Hawai'i Statehood Stamp Extends First-Class 'Wave of Excitement'

August 21st, 2009

Surf's up! The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the 50th anniversary of Hawai'i statehood by dedicating the Hawai'i Statehood stamp today.

"We're proud to play a part in this significant anniversary for Hawai'i and especially proud that the stamp will serve as a lasting reminder of this special occasion," said U.S. Postal Service Honolulu District Manager Daryl Ishizaki in dedicating the 44-cent First-Class stamp that goes on sale nationwide today.

Stamp artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kane of Captain Cook, HI, who dedicated much of his life to studying Hawaiian culture and history, created the stamp image. Kane worked under the direction of stamp designer Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA. In the art, a surfer rides a wave on a longboard, a popular choice among surfers for centuries. Next to him, two people paddle an outrigger canoe to shore. Kane has extensive knowledge and experience in surfing, a favorite pastime, and in canoe construction, a skill he developed from building a traditional sailing canoe himself.

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