Hawaii rainforests inspire new U.S. postage stamp design by Big Island artist

June 6th, 2010

The native plants and wildlife of Hawaii's rainforests will soon be found on letters and packages circling the globe. That is, at least on the U.S. postage stamped on that mail.

In September, the newest stamp pane in the United States Postal Service's Nature of America Series will feature a painting of a Hawaiian rainforest by Big Island wildlife artist John D. Dawson.

The painting is the 12th that Dawson has created for the annual U.S. stamp series.

The USPS has released a new pane in the Nature of America stamp series annually since 1999, with a goal of educating people about the nation's diverse plant and wildlife communities.