Hawaii observes all the standard US national holidays, plus they have additional days that are celebrated only in the 50th State. Personally, I think that’s a bit unfair that Hawaii residents live in a tropical paradise and have additional holidays. I’ll list the Hawaii state holidays when most public offices and some private companies are closed in observance.
Prince Kuhio Day – March 26th
This holiday celebrates the birth of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole who was the last reigning prince in Hawaii. He later became a politician representing Hawaii in Washington even before Hawaii became a state. You might recall from an earlier fact in this series, that Prince Kuhio introduced the first statehood bill to Congress.
King Kamehameha Day – June 11th
This holiday honors King Kamehameha, the first Hawaiian king to unite the islands under one rule. (See more on King Kamehameha Day.)
Statehood Day – Third Friday of August
On August 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became a US State. This holiday is usually observed on the third Friday of August. What a neat coincidence that on the 50th anniversary of Statehood, the official day and the observed day are the same day this year!
Discoverer’s Day – Second Monday of October
Hawaii doesn’t officially honor Columbus Day and instead celebrates Discoverer’s Day on the same day. On this holiday, Hawaii recognizes the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands. (Note: Hawaii isn’t the only US State that has created a day in lieu of Columbus Day. See this link for more information.)