Today we find out what it’s like to be an Irishman (and Haole) growing up in Hawaii.

We talk story with writer, musician and creative spirit  JAMIE WINPENNY . We get up close and personal, discuss his ecletic career and how he’s gotten to this point in his life.  He shares with us the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. Jamie has seen it all in his 40 years in Hawaii and has a unique take on living and being raised here in Hawaii..

Jamie is an accomplished musician and one to the founders  DOOLIN RAKES a Irish Celtic Rock band playing venues all over Hawaii. The band has been paying together for 10 years and has regular gigs at the local Irish Bars in Honolulu’s China Town.

When he’s not playing music or writing he’s golfing, surfing and being a true irishman at heart, hanging out  at O’Toole’s ( you guessed it) a  Irish Pub in Chinatown.

Check out Jamie’s Band:



17 thoughts on “An IRISHMAN in PARADISE

  1. I always thought it was so strange to have a bar named Anna OBriens but now that I know the history it makes sense. You said it used to be called Anna Bananas but then the guy that owns 3 Irish bars in Honolulu bought it and changed the name. Thanks for clearing that up. 🙂

  2. Very cool. Personally as someone who has moved a kid here, its nice to hear someone who has been on Hawaii at such a young age still has his own identity and isn’t just another stereotype. Granted it sounds like his life was anything but typical…
    It was hilarious to hear him drop into pidgin LOL.

    Also I was wondering, I’ve noticed that all my comments are waiting for moderation for a day or two before they appear. I kind of wonder if this is hindering commenting. Its hard to get momentum going if your comment doesn’t appear for a day or two, or if by the time a few peoples comments get approved, you have another episode uploaded. Just a thought.

    • I was thinking the same thing Ken. Ive often thought of the long term pros and cons to when a kid would grow up there as compared to mainland. Are we just setting them up to fail or heart ache if they have to grow up in a place that they wont be able to afford a home? Or..does the benefit of growing up in an active beautiful place full of so much Aloha make it worth it. Made me realize that even though I know a lot of people in Hawaii I dont really know many people that grew up there.

      • Paul…when kids get older they can choose if they wish to stay or go, to get old here and start a family or not…it’s not about setting them up for failure…We all have choices…for me I’m never leaving Hawaii…it’s because my heart and soul tells me so…it has nothing to do with money…it may be hard to make it here, but when you move on to the next world you don’t take that money with you…you take lifes lessons, the journey, the adventures, lifes experiences with you…the people you love, the people you touch and the people you guide and help along the way…HAWAII GIVES YOU ALL THOSE THINGS and so much more…and if you can’t make it work with a family on one island…you can always choose another…That’s why I’m not leaving hawaii…but I am moving to another island…nothings impossible.

  3. Aloha Ken,
    We have to hold all comments in moderation because of spam issues, but one of us sees it usually within a few hours, once in awhile it waits a day but very rarely more that that. Comments have been scarce lately, we’ll have to push it more on the show.

    Mahalo for the feedback!

  4. It’s cool to hear about Irish cultural stuff hitting Hawaii. It is actually one of the things here in Ohio that we do very well in the summertime with the Dublin Irish Festival, the biggest of its kind in the country. I imagine it would be a welcome difference with Hawaiian weather vs our typically miserable midwestern heat.

  5. I don’t see why Irishmen or pubs in Hawaii strike some people as weird… I mean, they’re islanders, right?

    Hey, noticed awhile back that the Hawaii Aloha app was no longer working on my iPad? Didn’t use it that often because I could always check out the other online resources as I would more often just listen to the 2 podcasts but it was pretty cool all the same.

    • WELL…there are not many who think about Irishman or Irish pubs in Hawaii…we are letting people know if you are irish and you love irish pubs…WE HAVE 5 OF THEM ON OAHU!

  6. Why did Jamie make it sound like Jawaiian music is bad? Thats pretty much all I listen to after discovering it on Island 98.5 when visiting a few years ago. The music is great. Is Jawaiian music not popular or looked down upon? There’s a great station from Maui, 107.5, that seems to play a great selection of Hawaiian music. Also, theres a new Disney Au Lani Pandora station that plays a great selection. Good news for the mainlanders!

  7. Hey guys, love the show. Just a quick note about your conversation about language and how some folks switch between “standard English” and hardcore pidgin. It’s called “code switching”. Official definition (coined by Myers-Scotton & Ury in 1977) : It’s the “use of two or more linguistic varieties in the same conversation or interaction.” Comedians Key and Peele did a pretty funny bit about Obama’s notorious habit of speaking differently in front of different audiences.

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