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President’s Day 2016: What’s Open/Closed?

February 15, 2016, 8:04 AM HST
* Updated February 15, 12:45 AM
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Mount Rushmore PIXABAYPresident’s Day, originally established in 1885 as a day of recognition for President George Washington, is celebrated yearly on the third Monday of February.

The holiday was previously celebrated on Feb. 22, and is still federally called Washington’s birthday. Following the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971, which was established to provide more three-day weekends for employees, the holiday began to be celebrated as President’s Day in honor of past and present United States presidents.

All federal, state, and county offices are closed in observance of the holiday.

In addition, all public and private schools, along with University of Hawai’i campuses, will not be open on Monday.

No state or county roadwork will be conducted, however, areas of 24/7 lane closures will remain in effect.


All public libraries will close to observe the holiday.


The Hele-On bus will run on a holiday schedule. The only routes available are Hilo-South Kohala Resorts, Pahala-Kona-South Kohala. and North Kohala-South Kohala. According to Hele-On, the 3:35 a.m. trip to South Kohala Resorts will not continue to Kailua-Kona and will terminate at Waikoloa Village Marriott Resort & Spa.

All Big Island transfer stations will remain open under regular operating hours.

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