Hawaii-Specific Holiday Mailing Dates, Extended Postal Hours and Mailing Tips
(Honolulu) Time is nearing fast to get those holiday packages out in the mail. The Postal Service is happy to help its customers and has put out a list of suggested mailing dates, extended hours and mailing tips for the busy holiday season.
Suggested Mailing Dates
Below are the dates that the Postal Service suggests Hawaii residents mail their letters, cards and packages to give them the best chances of reaching their destinations by Christmas. Note that the dates apply to the mail received by each Post Office's daily cutoff time.
The suggested mailing dates are Dec. 10 for first-class and Priority mail headed to international and overseas military destinations, and Dec. 17 for First-Class and Priority Mail headed to the mainland. Procrastinators have until Dec. 22 to send their holiday cheer to the mainland via our expedited Express Mail service.
From Hawaii to:
First-Class & Priority Mail: Dec 17
Express: Dec 22
First-Class & Priority Mail: Dec 21
Express: Dec 23
Guam & Saipan
First-Class & Priority Mail: Dec 16
Express: Dec 20
First-Class & Priority Mail: Dec 9
Express: Dec 18
Military APOs & FPOs Dec 10 Dec 16*
International*** Dec 10 Dec 16**
Dates apply to mail received by each Post Office's cutoff time.
* Express Mail military service available to selected military Post Offices. Some Express Mail destinations may have extended service commitments. Check with your local Post Office to determine availability.
** Express Mail international service is available to 190 countries, with delivery in an average of 3-5 business days.
*** Africa and Central America: Send First Class/Priority Mail by Dec.1 and Express Mail by Dec. 10.
Postal customers are asked to keep in mind that the above suggested mailing dates are not deadlines, implying that packages or letters will not arrive at their destinations if mailed after the listed dates. In fact, if normal holiday conditions prevail, chances are good that letters and packages sent shortly after the suggested dates will still make it to their destinations before Christmas. Ultimately, uncontrollable factors such as mailing volumes and weather determine whether deliveries can be made early or on time.
Extended Holiday Hours
• From Dec. 11 to 20, selected Post Offices across Oahu will extend their hours of operation to accommodate the increased holiday mail volume.
• Postal personnel will be on hand to assist customers at all 18 Post Offices with Automated Postal Center kiosks (see next paragraph for locations) one hour before those offices open and one hour after they close.
• Two Post Offices--Ala Moana and Airport (Honolulu)--will even be open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 12.
• The list of local offices with extended hours follows. Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS or go to USPS.com and click on "Locate a Post Office" in the tool bar to determine specific hours of operation of these and other Post Offices.
Post Office Extended Hours
Automated Postal Centers
The self-service Automated Postal Centers (APCs) allow customers to purchase stamps, print and pay for postage for packages, and conduct other common transactions without the need to stand in line to see a mail clerk--an all-too-frequent necessity during holiday mailing season. Perhaps most important, customers can access the APCs 24/7, at times that are convenient to them. The Hawaii APCs are located outside or in the service lobbies of the 18 Post Offices below:
Hilo Main Office
Here are some time- and money-saving tips to help make the holidays a little brighter:
• Save $$$ with ONLINE DISCOUNTS: Pay for your postage and print out your mailing label at USPS.com and save up to 14 percent off of over-the-counter rates and receive FREE Delivery Confirmation. Discounted rates are available for Priority, Express and International mailings. Examples: Discounted Medium Flat Rate Boxes sent domestically are $10.20; Large Flat Rate Boxes sent domestically are $13.95; military APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Boxes are $11.95.
• FREE package pickup: Skip the trip to the Post Office during the holidays. After printing out the mailing labels for your packages at USPS.com, notify us at usps.com/pickup that they're ready to be picked up. Your carrier will be alerted and will pick up your packages from your home or office, usually the next business day. There is no extra charge for this service.
• FREE packaging: Priority Mail and Express Mail envelopes and packages, including Flat Rate boxes, are available for FREE at your local Post Office.
The Postal Service expects to deliver 15.8 billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, with the busiest mailing days anticipated to be Dec. 13 and 20. USPS has printed 3.3 billion holiday stamps this year. They will be made available to the 97 million customers who visit Post Offices during the holidays, as well as those who order them online. Many of these stamps will be used on an average of 559 million mail pieces processed daily during the holidays.