November 13 2000
150th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Louis Stevenson
A set of 2 stamps and a mini-sheet were issued on November 13th 2000 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of RLS.
The $5 stamp (above left) prepays the overnight rate.
It shows RLS reading a book to the young Princess Ka'iulani on the steps of "Ainahau" in Waikiki.
The $8 stamp (above right) prepays the Same Day rate.
It shows RLS sitting with King Kalakaua on the verandah of I'olani Palace in Honolulu.
The $5 and $8 stamps are from original miniature watercolors painted by local artist Wayne Takazono.
Both stamp drawings are © Hawai'i Post.
The $3 Mini-sheet (below) plus the $5 stamp prepay the Same Day rate.
The Mini-sheet has a black-and-white portrait of RLS and contains a poem
written by him for Princess Ka'iulani before she left for Europe in 1889 to finish her education.
RLS POEM ON THE MINI-SHEET READS:
"Forth from her land to mine she goes,
The island maid, the island rose,
Light of heart and bright of face:
The daughter of a double race.
Her islands here, in Southern sun,
Shall mourn their Ka'iulani gone,
And I, in her dear banyan shade,
Look vainly for my little maid.
But our Scots islands far away
Shall glitter with unwonted day,
And cast for once their tempests by
To smile in Ka'iulani's eye."
Born in Edinburgh Scotland on November 13th 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson grew up to become a successful writer. His books include "Treasure Island", "Kidnapped", "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" etc. In France, he met his wife Fanny, an American. With her, he travelled widely including a trip to Hawai'i where he visited King Kalakaua and Princess Ka'iulani. Before the Princess left for Europe in 1889 to finish her education, he wrote a special poem for her (shown on the $3 mini-sheet). He finally settled in Samoa and died there in 1894.
A First Day Cover was issued on November 13th 2000 with a special cachet and postmark (above). Covers were made on high-quality paper envelopes in white and gray. The special cachet above depicts a drawing of a young Robert Louis Stevenson and a short biography.
The special First Day postmark for the above covers was issued for November 13th 2000 only. The postmark has a quill pen in an inkwell with the initials "RLS" on it. The circle cancel is in script and reads "150th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Louis Stevenson" and also "Waikiki, O'ahu. Hawai'i Post" The center lines across read "1850/November 13/2000."