96-02 / HI1
Nene Goose by Patrick Ching
Fred's Anecdotal Note
1996 HAWAII - FIRST OF STATE
On May 11th, Hawaii became the 50th and final state
to issue a Wildlife Conservation Hunting Stamp. Shown on
the five-doIlar stamp is the nene, also known as the
Hawaiian goose, in a wetland habitat at Kanai's Hanalei
Val1ey. The beautiful individually watercolored MILFORD
Cachet is another Fred Collins exclusive because it is the one and only hand-painted cachet produced for this historic
"Duck" issue. The cachet has the distinctive nene goose
standing amid brightly colored tropical flowers in full bloom. On the horizon Diamondhead provides a scenic skyline as bright blue Pacific waters gently break on the beach of Waikiki. The final touch is a green sea turtle (in keeping with my 1996 wildlife theme) that has come ashore and attracted the nene's attention.
Stamp serial numbers used were 44431 to 44730. The
Day of issue postmark is a large Honolulu bullseye. A First of State Duck Stamp from the Aloha State and a tropical paradise hand-painted cachet from MILFORD.