Saint Patrick’s Day is Here!

March 1st until April 30th of 2018
The Celtic Days in Honolulu and Celtic Days in Hawaii

The Celtic Days in Honolulu and concurrently Celtic Days in Hawaii have been proclaimed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Governor David Ige.  Those days falling between March 1st and April 30th have been declared the Celtic Days in our city and state to honor the many Celtic Organizations in our local communities and the cultural and historical connections between the Celtic Nations and Hawaii.
The events begin with the Irish cultural events surrounding St Patrick’s Day in March and conclude with those events around the Annual Scottish Festival and Tartan Day in April.

A consolidated Celtic calendar of events can be found at

Irish Music for the Week of St Pats
O’Toole’s Irish Pub, Kelley O’Neil’s, Anna O’Brien’s and the Irish Rose Saloon will feature Irish music throughout the week of St Patrick’s featuring:
Local artists: James McCarthy, Way Too Pretty, Celtic Waves, Doolin Rakes, The Craicpots, Scott Carey, Lisa Gomes with Curtis Vanderloop, Celtic Pipes & Drums and Irish Session Musicians.
Complete calendars of music can be found at

Wednesday March 14th
Guinness Toast Finals
Every year from September 17th (halfway to St Pats) O’Toole’s Irish Pub hosts a monthly Guinness Toast Contest.  Sponsored by Guinness, O’Toole’s and Paradise Beverages, the contest concludes on Wednesday the 14th at 8:00pm.  Come down and hear the finalists compete for a trip for two to Ocean Shores, Washington and tickets to the annual Galway Bay Irish Music Festival in October 2018..

Saturday, March 17th  Saint Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day Parade
The 51st Annual St Patrick’s Day parade sponsored by the Friends of St Patrick will take place on Saturday the 17th at 12 noon on Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki.  The parade route begins on Kalakaua fronting Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park by the bandstand.  The Parade this year will feature the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii and the Friends of Saint Patrick.  The event should conclude by 1:30pm

Thank yous are extended to our Parade sponsors; JJ Dolans, Murphy’s Bar  & Grill, Anna O’Brien’s, Kelley O’Neil’s, O’Toole’s, the Irish Rose Saloon, Anheuser Busch of Hawaii, Killians Irish Red, Guinness, Pabst and Primo, Sexton,  Jamesons, Dubliner, Tullamore Dew, Bushmills, Tyrconnell and Barefoot Wines.
The Parade will close Kalakaua Ave. from 11:30 until about 1:30 as the parade passes.

Interesting fact:  Honolulu’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is the last parade on the planet each year as any events west of Hawaii are beyond the International Dateline.

If interested in marching or participating in the parade, contact Bill Comerford at 223-3997 or Matt McConnell 285-0874.
Parade information can be found at the parade tag at

Friends of St Patrick Post-Parade Party
Immediately following the parade the Friends will be heading to Kelley O’Neil’s on 311 Lewers St to celebrate Erin’s favorite saint with Live Irish Music at 1pm featuring Celtic Waves, followed by Scott Carey at 4:30 pm, and Master of OZ will play through the evening into the wee hours.  St Patrick’s Day garb appropriate for the day will be available and of course the fine selection of Irish brews including Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, and Killian’s and a Great selection of finer Irish whiskeys including Jameson’s, Bushmills, Tullamore Dew, Dubliner, Sexton and Tyrconnell.

At the Irish Rose Saloon, Elephant will play from 1-4pm, Jake and the Sidewinders from 4:30 to 8:30, and Dinosaurus X will round out the night playing from 9pm to closing.

Anna O’Brien’s will be featuring Pabst Blue Ribbon starting in the afternoon. Irish Session Musicians will be playing from 4:30 to 8:30, and the night will finish out with Scott Carey.  Inside will feature Killian’s, Smithwick’s, Guinness and Harp, and corned beef and cabbage plates

Downtown St Patrick’s Day Block Party
The biggest bash and the last place on the planet (this side of the dateline) to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Murphy’s begins its party in the open air parking lot at the corners of Nuuanu and Marin. The Party in the parking lot features a wide variety of food on the Irish Theme of course featuring corned beef but with a fine seafood selection at the Guinness Oyster Bar.  The food and service start at 11am within the parking lot and Murphy’s Bar and Grill.

Always a blast, the block party starts at around 4:00pm as the streets are closed on Nuuanu, Merchant and Marin Lane. Murphy’s Bar and Grill takes to the streets with the good folks at O’Toole’s to provide the highlight of every St Patrick’s Day.  Live music will include the Celtic Pipes and Drums, the Doolin Rakes and Elephant on the streets. Libations by Guinness, Harp, Killlian’s, Smithwick’s, Bud Light, Stella Artois, Jameson’s and Barefoot Wines.  Live Music, great food, clothing and fun pervade the streets.

Catch the full day of Irish Music at O’Toole’s “the Party within the Party.”  Starting at 1pm with the James McCarthy, followed at 4pm by Lisa Gomes &Curtis Vandrloop and capped off with Honolulu’s own Doolin Rakes.  The street party should run until 10pm, while O’Toole’s remains open until 1:30am.

Wednesday  March 21
Irish Whiskey Tasting at O’Toole’s Irish Pub
Join us as we taste 8 great Irish Whiskies at 6:30pm $30.00

March 1st until April 30th of 2018
The Celtic Days in Honolulu and Celtic Days in Hawaii
The Celtic days of Honolulu and Hawaii features events from
The Friends of Saint Patrick
The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii
The Caledonian Society of Hawaii
The Hawaiian Scottish Association
The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii
Hawaii Irish Dance
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
More information will be forthcoming in the following weeks.
A calendar of events can be found at