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U.S. Postal Service holiday mailing schedule


The Postal Service is providing suggested holiday mailing dates specific to Hawaii, a list of Post Offices that will feature extended hours of operation during the holidays, information about Automated Postal Centers, and holiday mailing tips.

Below are the dates the Postal Service suggests Hawaii residents mail 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.

The suggested mailing dates are Dec. 10 for first-class and Priority mail headed to international and overseas military destinations, and Dec. 19 for First-Class and Priority Mail headed to the mainland.

Procrastinators have until Dec. 21 to send their holiday cheer to the mainland via expedited Express Mail service.

From Hawaii via Priority Mail and Express Mail:
* U.S. mainland: Dec. 19 and Dec. 21
* Hawaii: Dec. 22 and Dec. 23
* Guam & Saipan: Dec. 16 and Dec. 20
* American Samoa: Dec. 14 and Dec. 19
* Military APOs & FPOs: Dec. 10 and Dec. 16
* International: Dec. 10 and Dec. 16
* Africa and Central America: Dec.1 and Dec. 10.

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.

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 $10.95. An even better deal is the Large Flat Rate Box, which holds 50 percent more (with the same 70-pound limit) for $14.95, 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 $12.95.

ONLINE DISCOUNTS: Pay for your postage and print out your mailing label at and save up to 14 percent off of over-the-counter rates and receive free Delivery Confirmation. Discounted rates are available for Priority, Express and International mailings. Examples: Discounted Medium Flat Rate Boxes sent domestically are $10.50; Large Flat Rate Boxes sent domestically are $14.20; military APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Boxes are $12.20.

FREE PACKAGING: Priority Mail and Express Mail envelopes and packages, including Flat Rate boxes, are available free at local Post Offices.

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