Hawaii Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Hawaii Holidays: What you need to know

Hawaii observes the following as official holidays:
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
March 26 Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
June 11 King Kamehameha I Day
July 4 Independence Day
Third Friday in August Statehood Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
The governor or president of the United States may designate additional holidays.
State employers. Hawaii state offices are closed and state employees are entitled to the holidays noted as paid days off. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the previous Friday. State employees that regularly work on Saturday will observe the holiday on Saturday and not on Friday; those that work on Sunday will observe the holiday on Sunday but not on Monday (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-2).
Private employers. Private employers are not required by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, most employers do observe at least 7 paid holidays.
Last reviewed on December 6, 2017.

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Hawaii Holidays Resources

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Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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