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THE DAILY BULLETIN, HONOLULU, H. L, FRIDAY,. AUGUST 1& 1885.
HAWAIIAN POSTAL GUIDE.
NO, I, JULY. 1885.
1. Thu General Post Office, in Honolulu, Is located on the
corner of Merchant and Bethel streets. Ulllee open daily from 0:30
a. in. till -1 p. in. Closed on all Hawaiian Holidays.
2. On Sundays, the Post Ulllcu will be open from 7 till 8 a. in.
for the delivery of Island mails, arriving in the morning of that day,
and at such hours as may lie necessary for the delivery, or dispatch
ing of foreign mails.
!). On .Saturday, the olllce is closed at 2 o'clock p. in., except
on the anival or departure of a steamer in the afternoon of that day.
I. All correspondence should be mailed as early as possible,
5. Write the address clear, with thu name of post olllce. dis
trict and Island. If the correspondence lie addressed to a foreign
country, the name of the street and number of the house should also
be given, with the City, State and Country.
0. Correspondence can only be delivered to the person ad
dressed, or to a party authorized by him to receive it.
7. Never ond money or any other article of value through the
mail, except either by means of a money-order or in a registered
8. The sending of coins, jewelry, gold or silver in any form,
by the domestic or foreign mail is prohibited. Such articles in the
mail are wholly at the risk of the senders.
!). Articles of glass manufacture, such as spectacles, ther
mometers, etc., should be carefully packed in small boxes. The
Post Olllce is not responsible for breakage.
10, Drop letters or postals, containing notices of meetings,
should be deposited in the Honolulu Post Olllce at least 30 hours
before the hour that the meeting take:, place.
11. All correspondence sent abroad must be prepaid by Ha
waiian stamps only. Always write the address with ink, and not
with pencil of any kind, as pencil-marks often become erased and
the address rendered illegible.
!, Postage stamps should be placed on the upper right-hand
corner of the address side of all mail matter. It is not allowable to
put stamps on the back of letters, newspapers or parcels.
i;), The cutting of postage stamps in two or more pieces, for
use as postage, is prohibited, and no letter having a mutilated
stamp on it will be forwarded.
M, Postage stamps are regarded as cash, and the sale of them
on credit, or for more or less than their face value, is strictly pro
hibited. 15. Foreign postage stamps, not being required here for post
age, are not kept for sale at any post office.
1G. Anything in addition to an address written or printed on
the address side of postal cards renders them uninailablc.
17. To insure a domestic letter being forwarded in the mails,
it must have not less than two cents in postage stamps affixed. If
less than the full postage has been paid, double the amount due
must be paid by the party receiving it.
18. Every letter or book should bear the sender's name out
side as well as inside, as in case of non-delivery it can be returned.
1!). A subscriber to a newspaper or periodical who changes his
residence and post-ollicc should at once notify the publisher of the
change and have the publication sent to his new address, and also
notify thc'Gcnoral Post Office of his change of residence.
20. A newspaper sent to a foreign country should be addressed
on the paper itself as well as on the wrapper.
21. Publishers and news agents mailing printed matter in
quantities will facilitate its distribution, and insure its dispatch, by
assorting such matter by States and Territories and the larger cities,
if, for the foieigu mail, or by post-olllces or Islands, if for the
22. All inquiries, whether from postmasters or the public,
relative to lost or missing mail matter of every description, both
or registered, should be addressed to
any losses or irregularities should be
foreign or domestic, ordinary
the Postmaster-General, and
reported as soon as knowledge is had of their occurrence.
2',),. Any complaint about over charge, delay, or missent
correspondence must be accompanied with Hie envelope or cover of the
correspondence- referred to, together with all particulars about it that
can be given, or no notice will be taken of it.
2, Insufficiently prepaid letters and papers are received by
every foreign mail, which are called "taxed letters" or papers. The
amount due on each double the delicicncy is marked in centimes
on each letter and is payable by the party to whom the letter is
2o. The use of printed envelopes is recommended as more
legible than written, and if the number of the post-office box is added,
it will insure greater dispatch and safety.
20. Letters and paper addressed to persons residing in Hono
lulu should have thu street and number, or some other designated
place of delivery, as it is the purpose of the department to establish
letter-carriers in Honolulu as soon as practicable.
