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Stamp to salute Hawaii statehood

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The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the commemorative 50th anniversary statehood stamp next month at the Hawaii Statehood Conference.

The stamp, featuring a longboard surfer and two paddlers on an outrigger canoe, will be issued and distributed at post offices nationwide on Admission Day, Aug. 21. Stamps will also be available for sale at the Hawai'i Convention Center that day.

Daryl Ishizaki, postal service Honolulu district manager, and Gov. Linda Lingle will display an oversize image of the stamp at 10:15 a.m. at the convention center, according to the postal service.

The painting on the stamp was created by Herb Kawainui Kane, artist, historian and author from Kona. Kane also participated in building the canoe Hokule'a and was recognized as a "Living Treasure of Hawaii" in 1984, according to his Web site.

This will not be the first stamp painted by Kane; he has already designed 41 stamps for the United States, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and French Polynesia.

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