By Kristine Uyeno
(KHNL) - Labor day is primarily a day to honor workers. And while many businesses recognize this holiday by giving their employees a day off, some people did have to clock in.
"I like it, it doesn't bother me though," said Alihda William, employee of Subway near Ward Avenue.
She says working on this holiday has its perks.
"Extra pay," said William.
It also means a slower day with less foot traffic.
Joseph Kenrick agrees. It's been a quiet day at his store called Hula U.
"No personal perks. I'd rather be at the gym," he said.
He decided to keep his store open, even though retailers next door decided not to.
"I had nothing better to do. Some of our clientele don't have the same holiday as we do. The Japanese and other tourists who are here who might want to stop by," said Kenrick.
Even though these workers don't mind laboring on this holiday, they can't help but think what they would've done with the day off.
"I'd take my family out on the beach," said William.
But, there's always the next holiday.
"But I have a partner. She's on the beach today so it'll be my turn next time," said Kenrick.
Labor Day has been a federal holiday since 1894.
But the U.S. isn't the only country to observe this day. It's also celebrated in Canada.
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