Three Ways to Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in Hawaii

By Andy Beth Miller

Find the treasure at the end of the rainbow.
Just like those wily Irish leprechauns, St. Patrick’s Day is sneaking up on us quick! And with March 17th fast approaching, we’ve discovered three exciting Oʻahu events to help you celebrate!

Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, Saint Patrick’s Day first began as a cultural and religious event, held to commemorate the death of Ireland’s most famous patron saint. But these days, the majority of our yearly festivities have FUN as the focus! And speaking of fun, nobody does it better than downtown Honolulu hotspot, Murphy’s Bar and Grill.

1. Join the Revelry at Murphy’s Bar and Grill’s Block Party


Known for being the biggest St. Patrick’s Celebration in the entire Pacific, Murphy’s annual block party is always one for the books. The bar and eatery will be hosting its 30th Annual Block Party on Friday, March 17. Come early (from 11:00 a.m.) for lunch and stay throughout the day to enjoy a keiki fair (from noon-3 p.m.) and then into the night (official block party begins at 6 p.m.). Located on the corner of Merchant and Nuʻuanu streets, revelers at this rendezvous can look forward to a rowdy (and FREE!) evening filled with great food, vendor booths, live music and DJs, dancing, a fresh oyster bar, overflowing spirits, and endless fun!

2. Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Through Waikiki

If you’re looking for the ultimate family-friendly find, why not check out the Waikīkī St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Beginning at Fort DeRussy, the festivities will trace a route through Waikīkī, down Kalākaua, finishing at Kapiʻolani Park. The parade starts at noon and is expected to have more than 800 participants including marchers, vehicles, floats and bands.

3. Run a 5K at Ford Island (in St. Paddy’s Day Costume?)

Before all the Irish ale and eats, the smart thing to do would be to get in an early morning workout, on March 17th at the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run at Ford Island. Join with other groggy joggers (many even don holiday-themed colors and costumes!) along this run that starts at 7 a.m. and leaves from the Navy Lodge in Ford Island. (As of this article, runner registration is still open.  You can also come as a spectator, watching many-a “spirit-filled” runner literally weave their ways through the route!  Base access is required.

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