By Stephanie Lum
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Attention procrastinators: Don't wait any longer to send your holiday gifts in the mail! Monday is the last day to get your packages out or you'll have to shell out more money to make sure they get to their destination on time. At the Honolulu Airport post office, we saw long lines of cars, even longer lines out the door and inside a bustling mix of customers and their special deliveries.
"I'm from actually Ewa Beach and I thought I'd just get a head-start by coming to the airport so I didn't expect the line to be past the gate but the parking lot was pretty fast," said Honolulu resident, Dana Amaral.
Amaral is just one of many who came in with boxes and boxes stuffed with goodies for friends and family all over the world.
Paul Marquez is sending Christmas presents to loved ones in New York. "I was a little nervous coming up. There was a lot of people waiting in line, but they've got tons of people working behind the counter so it looked like they were really ready for the rush," said Marquez.
Across the nation, crowds swarmed post offices. The US Postal Service expects to deliver over 800-million pieces of mail today making it, it's busiest day of the year.
"Today is the suggested mailing date for first class cards and letters priority to the mainland and for customers who can't make it in by today, we encourage them to mail packages via express mail service. Wednesday is the suggested mailing date for express mail packages and cards and letters to the mainland," said USPS Spokesman Duke Gonzales.
I you're sending packages to the neighbor islands you have until Thursday the 22nd to get them in.
"My advice to customers is, there's probably going to be lines at every post office, so be patient and remember it's the time of year to be joyful and loving and supportive of you neighbors and postal workers, remember that they're doing we're doing our best to serve you," said Gonzales.
If you're planning to head to the post office tomorrow, expect it to be just as crowded. Tuesday is supposed to be the busiest day for mailing holiday cards.