27. Lock boxes in the General Post Office at Honolulu, may be
obtained by application at the general delivery window. The rent
is 81. SO per quarter, which is required to be promptly paid attho
end of each quarter. Keys lost or locks broken, are replaced at
the expense of thu box-holder.
2H. Lock or cull boxes are supplied in the Ililo, Wailuku and
Lahaina post offices, which are rented to applicants at one dollar a
".). As soon as practicable, letter boxes will be prepared in all
post offices of the Kingdom, and all persons who are in regular re
ceipt of letters and newspapers will Hud it greatly to their conven
ience to have boxes.
!!(). It is the intention of the Post Office Department to issue
"Special Dispatch" envelopes, the postago on which will bo ten
cents for each letter of not more than one ounce weight. All such
letters received at the Honolulu Olllce will be delivered with as little
delay as possible, at the olllcu or residence of thu addressee.
01. A late letter iva of live cents is charged in addition to thu
regular postage on all letters posted after the advertised hour of
closing tlie foreign mail. All such letters are sunt in a lalo bag,
which is kept open to accommodate such as have from any cause
been unable to post their correspondence in season for the regular
mail. No late fee is charged on postals or papers.
yo, Scud all letters, newspapers, and small parcels to the post
olllce with their full postage affixed. As a rule they will go safer
and reach their destination more quickly in thu mails than when
sent in any other way. Most of the complaints about thu non-receipt
of letters are traceable to their being sent by chance convey
ance outside the mails.
32a. Letters are collected from the Street Letter Boxes twice
every day, at 8 a.m. and '2 p.m., except Sundays and holidays.
Jill. All ordinary correspondence is dispatched by the first re
gular mail, unless marked to be sent by special conveyance or by
some other than the usual route.
ill. Newspapers, when posted in large quantities, should be
passed in at the proper newspaper window on Bethel street.
05. Officers in the Postal Service are, strictly enjoined not to
communicate any correspondence on postal cards, or disclose to any
person information regarding correspondence addressed to other
30. Hooks of the value of one dollar or more, when sent to
the United States or Europe are liable to customs duties, though
they are not always charged.
37. The business of thu Post Office is to deliver correspondence
as directed. All detentions and diversions of it, therefore, must be
looked upon as matters of favor, to be granted when the business of
the department allows of it.
.'18. Unclaimed letters are advertised every two months, and
are held for six months, when they are returned to the country of
origin. If of domestic origin they are classed as dead letters,
opened and if found to be of importance, they are returned to the
writers, and if of no value, are destroyed.
09. No postmaster or employee is allowed to give any informa
tion as to correspondence passing through his hands, except only to
the party addressed.
10. The post office is closed on thu arrival of every foreign
Steamer mail long enough to assort and distribute the letters. The
newspapers and packages, as also correspondence for the country
offices, arc assorted later.
11. Shipmasters must deliver tlieir mails or letters at the post
office immediately on arrival. No entry at the customs can be made
till this is done.
12. Ship masters leaving for foreign ports arc required to give
00 hours notice of tlieir intended departure to the Postmaster.
10. All vessels carrying Hawaiian mails should have a place
provided to keep them under lock and key. By law they are
responsible for the safe keeping of the mails while on board.
1 1. Small letter pouches are now provided at every Post office
and on board of every steamer, for enclosing and forwarding such
loose letters as arc to bo left at way ports. These pouches are
designed to assist in the safety of such transient correspondence as
may be entrusted to the masters or pursers of steamers and
15. Correspondence sent outside of the mail, should always be
enclosed in stamped envelopes, whether in the inter-island or foreign
Hi. Packages or parcels of mailable matter, not exceeding four
pounds in weight, will be received and conveyed in the inter-island
mails only, on prepayment of one cent per ounce postage. Parcels
are not mailable to foreign countries, if exceeding 8 ounces in
weight, excepting only books and printed matter.
17. A letter deposited in the mail can be recalled only by the
writer, and then only on giving a written receipt for the same.
18. The cutting of a mail bag or a mail strap, or the unlawful
breaking open of a sealed bag or letter pouch, is a penal offense, and
will not be overlooked by the government authorities.
11). Hawaiian Postage stamps, stamped envelopes and postals,
can always be obtained at their face value, at the General Post
Office, or at any branch Post office in the kingdom.
