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US Postal Service reconsiders moving Lihue Post Office

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LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After some passionate Kauai residents lobbied to save the historic Lihue Post Office, the United States Postal Service announced they are reconsidering the move. 

USPS announced the decision Thursday to redo the regulatory process that would've closed the current Rice Street location, and consolidated operations to the Lihue Carrier Annex facility.

USPS plans to host another community meeting to further discuss the move. The details of the meeting have not been finalized yet. 

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, who's opposed to the move, issued this statement:

I appreciate today’s announcement by the USPS and concur with their decision to provide a more thorough explanation to the community on the need to relocate retail operations. When my office has asked questions of the USPS on this matter, we have received inconsistent information from the USPS which is of great concern to me. We need a process that is fair and transparent, and works in the best interest of the local community. I will continue to work closely with the mayor and the USPS to look for ways to keep the retail operations at the Lihue Post Office. I encourage all Kauai residents to take advantage of the extended comment period to make their voices heard.

In January, some residents sent coconuts to the postal headquarters in North Carolina with the message, "Moving the post office is nuts."

"USPS has appreciated the thoughtful comments—both for and against the proposal--that have previously been submitted and encourages all those with an interest to share their concerns during the upcoming comment period and/or community meeting," USPS said in a press release.

The current post office has been a landmark on Rice Street since it opened in 1939, and is on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

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