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UX9a Paauilo 259_01 00 May 4


This UX9a postal card was canceled at Paauilo on May 4, 1900, with the rare Paauilo type 259.01 postmark, and sent to Honolulu.

Olaa, Puna District
"dedicated"
1894-1900
Postmasters: J. R. Wilson (1894-1898) and J. W. Mason (1898-1900). Wilson owned the Volcano Stables in Hilo and from August, 1893, operated a daily stage between Hilo and Volcano House, dropping off mail at Olaa, where the Half-Way House was located. Mail was handled by Mr. McIntosh at the Richardson store in Mountain View before the post office was established at the Olaa store on May 1, 1894. J. R. Ryan, manager of the store, actually ran the office for Mason. Mail was delivered to residences along the Volcano Road and other residents had boxes at the Olaa store. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $85.

803
manuscript
Olaa/date
Rarity: 1R
Usage: May 25, 1894 to July 9, 1894
Noted on Scott No. 75
Two strikes are in my collection.

Olaa ms 25May94

May 25, 1894

281.9a13
31mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle; with a duplex target cancel
Color: Purple, Green, Black, Red
Scarcity: 3
Usage: July __, 1894 to January 15, 1898
The device was broken in 1897 and a horizontal date was improvised. The device was repaired by January, 1898.
Eight strikes, including two on cover, are in my collection. I have purple on November 3, 1894, green from April 10, 1896 to February 17, 1897 and purple again in later strikes.

Olaa 281_013 3Nov94

November 3, 1894


Olaa 281_013 21Dec96

December 21, 1896
(Courtesy of Gary Peters)


Olaa 281_013 17Feb97 green duplex

February 17, 1897, Green


Olaa 281_013 27_97 bkn

_, 27, 1897
Broken device


Olaa 281_013 4Jan98

January 4, 1898
(Courtesy of Don Collins)

253.9a1
27mm double lined circle; with duplex target cancel; later strikes have single lined circles
Color: Purple, Blue
Scarcity: 3
Usage: April 20, 1898 to May __, 1900
Nine strikes, including three on cover (one bearing multiple strikes counted as one), are in my collection. I have a very bluish mark dated October 31, 1898.

Olaa 253_01 9Dec98 duplex

December 9, 1898


Olaa 253_01 9Dec98 - 1

detail


Olaa 253_01 14Apr99 duplex Lyman

April 14, 1899
(Courtesy of Henry Lyman)

Olaa Plantation, Puna District
1898-1900
Postmaster: F. B. McStocker. In 1899, stamp sales were about $60.

259.01
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Blue
Scarcity: 2
Usage: April __, 1898 to December 28, 1900
Five strikes, one on cover, are in my collection. Blue is dated in September, 1899.

Olaa Plantation 259_01 30Nov99

November 30, 1899


Olaa Plantation 259_01 9Mar00

March 9, 1900
(Courtesy of Gary Peters)


Olaa Plantation 259_01 28Dec00

December 28, 1900

Onomea, South Hilo District
"something palatable"
1857-1866
Site of the Papaikou office once that office was established. Whether an office existed here as early as 1857 is unclear, but fifteen sheets of Scott No. 31a were sent there in 1864-1865, confirming it was a recognized office in those years.
No postmark known.

Onouli, South Kona District
"dark ono fish"
1863-1869
Some sort of mail collection place near Kaawaloa and Kealakekua.
No postmark known.

Ookala, Hamakua District
"sharp digging stick"
1883-1900
Postmasters: J. H. Soper (1883-1884), J. N. Wright (1884-1889), J. B. Hopkins (1889-1892), Richard Ivers (1892-1895) and W. G. Walker (1898-1900). Headquarters for the Ookala Sugar Company and Kaiwiki Plantation and the post office was located at the Ookala Sugar Company office. Mail volume was about 2,500 to 3,000 letters annually from 1887 to 1894. Stamp sales in 1899 amounted to about $215.

253.41
27mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Black
Scarcity: 4
Usage: December __, 1883 to August __, 1895
The device was worn and new date type was ordered in December, 1889. The new type protruded from the body of the stamp and caused the mark to be illegible but the postmaster made it work. In April, 1895, the postmaster again complained about the worn condition.
Twenty-two strikes, including one cover, are in my collection. I have black strikes in September, 1890.

