New stamp to feature Maui’s Haleakala crater as part of national parks set

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The U.S. Postal Service is issuing its first-ever Maui stamp.

The new stamp will feature a rainbow within the crater at Haleakala National Park. It’s part of a sheet of 16 Forever stamps depicting an assortment of national parks that will be issued nationwide to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

The image was shot by Seattle photographer Kevin Ebi. “National parks take us into a different world, a world of jaw-dropping scenery and experiences that are dramatically different from our daily lives,” he said. “Such was the case that afternoon I spent chasing Haleakala’s rainbows.

“… the closer I got to Haleakala’s summit, the less I could see. The fog got thicker and thicker,” Ebi added. Then “sunlight poked through a tiny hole… and a rainbow dipped into the crater. I managed to get a few shots before the sun slid back behind the storm clouds.”

The stamps will be released on June 2, with a dedication event scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Makawao Post Office.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the public will be able to purchase sheets of the national parks stamps and have them hand cancelled for free with a special commemorative postmark.

The National Parks stamp sheets will be available for purchase on June 2 at post offices nationwide, online at USPS.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.

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