Your vacation just HAPPENS to overlap with St. Patrick’s Day in Hawaii, and you’ve heard there’s lots to do. But, how can you decide which celebration is right for you? After all, this may be your first and only chance to spend this uber-fun holiday in paradise. So, you’ll want to make the right decision! Read-on to learn about the big events and which crowd usually heads there:
Murphy’s Bar and Grill: Promoters call this celebration the Grandest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Pacific! It’s also a pretty charitable one: Murphy’s will be donating two dollars per pound of corned beef sold throughout the week to benefit the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation.
For families, you can take advantage of the delicious lunch and keiki fair, while those who party into the night can start at 5 p.m., when the block party begins.
Here are the details:
The 50th Annual Waikiki St. Patrick’s Day Parade: This year, the parade will be held on Friday March 17, 2017. Join us when the march steps off on Kalakaua Ave. in front of Ft DeRussey and makes its way through Waikiki to the bandstand at Kapiolani Park. The parade has around 800 participants including community organizations, marching bands, groups from the military, and keiki from schools. The parade lasts about 90 minutes. If you’re staying in one of the many Oahu hotels located in Waikiki, you will likely be able to walk to the parade route.
9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5k Fun Run at Ford Island: This fun and festive event is in support of the 117th Submarine Birthday Ball and starts in the early morning on Ford Island.
The event will start across from the Navy Lodge on Ford Island. The run begins promptly at 7AM. Arrive early to get your t-shirtds and other Sub Ball memorabilia. Parking attendants and volunteers will be on site to point you in the right direction.
We may not have a HUGE Irish population in Hawaii (about 5% of our population hails from Irish descent), but no matter! St. Patrick’s Day in Hawaii is still a big celebration — and it’s one you WON’T want to miss. So, decide which event is right for you, and I’ll see you at the party!
Posted by: Bruce Fisher