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Molly Goad

Byodo-In stamp unveiled at festive celebration

February 01, 2018 12:30 PM

  • Posing in front of the temple with a large replica of the stamp (left to right): Dennis Boser, the temple's area general manager; Kanani Alos, Kaneohe postmaster; Carole Hayashino, Japanese Cultural Center president and executive director; and Glen Sears, project engineer. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.
  • The event was kicked off with a moving Japanese drum performance by Taiko Center of the Pacific. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.
  • The stamp was unveiled by (left to right) Boser, Sears, Hayashino and Greg Wolny, USPS's Honolulu district manager. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Kevin Ng, data collection technician, affixed the pictorial cancellation on customers' stamps. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Three Honolulu USPS employees show various items that were available at the ceremony. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

By Molly Goad

United States Postal Service officials unveiled the new $6.70 stamp featuring the Byodo-In Temple in Kahaluu, Hawaii in a dedication event at the temple on Jan. 23. 

The event included a rousing Japanese drum performance to kick off the ceremony and the official reveal of the stamp. The public was given the opportunity to purchase stamps at the temple and have them hand‐canceled for free. The special pictorial cancellation features two koi carp symbolizing the hundreds of Japanese fish living in the large reflective pond located on temple grounds.

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Now celebrating 50 years, the temple was built in 1968 for the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigration to Hawaii. It represents a smaller version of the more than 950-year-old Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Japan. The original is a United Nations World Heritage Site.

The $6.70 denomination stamp fulfills the new rate for Priority Mail in the regular flat-rate envelope. The stamp was issued on Jan. 21 in Kansas City, Mo., without a first-day-of-issue ceremony.