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Postal Service releases suggested holiday mailing dates

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The U.S. Postal Service has released suggested mailing dates for Hawaii residents during the holiday season.

Below are the dates that the Postal Service suggests Hawaii residents mail their letters, cards and packages to give them the best chances of reaching their destinations by Christmas. Note that the dates apply to the mail received by each Post Office’s daily cutoff time.

Our suggested mailing dates are Dec. 6 for first-class and Priority mail headed to international and overseas military destinations, and Dec. 15 for First-Class and Priority mail headed to the mainland. Procrastinators have until Dec. 20 to send their holiday cheer to the mainland via our expedited Priority Express shipping service.

First-Class &

Priority Express

From Hawaii to . . .

Priority Mail


U.S. Mainland

Dec 15

Dec 20


Dec 21

Dec 22

Guam & Saipan

Dec 13

Dec 19

American Samoa

Dec 7

Dec 14

Military APOs & FPOs

 Dec 6

Dec 13


 Dec 6

Dec 13

Dates apply to mail received by each Post Office's cutoff time.

Postal customers are asked to keep in mind that the above suggested mailing dates are not deadlines, implying that packages or letters will not arrive at their destinations if mailed after the listed dates. In fact, if normal holiday conditions prevail, chances are good that letters and packages sent shortly after the suggested dates will still make it to their destinations before Christmas. Ultimately, uncontrollable factors such as mailing volumes and weather determine whether deliveries can be made early or on time.

No Extended Retail Hours This Year

The U.S. Postal Service won’t be extending our hours of operation at any of our Hawaii Post Offices this holiday season. Instead, they're encouraging their customers to take advantage of our 24-hour self-service kiosks and the online payment and pickup options at USPS.com.

Self Service Ship & Mail Centers

These convenient postal kiosks allow customers to purchase stamps, print and pay for postage for packages, and conduct other common transactions without the need to stand in line to see a mail clerk--an all-too-frequent necessity during holiday mailing season. Perhaps most important, customers can access the Self Service Ship & Mail Centers 24/7, at times that are convenient to them. USPS Self Service Ship & Mail Centers are located in Hawaii outside or in the service lobbies of the 15 Post Offices below, in addition to one located inside the Safeway on Kapahulu Avenue on Oahu:

  • Aina Haina                   
  • Airport – 2 kiosks                
  • Downtown         
  • Hawaii Kai                    
  • Hilo Main Office
  • Kailua                          
  • Kailua-Kona                  
  • Kaneohe                      
  • Kihei
  • Lahaina
  • Makiki
  • Mililani
  • Waialae-Kahala
  • Waikiki
  • Wailuku

Mailing Tips

Here are some time- and money-saving tips to help make the holidays a little brighter:

  • Save $$$ with FLAT RATE BOXES: Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are the best deal around. Customers can send up to 70 pounds in Medium Flat Rate Boxes to domestic locations for only $13.45. An even better deal is the Large Flat Rate Box, which holds 50 percent more (with the same 70-pound limit) for only $18.75, and features the tagline “Seasons Greetings from Hawaii” printed on its side. And, to support our military troops overseas, up to 70 pounds can be shipped in the military Large Flat Rate Box to most APO and FPO locations for only $16.75.
  • Save time; USE USPS.com: Pay for your postage and print out your mailing label at USPS.com. After printing out the mailing labels for your packages at USPS.com, notify us at usps.com/pickup that they’re ready to be picked up. Your carrier will be alerted and will pick up your packages from your home or office, usually the next business day. There is no extra charge for this service. You can also drop off your prepaid packages at a Post Office without waiting in line.
  • FREE insurance: All Priority Mail and Priority Express envelopes and boxes now include day-specific delivery, improved tracking and FREE insurance.
  • FREE packaging: Priority Mail and Priority Express envelopes and boxes, including special “Seasons Greetings From Hawaii” large Flat Rate boxes, are available for FREE at your local Post Office.
  • Express Mail on Christmas Day: The Postal Service delivers Express Mail on Christmas Day in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Ask your local postal clerk to determine whether this option is available for your holiday packages.

By the Numbers - Nationwide

The Postal Service expects to process and deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail and 850 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. That projected holiday package volume is an increase of 10 percent over last year.

The busiest mailing & shipping week nationwide is expected to be Dec. 18-24.

During that busiest week, nearly 3 billion pieces of mail—including greeting cards and packages—will be delivered.

Nearly 3 million customers are expected to use USPS's Click-N-Ship online application to pay for postage and print out their shipping labels from the convenience of their homes or offices.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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