Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in Hawaii
Spending St. Patrick’s Day in Hawaii? Congratulations — you’re in for a treat, no matter how you prefer to celebrate. So grab your green attire and check out these exciting events!
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
UPDATE: Murphy’s Bar & Grill announced on March 9 that it has canceled the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day block party over coronavirus concerns. Read more at staradvertiser.com.
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 generally begins serving lunch at 11 a.m., and you can stay throughout the day to enjoy a keiki fair. The official block party usually starts at 4 p.m. (check Murphy’s website for the latest details). 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!
With sections of both Merchant and Nuʻuanu streets blocked off for the party, finding nearby parking can be a challenge. We recommend arriving early if you want to park in a metered spot on the street or in a garage nearby, or better yet, use a rideshare service so you don’t have to worry about parking or finding a designated driver.
2. Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Through Waikiki
If you’re looking for the ultimate family-friendly find, check out the Honolulu St. Patricks Day Parade. Beginning at Fort DeRussy, the festivities trace a route through Waikīkī, down Kalākaua and finish at Kapiʻolani Park. The parade typically starts at noon and has featured more than 800 participants in previous years, including marchers, vehicles, floats and bands.
After the parade, continue the celebration in Waikiki with St. Patrick’s Day events and specials at numerous restaurants.
3. Run a 5K at Ford Island (in St. Paddy’s Day Costume?)
Before all the Irish ale and eats, get in an early morning workout at the annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run at Ford Island. Many participants tackle this fun run in St. Patrick’s Day-themed colors and costumes. The race typically starts at 7 a.m. and leaves from the Navy Lodge in Ford Island. Base access is required.
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