Hawaii holidays recognize most U.S. national holidays (besides Columbus Day) and observes an additional three additional unique state holidays. These days are Prince Kuhio Day, King Kamehameha I Day and Admissions Day.
In 2022 the State Observed Hawaii Holidays are:
- January 1 – New Year’s Day
- January 17 – Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday in January)
- February 21 – President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
- March 26 – Prince Kuhio Day (26 March or nearest weekday)
- April 15 – Good Friday
- April 16 – Emancipation Day Observance
- May 30 – Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
- June 11 – King Kamehameha I Day
- June 19 – Juneteenth
- July 4 – Independence Day
- August 19 – Admissions Day (3rd Friday in August)
- September 5 – Labor Day (1St Monday in September)
- November 11 – Veterans Day
- November 24 – Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November)
- December 25 – Christmas
Sovereignty Restoration Day
Effective 2022, July 31 will now mark La Hoihoi Ea, or Sovereignty Restoration Day, in Hawaii. It is however not an official state holiday.
The day commemorates King Kamehameha III, who established the date of sovereignty as its first national holiday. In 1840, British forces raised the union jack in Honolulu to symbolize taking control of Hawaii. King Kamehameha III responded by sending representatives to a British court. It was on July 31, 1843, that the Hawaiian flag was re-raised in Honolulu and power was returned to the king.
More Information About Hawaii Holidays
To learn more about the history of Hawaii and King Kamehameha visit our details Hawaii History page. For an events calendar and list of the Farmer’s Markets and Music and Art Festivals on the North Shore of Kauai click here.