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Statehood Day in Hawaii in the United States

Hawaii’s Statehood Day is an annual state holiday on the third Friday of August. It commemorates the anniversary Hawaii’s statehood . This holiday is not to be confused with Statehood Day in Kentucky or Tennessee, USA.

Adission or Statehood Day Hawaii
Hawaii's Statehood Day commemorates the day Hawaii became the 50th state of the USA.
Hawaii's Statehood Day commemorates the day Hawaii became the 50th state of the USA.

What Do People Do?

There is a fair amount of debate surrounding this holiday, which has sparked discussions among locals. Some say that the day, which was formerly known as Admission Day, should either be removed or celebrated on a larger scale. There are those who say that no official celebrations are held on the day and describe it as a silent day. Many opinions voice out that the anniversary of statehood is virtually ignored. Some people write messages or newspaper articles to promote the holiday, wishing the state a “happy birthday”.

Others believe that the holiday is a controversial matter and can be perceived as culturally insensitive by native Hawaiians. It has also been reported that a group of independence activists disrupted a Statehood Day celebration on the grounds of Iolani palace in 2006.

Public Life

Hawaii’s Statehood Day is a state holiday so government offices are closed, as well as schools and major universities. Some bus companies may observe the public holiday, while others operate seven days a week, including all holidays. Ferries may also operate on the holiday. People planning to use public transit services on this day can check with the local public transit service providers prior to travelling.


Hawaii’s Statehood Day commemorates Hawaii’s admission as a state on August 21, 1959. In 1898 the United States annexed Hawaii, which was declared as a “necessary” navy base for the conduct of the Spanish-American War. The United States’ interests coveted the islands for some time. During World War II, Oahu served as the command post for the US operations in the Pacific. Large portions of Hawaii were turned over for the US military bases. After the war, two-thirds of the residents favored statehood.

However, because of the many ethnicities present, there was resistance to Hawaii’s statehood from segregated southern states. A primary election took place in Hawaii on June 27, 1959, and various statehood propositions received many votes on that day. Following the certification of the election results, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation on August 21, 1959, declaring Hawaii to be the 50th state. This was known as Admission Day until 2001.


Hawaii was a symbol of a new frontier when it became the 50th state of the United States of America in 1959 after many years of heated political debates and discussions. Some people saw Hawaii as a bridge to Asia and an example of American ideas.

Statehood Day in Hawaii Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriAug 202010Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 192011Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 172012Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 162013Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 152014Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 212015Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 192016Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 182017Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 172018Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 162019Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii
FriAug 212020Statehood Day in HawaiiState holidayHawaii

Quick Facts

Hawaii’s Statehood Day is celebrated on the third Friday of August to commemorate the anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood.

Statehood Day in Hawaii 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018 (local in Hawaii)

Statehood Day in Hawaii 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019 (local in Hawaii)


Name in other languages

Statehood Day in HawaiiEnglish
Estadidad de HawaiiSpanish
יום הקמת המדינה הוואיHebrew
يوم بناء الدولة هاوايArabic
하와이 건국의 날Korean
Hawaii innlemmelsesdagNorwegian
Tag der Eigenstaatlichkeit von HawaiiGerman

Alternative name

Hawaii Admission Day

List of dates for other years

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Other holidays in August 2018 in the United States

Fun Holiday on August 17, 2018

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