Welcome to the Friends of St Patrick of Hawaii Website!
Celtic Days in Hawai‘i Ne are upon us!
The Society of the Friend's of St. Patrick invite you to kick off the season by inviting you to the premier Irish event of the season, The 63rd Annual Emerald Ball. The event, to be held at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili near the University of Hawaii, will kick off at 5:00 pm with a silent auction with entertainment, an Irish dinner and dance to follow. Go to the events page or click here to get your tickets.
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And be sure to come join with your friends and march in the 50th Annual Waikiki St. Patrick's Day Parade that will be held on Friday March 17. The parade kicks off at noon so make plans to get there early. Find more information on the events page.
We are fortunate here in Hawai‘i to have a number of Celtic organizations that share their convictions of friendship, culture and community and we thank all of you and the leaders and members of these organizations for coming together to support each other and further Celtic culture in Hawai'i.
A rich legacy of Irish giving exists on both sides of the Atlantic. Consider Philadelphia's Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a society dedicated to providing education and charity for more than 240 years.
"The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick is one of the most dynamic and vibrant charitable and education-oriented forces in the Philadelphia Irish community," asserts Thomas Lyons 2d, the group's historian.
Founded in 1771 to provide relief for Irish immigrants, the Friendly Sons included many Revolutionary notables: Thomas Fitzsimons, Robert Morris, and Commodore John Barry, "father of the American navy." George Washington was made an honorary member in 1782. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin attended some of the group's early meetings.
As Irish immigration to America swelled in the 1840s due to the Great Hunger, the charitable work of the Friendly Sons grew accordingly. Benevolent efforts soon expanded beyond the Irish community - victims of the Johnstown flood and San Francisco earthquake, veterans of the Spanish-American War, and the Russian Jewish Relief Fund all received assistance.
After the 1922 establishment of the Irish Free State, the Friendly Sons donated $5,000 to alleviate the suffering of those affected by hostilities.
As conditions in Ireland improved and immigration abated, the focus of the group shifted to promoting closer ties between America and Ireland. The installation of the Barry statue outside Independence Hall and the Fitzsimons monument in Logan Square evidenced this new direction and showed the contribution of the Irish to American society. Since World War II, the Friendly Sons have also provided scholarships for Irish graduate students to study in America.
The Friendly Sons is the second-oldest continuously meeting Irish organization in the United States, and currently has more than 1,200 members.
Join Fiona Ritchie on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. for The Thistle & Shamrock on Hawaii Public Radio. Hear wild fiddle music and singing in the language of the Gael.