50. The Postage Stamps, now in use consist of 1 cent, 2 cents,
5, 0, 10, 12, 15, 18, 25, 50 and 100 cents stamps. The 1, 2, 5, 10
and 12 cents stamps are printed in several different colors.
51. Stamped envelopes of denominations of 1, 2, 4, 5, and 10
cents can be purchased at any post-office. Both for Inter-Island and
Foreign correspondence they will be found very convenient, and
should always be used when letters are sent outside the mails.
52. Domestic postal cards, costing one cent each, can be
purchased at every post-office. Also, two cent postal cards, mailable
to any country in the Postal Union.
53. Double postal cards, called "reply postals" intended for
an immediate reply to a correspondent, have been issued, the cost
being two cents 1 cent for the inquiry card and 1 cent for the
return card. Also, foreign reply cards, costing 1 cents each.
r, . stamps should always be affixed on the right hand upper
corner of the address side of the envelope.
55. Sets of Hawaiian postage stamps, postals and stamped
envelopes can always be obtained at the Post office. A complete
set costs $3.00.
r,c, Cancelled stamps are not supplied, and no notice will be
taken of any application for them, by mail or otherwise, by
employees of the Post office.
OF POSTAGE ON DOMESTIC MAIL
part of the Kingdom, for eacli
- 1 cent
-Letters to any
Drop or city letters or printed circulars
Unsealed printed circulars, to any parts of the
Newspapers, printed in the Kingdom and sent
from the office of publication to subscribers
residing in the Kingdom -
Hooks, cards, photographs &c, for each ounce -
Merchandise samples of all kinds, for eacli ounce
Newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs, calendars,
hand-bills, magazines, maps, occasional, and
other publications (not bound), for each 4 oz.
or fraction thereof
Registry fee, in addition to above charges,
Special Dispatch Service, each 1 oz. letter,
58. 0" All liquids, explosives, and articles liable to damage
the mails, are strictly prohibited being posted.
RATES OF FOREIGN POSTAGE.
5t. Letters to the United States, Canada and Mexico,
Letters to any other countries in Postal Union, -Letters
to any of the Australian Colonies, -
Postal Cards, each,
Reply Postal Cards, each,
Hooks and Commercial Papers, each 2 oz. or frac.
Printed matter, each 2 oz. or fraction
Mdse Samples (not exceeding 250 grams or 8;
ounces) for each 2 oz. or fraction,
Ilegistration fee, in addition to above charges -Registration,
with return receipt, do. do. -
00. There is no Parcel Post between Hawaii and the United
Slates, or with any other foreign country ; but small parcels, if
registered, (of limited size and weight) are generally delivered
safely at their destination.
01. The Registry Service is established to furnish a more se
cure means of transmitting valuable correspondence, at a trilling
cost, than is furnished by the ordinary service. Practically it
serves as a guarantee for the safe delivery of the article registered,
as registered parcels are very seldom lost.
02. Packages and parcels containing books or mailable mer
chandise of any kind, as well as any letter, newspaper, or photo
graph that may be mailed, nut; be registered in the domestic mail
service on payment of a fee often cents in addition to the ordinary
postage, receipts being given and taken in all eases.
Oil. In the Foreign Mail Service, letters, newspapers, and
small parcels only (8! o. in weight) can bo registered. Large
parcels of dutiable matter should be sent by express.
01. In legistering foreign correspondence, if only ten cents is
paid, no return receipt is sent. If a return receipt is wanted, the
charge is fifteen cents in addition to the regular postage.
05. A registered letter can only be delivered to the parly
dressed, who alone is authorized to sign for it.
00. All letters or parcels of value should be registered.
not registurud no clue can be obtained for tlieir recovery, if lost.
07 A moment's reflection will show that, if an ordinary letter
or packet be once lost, there is almost no chance of its being traced.
A registered article, however, is practically beyond risk of loss (ex
cept from casualty) and may be looked on as absolutely safe. To
register all valuable articles is not only a wise but is also a cheap
08.- -The sender should always write his name on the back of
the envelope, and affix the whole amount of postago and registry
fee on the face of the letter, in stamps, before presenting the same
for registration, as this often saves much trouble.
OS). Letters intended to be registered should be handed to the
receiving clerk, and not posted in the letter drop.
