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PS-3 UPSS 4 86 - Mar 4 Hookena 282_01


Hookena 282.01 (rarity 1RR) dated March 4, 1886 on a 2˘ postal envelope (PS-3) addressed to Honolulu.


Holualoa, North Kona District
"long sled run"
1897 – 1900
Postmaster: L. S. Aungst (1897-1900) who owned the telephone company in the region and located the post office at the telephone office. Stamp sales in 1899 amounted to about $475. Mail service was by the Kona overland route between Kawaihae and Hilo via Kealakekua.


Holualoa location

Location of Holualoa.
For overland route and map details see
Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii.

253.9a1 (target cancel duplex)
27mm double lined circle; later strikes appear to have a single circle
Color: Purple, Black
Scarcity: 2
Usage: June __, 1897 – June 7, 1900
33 strikes are recorded in the current census.

Holualoa 253_01 97 - Nov 15

November 15, 1897
outer circle is doubled


Holualoa 253_01 97 - Nov 15 retroreveal

November 15, 1897
outer circle is doubled
(retroreveal enhanced; www.retroreveal.org)


Holualoa 253_9a1 98 - Dec 16

December 16, 1898


Holualoa 253_9a1 00 Jun 7, ex-Davey

June 7, 1900

Honoipu, North Kohala District
"gourd bay"
Principal landing for western North Kohala until the Hawaiian Railroad established its terminus at Mahukona. Mentioned as a landing for North Kohala mail.
No postmark known.

Honokaa, Hamakua District
"rolling harbor"
1880 – 1900
Postmasters: Wm. Dart (1880-1881), Capt. W. Willfong (1881), D. F. Sanford (1881-1884), G. W. Willfong (1884-1886), W. P. Lumaheihei (1887-1888), J. R. Mills (1888-1890), G. D. Ross (1890), E. W. Estep (acting 1891), F. S. Clinton (1891-1892), L. P. Lincoln (1892-1894), F. S. Clinton (1894-1898) and A. B. Lindsay (1898-1900). Theo. H. Davies & Co. owned the local general store. The later postmasters were managers of the store and the post office was kept there except that during Clinton’s second term (1894-1898) the post office was kept in a building next to the Hamakua and South Kohala Telephone and Telegraph Company. Lindsay, a storekeeper, added a post office building to his store. Letter volume in 1888 was about 7,200 letters annually. In the period 1890-1892, letter volume climbed to about 10,000 and by 1895, the rate was about 15,000 letters annually. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $1,200. Mail service was by the Kona overland route between Kawaihae and Hilo via Hamakua.


Honokaa location

Location of Honokaa.
For overland route and map details see
Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii.

801
manuscript
Honokaa
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on 1875 issue (Scott No. 35). At least two different hands wrote the manuscript.

Honokaa ms Lyman

(Courtesy of Henry Lyman)


Honokaa 801(II) Westergren cropped

(Courtesy of Peter Westergren)

803
Honokaa/date
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 35

Honokaa 803 73 - Dec 14

Honokaa
Dec. 14, 1879

Honokaa 803 73 - Dec 14 retroreveal

Honokaa
Dec. 14, 1879
(retroreveal enhanced)

804
manuscript
Honokaa/P.O./date
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 31

Honokaa 804, ex-Golden

Aug. 29, __

805
manuscript
Honokaa/H " H
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 35 and Scott No. 43a

801a - Honokaa

282.016
32mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; the year is missing in some second period strikes
Color: Blue, Black, Purple
Estimated: 7
Usage: April 6, 1883 – June __, 1889;
January 25, 1894 – July __, 1896
Davey/Bash (Meyer and Harris) listed two devices, one with supposedly thicker and taller letters and from different time periods. Burns noted all strikes are from the same device and combined them. I agree with the decision Burns made. Black strikes are seen from April to May, 1883 and in June, 1888; blue is noted from February, 1885 to July, 1886; purple is noted in September, 1886 and again in the second period.

Honokaa 282_016 84 - Apr 17 to Germany – detail

April 17, 1884, early period, blue


Honokaa 282_016 96 - Mar 19

March 19, 1896, late period


Honokaa 282_016 96 - Mar 19 – Kay

March 19, 1896, late period
(retroreveal enhanced)


Honokaa 282_016 94 - Dec 22

December 22, 1894, purple

281.013
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circle; fat date slugs
Color: Purple, Black, Blue
Estimated: 7
Usage: January __, 1887 to __, 1894
Steel blue is seen in July, 1887; purple strikes are noted from September, 1887 to June, 1888; black is noted from February to July, 1889; and purple is noted from April, 1890 to September, 1893.

Honokaa 281_013 91 - May 1

May 1, 1891

253.02
27mm double lined circle; late strikes have a single lined outer circle
Color: Purple
Scarcity: 5
Usage: September 24, 1896 to December 9, 1899
Davey/Bash (Meyer and Harris) listed this mark as 235.02 but it was changed by Burns to 253.02 as the early strikes show the circle is double lined.

Honokaa 253_02 96 - Sep 24 EDU

September 24, 1896 EDU
showing a double lined circle


Honokaa 253_02 96 - Sep 24 EDU retroreveal

September 24, 1896 EDU
showing a double lined circle
(retroreveal enhanced)

253.01
27mm double lined circle; late strikes have a single lined circle
Color: Purple
Scarcity: 2
Usage: November __, 1896 to February __, 1900
Davey/Bash (Meyer and Harris) listed this mark as type 235.01, but early strikes show a double lined circle.

Honokaa 253_01 97 - Oct 7, ex-Davey

Oct. 7, 1897


Honokaa 253_01 97 - Oct 7, ex-Davey retroreveal

Oct. 7, 1897
(retroreveal enhanced)

Honokaa 253_01 99 - Dec 21 Kay

December 21, 1899
(Courtesy of Phil Kay)

255.9a1 (target cancel duplex)
29mm double lined circle
Color: Purple
Estimated: 5
Usage: November 4, 1897 to June, 1900
Strikes are seen without the duplex, but they are poorly inked.
Downgraded from Scarcity 4.

Honokaa 255_9a1 99 - Aug 8, ex-Davey

August 8, 1899

259.01
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple
Rarity: 1R
Usage: February, 1898 to June 7, 1900
The reported EDU of February, 1898 is eleven months earlier than the earliest date in my census, January 4, 1899. Perhaps the year date of the EDU is misreported.
Burns noted this mark is much scarcer than the 3 rating given in Davey/Bash (Meyer and Harris). Seven strikes are recorded in the current census.


Honokaa 259_01 99 - Jan 4 FFG

January 4, 1899

Honokaa 259_01 Uota #81

May 1, 1899
(Courtesy of Jeremy Uota)


Honokaa 259_01 00 - May 9 Furukawa, ex-Peters cropped and rotated copy

May 9, 1900
(Courtesy of Alan Furukawa)


Honokaa 259_01 00 - May 9 Furukawa, ex-Peters retroreveal

May 9, 1900
(retroreveal enhanced)


Honokaa 259_01 00 - Jun _

June __, 1900

Honomu, South Hilo District
"silent bay"
1896-1900
Postmaster: W. D. Schmidt (1896-1900) who operated the post office from the Honomu Plantation store. The old post office facility in the Honomu store still existed in the 1980s and may still be there. Stamp sales were about $225 in 1899. Mail service was by the overland carrier between Hilo and Kawaihae via Hamakua.


Honomu location

Location of Honomu.
For overland route and map details see
Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii.

253.01
27mm double lined circle; late strikes have a single lined circle
Color: Purple
Estimated: 5
Usage: July 7, 1896 to April 2_, 1900

Honomu 253_01 - 97 - Mar 23

March 23, 1897
double lined circle

Honomu 253_01 - 99 Apr 13

April 13, 1899

Honomu 253_01 - 99 Apr 13 retroreveal

April 13, 1899
(retroreveal enhanced)

259.01
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Black
Rarity: 1RRR, 10 strikes recorded; including a strip of four stamps with four strikes, but counted as one “strike” for purposes of the census
Usage: April 12, 1900 to May 28, 1900
Some strikes read "H_N_MU"
First listed by Burns in 1972.

Honomu 259_01 - 00 - Apr 13 Peters

April 13, 1900 on UX8a, black
The Os barely printed


Honomu 259_01 - 00 - Apr 13 Peters Retroreveal

April 13, 1900 on UX8a
The Os barely printed
(retroreveal enhanced)


Honomu 259_01 - 00 - May 25

May 25, 1900, strip of 4 stamps with 4 strikesd


Honomu 259_01-A  - 00 - May 25 retroreveal

May 25, 1900
(retroreveal enhanced)


Honomu 259_01 - 00 - May 25 Peters

May 25, 1900, on piece
(Courtesy of Gary Peters)

Honuapo, Ka'u District
"caught turtle" a favorite nesting beach for turtles
1879-1900
Postmasters: C. N. Spencer (1882-1887), G. S. Patten (1888-1890), A. J. Ivers (1891), N. C. Haley (1892) and Geo. Dawson (1894-1900). The office probably was a letter box until 1882. Honuapo shared its postmaster with Hilea until 1891. The mail volume was included with Hilea and was about 3,400 letters in 1888 and about 2,800 letters in 1890. In 1892 (without Hilea), the volume was about 2,500 and about 2,400 in 1894. The post office was located in a warehouse near the landing. Mail service was by the overland carrier between Hilo and Kona via Volcano House and Ka'u or by ships landing mail at Honuapo Landing.


Honuapo Boat Landing

Honuapo Boat Landing c. 1900 from an undated post card

Honuapo location

Location of Honuapo.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

282.012
32mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 6
Usage: January 22, 1891 to May 11, 1900
I have a black strike of February 1, 1891 and all others are purple

Honuapo 282_012 1Feb91 black

February 1, 1891, black


Honuapo 282_012 93 - Feb 23 Peters

February 23, 1893, purple
(Courtesy of Gary Peters)

Hookena, South Kona District
"to satisfy thirst"
1879-1900
Postmasters: Judge D. K. Nahinu (1880-1887) and T. K. R. Amalu (1888-1900) the local schoolteacher. From 1875 to 1879, mail was delivered to Henry Cooper’s store where Judge Nahinu was a storekeeper. The post office was kept in Cooper’s store. More than 3,000 letters were dispatched in 1888, more than 4,300 by 1890 and about 6,000 annually in 1892-1894. Postmaster Mills at Pahala once complained that Hookena postmaster Amalu sent unstamped letters that Mills had to tax at Pahala. I have not identified examples of letters taxed at Pahala.


Hookena location

Location of Hookena.
For overland route and map details see
Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii.

282.01
32mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Rarity: 1R, twenty-three strikes recorded
Usage: February 22, 1886 to June 7, 1888
First listed by Burns in 1972

Hookena 282_01 86 - Feb 22 EDU

February 22, 1886, EDU, purple


Hookena 282_01 86 - Mar 4

March 4, 1886, purple


Hookena 282_01 88 - Jun 7 LKU Kay

June 7, 1888 LDU, black
(Courtesy of Phil Kay)

282.011
33mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 5
Usage: January 25, 1890 to March 29, 1897

Hookena 282_011 93 - Nov 11

November 11, 1893


Hookena 282_011 93 - Nov 11 retroreveal

November 11, 1893
(retroreveal enhanced)

281.01
31mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle. Apart from the size difference, in the 282.01 mark the “H” and comma are on the same plane with the day date, whereas in the 281.01 mark the “H” and comma are in line with the bottom of the month date; the letters of Hookena are broader in 282.01 than in 281.01.
Color: Purple, Blue
Estimated: 5
Usage: March 2, 1894 to May 2, 1900
I note blue in 1900 and all earlier strikes in purple. This mark is seen with a four ring target cancel, but the cancel was not attached as a duplex.

Hookena 281_01 95 - Dec 2

December 2, 1895, purple


Hookena 281_01 2May00 blue

May 2, 1900 LDU, blue

Hoopuloa, South Kona District
"to be put in together for a long time" [Pukui]; "fill the belly" [Davey]
1880-1900
Postmasters: D. S. Keliikuli (1880-1887), J. W. Maele (1888-1894) and Jos. Holi (1894-1900). The post office was located in the village of Mokolii. The postmaster visited the steamship landing at Hoopuloa on up and down trips to retrieve or dispatch mail for Hoopuloa. In this part of South Kona the main road used by the Ka'u overland mail carrier runs high up on the side of Mauna Loa. Hoopuloa was reached by a tortuous, steep track so Hoopuloa was skipped by the overland mail route. Letter volume from 1887 to 1894 was about 1,300 annually, but in 1899, stamp sales only amounted to about $23. An untaxed stampless cover is recorded from Hoopuloa, dated in February, 1899.


Hoopuloa Landing 07 - Jan 23

Hoopuloa Landing in 1907

Hoopuloa location

Location of Hoopuloa.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii


Hoopuloa post office

Destruction of the Hoopuloa post office April 18, 1926.

282.01
32mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle; later strikes appear oval
Color: Purple, Black
Scarcity: 3
Usage: March __, 1882 to September __, 1894
Shape distortion happened sometime in the late 1880's, by my estimate.

Hoopuloa 282_01 87 - Feb 14

February 14, 1887
shape is still round

Hoopuloa 282_01 87 - Feb 14 retroreveal

February 14, 1887
(retroreveal enhanced)

Hoopuloa 282_01 94 - Feb 19

February 19, 1894
oval shape

282.011
33mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Scarcity: 3
Usage: January __, 1896 to __, 1899
Strikes noted on Scott No. 81, first printed in 1899, but the dates are unclear. The dates are usually illegible on this mark. The latest provable date is February _, 1899 on a stampless letter received unsealed at Honolulu and postmarked there on February 21, 1899.

Hoopuloa 282_011 98 - May 22

May 22, 1898, purple


Hoopuloa 282_011 99 - Feb 20 ON

Date unreadable, black, but the stampless cover also has a February 21, 1899 Honolulu backstamp


Hoopuloa 282_011 99 - _ OFF-1

date unreadable, black

255.01
29mm double lined outer circle
Color: Purple
Rarity: 1RRR
Usage: September 28, 1899 to June 7, 1900
Burns rated this a 3, dropping it from the 4 given by Davey/Bash. Nine strikes, all off-cover, are recorded in the census.

Hoopuloa 255_01 __ - Apr 21

April 21, 1900


Hoopulao 255_01 00 - Jun 7 Furu

June 7, 1900
(Courtesy of Alan Furukawa)

Hudsonville, South Kona District
1857-1863
Postmaster: Thomas Hudson Paris
This office was located in Thomas Hudson Paris’s store along the main road at a place called Onouli, uphill from Kealakekua Bay. Going inland from Kealakekua Bay, the land rises sharply to a gently sloping plateau at about 1200-1400 feet in elevation. The main road going south from Kailua held to the high plateau until it reached the area of present day Captain Cook where it dipped down to Napoopoo Landing on the south side of Kealakekua Bay. In 1857-1870, the name Kealakekua applied to the coastal region around Napoopoo Landing. Kaawaloa was the coastal area on the north side of Kealakekua Bay and extended uphill to present day Captain Cook. Onouli lay in the uphill plateau. Immediately to north is Kalukalu. The modern town of Kealakekua embraces both Kalukalu and Onouli. The early Kealakekua post office was located at Napoopoo Landing. Hudsonville was located uphill in Onouli. Paris sold the store to Judge Hart in 1862 and Hart maintained the post office, sometimes called Hart’s PO and sometimes called Onouli, until PMG Brickwood closed it in 1865. Greenwell opened his store in Kalukalu in 1870 and moved the Kealakekua post office from Napoopoo Landing to Kalukalu. The Napoopoo post office eventually opened near Napoopoo Landing. Mail service for Hudsonville was by the overland carriers and from ships bringing mail to Napoopoo Landing.

817
manuscript
“Hudson Villa” South Kona/June 8th 1859
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on a stampless cover dated June 8, 1859

Hudson Villa ms - Furukawa- from the flesh

June 8, 1859
(Courtesy of Alan Furukawa)


Hudson Villa ms - Furukawa- from the flesh retroreveal enhanced

June 8, 1859
(retroreveal enhanced)

Iole, North Kohala District
"rat"
1858-1878
Postmaster: Rev. Elias Bond (1858-1877)
The office was located at the Kohala Girl's Boarding School and later took the name of Kohala.
No postmarks known, but the Kohala manuscript postmark was used while the Kohala office was located here.

Kaalualu, Ka'u District
"the wrinkle"
1873-1890
No postmaster was appointed but an informal letter box existed at this landing for Waiohinu and terminus of a recognized mail route from Waiohinu. Formerly known as Alualu.
No postmarks known.

Kaawaloa, South Kona District
"the distant kava" [Pukui]; "long harbor" [Davey]
1865-1868
No postmaster officially appointed. Kaawaloa is a land district (ahupuaa) that stretches from Kaawaloa landing at the north side of Kealakekua Bay to the upland heights and encompasses the present town of Captain Cook. In the 1860s, Henry Greenwell had a store in the uphill portion of Kaawaloa and had a short lived post office at the store. The post office was closed in 1868 and the equipment was transferred to the Kealakekua post office, located at that time at Napoopoo Landing (see Kealakekua).
No postmark known.

Kailua, North Kona District
"Two seas"
1856-1900
Postmasters: J. N. Travis (1859-1860), D. Montgomery (1869), H. N. Greenwell (1869-1874), H. Cooper (1874-1878), W. H. Davis (1878-1883) and J. Kaelemakule (1883-1900).
Mail volume from Kailua used about 20 sheets of Numerals (50 to the sheet) per year during the 1860's). Approximate letter counts are compiled for the following years: 1888 (4,400 letters), 1890 (6,000 letters), 1894 (7,500 letters). Stamp sales in 1899 amounted to about $750.
Kailua once was the principal place in the Islands, the residence of the king and royal retinue. Kamehameha I lived there before starting his conquests and returned around 1812 to live at Kailua after consolidating the islands under his rule. He remained at Kailua until he died in 1819. After the arrival of missionaries in 1820 and owing to the growth of Honolulu as a commercial center, the royal residence was moved there in 1821, but the governor of the Big Island remained to reside at Kailua. Hulihe'e Palace, built by the governor of the Big Island, was a royal residence, the home of Princess Ruth, from around 1850 until she died in 1883. Mokuaikaua Church was built by the missionaries in 1820. By the 1860s, Kailua was a quieter place and was described by Mark Twain in Letters From the Sandwich Islands as "a little collection of native grass houses reposing under tall cocoa-nut trees – the sleepiest, quietest, Sundayest looking place you can imagine." Postmasters Greenwell, Cooper, Davis and Kaelemakule were storekeepers during their tenures. A.S. Cleghorn & Co. had a store at Kailua and the post office likely was located at that venue. During the long Kaelemakule tenure as postmaster, the post office was operated from his store. Travis and Montgomery also may have managed the store. Mail service to Kailua was by the overland carrier and by boats landing mail at Kailua.


Kailua Kona from Aloha Nui card dated 98 - Dec 20

Kailua Kona from an Aloha Nui postcard dated December 20, 1898


Kailua Kona c. 1905 Kona Hist Socierty

Kaiula Kona, c. 1905 from a Kona Historical Society photograph


Kailua Kona location

Location of Kailua Kona.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes
and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

805
manuscript
Kailua/H
Rarity: 1RRRR
One example is recorded, on Scott No. 31

Kailua 801, ex-Golden

282.016
33mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle; 10 ray sunburst
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 8
Usage: March __, 1883 to May 1, 1900
A purple strike is noted January 17, 1884.
Purple strikes are noted from October 25, 1883 to October 16, 1888 (except see the following for a black usage in January, 1886) and again from November 20, 1899 to February 13, 1900. Black strikes are noted in January, 1886 and from June 16, 1894 to January 6, 1899; I have a gap from November, 1889 to June, 1894. Let me know if you have dates in between.

Kailua 282_016 83 - Oct 25 with ring3-25-negative X  on 38 cover

October 25, 1883, purple


Kailua 282_016 98 Apr 9

April 9, 1898, black

282.011
32mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 8
Usage: March 16, 1891 to June 2, 1900
Early strikes are purple. I note black from March 16, 1897 to late 1897, blackish-purple (some strikes tending more toward black) from January 12, 1898 to May 25, 1899, and purple from October 30, 1899 to June 2, 1900.

Kailua 282_011 92 - Oct 24

October 24, 1892, purple

Kailua 282_011 97 - Jun 4 – black

June 4, 1897, black

Kailua 282-011 00 - May 2

May 2, 1900, purple

Kaimu, Puna District
"gathering at the sea"
c.1870
There is no record of a postal facility at Kaimu, but it may have been a letter box.


