Still waiting for a date

LIHUE — The United States Postal Service hasn’t yet scheduled another meeting to talk with the public about closing and relocating the Rice Street post office.

The redo of the proposal to move the retail operations of the Lihue post office to an annex near the airport is still in the planning stage, according to Duke Gonzales, spokesman for USPS.

The meeting date will be announced as soon as it’s set, he said.

The Kauai community found out USPS was considering closing the historic Rice Street post office in January and representatives from USPS shared the details of the plan with about 150 people in a February.

Many have protested and said the post office is key to revitalization of Rice Street.

Reasons cited for closing the post office are limited access and parking.

In April, after USPS in San Francisco received more than 100 coconuts from Kauai requesting the entity reconsider the relocation, USPS announced it would hold another community meeting with a more detailed explanation about reasons for moving the branch and the date for that meeting has yet to be announced.


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