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Hawaii Does Not Celebrate Columbus Day and Here’s Why

Since 1988 there has been no Columbus Day holiday in Hawaii. This year another big change took place with a new holiday and name. Here’s how this happened.

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65 thoughts on “Hawaii Does Not Celebrate Columbus Day and Here’s Why”

  1. A little late to this party, but Columbus Day is really more of an east coast thing. I have relatives there that talk about the day off and travel plans and weather things will be open. Meanwhile, I’ve lived on the west coast for over 50 years and there, it’s crickets, pretty much just another day on the calendar.

    As for discovers, Polynesians, Vikings, maybe even Phoenicians, not to mention those who crossed on the land bridge 25000 years ago, were here first but they, as far as we know didn’t tell everyone about their discovery. Columbus gets credit because he had a big mouth and told everybody. He was also European.

  2. it’s hawaii’s continual insistence on adopting policies, like the refusal to accept columbus day as a holiday, that fuels the exodus of its remaining citizenry. ironically, the indigenous population may very well see a rise in percentage after all, relative to non-natives. the anti-business environment and over-regulation policies will spar a further decline as well.

  3. The final wording of the signed bill Senate Bill 732 Act 125 still has the prohibition against it becoming a state holiday: “The second Monday in October of each year shall be known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day; provided that this day is not and shall not be construed to be a state holiday.”
    So my understanding is that it’s an “observed day” but not a “state holiday”. The police certainly don’t recognize today as a state holiday as they’re towing dozens of cars on the Ala Wai Blvd from people who thought it was a holiday.

  4. From the beginning of time man had always migrated, conquered and settled in foreign lands. If you own land… it was stolen.

  5. I wish there were No Days, other than Memorial Day. It just sets us all up our entire life with judgment from day one.


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