Discoverers’ Day is not a state holiday

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Monday is Discoverers’ Day in Hawaii and it has not been a state holiday by statute since 1988.

[§8-1.5] Discoverers’ Day. The second Monday in October shall be known as Discoverers’ Day, in recognition of the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands, provided that this day is not and shall not be construed to be a state holiday. [L 1988, c 220, §4]

The Hawaii state legislature removed the October date as a holiday to make room for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday, which means there is no regular mail delivery and many banks are closed. However, only 23 states and the District of Columbia have the second Monday in October date as a paid state holiday.

Just this year, at least a dozen US cities — including San Francisco and Cincinnati — decided to stop observing Columbus Day and will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday.

State and city-county employees must report to work as usual, and the University of Hawaii system is in session.

According to the Hawaii Department of Education’s calendar for 2018, public schools will be on Fall Break from Oct. 8 through Oct. 12.

Because Discoverers’ Day is not a state holiday, street parking is the same as a regular Monday.

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