Hawaii Festivals & Events > Hawaii Public Holidays

As the 50th state of the USA, Hawaii has Federal and State public holidays. Most businesses in resort areas (like Waikiki) and the major tourist attractions will choose to stay open on these days.

Hawaii Federal Holidays

Federal holidays are determined by the United States Government and are nationally recognized. U.S. government offices, banks and post offices are usually closed on these days. Most corporate companies will also shutdown in observance of these national holidays.

  • New Year’s Day (1st of January)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (4th of July)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (11th of November)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (25th of December)

Hawaii State Holidays

State holidays are declared at a state or local government level and are only observed in those specific states, counties or cities. Hawaii’s state holidays mark culturally and historically significant occasions. On these days, State government offices and public schools are closed.

  • Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day (26th of March)
  • Good Friday (Friday preceding Easter Sunday)
  • King Kamehameha Day (11th of June)
  • Statehood Day (3rd Friday in August)
  • General Election Day (1st Tuesday in November following the 1st Monday of even-numbered years)

Hawaii’s Observed Holidays in 2022 & 2023

To check what actual date the Hawaii public holidays fall in 2021, please consult the list below.

  • 2022
  • Veterans’ Day 11th of November 2022, Friday
  • Thanksgiving 24th of November 2022, Thursday
  • Christmas 25th of December 2022, Sunday (Public holiday date: 26th of December, Monday)
  • 2023
  • New Year’s Day 1st of January 2023, Sunday (Public holiday date: 2nd of January, Monday)
  • Martin Luther King Day 16th of January 2023, Monday
  • Presidents’ Day 20th of February 2023, Monday
  • Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day 26th of March 2023, Sunday (Public holiday date: 27th of March, Monday)
  • Good Friday 7th of April 2023, Friday
  • Memorial Day 29th of May 2023, Monday
  • King Kamehameha Day 11th of June 2023, Sunday (Public holiday date: 12th of June, Monday)
  • Independence Day 4th of July 2023, Tuesday
  • Statehood Day 18th of August 2023, Friday
  • Labor Day 4th of September 2023, Monday
  • Veterans’ Day 11th of November 2023, Saturday (Public holiday date: 10th of November, Friday)
  • Thanksgiving 23rd of November 2023, Thursday
  • Christmas 25th of December 2023, Monday

Hawaii Holiday Meanings

Ever wondered what the Hawaii federal and state holidays represent? Read on for an explanation of why these days of the year are important plus ideas on how you can celebrate them on Oahu.

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