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Kahului 238_42 17Jul80 35

A cover sent from Kahului, Maui, on July 17, 1880, to Mrs. Serano Bishop at Honolulu, bearing the earliest recorded strike of Kahului postmark type 238.42.

Kahului, Wailuku District
"the winning"
1857-1858; 1859-1900
Postmasters: J. Kimball (1859-1864), E. C. Hobron (1864-1869), Rev. E. H. Bailey (1873-1876), F. Menden (1878-1880), T. H. Hobron (1880-1884), W. F. Lowrey (1886-1887), W. F. Mossman (1887), G. P. Wilder (1888-1898; a Mr. Carley was mentioned in 1893), R. W. Filler (1899-1900); W. F. Mossman served as interim postmaster at times between 1888 and 1891 and F. L. Stolz was interim postmaster for three months in 1889. Stamp sales at Kahului were about $235 annually in 1884-1885. Stamp sales at Kahului in 1898 were $480. The postmaster received a salary of $100 per year in 1884-1885 but only $40 in 1898.

Kahului became the main port for Maui once the isthmus sugar plantations were established in the late 1870's. Until then, Kahului was used as a port but being on the windward side of the island it took second place to Maalaea Bay. In the late 1870's, Kahului was dredged so ocean going vessels could dock rather than be loaded or unloaded by lighters and in the early 1880's, Kahului became the port terminus for the Kahului Railroad. At 1900, only Honolulu and Kahului were deep water ports. Throughout the time, Kahului had a relatively small population, people preferring the heights of Wailuku as a place to live.

238.42
30mm single lined circle with "KAHULUI POST OFFICE/MANI" variation from 238.02 style; with Maui misspelled
Color: Black
Scarcity: 2
Usage: July 17, 1880 to November 6, 1885
Six strikes, one on cover, are in my collection.

Kahului 238_42 17Jul80

July 17, 1880, the EKU for this mark

Kahului 238_42 30 Oct 85

Oct 28, 1885

282.013
33mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles; small stars
Color: Black
Rarity: 1R
Usage: January __, 1881 to October 12, 1883
Two strikes, one on cover, are in my collection. The rarity rating has gone from 3 to 1R reflecting a belief there are only a few examples around.

Kahului 282_013 27Oct82

October 27, 1882

281.013 (I)
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles; large stars; letters of MAUI closer together than in 281.013 (II); break in inner circle above "M"; dates in thin slugs; left star points to "K"; outer circles became ink clogged by February, 1885
Color: Black, Purple, Red
Estimated: 5
Usage: October 31, 1884 to June __, 1889 but query whether strikes after about February, 1886 are all style II
Purple noted in November and December, 1895; red is reported dated January 25, 1889.

Kahului 281_013 (I) 24Feb85

February 24, 1885

281.013 (II)
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles; large stars; letters of MAUI spread more widely than in 281.013 (I); no break in inner circle; dates in thick slugs; left star open to "K"
Color: Black
Rarity: 1R
Usage: February 25, 1886 to August 20, 1887
Four strikes are in my collection. Strikes of this style probably have been confused with style (I) so we should expect information regarding colors, rarity and usage to change.

Kahului 281_013 (II)

February 18, 1887 (the dater was a year off)

Kahului 281_013 (II) 20Aug87

August 20, 1887

281.01 (I)
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles; inner circle measures 18mm and letters of KAHULUI are more tightly spaced than in type II; town letters are 3.5mm tall; year date is often missing
Color: Black, Red
Estimated: 5
Usage: March __, 1885 to November 8, 1889

Kahului 281_01 (I) 12Mar86

March 12, 1886

255.12
29mm double lined circle
Color: Black, Purple, Red
Scarcity: 4
Usage: November __, 1887 November _, 1891 (used with Honolulu backstamp receiving mark of November 8, 1891)
Red noted January , 1889; early strikes are black; purple noted from October, 1888.
There are two styles of date type. One style (type A) has short, thick dates and the other style (type B) has tall, thin dates but all appear to be from the same marking device. Type A seems to have lasted to about late 1888 and type B strikes are found thereafter.
Ten strikes, one on cover (type B), are in my collection.

Kahului 255_12 5Jan89

January 5, 1889

282.011
33mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles
Color: Purple, Blue, Black
Estimated: 5
Usage: May 2, 1889 to March 31, 1891
Early strikes are blue; black is noted in late, 1890; otherwise purple. Late strikes show considerable wear to the marking device.

Kahului 282_011 19Nov89

November 19, 1889

281.01 (II)
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles; inner circle measures 17mm and letters of KAHULUI are more widely spaced than in type I. Office letters are 3.2mm
Color: Purple, Black, Red, Blue
Estimated: 6
Usage: January 15, 1892 to June __, 1895
Purple is the predominant color; blue is noted in early July, 1893 and again in May, 1895; red is noted in 1894 at intervals; black dates are uncertain. Philatelic inspired bisects are found canceled with this mark.

Kahului 281_01 (II) 16Apr92

April 16, 1892

281.02
__mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles
Color: Purple
Rarity: 1RRRR
Usage: Uncertain
Listed by Burns in 1988 as a new mark and is considered tentative pending further confirmation.

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282.01
33mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles; town letters are 4mm tall or taller
Color: Purple, Black, Red
Estimated: 5
Usage: February 22, 1895 to January 10, 1897
Red is noted in January, 1897; dark reddish purple strikes are also noted.

Kahului 282_01 25 Oct95

October 25, 1895

253.01
27mm double lined circle
Color: Red, Purple, Black
Estimated: 6
Usage: November __, 1896 December __, 1898
Purple, reddish purple strikes are noted to January, 1897 and red afterward; black use is uncertain. This mark encompasses style 235.01 once listed for Kahului. The outer circles became ink clogged by February, 1897, creating the illusion of type 235.01.

Kahului 253_01 2Jan97

January 2, 1897

237.01
29mm single lined circle
Color: Red
Estimated: 5
Usage: May __, 1897 February __, 1898
Letters are smaller and more widely spaced than in style 253.01. Possibly this type resulted from distortion of type 253.01.

Kahului 237_01 14Jul97

July 14, 1897

272.642
27mm single lined outer and inner circles
Color: Blue, Purple, Red
Estimated: 6
Usage: February __, 1898 January __, 1900. Favor strikes are known with dates significantly out of this range. I have a December, 1882 strike on Scott No. 34, for example. The device was steel and was furnished in February, 1898.
Blue (sometimes greenish-blue tending even toward green) strikes are noted from September, 1898 to November, 1899; purple strikes are noted as favor strikes; black is noted in December, 1899.

Kahului 272_642 14May98

May 14, 1898

255.01
29mm double lined circle
Color: Blue
Scarcity: 2
Usage: January 23, 1900 February __, 1900
One strike is in my collection. How common is this mark?

Kahului 255_01 23Jan00

January 23, 1900

271.017
26mm single lined outer and inner circles
Color: Purple, Black, Blue
Estimated: 5
Usage: February __, 1900 June 12, 1900
Purple strikes are usual; black and blue noted but dates are uncertain.

Kahului 271_017 12Jun00

June 12, 1900

Kalepolepo
"the dusty place"
1856-1875
Postmaster: J. J. Halstead (1861-1875). Burns lists E. Bond as postmaster in 1858, but he was postmaster of Kohala on Hawaii.

A landing on Maalaea Bay, now known as Kihei. No postmark known.

Kaupo, Hana District
"night season"
1860-1869; 1880-1881; 1890-1900
Postmasters: T. E. Cook (1860), J. C. Wilmington (1861-1863), A. R. Coe (1863-1868), J. A. Ahulii (1868), P. W. Kaawa (1868), J. A. Ahulii (1869); T. Wills (1880-1881), P. Kamai (1891), C. Andrews (1891-1894), W. B. Starkey (1894), C. Lake (1894-1900). Stamp sales in 1898 were unrecorded and no salary was allocated for the postmaster. The post office was located in the residence of the postmaster. When Kaupo was not an official post office, it was a stop on the overland route between Ulupalakua and Hana and a place to collect letters received or to be sent.

