant St in Honolulu on March 17, 2020. Murphy’s Bar and Grill hosts a large St Patrick’s Day celebration, which turns into a large, fun-filled block party later in the evening!
Murphy’s Bar and Grill opens at 11 am and will be serving typical Irish food for lunch in their restaurant as well as the neighboring parking lot.
From 12 pm until 3 pm, there is a “keiki fair” with balloons, crafts, face painting, and story telling. Booths will also be set up selling t-shirts, souvenirs, and food.
After 6 pm, many of the surrounding streets will be closed around Murphy’s Bar and Grill for a huge block party. There will be lots of Irish beer, live performers, and your traditional Irish food. (Children are not recommended to attend after 4 pm as the area gets very crowded). Please remember to drink and celebrate responsibly. Use public transportation, LYFT, or UBER.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Waikiki St Patrick’s Day ParadeHead down to Waikiki to watch the Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade begins at noon at Fort DeRussy and follows the route through Waikiki, finishing at Kapi’olani Park. Floats, marchers, vehicles, and bands will keep you and your family entertained.
After the parade, stop by Kelly O’Neil’s pub on Lewers St in Waikiki. You can enjoy Guinness on tap, Irish food, and great Irish music.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run at Ford Island
If you want to burn off some calories before you start indulging in the great Irish food and beer later in the day, you might want to join in on the Annual St Patrick’s Day 5K Run at Ford Island. Check-in time begins at 6:30 am, and the race begins at 7:15 am starting near the Ford Island Navy Lodge. All participants are encouraged to wear festive costumes showing off that Emerald Irish green as awards will go to the child, adult, and group with the most creative costume!
Ireland is one of my favorite places to visit! It differs from the islands of Hawaii in many ways, but one thing is for sure. Both are beautiful islands with amazing scenery, and both have people who share that wonderful “aloha spirit.” People love to get together, and as they say in Hawaii, “just talk story.” No need to kiss the Blarney Stone here in Hawaii. Guess we have the gift of gab too! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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