Festivals & Fairs / For some, (mainly, little green men–menehune included) the year doesn’t start until Don Murphy says it does at Murphy’s 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. This party isn’t like any old green-themed event. Rumors say the brewers at Guinness have even gone so far as declaring it “The single biggest St. Patrick’s Day party any one bar throws in the United States.”
It’s for good reason, too, because in addition to opening up for lunch that day, Murph also sets up a menu that includes fish ‘n’ chips, blarney burgers, obligatory corned beef and cabbage, Guinness-braised lamb shanks, beers and booze of many sorts. Chase it all down with Mrs. Murph’s Irish whiskey cake or bread pudding with a whiskey sauce.
Once the moon comes out, they’ll close off the road around Merchant and Nuuanu streets and fill them with the sounds of Doolin’ Rakes and Piranha Brothers, beer kegs and good people.
As is Murphy’s fashion, he puts money to a good cause, and for his St. Patty’s party, $2 for every pound of corned beef sold is given to the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation.