Posts Tagged ‘King Kamehameha’


The reverse of Hawaii’s quarter features Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha I stretching his hand toward the eight major Hawaiian Islands. Inscriptions are the state motto "UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘ĀINA I KA PONO," ("The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"), "Hawaii" and "1959." Source: United States Mint

I’m no coin collector by any stretch of the imagination, although my co-workers might argue that if you look in my desk drawer, you’ll find a completely different scenario. Okay, so I have about $25 in loose change in there. What’s the big deal?

But on Monday, November 10, I’m planning to become a coin collector for a day and that’s because the Hawaii quarter will be officially launched at Bishop Square in downtown Honolulu at noon. According to a press release issued by the United States Mint:

The Hawaii commemorative quarter-dollar will be the final coin produced in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program, the most successful coin program in U.S. history.  An estimated 147 million people collect the quarters in this popular series. United States Mint Director Ed Moy will join Governor Linda Lingle in handing out shiny new Hawaii quarters to children under 18 who attend the launch.  This lunchtime event is free to the public. After the ceremony, featuring a keiki (children’s) hula performance and Hawaiian music, the public may exchange bills for $10 rolls of Hawaii quarters at the event.  Banks across Hawaii will also have the new quarters available that afternoon.

If any of my blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter followers are anxious to get their hands on a Hawaii quarter, connect with me. I’m planning to purchase a few rolls and would be glad to see what I can do to get a quarter to you. Here’s how I’m thinking we can do this:

  • Mail a quarter and a self-addressed stamped envelope to me and I’ll put a Hawaii quarter in the mail back to you.
  • My work address is: McNeil Wilson Communications, 1003 Bishop Street, 9th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813

If you plan to be at the ceremony on Monday, I’ll look forward to seeing you there!



The Kam family posing for a photo with a herd of cows on our way to Kohala.

Day two on our recent Big Island vacation took us to the quaint town of Kohala, the birth place of King Kamehameha. We made the drive from Kona more to take in the scenery than anything else. They don’t call this place the Big Island for nothing. It’s twice the size of all the other islands combined and while the drives can be lenghty to get from place to place, the views along the way are priceless.

The goal was to make it to Pololu Valley lookout before heading to Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort for dinner at Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar. But that plan was spoiled when we got to the valley lookout and police had blocked off the entrance due to a hiker being air lifted out after having a heart attack. No biggie. We just turned around and headed to dinner early. We enjoyed shopping around Queen’s Marketplace and ended a great day with some delicious sushi at Sansei. Just how good was the meal you ask? So good, I forgot to take photos. 😦

White coral "graffiti" against the jet black lava fields is a common scene along the roads on the Big Island. That's Mauna Kea looming in the background.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site built by Kamehameha in the 1790s near Kawaihae is a popular cultural stop on the way to Kohala.

Ensen and Kona Grandma having fun in the car on the way to Kohala.

We came across a field of windmills near Upolu Airport. Who knew?

The original Kamehameha Statue in Kohala is a popular photo opportunity that I couldn't pass up.

Ensen and Kona Grandpa checking out some of the cool artwork displayed around Queen's Marketplace.

A crowd gathers at Queen's Marketplace to enjoy live music as the sun sets.