Location of Kaimu

Location of Kaimu.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes
and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

805
Kaimu/Puna/Haw
Rarity: 1RRRR
One example is recorded on Scott No. 31

HI~Manuscript-cancel

Kainaliu, South Kona District
"bail the bilge"
1881-1882
Postmaster: perhaps S. Metcalf
There is confusion between this office and either "Hudsonville" or Kealakekua.
No postmark known

Kalapana, Puna District
"announce noted place"
1895-1900
Postmaster: H. E. Wilson (1895-1900)
Stamp sales in 1899 were only about $9, the smallest figure for any post office on this island that year. Mail service was by overland carrier from Hilo.


Kalapana location

Location of Kalapana.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes
and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

805
manuscript
Kalapana/Puna
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 35 cover

Kalapana 801 manuscript Peters

(Courtesy of Gary Peters)

253.06
27mm double lined circle; the letters "awaii" of "Hawaii" are lower case; later strikes are single lined from ink clogging.
Color: Black, Purple
Scarcity: 2
Usage: August 1, 1895 to June 8, 1900
I have purple from September 12, 1896 to October 18, 1896; black from August 4, 1898 to May 12, 1899. Burns downgraded this mark to a 2 from 1R.

Kalapana 253_06 96 - May 29 Peters

May 29, 1896, purple
(Courtesty of Gary Peters)

Kalapana 253_01 99 - May 12

May 12, 1899, black

Kalapana 253_06 00 - Jan 11

January 11, 1900, ex-Davey, purple

Kalukalu, South Kona District
the name of a local grass
1880-1881
The Kealakekua post office was located in this area. No other postal facility by this name is known.
No postmarks known.

Kapapala, Ka'u District
a shrub (charpentiera)
1880-1881
Unofficial letter collection point.
No postmarks known.

Kapoho, Puna District
"the depression" [Pukui]; "chalk" [Davey]
1862-1865
Unofficial letter collection point.


Kapoho location

Location of Kapoho.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes
and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

801
manuscript
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 31

Kapoho ms

Ka'u, Ka'u District
"the breast"
1856-1864
Postmasters: W. C. Shipman (1856-1861) and C. N. Spencer (1862-1865)
The post office was located at Waiohinu and the name of the office was changed to Waiohinu in 1865.


Ka'u location

Location of Ka'u.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes
and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

801
manuscript "Ka'u"
Rarity: 1RR
Noted on early Numerals
Manuscript postmarks that appear to read “Kaun” have been identified with Ka'u, but are believed to have emanated from Kaunakakai on Molokai and are listed there.

Kau 801 detail

Advertiser Sale, lot 214
(Courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries)


Kau 801 Furukawa

June 13, __
(Courtesy of Alan Furukawa)

802
PO/Kau/5/
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 31
Listed as Ka'u tentatively; more letters in the town name might have been on the cover.

Kau 802 V-P

(Courtesy of David Volstrup-Petersen)

Kau 802 V-P retroreveal

(Courtesy of David Volstrup-Petersen)
(retroreveal enhanced)

Kaupakuea, South Hilo District
"raised ridge"
1858-1869
Postmasters: J. Metcalf (1859-1868), G. E. Tucker (1868). Tucker was described as a "route agent" rather than postmaster in 1868. The May 26, 1860 Polynesian referred to this office as Kalepaikuea.
Twenty sheets of 2˘ Scott No. 31a were issued to this office between March, 1865 and July, 1867. The encircled KP cancel emanated from this office in the 1860's.


Kaupakuea location

Location of Kaupakuea.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes
and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

801
manuscript "Kaupakuea"; a "Kaup P. O." may also emanate from this town
Rarity: 1RR
Noted on Numerals and on Scott No. 31

Kaupakuea 801, ex-Advertiser, lot 215

Advertiser Sale, lot 215
(Courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries)

802
Kaupakuea/Post Office
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 31

Kaupakuea 802, ex-Golden


Kaupakuea 802, ex-Golden retroreveal

(Retroreveal enhanced)

