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Christmas mailing deadline fast approaching

Rene Matsuura Rene Matsuura
Cindy Pantsari Cindy Pantsari
Keller Pantsari Keller Pantsari
Ansley Pantsari Ansley Pantsari
Yancy Branscome Yancy Branscome

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - 'Tis the season for giving and mailing. The post office is one of the busiest places in the state, as folks mail off presents to their family and friends.

The good news is you still have a few more days to spread holiday cheer to loved ones far away, but if you put it off any longer, you may face longer and longer lines at the post office.

This is the sound of the holidays, or at least the sound of folks sending Christmas presents to loved ones.

Despite the long line, "it moved really fast," said Rene Matsuura, a Kapolei resident who was mailing boxes of cookies. "I thought, 'Oh my God.' I was dreading the line but it's been good."

These people are just about done, but if you tend to procrastinate, you still got some time.

"The absolute last day for people to mail stuff is probably Monday, and that's with weather permitting," said Duke Gonzales, a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson. "People can use our express mail service and get their packages mailed out via express mail on Monday as long as it's to a major metropolitan area."

Cindy Pantsari is here with her kids, sending off some goodies to her husband Matt, a U.S. Army major stationed at Schofield Barracks, who is deployed in Afghanistan.

"It's hard especially at the beginning of the holidays to have to face that," said Pantsari, who lives with her family in Salt Lake.

And even harder for the little ones, whose daddy is gone for the first time on Christmas.

"I never really wanted him to leave because I'm just a little scared," said eight-year-old Keller Pantsari.

"I miss him a lot," added 10-year-old Ansley Pantsari. "It's just not the same without him so it's very difficult."

And Yancy Branscome wrapped presents in front of the post office so she can ship them to family in Guam.

"And I want to make sure they get these presents in time for the holidays," she said.

"And you're doing this at the post office?" asked KHNL.

"I'm doing this at the post office because my plane leaves in an hour and a half," she answered with a laugh.

Branscome is off to visit family on the mainland.

"I'm excited," she said. "It's hot and I'm about to get on a plane and it's going to be freezing cold on the mainland. So I wish I was still in Hawaii but I have to visit friends and family on the mainland."

And during the holiday season, family means that much more, especially when they're far away, like Maj. Matt Pantsari.

"We just miss you," said Cindy Pantsari. "We're proud of you and we're thankful that you're serving our country. Just come home safe."

If you want to avoid lines all together, 18 post office locations across the state have automated systems working 24/7, so you can mail stuff at your convenience.

Holiday hours for the post office vary in different locations.

The Honolulu International Airport post office will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Ala Moana's office will open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Hawaii Kai's office will be open from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm weekdays, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and closed on Sunday.

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