'Aloha from Hawaii' flat rate boxes debut at Waikiki post office

Gary Gardetto
Gary Gardetto
Eva Smith
Eva Smith

By Roger Mari - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - It's a little logo that can mean so much. Thursday the U.S. postal service in Hawaii observed King Kamehameha day, by debuting it's "Aloha from Hawaii" flat rate box. One organization wasted little time in using hundreds of them for a special overseas delivery.

Dozens turned out at the Waikiki post office to celebrate King Kamehameha day with cardboard. Hawaii is the only state to issue these one of a kind boxes which has a logo of Diamond Head on the side. The design was the idea of artist and postal employee Jasmine Lum.

"I guess a lot of tourists can relate to Diamond Head. So, that's how I came up with it," said artist Jasmine Lum.

When these 12 x 12 x 5.5 inch flat rate boxes arrive, people will need little help figuring out where they came from.

"How could we let the people receiving the box know it's unique and also the shipper send a little aloha on the outside of the box. Through the logo, it does a lot of those things," said USPS manager of customer relations Gary Gardetto.

People on the mainland won't be the only ones receiving these special boxes. 500 of were set aside for Operation Homefront Hawaii. They support U.S troops and help the families they leave behind.

"For the troops especially, because when they see that box they'll know right away it's something from home, and that's what's important when you're overseas," said Gary Gardetto.

The boxes are packed with everything from magazines, to rubber slippers and of course local treats.

"Then it comes in this little box, with a profile of Diamond Head. What does that say to you? It comes straight from the heart of people from Hawaii and it can bring tears to your eyes," said Eva Smith of Operation Homefront.

It's a unique way of spreading Aloha to family, friends and those fighting for our freedom.