Hawaii Quarter Makes National Debut

The Hawaii Quarter Debut

The Hawaii Quarter, last in the series of 50 State Quarters issued by the United States Mint, made its debut yesterday at a public ceremony in Downtown Honolulu attended by hundreds of people. Governor Linda Lingle and Edmund Moy, Director of the U.S. Mint were among the dignitaries at hand to launch the last State Quarter of the series that features a likeness of King Kamehameha the Great, a map of the islands and the state motto on the reverse side of the coin.

Governor Lingle stated that the Hawaii Quarter will be one of the most popular coins in the series and a highly sought after collectible. The long line of hundreds of people that snaked around the entire block of Bishop, Hotel and Alakea Streets seemed to prove her point about the coin’s popularity. These people were waiting in line since early in the morning to be among the first to snap up the new quarters. The U.S. Mint will be casting more than 520,000,000 copies of the coin in the next 10 weeks.

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Top Photo: Happy school children with their new Hawaii Quarters.

The Hawaii Quarter Debut
Governor Lingle hands out new Quarters to eager school children.

The Hawaii Quarter Debut
Long line of people waiting for the new quarter snake around Bishop Street.

The Hawaii Quarter
The Hawaii Quarter featuring King Kamehameha, image of the islands and state motto.


Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.