The Duke stamp – on sale Monday

Monday is the first day the commemorative 37-cent Duke Kahanamoku stamp will be available at the Lihue Post Office. A limited supply will be available.

Prior to Monday, the stamp is scheduled to be unveiled, and available for sale, only at a special event in Waikiki at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Postal Service’s Web site, collectors have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark for envelopes with the Duke stamp affixed. They may purchase the Duke stamp at their local post office, by telephone at 1 800 STAMP-24, and at the Postal Store at www.usps.com. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Duke Kahanamoku Commemorative Stamp, Postmaster, 3600 Aolele St. Honolulu, HI 96820-991.

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Sept. 23, 2002.

Surfer Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, Ca. is the designer of the stamp, which was illustrated by Michael J. Deas of New Orleans, La. based on a 1910s studio photograph of the Duke.

Some 62.8 million copies of the stamp are being released across the United States.

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