The United States Mint released the Hawaii quarter on November 10, 2008. Hawaii is the fiftieth state to be honored as a part of the 50 State Quarters® Program.
The design on Hawaii's quarter features King Kamehameha I stretching his hand toward the eight major Hawaiian Islands. The state motto is also inscribed: "UA MAU KE EA O KA '‾AINA I KA PONO," which means "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
Teachers, below you will find several activities and links that will bring the features of this coin and the excitement of the Hawaii "State Quarter Day" into your classroom!
Learn more about the latest quarter.
50 State Quarters Program
Find out more about this program that honors every state in America!
50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans
The 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans are ready for you to use in your classroom! Take a look at the lessons created specifically to celebrate the Hawaii quarter: How Will We Get There (K–1), Aloha from the King (2–3), and An Island Introduction (4–6)! After that, be sure to check out the rest of the state-specific plans, FREE to download in sets designed specifically for grades K and 1, 2 and 3, and 4 through 6.
Are you a secondary school teacher interested in introducing the 50 State Quarters Program into your curriculum? Well, now you can! Our 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans for grades 7 through 12 are also written by educators. To download these FREE plans, visit the 50 State Quarters Program Lesson Plans today!
State Quarter Day Classroom Activities
Here are some fun ways to infuse your curriculum with activities that celebrate the arrival of the newest quarter in circulation!
Also, take a trip to Coin Collector's Workshop! Here, you can enroll in Inspector Collector's Coin Course, or solve coin mysteries in Get a Clue About Collecting. You can even learn How To Share Your Hobby!
"Seeing the States" WebQuest
What's so great about the United States? Let your students find out for themselves as they explore the coins in the 50 State Quarters Program to complete this fun Internet research project, the "Seeing the States" WebQuest.
Connected Coins and Medals
Hawaii's quarter shows its eight main islands, but there are actually more than 100 islands in the chain. Although you have to travel some 1500 miles to get from one end of Hawaii to the other, it's one of the smallest states in actual land area. Only Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island are smaller. Learn more about each of these mainland states below.
2001 Rhode Island Quarter: Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but it has more than 400 miles of coastline. The Rhode Island quarter honors the "Ocean State" and its most popular sport with a sailboat gliding through Narragansett Bay, past the Pell Bridge, which links the towns of Newport and Jamestown.
1999 Connecticut Quarter: The Connecticut quarter shows the famous Charter Oak tree that hid the charter won from Britain's King Charles II in 1662. This charter established Connecticut's boundaries and self-rule. In 1687, Captain Joseph Wadsworth saved the charter from the hands of the British, hiding it safely in this tree.
1999 Delaware Quarter: The Delaware quarter shows Patriot Caesar Rodney on his 1776 historic ride. Rodney made the 80-mile ride through terrible heat and thunderstorms to cast his vote in favor of Delaware signing the Declaration of Independence. Rodney's vote turned out to be the tie-breaker.
Our Foreign Friends
|The coins produced for the 50 State Quarters Program share much in common with the European currency, the euro. With your students, visit the interactive cartoon, Coins of the World, to see how these two programs are similar (here's a hint: look at the backs of euros from different countries, and then look at their fronts).|
A Coinage Cartoon
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