In 1937, the first U.S. postage stamp featuring a Hawaiian was released in celebration of Hawaii’s status as a U.S. territory, which it became in 1900. The stamp depicts a statue of King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great. He is credited with preserving Hawaii’s independence by building alliances with Pacific colonial powers and bringing the Hawaiian Islands under a single sovereignty. King Kamehameha I established a dynasty that ruled the Hawaiian Islands from approximately 1810 until 1872.

Scott Catalogue USA: 799
mint; perf 10.5 x 11

Museum ID: 1980.2493.2708


  • Title: 3c Hawaii Territory Kamehameha I stamp
  • Date Created: 1937-10-18
  • Medium: unwatermarked paper; ink (violet); adhesive / engraving

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