The U.S. Postal Service today decided to keep the Kalaupapa Post Office open, citing the isolation and the “unique needs” of the Kalaupapa community.
The Molokai community spoke strongly against this proposed closure at a public meeting held in Kalaupapa Sept. 20, 2011. The postal service had released a list of possible post office closures in July of last year and Kalaupapa was among four recommendations in Hawaii.
Senator Daniel K. Akaka and Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statements on the decision by the United States Postal Service to remove the U.S. Post Office in Kalaupapa from the list of facilities being considered for closure.
Senator Akaka said, “I thank the Postal Service for removing the post office at Kalaupapa from the list of potential closures. During my last meeting with Kalaupapa residents, they expressed serious concerns about the possible termination of regular mail delivery to their isolated community. The residents of Kalaupapa depend on this post office to receive vital medication and other health supplies, and to connect them with the rest of the world, including their families, friends, and health care providers.”
Congresswoman Hirono said, “It’s a relief to learn of the decision to keep the Kalaupapa Post Office open for business. The U.S. Postal Service clearly acknowledges the geographic isolation and unique needs of the Kalaupapa community. Even in this digital age, standard mail remains a primary way for residents to communicate with family and friends who live elsewhere. Now, this key service will not be interrupted.”
The post office in Kalaupapa was the only Hawaii post office proposed for shut down that does not have another facility accessible nearby. The Postal Service has only made a decision about Kalaupapa so far.