Local Artist Contributes to Lunar New Year Stamps

Nancy Wong
Nancy Wong

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Stamp collectors, fans of Chinese New Year and fans of a particular Hawaii artist pay close attention to this next story.

The U.S. postal service debuts a new stamp series for the 12 different animals in the Chinese calendar.  KHNL News 8 has an exclusive sneak peak of the amazing design.

These are the 2008 lunar new year stamps. They will be available for purchase throughout Hawaii starting Wednesday.

"Tomorrow we are issuing a brand new series of stamps commemorating the Lunar New Year and tomorrow the Year of the Rat is coming out. It's a sheet of 12 stamps, it's very beautiful I think the people of Hawaii are gonna love it," said Retail Manager Nancy Wong.

People born in the year of a particular animal are said to share characteristics with that animal.

Those born during the year of the rat are said to be adaptable, clever, ambitious and industrious.

But if you are not a rat, your sign will be released over the next 11 years.

"We are going issue a sheet every year honoring each Chinese New Year animal so it's going to be a series of twelve," explained Wong.

Stamp collecting requires patience. The last sheet in the collection will be issued in 2019.

The collection features all 12 animal illustrations drawn by Hawaii's own Clarence Lee.

The postal service expects the series to be a big seller because the start of the lunar new year is the biggest holiday of the year for many people. It is a time of great celebration for members of Hawaii's Chinese-American community.