New Stamp Features Hawaii Lighthouse

Published: Jun. 21, 2007 at 9:38 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 21, 2007 at 10:07 PM HST
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Frank Santos
Frank Santos
Rear Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara
Rear Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara

By Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A stamp just released features a Hawaii landmark.

The new, 41-cent stamp is of the Diamond Head Lighthouse, one of five Pacific lighthouses being commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service.

"It's the third of the lighthouse series. It was first initiated in 1990," said Frank Santos, Honolulu postmaster. "It's the 50th state, it's out in the Pacific, there's a lot of traffic that goes through here, the Coast Guard headquarters is here."

The fixture is more than a century old and stands 57 feet tall. It was built in 1898 to help mariners travel safely and welcome people to the islands.

"The structure that was built then, doesn't look quite like the structure today. It was simple, an iron frame that held the lantern and the tower that encloses the lantern," said Rear Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara, with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The lens at the top is the original piece. But the current frame replaced the old, iron one, back in 1918.

"And then as war approached, the residence was closed and then the property was converted to a radio station used for communication purposes during World War II," said Brice-O'Hara.

It continues to tower over the Pacific and attract many visitors.

The stamp is available at any post office.