Ookala Post Office to close: Users of the plantation-era site will have to get their mail in Paauilo

Photo courtesy Doug Slaton The U.S. Postal Service plans to close the Ookala Post Office on July 31. Postal patrons in the small plantation village will have to go to Paauilo to pick up their mail.

The Ookala Post Office is closing at the end of business on July 31, and dozens of seniors who live in the former plantation town on the Hamakua Coast will now have to go to Paauilo to get their mail.