Once again, Honolulu’s “Irish Corner” will be the scene of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Pacific, with thousands thronging the annual block party to revel and celebrate all things Irish on Tuesday, March 17. More than just a party, however, the Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party will again benefit worthy Hawaii non-profit organizations always in need of support. Over the past 27 years, Murphy’s Bar & Grill’s Saint Patrick’s Day Block Party has raised over $100,000 for local charities.
Owner Don Murphy expects to sell 2,500 pounds of fresh corned beef, and will donate $2.00 for each pound sold to the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation. The projected $5000 will help the charity continue to provide the vital research and services that pediatric cancer patients and their families have come to rely on over the years.
Also, $.30 from the sale of each of 6,000 oysters sold at the Murphy’s Oyster Bar will be donated to local non-profits, including Ronald McDonald House, and University of HI ROTC. Last year, Murphy’s went through 3,000 oysters in only 3.5 hours.
Again this year, the first 100 women who come in to Murphy’s for lunch on March 17 will receive complimentary flower lei. Murphy’s opens for lunch in the restaurant at 11:00 a.m. Menu items include corned beef and cabbage, steamed clams, fresh salmon, fresh oysters, and Marion Murphy’s Irish Whiskey Cake and Bread Pudding with Irish Whiskey Sauce. This year’s event includes a variety of new menu items as well: lamb shank, grilled steak, calamari, shrimp, and a Bailey’s cheesecake.
The block party kicks off next Tuesday at noon and goes till 10 pm. After sunset, Merchant and Nuuanu Streets are blocked off. Live music will be provided by Honolulu’s favorite Irish pub rock band Doolin Rakes, and Celtic Pipes and Drums Hawaii.