Welcome to the Friends of St Patrick of Hawaii Website!

Celtic Days in Hawaii have come and gone and we want to 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. 

  • Society of the Friends of St. Patrick of Hawai'i 
  • Saint Andrew Society of Hawai'i (SASH)
  • Caledonian Society
  • Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawai'i
  • Scottish American Military Society Post 808
  • Hawai'i Scottish Association
  • Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
  • Hawai'i Irish Dance 

The Society of the Friends of St. Patrick of Hawai‘i have invited chapters from across the country to the 8th National Summit of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  We are honored to host this event from October 13-16, 2016 where individual chapters convene to share successes and best practices and discuss issues within our organizations.  At every Summit the collegiality between chapters deepens as new friends and memories are made.

This year’s Summit has been a year in the making with a full schedule of tours, internationally renowned Irish musicians, and a pub crawl through old Honolulu’s Irish haunts.  We’ve left plenty of time to get sand between your toes on beautiful Waikiki Beach and have a hospitality room where all of the Summit participants can enjoy a cold beverage and the camaraderie of fellow Friends.  Check out the links below to learn more and make your plans now to be partof the Summit in October.

Also remember that April 30 is the deadline for submitting scholarship applications.  If any of your deserving young scholars are trying to figure out how to pay for college, have them check out the Scholarship link above.

And finally, just because Celtic days are over be sure to check out our Events page and join your fellow Friends at one of our gatherings.


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Irish generosity over the years

This year, the annual World Giving Index ranked Ireland as the most generous country in Europe, based on data gathered from the Gallup World Poll about respondents' charitable activities.

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.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20141207_Irish_generosity_over_the_years.html#SLGs0JtHBH4Fs3ML.99

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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. 


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Box Pleated Kilts at brooklyn

August 29, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
Looking for a kilt that can stand up to whatever comes your way? The Box Pleat Hybrid Kilt for Tactical Men can be worn on the hiking trail, on the job site or even on a battlefield due to its heavy-duty construction and high quality 100 percent cotton fabrics. Available in five colors, the kilt has contrast camouflage trim and paneling…See More
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Irish Dance & Music Sessions at Anna O'Brien's (upstairs)

May 31, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm
All Hawaii Irish Dance dancers, friends, family members, and newcomers are invited to our Irish dance and music sessions. Dancers: no specialized clothing or shoes are required, but please wear comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet as you dance (please no slippers, sandals, or high heels - they may become a tripping hazard for you). Please also note that the dance surface will be concrete. The level of instruction and calling depends on who shows up - dances may be taught if needed.…See More
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Irish Language at O'Toole's

April 26, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
We have a group that gets together on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's to learn basic conversational Irish. Any one with an interest in Gaeilge and is willing to contribute to the group should put this evening on their calendar.All levels are welcome.See More
Apr 26
David Reid commented on Kevin Kelly's event Irish Language
"We'll be starting out with numbers in Irish.  Counting - but it is a bit different if you are counting things or counting people. We'll also be working on simple greetings and polite terms as well.    Go raibh maith agat. "
Apr 26
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Celtic Movie Night at Anna O’Brien’s

April 30, 2016 from 4:30pm to 7pm
Local Hero (1983)"Up-and-coming Houston oil executive "Mac" MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) gets more than he bargained for when a seemingly simple business trip to Scotland changes his outlook on life. Sent by his colorful boss (Burt Lancaster) to the small village of Ferness, Mac is looking to quickly buy out the townspeople so his company can build a new refinery. But after a taste of country life Mac begins to question whether he is on the right side of this transaction."Release date: February…See More
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Membership Meeting-Irish History at Celtic Room-Behind O'Toole's

April 16, 2016 at 3:30pm to May 21, 2016 at 5pm
At this membership meeting Bill Comerford will be talking about the history of Ireland regarding the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Dublin. Come in and learn a little about the past.See More
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CEILI DANCE & DINNER at Anna O’Brien’s

April 17, 2016 from 3pm to 8pm
Come and enjoy the fun of traditional Irish dance!Live Irish music, courtesy of Celtic Waves, Whiskey Starship, and the Honolulu Irish Session players     will liven up our evening and get everyone’s toes tapping!Dinner will be served around 5:00, the cost of which is included in your ticket. The bar will be open for business – tip your bartender well!Door prizes will be given out at the end of the night – stay ‘til 8:00, every entry ticket is a chance to win!$20 at the doorWhat is ceili…See More
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Gaelic Sports

Posted by Damian Vacin on August 16, 2015 at 5:18am 1 Comment

Is anyone who is a part of this group interested in playing hurling of gaelic football? If so please respond to this post.


Damian Vacin

Words to Recruiting Song

Posted by Rosanne T. Donohoe on February 12, 2012 at 2:08pm 0 Comments




If you’re Irish come into the parlor

There’s a welcome there for you,


And if your name is Timothy or Pat,

So long as you come from Ireland

There’s a welcome on the mat.

If you come from the Mountains of Mourne

Or Killarney’s Lakes so blue,

We’ll sing you a song

We’ll make a fuss

Whoever you are, you’re one of us,

If you’re Irish,…


The Celtic Keiki are looking forward to the Emerald Ball - Join Us!

Posted by The Celtic Keiki on February 6, 2012 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

The Emerald Ball is one of the very best parties hosted by The Friends of St. Patrick.  The Ball is a night filled with kilts, kegs, corned beef, cabbage, Irish Music, Dance, Song and Whiskey!  Come to visit with old friends and make some new ones!

New Board Members

Posted by Kevin Kelly on December 11, 2011 at 7:10pm 0 Comments

The following  have stepped up to the plate and offered their services and at our last Board of Directors meeting these gentlemen were added as Directors, Matt McConnell, Chuck Wall, and Clark Ratliffe, we also named Joshua Beal as an alternate director.


Posted by Kevin Kelly on December 11, 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Ian Wilson has donated a large number of books many of which are unique and difficult to find.  They are in the E & J Lounge offices above at 10 Marin Lane.  These books will be reference only and may be viewed or used by appointment. Please Contact Bill Comerford to use them.

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