Today is my first time to write about the Post a Nut from Hawaii Mailing Coconut Program. Along with it is a story about citizens using the coconuts mailing as part of their challenging a proposed post office closing in Hawaii.
Have you ever mailed a coconut from Hawaii with the Post-a-Nut program?
“Our Post-a-Nut program was created in 1991 by my predecessor, Margaret Keahi-Leary,” said Hoolehua Postmaster Gary Lam. “She wanted to provide a way for residents and visitors to send an unusual, authentic bit of Molokai to their friends. Post-a-Nut has expanded over the years to become a ‘must-do’ activity for visitors to the island…’
It continues with: “It costs between $12 and $20 in postage to mail a Post-a-Nut coconut, depending on its weight. The customer pays only for the postage to mail the coconut. “We provide the coconuts to customers at no charge, as well as decorating materials,” Lam explains. “We then affix postage, often in the form of colorful postage stamps, and an agricultural inspection stamp. I have obtained authorization from the USDA for my office to inspect these coconuts and approve them for shipment.”
The coconuts are in the mail..
Earlier this week on Tuesday, from SaveThePostOffice.com it ran this article: “The coconuts are in the mail: Citizens challenge proposal to close the Lihue Post Office…”
It shares the “…Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho delivering coconuts to mail to USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron. (Mailing coconuts is not unusual in Hawaii thanks to the Post-a-Nut program, begun in 1991 by Hoolehua Postmaster Margaret Keahi-Leary.)” To see the entire article and video click here.
For some reason, I’m now wanting to put on my grocery list some Almond Joy candy bars! Happy Thursday!
Post a Nut from Hawaii Mailing Coconut Program Attribution & Thank you to the following
“The coconuts are in the mail: Citizens challenge proposal to close the Lihue Post Office…” March 21, 2017
USPSBlog All About Post-a-Nut, Hawaii’s Mail a Coconut Program by Duke Gonzales, NOV 4, 2016
AnchoredScraps.com blog post: (Almond) Joy to the World 2016, December 15, 2016, by Helen Rittersporn