In the early 1860’s there were 5 original “Retail Spirit” licenses issued on the island of Oahu. Murphy’s is the only license remaining. Murphy’s was then known as the Royal Hotel and the original owner was W.L. Green. Because the Hotel was located in the center of the waterfront, it was a gathering spot for merchants, ship captains, and gentlemen, including Royalty. Although King Kalakaua died in 1891, history tells us that the King frequented the Hotel, as did Robert Louis Stevenson.
From Green, to Lanahan, to Walters, to “Scotty” Meston, to Sullivan, to Bollman, to Gillis, and on and on ownership changed hands frequently. Throughout the years from Monarchy to Republic, to Annexation, then to Territorial status, the building remained the same in the ever-changing waterfront environment.
Then in 1987, Don Murphy purchased what was then the Royal Hawaiian Saloon and opened Murphy’s Bar and Grill.
Since 1987, we have been giving our clientele a little taste of the Irish homeland, all wrapped up in great food, good company, and an extensive bar with 16 unique beers on tap. We are open daily, from the weekly business lunches to intimate dinners to rousing celebrations with family and friends.
Murphy's Bar and Grill, Today
Along with providing a quality establishment, Murphy’s is also a notable organizer for many of Hawaii’s local charities and programs. In addition to hosting the annual Pigskin Pigout for UH Football (over 1.5 million raised over 15 years!) and countless Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation fundraisers, we have also been a part of Coaches vs. Cancer, Hawaii Literacy, Aloha Festival Week Fundraiser, Make a Wish (hosting out of town children and their families for Pro Bowl), American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House (over 23 years of Annual Ronald McDonald Gift Wrapping night in December), St. Louis Flood Relief (1993), Friends of Ian Matsumoto, Aloha Airlines “Aloha for Aloha” fundraiser, UH Cancer Research Center, Hurricane Iniki fundraiser for victims (1993), CSI Fundraisers (Comfort, Security, Independence) for the elderly, David Lyman’s Memorial Scholarship for the California Maritime Academy, Save our Schools fundraiser (raising money for high school athletics), TV/PBS Hawaii, Restaurant Week, and more.
Murphy’s has been the gracious recipient of many local awards and recognitions over the past 24 years, including Spirit of Aloha, First Lady Award by Mrs. John Waihee, “Ten Who Make a Difference” by the Honolulu Star Bulletin (1989), Distinguished American Award by the National Football Foundation (1999), Outstanding Small Business State of Hawaii by National Fundraising Group (1999), National Restaurant Association finalist for Outstanding Community Service, Charles Ushijima Rainbow Service Award, Outstanding Small Business – State of Hawaii presented by National Fundraising Association.
In 2010, Murphy’s Bar and Grill was featured on the Food Network program “Diners, Drive-Thrus, and Dives”. Also in 2010, Murphy’s was inducted into the Hawaii Restaurant Association “Hall of Fame”, as well as being honored by the Ronald McDonald Charities for Community Service.
Now, in our 27th year, we are still enjoying this incredibly journey filled with lots of love and laughter, joy and tears. We’ve had block parties, fund raising events, wakes, birthdays, baby luaus, graduation celebrations, wedding parties, and even a few actual marriages! There have been many people who “met their mate” at Murphy’s and are living happily ever after! And let’s not forget creating the LARGEST St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Pacific, hosting thousands every March 17th! We can go on and on about the fun we’ve had here at Murphy’s and owe it all to our friends and customers who have helped us succeed over the past 25+ years!
We are so thankful for our community and friends that have joined us over the years, and look forward to many more great times with you!
Don and Marion Murphy
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