If you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day in Hawaii, it appears the luck of the Irish has already been bestowed upon you! And you’re about to get even luckier because if there’s one thing that Hawaiians do best, it’s show visitors a good time—especially when a holiday rolls around. The Irish down in Hawaii love St. Patrick’s Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than among the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery and world-class Oahu attractions, complete with a tropical vibe and the friendly people of the island known as “The Gathering Place.”
The most popular St. Patrick’s Day even for visitors and locals of all ages is the Honolulu St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Friends of St. Patrick Society of Hawaii host this jovial parade which is in it’s 4th year, making it a true Hawaiian tradition. The 2014 parade starts at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 17th and will run for about two hours. Nearly 800 participants will march down Kalakaua Ave from Ala Moana Blvd to Kapiolani Park. The procession will include marching bands, community organizations, decorated floats, military groups, dance troops, and more.
Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, sponsored by Murphy’s Bar & Grill, is the most popular post-parade celebration. It’s billed as “the last place on the planet (this side of the dateline) to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” and we can’t imagine they’d let the occasion pass without the party to end all parties. This will be Murphy’s 27th year sponsoring the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, which the brewers of Guinness labeled “the single biggest St. Patrick’s Day party any one bar throws in the United States.” That’s quite an accomplishment!
The open-air festival kicks off at noon, featuring a variety of Irish food and booze, but the real party starts at 6 PM when Merchant and Nuuanu Streets close down and the live music commences. This year’s acts will be Doolin’ Rakes, a Celtic rock band, and Elephant, a local hard rock group. As always, crowds of people decked out in green will flood the streets, which, by the way, are lined with kegs and spirits.
If Murphy’s sounds like too much of a party for you, plenty of other local pubs offer special St. Patrick’s Day programming of a tamer variety. Kelly O’Neils, the Irish Rose, and Anna’s have all promised live Irish music.
Other Oahu Attractions
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Monday, you have the whole weekend before the big day to explore other Oahu attractions and experience the traditions that make Hawaii such a culturally and historically rich place. You can save money on admission with an Oahu attractions pass, and check out cool offerings like hula dancing and spear throwing at the Polynesian Cultural Center, feasting at Germaine’s Luau, or experiencing the great outdoors with the Diamond Head Hike—a trek up the world’s biggest volcanic crater. Just imagine the views!