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Hawaii's postal service brings in extra workers to keep up

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Last-minute Christmas shoppers didn't let the wet weather on Monday rain of their parade.

"Yeah it was raining. Not too hard though. But still went out," said Kimberly Coloma.

Many stores have had extended hours since Thanksgiving. But the aisles are still full of procrastinators trying to cross all the names off their list before Christmas.

"Tired, every day, every day shopping, walking around. We went Ala Moana yesterday," said Naoko Kimura.

While shoppers are hitting the mall, post offices are calling in extra workers to keep up with all the volume.

The U.S. Postal Service brought in 150 extra workers to help process Hawaii's packages this season to keep up with a 30-percent increase in volume.

"It's very busy but it's moving very fast. They have employees out here who are helping so it's moving really quick, faster than expected," said Maly Uch, Kailua resident.

Certain post offices offer postal kiosks which allow customers to perform common transactions like buying stamps or printing and paying for postage for packages. Customers say it's much faster than waiting in the long line to see a mail clerk. In addition, customers with three boxes or less can use the "Express Line" at post offices that offer that service.

Procrastinators still have a chance at their gifts arriving on time if they are sending inter-island. The suggested mailing date for priority express mail is Tuesday.

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