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Hawaii Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Hawaii public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

The Wage Standards Division of the State of Hawaii oversees all regulations regarding holiday pay in the state. As all other states in the country, Hawaii recognizes many of the same holidays as the federal government, but how an employee is paid for those holidays is regulated at the state level.

Hawaii recognizes all federal holidays including President’s Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. On those holidays, state and local offices, as well as schools and banks may be closed. As with most states, if the holiday falls on a Saturday, the holiday is celebrated on Friday while Sunday holidays are celebrated on Monday. The only exception is for state employees who normally work on weekends. Those employees celebrate the holiday on the day it falls.

State Holidays

There are some holidays celebrated in Hawaii that are not federally recognized. Hawaii considers Good Friday a holiday with many offices and businesses closed. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day is celebrated on March 26 each year. The day is celebrated with festivals and parades in honor of the Prince’s efforts to improve the lives of the Hawaiian people, especially the passage of the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act which provided homesteads for native Hawaiians. On June 11, the state celebrates King Kamehameha Day in honor of Hawaii’s first king who united the islands in 1810. Hawaiian Statehood Day is also celebrated on the third Friday in August. The state also recognizes election day on the first Tuesday of November in even-numbered years. The Governor of Hawaii is also authorized to designate additional holidays.

Holiday Pay

Public employees receive paid holidays as a benefit, but there is no legislation that requires private employers to provide paid holidays. Private employers are not required to pay more than the employee’s regular rate if they work on a holiday, although an employee who works more than 40 hours in any week is eligible for overtime. If the business closes on the holiday, the employer is not required to pay the employee for the time they do not work.

Like other states, Hawaii recognizes the same holidays as the federal government, but also celebrates holidays that are unique to the state. Although there is no requirement for private employees to provide paid holidays, many do recognize at least seven holidays as a benefit to employees.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Hawaii State Government.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
26 MarSunPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
27 MarMonPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
29 MayMonMemorial Day
11 JunSunKing Kamehameha Day
12 JunMonKing Kamehameha Day Holiday
4 JulTueIndependence Day
18 AugFriStatehood Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day