LOL---all I can tell you is that I personally have worked in the NE where we received 2.5X pay for holidays and I knew of many others that had the same perk. Perhaps it's a thing of the past.
Congrats on a contract that gives you that in HI---just think it's strange that after working here for over a decade and having worked at two HNA-contract hospitals here I've never heard of it. Can you possible share the name of the facility that has such a contract? I might just be inspired to head on over there. :heartbeat
IME union contracts here fall far short of what I got at union hospitals on the mainland.
Travel nurse jobs, BTW, do seem to pay less than staff positions, especially in areas that are in high demand. Not many travel jobs here in Hawaii anymore, though, but years ago we were swimming in travel nurses.
Have you looked at the Sacramento area? I have a friend who relocated there and her base pay is way over $50/hr. Very experienced ICU nurse---maybe that's why? SoCal pays less than other areas of California, BTW.
This is a few years old so the pay now is higher but it gives you an idea of what the California pay scale is (ignore the first part and scroll down to the actual pay rate table---I think that first part might be a "dream" contract):
101 salaries | National Nurses United
Also, UCLA has their current contract online, EXCEPT for the wage table (darn!!), including premium holidays---interesting reading:
University of California Human Resources and Benefits - At Your Service