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All new stamps in this page are “of the record”– Issued by
HAWAI'I POST® - pick up and deliver urgent mail.
Centenary of the last day of use of Hawaiian postage stamps
(#78 is the only Hawaiian postage stamp bearing the "
A set of 3 postage
stamps, a mini-sheet and a booklet were issued on
The mini-sheet shows a
The mini-sheet shows a
A First Day Cover was
The special postmark
for the above cover was issued for
A First Day Cover was also issued on
150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps of
The stamp designs were made of stock fonts and ornaments assembled into a "cliche". The stamps were printed on pelure paper which is very thin and brittle. The vast majority of the Missionaries that survive to-day are imperfect in some way (pieces missing, tears, holes, thins etc.). Even so, they are some of the rarest stamps in the world and are much sought after. The fourth stamp was issued in 1852 and is the same as the third stamp, but has a different heading ("H.I. & U.S. Postage" instead of "Hawaiian Postage") and was issued to clear up some confusion as the 13c rate also included a portion of U.S. postage, not just Hawaiian postage.
The 2c Missionary paid
for newspapers to the
u The 5c Missionary was for Hawaiian postage.
The 13c Missionary
paid for letters to the East Coast of the U.S.A (5c Hawaiian postage, 2c Ship
fee and 6c for
u Inter-island postage remained free until 1859.
An $8 mini-sheet shows the first Honolulu Post Office in
1851 (left) and has all 4 "Missionaries" on an $8 stamp with
simulated perfs. Above the stamp is the title of the newspaper "The
Polynesian" where the stamps were printed. The bottom text reads:
"150th Anniversary of the First Hawai'i Postage Stamps. The
"Missionaries" were printed at the offices of the weekly government
newspaper "The Polynesian". The first 3 stamps were released by
Postmaster Henry M. Whitney in
The First Day Covers were postmarked in
To learn more about the "Missionaries" visit: http://www.hawaiianstamps.com/missionary.html
King Kamehameha III, 150th Anniversary of his death
To learn more about the " Boston Engraved" visit:
Kalani Kauikeaouli was born on
When Ka'ahumanu died in 1832, the King at the age of 18 attempted to rule the Kingdom by himself, but the Chiefs appointed another Regent Kina'u, also a staunch Christian. The King continued his worldly pursuits. But upon the death of his sister in 1836, he changed his ways and gave up drinking.
In 1837, at the age of 24, King Kamehameha III
married Kalama. Although not of high rank, the King thought Kalama would
provide new blood and an heir. In 1840, he drew up a new Constitution. In 1843,
Under the "Great Mahele" of 1850,
native Hawaiians were given fee-simple land by the King. This act was the death
of the old feudal land system, whereby all the lands were owned by the King. On
In 1853, the King
became ill and, without children and fearing the worst, he adopted Alexander
Liholiho as his son and proclaimed him his successor. King Kamehameha III died
label produced by Hawaiian Philatelic Society
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