The Best Things to Do on O‘ahu in March 2021

In-person events are still up in the air so instead celebrate a few national days with corned beef, canines, empowered comedians and cans of local beer.



St Patricks Day Kahala Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of The Kāhala Hotel & Resort




St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, 2020, the HONOLULU Magazine team began working from home. One year later, I’m planning yet another quiet celebration at home with a Guinness (I go to Village Bottle Shop for cans and Murphy’s Bar and Grill for a freshly poured pint) and a local restaurant’s version of the classic corned beef and cabbage. Last year, Butcher & Bird had a corned beef sausage with pastrami and rye, 12th Ave Grill boasted a corned beef and lamb shepherd’s pie, Plumeria Beach House (pictured) had a three-course menu and M.A.C. 24/7 added green pancakes. Sláinte!



Dog Things Kk 15

Photo: Katie Kenny




National Puppy Day

As if you need one of hundreds of dog-related national days to show Fido some love. But if you want an excuse to post pupper pics on Instagram, mark March 23 in your calendar. Then head to HONOLULU’s pets page for tips on doggy days out to restaurants and trails, photo galleries of dogs surfing and more—while you mentally plan photo ops to enter in our annual Pet Photo Contest this summer. If you need a wardrobe refresh, head to Roberta Oaks’ new, bigger digs on Nu‘uanu Avenue for matching masks and pet bandannas.


SEE ALSO: The Best Things to do Outdoors While You Staycation on O‘ahu During Quarantine


International Womens Day Honolulu Beerworks

Photo: Alexander B. Gates




International Women’s Day

Raise one hand and challenge inequality: March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge because “a challenged world is an alert world.” Watch for local female empowerment sessions, buy tickets to comedian-who-has-overcome Aida Rodriguez’s March 14 set at Blue Note Hawai‘i, and pick up a six-pack of Honolulu Beerworks’ Pink Boots collaboration beer, perfectly named Pussy Grabs Back. Yes. It. Does. (And as a reminder that there’s more to be done, National Equal Pay Day is March 24.)


SEE ALSO: 2020 in Review: Best Craft Beers Brewed on O‘ahu





Read Across America Day

March 2

The Hawai‘i State Public Library System marked more than a million digital book checkouts in 2020. Join the crowd with a digital loan of your own. It’s what Theodor Seuss Geisel would do.


Check out our ever-growing reading list


Whales Hawaii Humpback Honolulu Magazine

Video: Courtesy of University of Hawai‘i | NOAA permit 19703




World Wildlife Day

March 3

Surround yourself with flora and fauna with a hike in the mountains or a walk through a botanical garden, or pull up a spot on the beach for a last round of whale watching before the gentle giants head back to cooler waters.


SEE ALSO: 18 Really Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Humpback Whales



Did you know that Hawai‘i is the only state in the U.S. where McDonald’s still fries its pies—everywhere else, they’re baked. Read more. Photo: Martha Cheng




National Pi Day

March 14

Relax and grab a slice: It’s the perfect day for hungry math nerds to take a break from writing on windows and oversized whiteboards.


SEE ALSO: Taste Test: We Tried Every Mini Pie at Hawaiian Pie Co.




National Let’s Laugh Day

March 19

Set your search for comedies on March 19. Chuckle with two highly anticipated movies debuting digitally this month: Coming 2 America with Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall (they both play multiple roles) and James Earl Jones on Amazon Prime, and the Asian-inspired Disney animation Raya and the Last Dragon starring Awkwafina on Disney Plus.



This story originally appeared as “March Picks” in the March 2021 issue of HONOLULU Magazine. Get your copy at and subscribe to the print and digital editions now.


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