70. "When registered correspondence is required in haste, it
can be obtained by inquiry at the Registry Office.
71. Domestic postal money orders will be furnished on appli
cation at any of the following money order offices, payable at the
General Post Office or any other money order office named below :
Ox Hawaii Ililo, Halawa (Kohala), Puehuchu (Koliala),
Ilonokaa, Wainica, Kcalakeakua, Waiohinu, Pahala.
Ox Maui Lahaina, Wailuku, Kahului, Ilamakuapoko, liana,
Ox Kauai Liliuc, Koloa, Wainica, Kapaa, Hanalei, Kilauea.
Ox Oahi; Honolulu, Waianae, Waialua.
Ox Mo i.o ka i Kaunakakai.
72. No order can exceed 50. But three domestic orders for
50 each may be issued to one party by one mail.
7.'1. All orders drawn and paid for in Silver are payable at
destination in silver. Orders drawn and paid for in gold are payable
at destination in gold.
7-1. The fees for domestic orders are: For $5 and .under,
5 cents; for 10 and under, 10 cents; for 25 and under, 15 cents;
for 10 and under, 20 cents; for 50 and under, 25 cents.
75. No order can be paid except by the postmaster of the
office drawn on, nor until the advice relative to it has been received
70. No order can be paid to any party except the person
named in the advicu or his endorsee, who must sign as having
received the money.
77. No order can be transferred to any other office than that
named in it.
78. Any order not presented for payment within twelvemonths
from its date, becomes invalid and not payable. In order to obtain
payment, permission must be obtained from the Post Master
General. 79. After the expiration of two years from its date, any order
still remaining unclaimed and unpaid, will be forfeited and become
the property of the postal department.
80. Hours of Money-Order Business in Honolulu, are from 10
a, in. till 3 p. m., except Saturdays and days of arrival and de
parture of foreign mails.
81. The issue of money orders on credit is strictly prohibited,
and no money will be received by a post-master in payment for
money orders issued, except that which is legal tender, bank checks,
plantation orders, or certificates of deposit.
82. The rules that apply to the domestic money order busi
ness are printed in pamphlet form, and can be obtained at any post
office in the Kingdom.
FOREIGN MONEY ORDERS.
83. Application for money orders, payable in the United
States or Hongkong, may be made at the General Post Office in
Honolulu, or at airy money order office in this Kingdom.
81. A list of Foreign Money Order Offices in the United States,
now numbering over 1500, may be seen at any money order olllce in
85. Money orders drawn on the United States, being payable
in gold coin at destination, are also payable in gold coin when is
80. Foreign money order fees : 5 and under, 25 cts. ; 10
and under, -10 cts. ; 20 and under, 00 cts. ; 30 and under, 80 cts. ;
10 and under, 1 ; 50 and under, 1.25.
87. Likewise money orders may be drawn in thu United States
or Hongkong, payable at any money order office in this Kingdom.
88. Applicants arc requested to write the payee's name in full,
and distinctly, give the street and number of residence, as well as
the City and State.
81). Persons sending money orders should insist on an ac
knowledgement by the payee in America immediately on the receipt
of the order sent, as in many instances no reply is received.
1)0. No money order, foreign or domestic, will be filled out,
until paid for.
SAVINGS BANK BUSINESS.
!)1. Whenever the requisite authority is given by the Govern
ment, a Postal Savings Bank will be established in the General Post
Office at Honolulu, where accounts can be opened with depositors
residing either in Honolulu or on the other islands.
92. Any person residing out of Honolulu, may then become a
depositor in the Savings Bank, by depositing money with the post
master of any money order office in this Kingdom, and obtaining
from him a receipt for the amount. The postmaster will transmit
the amount received to the Postmaster General, and in return will
receive a Saving Bank book, to be delivered to the depositor, in
which the amount will be credited with the date when it was received
at thu bank.
93. A depositor can add to his deposits from time to time, in
the same way, receiving receipts from the postmaster, who will send
his money, together with his bank book to Honolulu, the latter be
ing returned to the depositor without expense to him.
91. No deposit can be made without the bank book accom
panying it, in order that the proper entry may be made iihd certified.
95 Any further information regarding the Postal Service can
bo learned on application to the undersigned.
General Post Office,
Honolulu, July, 1880.
II. M. WHITNEY, P. M. G.