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Where else can you decorate and send a real coconut via snail mail? I don't know, but Post A Nut is one place. Touristy I know, and a fun memory more »
Probably the only place in America where you can post a coconut! I couldn’t resist it. I couldn’t think of anyone at first , but in the end you have to just send one! more »
Very fun to create a personal and quite unique coconut-by-mail souvenir for your loved ones. Great and very friendly help in the office and really worth doing!
This is the "Post-a-Nut" Post Office, where you can mail a personalized coconut to your family and friends rather than a boring ol' postcard! Gary Lam, beloved Postmaster at this AWESOME Post Office, is the kindest, most patient and helpful person that I've met in recent years. Gary helped me find the largest, lightest weight coconut that "sat well" (sort of like choosing a pumpkin), and also told me that I could use coconuts that I found myself, as long as they didn't have any pin-holes (bugs), and not too much liquid (heaviness factor, although makes for more stamps). This wasn't the first time I've sent a coconut from Moloka'i. What I did learn though, is that you can also send them from the two other post offices (the ones in Maunaloa & Kaunakakai), but Post-a-Nut in Ho'olehua is the only one on the island that will post it with a special variety of stamps and not just an ugly barcode. I don't think the other offices offer supplies to use either. They have bins of different sized coconuts to choose from, and they'll weigh them for you to let you know how much it would cost to mail. They also have a large tub of Sharpees so that you can decorate and create your own designs, and they will often let you bring some back to your condo with you to work on during your trip as long as you bring them back. They have always been so honest and trusting. I usually donate my extra supplies when I leave to pay it forward, and I'm sure others do the same. If you want to get super crafty, there is a hardware store in Kaunakaki called Take's Variety Store (closed on Saturdays), and they have a lot of things to use, including paint, collage podge, acrylic spray varnish, etc). Make sure that if you decide to do this, you give yourself ample time, as it takes longer for things to dry in that weather. (I did a collage one and ended up using a hairdryer at the last minute which actually worked pretty well). And don't forget that this post office closes at 4 on M-F, and are closed on the weekends, so make sure you've mailed it by then. I brought mine in at the last minute on Friday, and Gary was able to let it sit and dry more over the weekend. I also had found a few small coconuts around our property I was staying at, (get the ones that look the best with the least amount of liquid inside), that I didn't have time to do, so I used a black sharpee, wrote my name and address on them and asked Gary to please stamp them like the others so that I could make them as thank you gifts to family when I got home. They may be able to do that for you if you call them and order over the phone (I read that somewhere, so don't quote me on it). If you want to bring your own supplies, don't forget that you can't mail or even bring spray paint, etc on the plane. To save on money, bring your own supplies from home (water based ones for the collages are much easier to work with), foam brushes, etc. For the collages, stock up on the free HoloHolo magazine they offer on most planes, as well as the pamphlets they give out for each island at the airport baggage claims. The "Moloka'i Drive Guide" that they should have at the MKK airport is great, and the newspaper called "The Moloka'i Dispatch" (each issue of that paper has different colored headers). You can also pre-print images from home that you might not be able to find there, like pics from the last trip... Keep in mind that you can print it out on your inkjet printer, but it must be copied on a color copier because of the kind of toner used so it won't smear). FYI, postcards and things of the sort are too thick. Another thing I learned about finding your own coconuts (because they're everywhere), is to look for the ones that are actually under the palm trees. Many that you find around and on the beaches are cracked and ugly because they have been washed around in the ocean for some time. The King K grove is fenced off, so don't go there. All in all, if you want to send the most special postcard ever (and the coolest thing for the recipient to receive), this is the place to go!
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