Ookala 253_41 25Jul84

July 25, 1884


Ookala 253_41 6Jul93

July 6, 1893

259.023
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Black
Scarcity: 3
Usage: August __, 1895 to March __, 1900; a strike dated January 8, 1894 is believed to be an 1896 strike, dated erroneously. I have black strikes in January, 1896.
Nine strikes, including one cover, are in my collection.

Ookala 259_023 8Jan94

January 8, 1894 (1896)

Ookala Plantation
Located at Ookala. The Ookala Post Office was located at the Ookala Plantation office. A mark of Ookala Plantation is reported with a date of June 23, 1881. I have no further information regarding the appearance of that mark and it precedes the opening of the Ookala Post Office by about two years.

216
single lined inner and outer ovals, 27mm x 25mm
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RRRR, one strike is recorded on Scott No. 38
Usage: November 23, 1883
Whether this mark is a postmark or a private plantation mark is open to debate, but it appears to have been used as a postmark before the Ookala office was opened.

MVC-005F

November 23, 1883
(Courtesy of Barry Decker)

Paauhau, Hamakua District
"tribute yard"
1883-1887
Postmaster: Rufus A. Lyman. Mrs. Lyman was the daughter of former Postmaster General Brickwood. Headquarters for Paauhau Sugar Co. and site of the original Hamakua post office. Lyman was looking after postal affairs here as early as 1880 when he was asked to arrange for mail delivery to Waipio Valley. Stamps were sent to him in January, 1880.

801
manuscript
P.P.O./date/year
Rarity: 1RRRR, one strike recorded
Usage: January 26, 1883
Noted on Scott No. UX1 from Paauhau

Paauhau ms PPO- detail Kay

Courtesy of Phil Kay

803
manuscript
Paauhau/date
Rarity: 1RRR
Noted on Scott No. 38

Paauhau ms - Peters

Courtesy of Gary Peters

253.41
27mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Black
Rarity: 1RRR, eight strikes recorded
Usage: December __, 1885 to January 28, 1887
One strike, on cover, is in my collection.
Black noted October 28, 1886 and January 28, 1887.

Paauahau 253_41 21Jan86

January 21, 1886

Paauilo, Hamakua District
"low grade kapa"
1883-1900
Postmasters: R. Robinson (1859), Chas. Notley (1883-1884), H. Zerbe (1884-1887), J. R. Renton (1888-1898), Geo. Paty (acting October, 1889), Podman (acting 1896-1898) and Anthony Lidgate (1898-1900). Renton and Lidgate, at least, were managers of the sugar mill and Paauilo store. Renton died in December, 1898. Mail volume was about 5,000 letters in 1887 and about 6,000 to 7,500 letters annually from 1888 to 1894, including about 375 registered letters annually. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $600.

803
manuscript
Paauilo/date
Rarity: 1RRR
Noted on Scott No. 31

No image available.

281.013
30mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Blue, Black
Estimated: 6
Usage: September __, 1883 to __, 1894 (noted without date on Scott No. 75)
Early strikes to January 23, 1889 are blue. I have black in November, 1889 and purple thereafter.

Paauilo 281_013 2Feb86 blue

February 2, 1886

282.011
33mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Red, Black
Estimated: 7
Usage: October __, 1890 to October 13, 1898
The cancel stamp was worn, with the rubber falling off the metal disc and was lost on October 30, 1898. The postmaster glued the rubber to the disc sometime in 1896 to attempt a repair, but it fell apart again in 1898. A makeshift arrangement was adopted with type 202 to provide a date.
I have a red strike dated February 10, 1893 and reddish purple on uncertain dates.

Paauilo 282_011 17Apr93

April 17, 1893


Paauilo 282_011 17Feb97

February 17, 1897

202
straightline
Color: Black Black
Rarity: 1R, twenty-one strikes recorded
Usage: November __, 1898
This locally constructed mark was considered a private mark (Davey/Bash type 609) for Paauilo Plantation but the Post Office correspondence shows the mark was used as a postmark by the Paauilo office.
One strike is noted with date slugs removed from the broken type 282.011 device. Type 202 was used after type 282.011 fell apart.
Three strikes are in my collection.

Paauilo 609

Paauilo 282_011 8Nov&609

November 8, 1898,
apparently with dates from type 282.011

203
straightline
Color: Black Black
Rarity: 1RR
Usage: November 9, 1898
This mark was considered a private mark (Davey/Bash type 610) for Paauilo Plantation but the Post Office correspondence shows the mark was used as a postmark by the Paauilo office.
This locally made device apparently was discarded in favor of staying with type 202 because type 203 made poor impressions.
One strike is in my collection.

Paauilo 610 9Nov98

November 9, 1898

253.01
27mm double lined circle; later strikes have single lined circles
Color: Purple
Estimated: 6
Usage: January __, 1899 to April __, 1900

Paauilo 253_01 9Mar99

March 9, 1899

double lined circle

Paauilo 253_01 20Sep99

September 20, 1899

single lined circle

259.01
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Blue
Rarity: 1R
Usage: April __, 1900 to May 10, 1900
Five strikes, one on cover, are in my collection. The blue strike reported has a blurred date.

Paauilo 259_01 - 00 May 4

May 4, 1900

Pahala, Ka'u District
"fertilizer plant" as in burnt mulch
1878-1900
Postmasters: George Wilfong (1878-1879) and Thomas C. Mills (1879-1900). The post office was in Capt. Wilfong's store at Pahala but the mail was locked in a store house at Punaluu until someone called for it. Pahala was the terminus of a mule train. A carriage road from Punaluu to the Volcano was opened in 1891 for tourists landing at Punaluu. Mail volume averaged about 3,500 to 4,000 letters annually from 1887 to 1894. Stamp sales in 1899 amounted to about $425.

281.01 (I)
30mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Blue, Black
Estimated: 6
Usage: September __, 1882 to December 10, 1896
I have black strikes dated from March 3, 1884 to June 1, 1884 plus an October date, blue on May 5, 1886 and February 2, 1887 and purple thereafter.

Pahala 281_01 (I) 3Mar84

March 3, 1884

253.01
27mm double lined circle; later strikes have single lined circles
Color: Purple
Scarcity: 3
Usage: March 4, 1897 to November __, 1898
Three strikes, two on cover, are in my collection.

Pahala 235_01 27May97

May 27, 1897

281.01 (II)
30mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple
Scarcity: 3
Usage: December 4, 1898 to July 29, 1900 under U. S. Administration
Four strikes, two on cover, are in my collection.

Pahala 281_01 (II) 6Jun00

June 6, 1900

Papa, South Kona District
"forbidden"
1875-1900
Unofficial letter collection box and meeting point for overland carriers between Ka'u and Kona.
No postmark known.

Papaaloa, North Hilo District
"much burnt"
1899-1900
Postmaster: A. C. Palfrey (1899-1900). This post office served the employees and families at Laupahoehoe Plantation and residents of the nearby Maula tract. Pressure to open a post office here dated from at least 1889, soon after the Laupahoehoe Plantation office was closed. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $680.

253.01
27mm double lined circle; later strikes have single lined circles
Color: Purple, Black, Red
Scarcity: 2
Usage: March 31, 1899 to May 11, 1900
Red is noted on May 11, 1900
Four strikes, two on cover, are in my collection but one, with black ink, is uncertain. There has been confusion about the size of this mark and it has been typed as 255.01, erroneously.

Papaaloa 253_01 31Mar99

March 31, 1899


Papaaloa 11May00 red

May 11, 1900
(Courtesy of Gary Peters)

Papaikou, South Hilo District
"Ko'u huts"
1896-1900
Postmasters: G. E. Thrum (1896-1898), H. L. Achilles (1898-1899) and J. H. Bole (1900). Site of Onomea Plantation with a landing. Mail service was by overland carrier to nearby Hilo. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $70.

255.01
29mm double lined circle
Color: Purple, Black, Red
Scarcity: 4
Usage: April 25, 1896 to May 26, 1900
Fourteen strikes, three on cover, are in my collection so I think this mark should be downgraded to about 4.
I have purple strikes from April 25, 1896 to May, 1897, black from October 7, 1897 to at least May 26, 1900.

Papaikou 255_01 25Dec97

December 25, 1897

Paukaa, South Hilo District
"consumed"
1888-1900
There was some sort of mail facility here, probably a collection box for the overland carrier.
No postmark known.

Pepeekeo, Hilo District
"food crushed" as by warriors in battle
1888-1900
This is another mystery facility, an unofficial letter collection place.
No postmark known.

Pohoiki, Puna District
"small hollow"
1893-1900
Postmaster: Mrs. R. Rycroft (1893-1900). This office was the first to be located in the Puna District. Stamp sales were about $80 in 1899.

281.9a1
31mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle; with a duplex target cancel
Color: Purple, Black, Blue
Scarcity: 2
Usage: December __, 1893 to February __, 1900
Five strikes, one on cover, are in my collection, black on May 28, 1895 and the others purple.

Pohoiki 281_01 28May95 duplex

May 28, 1895

Puehuehu, North Kohala District
"scattered"
1880-1887
Postmasters: Jas. Richardson (1880-1881), F. L. Leslie (1881-1882), C. L. Hopkins (1882), Dr. J. Wight (1882-1884), H. P. Wood (1884-1886), J. Haig MacKenzie (1886-1887) and Mr. Sisson (1887). Site of the Star Mill with a station on the railroad. Postmasters Wight, Wood and MacKenzie, during their respective terms, also served as postmasters of the Kohala office (located at Halawa or Kapaau).

282.016
33mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Black, Purple
Scarcity: 4
Usage: August __, 1882 to December 3, 1886
Twelve strikes, including three covers, are in my collection. I am inclined to downgrade this mark to a 4.

Puehuehu 282_016 8May85

May 8, 1885

Punaluu, Ka'u District
"scattered coral"
1890-1900
Postmasters: Peter Lee (1890-1891) and Wm. Fennell (1891-1900). Ka'u landing used by tourists bound for Kilauea Volcano and terminus of a rail line to Pahala. Mail volume from 1890 to 1894 averaged about 1,000 letters annually. After the office was opened, there was delay in sending the dating stamp. One was supplied in September, 1891, but without date type.

801
manuscript
Punaluu
Rarity: 1RRR
Noted on Scott No. 35
This manuscript could be Punaluu, Oahu.

Punaluu ms

May 25, 1894

281.01
31mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black, Green, Blue
Estimated: 5
Usage: January __, 1892 to February 18, 1900
Green is noted in May, 1893, black on March 14, 1895, April 8, 1898 and February 18, 1900, blue in 1896.

Punaluu 281_01 96

__, 1896

Puualu, Ka'u District
"to carry on the hips or back" as supporting by the arms
1880-1882
Noted as a probable letter collection box.
No postmark known.

Volcano House, Ka'u District
1884-1894; 1898-1900
Postmasters: Peter Lee (1891-1894; 1898) and F. Waldron (1898-1900). Site of a hotel at Kilauea Volcano. In 1893, the office was described as a "postal agency" with Lee as the "postal agent" as an "accommodation to tourists." During the period 1895-1897, Lee (manager of the hotel) continued to handle mail without official status. Ollie Shipman, manager of the hotel from 1883 to 1885 and John H. Maby, manager from 1885-1891, presumably preceded Lee as "postal agents." Only 89 letters were sent from here between 1890 and 1892, but 916 letters were sent from 1892 to 1894. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $45.

213
oval
VOLCANO in arc above/
HOUSE
There is a crater scene at the bottom of this mark.
Color: Purple, Red, Black
Rarity: 1R
Usage: circa 1888
Two strikes are in my collection.

Volcano House 213 on piece

(Courtesy of Gary Peters)

204 (MH #612)
straightline
VOLCANO HOUSE.
Color: Black
Rarity: 1R
Usage: August 4, 1888 to August 25, 1889
One strike is in my collection.

V0LCANO HOUSE_

281.01
30mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple
Rarity: 1RRR, eight strikes recorded
Usage: January 23, 1893 to August __, 1894
The device was returned to Honolulu on October 9, 1894 as the office was being closed.
Two strikes are in my collection.

Volcano House 281_01 2Jan93

January 2, 1893

281.02
30mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple
Estimated: 5
Usage: November 18, 1898 to June __, 1900
The date stamp was received in October, 1898, but without the dates.

Volcano House 281_02 2Dec98

December 2, 1898

Waimanu, Hamakua District
"bird water"
1884-1900
This valley just north of Waipio was served by an overland carrier.
No postmark recorded.

Waimea, South Kohala District
"reddish water"
1854-1900
Postmasters: Rev. Lorenzo Lyons (1858-1886) and Miss E. W. Lyons (1886-1900). Parker Ranch was headquartered nearby and the town was also site of the mission run by Lorenzo Lyons. Numerals and Boston Engraved 5 stamps were sent there in 1859 and ten sheets of Scott No. 31a were sent in July, 1864. Mail volume in 1887 was about 8,400 letters and up to about 10,000 letters annually in 1888-1890. A decline followed to about 3,000 letters annually from 1890-1894. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $180.

803
804
manuscript
Waimea/H/date
Rarity: 1R
Noted on Scott No. 31 and on the cover but off the stamp with Scott No. 35
Four strikes, all on cover, are in my collection; one strike is type 803.

Waimea ms 21Nov67

November 21, 1867

281.01
29mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple, Black, Blue
Estimated: 7
Usage: December __, 1883 to June 13, 1900
I noted black from March 9, 1888 to June 15, 1888, blue in early 1899 and the other strikes are purple.

Waimea 281_01 3Nov90

November 3, 1890

Waiohinu
"shiny water"
1865-1900
Postmasters: C. N. Spencer (1865-1866), Nicholas George (1866), W. Thomas Martin (1868-1869), H. C. Haley (1869-1871) and C. Meinecke (1871-1900). The former name of this post office was Ka'u and the name was changed in 1864, so a post office was located at Waiohinu from 1856 under one name or the other. During parts of 1866, the Hilo Postmaster had administrative authority over Waiohinu and there was a quick succession of unidentified people running the office there. Supplies of Scott No. 31a were sent in 1865 and Scott No. 32 was sent in 1866. The 2 stamps were used at the rate of about 40 sheets per year. Between 1887 and 1894, Waiohinu averaged about 2,700 letters per year. Stamp sales in 1899 were about $110.

802
manuscript
Waiohinu/P.O.
Rarity: 1RRR
Noted on Scott No. 31

Waiohinu ms 11-02

(Courtesy of Norb Wild)

214
oval
Color: Blue
Rarity: 1RRRR, four strikes are recorded. One is on Scott No. 35 off cover and three are applied as backstamps.
Usage: ________, 1877 to April, 1878
One strike is in my collection.

Waiohinu 213 24Apr78

April 24, 1878

238.02
30mm single lined outer circle
Color: Black
Rarity: 1RR
Usage: December 24, 1879 to April 19, 1883
One strike, on cover, is in my collection.

Waiohinu 238_02 24Dec79

December 24, 1879

282.013
33mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple
Scarcity: 2
Usage: May __, 1883 to July __, 1886
Four strikes, including one cover, are in my collection.

Waiohinu 282_013 _Jul86

July __, 1886

259.13
33mm double lined circle
Color: Purple
Estimated: 7
Usage: April 6, 1887 to June __, 1900
There may be a gap in usage from July, 1891 to December, 1892.

Waiohinu 259_13 15Apr98

April 15, 1893

Waipio, Hamakua District
"curving water"
1869-1871; 1880-1886; 1893-1900
Postmasters: W. H. Holmes (1880-1886), Mrs. Owanui (1893-1895) and Mrs. Ana Thomas (1895-1900). During the first period, the post office here was under the jurisdiction of the Hilo Post Office and the persons running the office have not been identified. Twice weekly mail deliveries were made into the valley from Paauhau in January, 1880 before a post office was opened in a dry goods store owned by Holmes later that year. When the office closed in 1886, a mail route from Kukuihaele was organized to Waimanu Valley via Waipo thrice monthly with J. W. Kapulolu as mail carrier. Mrs. Owanui was a "postal agent" there at least by 1893 and was recognized as postmaster in 1894.

802
manuscript
Waipio/P O
Rarity: 1RR
Usage: September 14, 1869 to January 15, 1870
Noted on Scott No. 31
Two strikes, one on cover, are in my collection.

Waipio ms 15Jan70

January 15, 1870


Waipio ms 802

801
manuscript
Waipio
Rarity: 1RR
Noted on Scott No. 43
One strike is in my collection.

Waipio ms

282.016
__mm double lined outer circle and single lined inner circle
Color: Purple
Rarity: 1RRRR, two strikes were reported to Burns.
Usage: June __, 1887 to September 9, 1887

Waipio 282_016 detail Peters

September 8, 1887
Courtesy of Gary Peters

255.01
29mm double lined circle
Color: Purple
Scarcity: 2
Usage: February __,1897 to August __, 1899
Two strikes are in my collection.

Waipio 255_01 8Aug98

August 8, 1898

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