803
Kaupakuea/date
Rarity: 1RRRR
Usage: December 24, 1860
Noted on Numeral, Scott No. 16

Kaupakuea 803 on No. 16, ex-Golden

Westerberg Plate 3-F-VII
December 24, 1860

804
Kaupakuea/Post Office/date
Rarity: 1RRRR
Noted on Scott No. 31

Kaupakuea 804, ex-Golden

Kawaihae, South Kohala District
"water of wrath"
1851-1900
Postmasters: George S. Kenway (customs collector, September, 1850 to November, 1851), William Humphreys (customs collector and postmaster, November, 1851 to September, 1853), Capt. James A. Law (1853-1857), G. W. Macy (1857-1860), W. F. Allen (July 1, 1860 to 1863), W. F. Conway (1864-1868), S. W. Chillingsworth (1868-1876), C. E. Stackpole (1877-1882), John Stupplebeen (1882-1888), J. Kanehaku (1888) and W. Hookuanui (1888-1900). The first post office in Kawaihae was at Capt. Law’s general store on the hill overlooking the bay (Burt, Western Express, December, 2003). It probably stayed there through at least Macy, who bought Law’s store. Whether it moved from there at a later date is uncertain. References to other stores may have simply been the result of ownership changes rather than to different physical locations.
This office was the principal mail distribution point for the island until 1882. As of 1867, the office was using about 300 2˘ stamps each month. By 1870, that figure jumped to about 700 2˘ stamps each month. After the Hawaiian Railroad shifted the distribution of North Kohala mail to Mahukona, mail volume at Kawaihae dropped off to about 1500 to 2000 letters annually, but few letters actually originated in the small village.


Kawaihae Landing 1880s

Kawaihae Landing, 1880s
(Courtesy of the National Park Service, Hawaii State Archives and Google images; from A Cultural History of Three Traditional Hawaiian Sites on the West Coast of Haiai'I Island by Diane Lee Rhodes)


Kawaihae 1880s

Kawaihae Landing, c.1882
(Courtesy of the National Park Service, Hawaii State Archives and Google images; ; from A Cultural History of Three Traditional Hawaiian Sites on the West Coast of Haiai'I Island by Diane Lee Rhodes, photo attributed to A.A. Montano)


Kawaihae location

Location of Kawaihae.
For overland route and map details see Overland Mail Routes - Island of Hawaii Routes
and Maps of Hawaii - Island of Hawaii

812
manuscript
"P. O. Kawaihae/W. F. C.
Rarity: 1RRRR, one example recorded
Noted on Scott No. 31 with the oval PAID service mark, type 760

Kawaihae 813 detail

(Courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries)

244.02
36mm single lined circle; no island name
Color: Black
Scarcity: 2
Usage: July 2, 1868 to October 28, 1878
Burns downgraded this mark to a 2 from 1R. There are 34 strikes in the current census so a 2 scarcity rate is appropriate.
The postmark device was made by Thomas Tannatt of Honolulu in June, 1868.

Kawaihae 244_02 71 - Feb 9

February 9, 1871

238.02
30mm single lined circle
Color: Black
Scarcity: 2
Usage: July 9, 1879 to December __, 1888
There are 34 strikes in the current census.

Kawaihae 238_02 80 - Mar 20

March 20, 1880

282.011
32mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black, Bluish Green
Estimated: 6
Usage: July __, 1889 to January 7, 1896
Black is noted in mid-1892 and green in mid-1895; otherwise purple.

Kawaihae 282_011 91 - Jan 15 detail

January 15, 1891, purple


Kawaihae 282_011 95 - Aug 12 Furukawa

August 12, 1895, blue-green
(Courtesy of Alan Furukawa)


Kawaihae 282_011 95 - Jul 6

July 6, 1895, blue-green


Kawaihae 282_011 96 - Jan 7

January 7, 1896, black


Kawaihae 282_011 96 - Jan 7 retroreveal

January 7, 1896
(retroreveal enhanced)

281.01
30mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 6
Usage: March __, 1895 to March 21, 1899
The date sometimes is missing or failed to print.

Kawaihae 281_01 96 - Jul _

Date missing; Honolulu postmark is dated
July 14, 1896


Kawaihae 281_01 96 - Jul _ retroreveal

Date missing; Honolulu postmark is dated
July 14, 1896
(retroreveal enhanced)


Kawaihae 281_01 98 - Apr 6

April 6, 1898
date is there, but very faint


Kawaihae 281_01 98 - Apr 6retroreveal

April 6, 1898
date is there, but very faint
(retroreveal enhanced)

259.01
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple
Scarcity: 2
Usage: October 17, 1899 to June 9, 1900
Only 16 strikes are in the current census so this mark has been moved from a 3 to a 2.

Kawaihae 281_01 98 - Apr 6

April 13, 1900

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