Diamond Head Sails onto new U.S. Stamp

Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2 (DHN) – Visitors to Hawaii always remember the gorgeous view of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach. And it is quite common to feel a little blue once your Hawaii vacation has come to an end. Don’t worry, Discover Hawaii News has some good news for all of you missing Hawaii. The U.S. Postal Service has just released a new stamp that shows a Matson container ship sailing past Diamond Head (with Waikiki in the background).
The Diamond Head stamp is part of a group of four news stamps that the U.S. Postal Service released this past week saluting the U.S. Merchant Marine. Featuring the Matson container ship R.J. Pfeiffer, the ship was named after the former chairman Alexander & Baldwin (Matson Navigation’s parent company) Robert J. Pfeiffer. Built back in 1992, the $129 million Matson ship MV R.J. Pfeiffer is the only commercial vessel built in a U.S. shipyard since 1984. The Matson/Diamond Head stamp pays homage to the role the containership has played in our global economy. For the other three stamps commemorating the U.S. Merchant Marines, the Postal Service pays tribute to Clipper Ships, Auxiliary Steamships and Liberty Ships. The stamps were introduced in a dedication ceremony this past July 28 at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Each of the four stamps is being issued as Forever stamps, which will always maintain the value of the First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Diamond Head is popular on stamps

Of course, this is not the first time Diamond Head has been featured on a stamp. Back in August of 2002, the U.S. Postal Service released a Duke Kahanamoku stamp that featured Diamond Head in the background. A “Greetings from Hawaii” stamp was issued back in 2002 as well featuring Waikiki and Diamond Head. Back in March of 1952, an 80 cent Air Mail was issued that prominently featured Diamond Head’s famous silhouette for the first time on a U.S. Postal stamp.

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