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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Quarter Launch a “Centsational” Success

August 30, 2012

U.S. Mint Plant Manager David Croft presents Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando with a shadow box displaying the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park new quarter. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

On August 29, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park made history as its commemorative quarter was officially rolled out by the United States Mint.

A steady drizzle did not dampen the spirits of more than 500 visitors, park staff and local residents who attended the official ceremony at the park to release the coin, 14th in the Mint’s “America the Beautiful” Quarters Program.  

An eager crowd awaits the release of the new Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarter. NPS Photo/David Boyle.

Devoted coin enthusiasts like John and Martha Mason of Arkansas arrived several hours early to ensure a front row seat for the ceremony. “We attend every one of these America the Beautiful ceremonies. We were so excited when we learned we’d be going to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park,” said Mr. Mason.

Martha and John Mason

Devoted coin collectors, Martha and John Mason of Arkansas, arrived three hours before the ceremony to ensure a front-seat row. NPS Photo/Jessica Ferracane

The Masons and hundreds of others were treated to a ceremony that started with the blowing of the pū (conch shell), and a presentation of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance, led by the Hilo High School Viking Battalion JROTC cadets. The band Kūpa‘a, from the Ka‘ū District on the island of Hawaii, played local music, and a hula dance troupe  from Volcano, Hula Hālau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa, under the direction of Kumu Hula Meleana Manuel, performed several enchanting dances before the coins were officially released.

Blowing the pū

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park fire station manager Greg Herbst sounds the pū to open the America the Beautiful ceremony. NPS Photo/David Boyle.

Cadets from Hilo High School's Viking Battalion JROTC Unit present Colors. NPS Photo/David Boyle.

Cadets from Hilo High School’s Viking Battalion JROTC Unit present Colors. NPS Photo/David Boyle.

hula

The mesmerizing, graceful dancers of Hula Hālau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa. NPS Photo/David Boyle

Hawai‘i Senator Daniel Inouye, Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando, and United States Mint Denver Plant Manager David Croft each addressed the crowd, then joined forces and poured hundreds of shiny silver park quarters from ipu (gourds) onto a large koa wood imu platter. Each child in the audience received a new quarter, much to the delight of students from the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences. Emcee and Hawaii County Tourism Specialist Stephanie Donoho kept the program flowing smoothly.

Two keiki inspect the new Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Quarter. NPS Photo/David Boyle

Hawaiian art was lovingly woven into the ceremony. An imu platter was used to capture the coins poured from ipu, and park staff decorated the stage with lei wili, fresh kapa, lau hala and ti leaf. Maika’i loa! NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

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“It’s exciting to think that our quarter will circulate across the nation starting today, and that it will be possible for almost anyone to pull a coin from their pocket and be reminded of such an extraordinary destination and national park. This quarter could inspire more people to visit the Island of Hawai‘i, and to visit and support the mission of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  This amazing quarter is worth far more than its face value of 25 cents; it is vital to the economic well-being of both our island and state economies. To the national park, and to the state, it is truly priceless,” Superintendent Orlando said.  

Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando hands out shiny, newly minted Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park quarters to island keiki. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando hands out shiny, newly minted Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarters to island keiki. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

The Mint created 68 million Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park quarters, half in Denver and half at its Philadelphia plant. HFS Federal Credit Union provided coin exchange services after the ceremony, and reported exchanging $23,500 worth of the new Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park quarter. The coins will be available to the credit union’s members while supplies last at HFS FCU branches across the island, and on the Mint’s website, www.usmint.gov.

HFS Federal Credit Union exhanged $23,500 newly minted quarters for cash. The long line went quickly. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

HFS Federal Credit Union exhanged $23,500 newly minted quarters for cash. The long line went quickly. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ quarter is the fourth quarter to be launched in 2012, and the 14th in a series of 56 circulating America the Beautiful Quarters to be released through 2021. The reverse side (or tails side) designs are symbolic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.  Other 2012 quarters include El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico),  and Acadia National Park (Maine). The final America the Beautiful quarter for 2012 will be Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska, with the very last park quarter released in 2021 for the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama.

Your new Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park quarter!

Your new Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarter!

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