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Ewa post office faces possible shut down

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Sep 20 2013 05:13:17 PM HST
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 07:24:41 PM HST

The Ewa community voiced their concerns today about a possible closure of their neighborhood post office.

HONOLULU -

The Ewa community voiced their concerns Friday about a possible closure of their neighborhood post office.

The Ewa Station post office is one of thousands of locations across the country that the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service is considering to close.

"The bottom line is there's not enough mail in the system to support the infrastructure we have now," said Duke Gonzales, a USPS spokesperson.

The postal service is currently reviewing feedback from the post office's users and surrounding community, which residents say is growing and needs this service to remain housed in what they call a historic building.

"We don't own the building so the building would remain here even if we were to close our facility, or our operations here," Gonzales said. "And as far as we know, there are no historic aspects to this building to begin with."

The post office is home to about 250 PO boxes and a small retail window.

"There are many frail, elderly individuals who use this post office on a regular basis and if we were to close this facility, it would make it very inconvenient to get their mailing services done outside of this community," said Honolulu City Councilmember Ron Menor, who represents the area.

Community members said they would like to address their concerns at a sit-down meeting with the USPS.

"They want us to write comments down," said Ewa Beach Community Association President Glenn Oamilda. "And to me, writing comments down for future response is a sham. It's a controlling way of communicating."

The Ewa Station post office is open just two hours a day, Monday through Friday, and staffed by just one worker from the Ewa Beach post office, where all of Ewa Station's PO boxes would move upon closure.

The postal service said no one would lose their job and it's unlikely to shut down the Ewa Station post office until after the holidays.

The Ewa Beach post office is more than three miles away from Ewa Station. Other locations at Barbers Point, the Kapolei Shopping Center and in Waipahu are about the same distance.

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