Old spelling was Kaopo until 1870. The site was a ranch on the south slope of Haleakala.

801
Kaupo
manuscript
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RR
Noted on Scott No. 31

Kaupo ms

281.01
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles
Color: Purple, Black
Rarity: 1RRR, ten strikes recorded
Usage: September __, 1892 to ?, 1898
Two strikes, one on a cut square, are in my collection.

Kaupo 281_01 1Feb93

February 1, 1893

Kaupo 281_01 52

June 12, 1893

255.01
29mm double lined circle
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RRRR, one strike recorded
Usage: August 17, 1899
One strike is in my collection.

Kaupo 255_01

August 17, 1899

Keanae, Hana District
"the mullet"
1867-1876; 1894-1900
Postmasters: Rev. S. Kamakahiki (1867-1875), W. Napihaa (1894-1900). Stamp sales in 1898 were unrecorded but the postmaster was alloted a salary of $5. The post office was located in the residence of the postmaster.

Village on the north coast of East Maui.

801
Keanae
manuscript
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RR
Noted on Scott No. 43

Keanae ms 1

803
Keanae/date
manuscript
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RR
Noted on Scott No. 43

Keanae ms 2

281.01
30mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles
Color: Purple, Red
Scarcity: 2
Usage: February 20, 1894 to March 24, 1898
Three strikes are in my collection.

Keanae 281_01 21Aug94 EKU

August 21, 1894

255.9a1
29mm double lined circle; duplex cancel
Color: Purple
Rarity: 1R
Usage: July 21, 1898 - September __, 1899
Two strikes are in my collection.

Keanae 255_01 21Jul98

July 21, 1898

Keokea, Makawao District
"white"
1893-1900
Postmasters: S. W. Makai (1893-1895), D. Kapohakukimohewa (1896-1900). Stamp sales in 1898 were unrecorded, but the postmaster was alloted a salary of $5.
No postmarks known.

Kihei, Wailuku District
"shoulder cape"
1893-1900
Postmasters: Peter Makia (1899), J. C. Long (1900). Stamp sales in 1898 were unrecorded and no salary was alloted for the postmaster, if there was one.

Landing on Maalaea Bay for the Kula District and Ulupalakua. Formerly known as Kalepolepo.

255.01
29mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Black
Scarcity: 3
Usage: April 17, 1899 June __, 1900
Black noted April to June, 1899
Eight strikes, one on cover, are in my collection.

Kihei 255_01 25Apr00

April 25, 1900

Kipahulu, Hana District
"sojourn at forest edge"
1880-1900
Postmasters: Thom. K. Clarke (1880-1886), W. Von Uffel (1887-1891), C. Hagens (1891), A. Bucholtz (1891-1898) and A. Gross (1899-1900). Stamp sales in 1884-1885 were about $40 per year and in 1898 they were $180.

Coastal village on the southeast coast of East Maui and headquarters for the Kipahulu Sugar Co.

253.51
27mm double lined circle
Color: Purple
Estimated: 5
Usage: January __, 1891 January __, 1896

Kipahulu 253_51 3Jun92

June 3, 1892

282.011
33mm double lined outer and single lined inner circles
Color: Purple, Black
Estimated: 7
Usage: July __, 1896 to June 1, 1900

Kipahulu 282_011 10Jun97

June 10, 1897

Koolau, Hana District
"windward"
1888-1892
Postal reports show mail delivered to an office of this name, a sub-district on windward East Maui. No postmasters were appointed and no postmark is known.

Kula, Makawao District
"dry upland"
1856-1861
Whether a postal agency existed here is uncertain but one is referenced in early reports. No postmaster was appointed.

801
Kulamaui
manuscript
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RRR
Noted on earlier Bank Note Issues

Kula ms - Peters

Courtesy of Gary Peters

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