What is Hawaiian Time (Island Time)?

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When mainlanders think of Hawaiian Time, they Google the Hawaiian time zone and discover the Hawaiian Standard Time. See the bottom of this page to learn why Hawaii doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time.

What is Hawaiian Time? When locals think of Hawaiian Time, they see time as something that competes with what they really rather be doing, i.e. at the beach, surfing, fishing. So ‘your’ time is not always in sync with ‘locals’ time.

Hawaiian Time is common to many world-wide islands. It refers to a comfortable pace coupled with a vaguely aware, but slack attitude towards the clock. For Hawaiians, But Hawaiian Time also refers to time well spent, away, in a place that refreshes the spirit and cleanses the soul and is a common experience throughout the islands.

Aloha Tip: It takes a while for mainlanders to get used to Island Time, but you will, and the sooner you do the happier you will be.


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Aloha Tip: Just so you know, Hawaii observes Hawaii Standard Time all year. Hawaii doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time.  Set your clocks once and you are good for life.

Hawaii has never observed daylight saving time under the Uniform Time Act, having opted out of the Act’s provisions in 1967.


This is because the Hawaiian Islands are so close to the equator that there is only about a one hour longer day in the summer compared to a winter day.  Advancing the clock to UTC−9 (DST) in Hawaii would make sunrise times close to 7:00 a.m. even in June. Most of the original 48 states have at least a 3+ hour difference. The one hour difference just isn’t practical.   

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