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Postal Service provides holiday mailing dates

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Postal Service is providing suggested holiday mailing dates specific to Hawaii, a list of Post Offices that will feature extended hours of operation during the holidays, information about Automated Postal Centers, and holiday mailing tips.

Extended Holiday Hours

  • Beginning Dec. 13, 23 Post Offices across the state will extend their hours of operation to accommodate the increased holiday mail volume.
  • Two of those 23 Post Offices--Ala Moana and Airport--will even be open for business on Sunday Dec. 14. On that day Ala Moana will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Airport from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • The complete list of 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 individual offices.

Airport                                                      

Ala Moana                                                

Downtown                                                 

Ewa Beach

Hawaii Kai                                                

Hilo Downtown

Hilo Main Office

Kahului

Kailua

Kaneohe

Kapalama

Lihue

Makawao

Makiki

Mililani

Pearl City

Pukalani

Wahiawa

Waialae-Kahala

Waianae

Waikiki

Wailuku

Waipahu

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:

Aina Haina                   

Airport                          

Ala Moana                    

Downtown.                   

Hawaii Kai                    

Hilo Main Office

Kailua                          

Kailua-Kona                  

Kaneohe                      

Kihei

Lahaina

Makiki

Mililani

Moiliili

Waialae-Kahala

Waikiki

Wailuku

Waipahu

Mailing Tips

Here are some time- and money-saving tips to help make the holidays a little brighter:

  • Save $$$ with FLAT RATE BOXES: Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are the best deal around. Customers can send up to 70 pounds in Flat Rate boxes to domestic locations for only $9.80. An even better deal is the new Large Flat Rate box, which holds 50 percent more (with the same 70-pound limit) for only $12.95. And, to support our military troops overseas, up to 70 pounds can be shipped in the military Large Flat Rate box to APO and FPO locations for only $10.95.
  • Save $$$ with ONLINE DISCOUNTS: Pay for your postage and print out your mailing label at USPS.com and save up to 11 percent off of over-the-counter rates and receive FREE Delivery Confirmation. Discounted rates are available for Priority, Express and International mailings. Examples: Regular Flat Rate boxes sent domestically are $9.30; Large Flat Rate boxes sent domestically are $12.50; military APO/FPO Large Flat Rate boxes are $10.50.
  • 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.

Mail Volume

The Postal Service expects to deliver 19 billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, with the busiest mailing day anticipated to be Monday, Dec. 15. USPS has printed 2.17 billion holiday stamps this year. They will be made available to the 130 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 826 million mail pieces processed daily during the holidays. The busiest mail delivery day in Hawaii is projected to be Monday, Dec. 22.

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