The U.S. Postal Service is commemorating its new Priority stamp depicting the iconic Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe in a dedication ceremony open to the public this afternoon.
Carole Hayashino, president of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Dennis Boser, area general manager of Valley of the Temples, Glenn Sears, Byodo-In Temple construction superintendent and Kanani Alos, Kaneohe postmaster, will participate in the 2 p.m. ceremony.
From 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the public may purchase the stamps and have them hand-canceled for free.
The stamp, designed by art director Greg Breeding with original art by Dan Cosgrove, features a colorful illustration of the ornate building, a smaller-scale concrete replica of the wooden Byodo-In Temple built in Uji, Japan, which dates to the middle of the 11th century. The temple was built in 1968 to commemorate the centennial of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.
The $6.70 Byodo-In Priority Mail stamp is available for purchase at post offices nationwide, online and by phone at 800-782-6724.