On August 21, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the Postal Service issued a 44-cent Hawai'i Statehood commemorative stamp. The stamp, designed by Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood.
Artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kane of Captain Cook, Hawai'i, who has dedicated much of his life to studying Hawaiian culture and history, created the painting that appears on the stamp. In the image a surfer rides a wave on a longboard, a popular choice among surfers for centuries. Next to him, two people paddle an outrigger canoe to shore.
Avery Dennison printed 40 million stamps using the gravure process. The stamps appeared in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty stamps.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (July 16, 2009)
Scott Catalogue USA: 4415
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Museum ID: 2009.2029.591