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Are you guys gonna celebrate St Patricks Day?

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Honolulu, Waikiki will temporarily turn emerald during St. Patty's Day festivities

Irish for a day

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THE Emerald Isle of Ireland has no snakes. Lush, green Hawaii is a bunch of islands with no snakes. In the case of the former, legend has it that along with his activities converting pagans to Catholicism, St. Patrick invoked God's curse to drive all venomous snakes into the sea.

We might as well celebrate the accomplishment too.

The usual suspects among Irish-themed local businesses and organizations will make sure no blarney stone is left unturned. Hawaii's Irish-folk will burst forth tomorrow with the celebration of St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish.

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The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will stage its 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade through Waikiki starting at noon.

By then, however, the merriment will have begun downtown, as Murphy's Bar & Grill will kick off its 17th annual celebration at 11 a.m.

Crowded streets are the norm during downtown Honolulu's St. Patrick's Day Block Party outside Murphy's Bar & Grill.

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Murphy will serve thousands of oysters, 1,000 pounds of corned beef, special Irish quesadillas in a partnership with Compadres Bar & Grill, Gaelic steak, Blarney Burgers, "and my wife makes desserts," he said. Cheesecakes and Irish whisky cake will be among the sweeter offerings.

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O'Toole's Irish Pub owners Bill Comerford and Frederick Remington have been in cahoots with Murphy in preparation for tomorrow's festivities and will have live entertainment rotating between O'Toole's and The Irish Rose Saloon and Kelley O'Neil's in Waikiki, starting at 1 p.m.

"It's our first year with O'Toole's," said Remington, who with partner Comerford bought O'Toole's in July. They are vice president and president, respectively, of E & J Lounge Operating Co., which is also parent company of The Irish Rose and Kelley O'Neil's.

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Kelley O'Neil's will have traditional dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, chowder and stew "from 11 a.m. until it runs out," said Remington. "And Guinness," Comerford added.

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The E & J pubs will each have a patron-bearing trolley in the Waikiki parade, after which one of the trolleys will shuttle revelers between the Waikiki pubs and downtown for the block party.

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The parade starts at Fort DeRussy, and will head down Kalakaua Avenue to Kapahulu Avenue. The official post-parade party will be at the Elks Club in Waikiki, said Kevin Kelly, president and parade chairman.

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Marchers will include members of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and other organizations such as Clan Na Gael, Celtic Pipes and Drums, the Royal Hawaiian Band, military bands, beauty queens, car clubs, Damien High School and, in keeping with tradition, eighth-graders from St. Patrick's School.

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Bars and restaurants such as Fox and Hounds will also participate, as will "assorted clowns and leprechauns," Kelly said.

On most days, Kelly is the University of Hawaii managing director for EPSCor, the experimental program to stimulate competitive research. It works to give university faculty, government agencies and the private sector tools to better compete for federal grants, he said.

Has Kelly taken Thursday off?

No, just Wednesday.

"My green flu is pretty much quantified to one day," he laughed.

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^You'd be surprised at what we have... :D Nearly everything is celebrated here btw the Irish have a long history here too many came over during the Capt Cook Days, Plantation Days, Fur Trade, Whaling, etc. I swear its like every week theres some kind of festival or celebrations last weekend it was the Tahitian festival the weekend before it was the Honolulu Festival and i think coming up theres the Swiss Festival, Indonesian Cultural Festival, 25th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival-Matsuri, etc etc We've already had a Korean Festival, Vietnamese Festival, Brazilian Festival, Mardis Gras, Chinese New Year Festival, African Cultural Festival, etc etc :P Its a festive city and state!

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Didn't realize that there were many Irish in HAwaii.

Though if you think about it, why is it that in North America the Irish get special priviledges over other cultures with a holiday?

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^Well actually its not a holiday its just celebrated

BTW People of Irish (53,000) ancestry in Hawaii are the second largest of the European groups after Germans (71,000) and just above English (52,000) and Portuguese (49,000) and in the top 10 overall. Its a microcosm of the world, its one of the few places where size does not matter and its an exception to the rule.

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