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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day a labor of love

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Every year, Americans send out 192 million cards for Valentine's Day only Christmas spurs more card-giving, according to Hallmark. Here are more Feb. 14 facts, from the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • Nearly 60 percent of cards are bought during the week before Feb. 14 procrastinators love, too.

  • Origin of Valentine's Day? Theory No. 1: Commemoration of the death of Roman clergyman St. Valentine, who was executed on Feb. 14, around 270 A.D., for marrying couples in defiance of the emperor. Theory No. 2: Roman fertility festival.

  • Americans started exchanging handmade Valentine's Day cards in the early 1700s. Esther Howland of Massachusetts sold the first mass-produced V-day cards in the 1840s.

    Catherine E. Toth


    Head for Bishop and King streets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to see Nate Chung's sign-waving installation "Downtown Love." The artist has gathered a tribe (including Sen. Norman Sakamoto and Rep. Corinne Ching) to hold signs saying things like "You're great!" Feel the love!

    Advertiser staff


    "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only what you are expecting to give."

    Katharine Hepburn

    Correction: Rep. Corinne Ching's name was misspelled in an previous version of an Island Life short.