The U.S. Postal Service has released suggested mailing dates for Hawaii residents to 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.
Hawaii to U.S. mainland - First Class/Priority Mail: Dec. 18; Priority Express: Dec. 19
Hawaii to Hawaii - First Class/Priority Mail: Dec. 20; Priority Express: Dec. 23
Hawaii to Guam & Saipan - First Class/Priority Mail: Dec. 13; Priority Express: Dec. 20
Hawaii to American Samoa - First Class/Priority Mail: Dec. 12; Priority Express: Dec. 19
Hawaii to Military APOs & FPOs - First Class/Priority Mail: Dec. 9; Priority Express: Dec. 16
Hawaii to International - First Class/Priority Mail: Dec. 9; Priority Express: Dec. 16
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.
Special Sunday Deliveries
• In response to the increased holiday mail volume and as a holiday treat for their customers, postal carriers within metropolitan Honolulu (from Salt Lake to Hawaii Kai) will be delivering parcels on the two Sundays before Christmas, Dec. 15 and 22.
• Unlike previous years, there will be NO extended retail hours of operation at any Hawaii Post Office.
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 following 17 Post Offices, in addition to one located inside the Safeway on Kapahulu Avenue on Oahu: Aina Haina, Airport, Ala Moana, Downtown, Hawaii Kai, Hilo Main Office, Kailua, Kailua-Kona, Kaneohe, Kihei, Lahaina, Makiki, Mililani, Waialae-Kahala, Waikiki, Wailuku and Waipahu.
Here are some time- and money-saving tips to help make the holidays a little brighter:
• Save $$$ with FLAT RATE BOXES: Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are the best deal around. Customers can send up to 70 pounds in Medium Flat Rate Boxes to domestic locations for only $12.35. An even better deal is the Large Flat Rate Box, which holds 50 percent more (with the same 70-pound limit) for only $16.85, and features the tagline “Seasons Greetings from Hawaii” printed on its side. And, to support our military troops overseas, up to 70 pounds can be shipped in the military Large Flat Rate Box to APO and FPO locations for only $14.85.
• Save $$$ with ONLINE DISCOUNTS: Pay for your postage and print out your mailing label at USPS.com and save up to 15 percent off of over-the-counter rates. Discounted rates are available for Priority, Express and International mailings. Examples: Discounted Medium Flat Rate Boxes sent domestically are $11.30; Large Flat Rate Boxes sent domestically are $15.30; military APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Boxes are $13.30.
• FREE package pickup: Skip the trip to the Post Office during the holidays. 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.
• 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 approximately 15 billion pieces of mail and 420 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
• During this holiday period, the average number of mail pieces processed daily increases from 528 to 545 million pieces. On its busiest processing day that number will increase to 607 million.
• During the holiday season, the Postal Service will serve 130 million customers at its Post Offices and 75 million customers online at USPS.com, and deliver mail to 152 million addresses via 212,000 vehicles.
• The busiest mailing day is anticipated to be Monday, Dec. 16. The busiest delivery day is likely to be Dec. 18 for cards and letters and Dec. 19 for packages.
• The Postal Service printed 2.7 billion holiday stamps this year.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.