Nature and the landscape play a significant role in the heritage and culture of the Pacific region. The diverse range of ecosystems, which includes coral reefs, rainforests, and volcanic landscapes, has been shaped by centuries of human interaction and cultural practices. There is also a rich tradition of storytelling and oral history that is closely tied to the natural environment.
In many Pacific cultures, nature is revered as a source of life, spirituality, and cultural identity. The relationship between people and nature is often characterized by reciprocity and respect, with cultural practices such as conservation, fishing, and agriculture being deeply intertwined with traditional beliefs and customs.
In recent years, the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific region has been increasingly recognized by U.S. postage stamps. These stamp issues draw attention to the importance of protecting and preserving the unique landscapes, ecosystems, and cultural traditions of the region for future generations.
80¢ Diamond Head, Honolulu single, 1952
and 20¢ Hawaii single, 1982
Known for its breathtaking beauty is Honolulu’s Diamond Head, shown on this 80-cent air mail stamp. This stamp, along with the 20-cent Hawaii state bird and flower stamp, illustrate the natural beauty of Hawaii.
37¢ Greetings from Hawaii single, 2002
The Greetings from Hawaii stamp, issued in 2002, portrays a picturesque scene that is distinctive to Hawaii. Known as the “Aloha State,” Hawaii attracts over four million tourists annually. The stamp depicts Waikiki Beach with the extinct volcano Diamond Head in the background and the yellow hibiscus, the state flower, in the foreground.