Hilo, HI (PressExposure) October 08, 2011 -- The book was published in soft cover and is available on Amazon.com Kindle eBook format will be available in a few weeks. The author, Anthony R. (Tony) Kassel lives in Hawaii. Since Tony was a child he has been passionate about stamp collecting. After earning an MBA in 2004, Tony moved to Hawaii where he turned his passion for stamps into the business Antonios-Philatelics.com. In 2006 Tony attended the World Philatelic Exhibition in Washington D.C. it was there that he first saw the Hawaiian Missionary postage stamps. Flying back to Hawaii from the exhibition Tony was reading about the Grinnell Hawaiian Missionary stamps that are thought to be forgeries. When he read a passage that indicated a family connection between the Emerson mission family and the person who gave Grinnell the alleged forgeries, Tony had an epiphany that prompted him to research and write this book.
American Missionaries began arriving in Hawaii in 1820. They established several mission stations at population centers in the Hawaiian island chain. To supply the stations a Mission Depository was constructed at the Honolulu mission station. In the depository supplies were received, stored and distributed to the other mission stations. Kassel discovered that the Mission Depository also acted as a Post Office. Samuel N. Castle who was in charge of the depository wrote in his journal a Post Office Law. Following the law he kept detailed records of letters sent including some he sent to J.B. Moore the US Postmaster at San Francisco. The American Missionaries were instrumental in establishing a postal link between the Kingdom of Hawaii and the United States of America.
Even if you are not a stamp collector or a Hawaiian History buff you will find some amazing tales in this book, the author considers these to be the Gems of Hawaiian History. The common denominator in these stories can be found in the Emerson mission family; the book is dedicated to them in appreciation of the selfless acts they performed to better the lives of the Hawaiian people.