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Maunakea Coin Contest for Students!

The Maunakea Coin Contest is open to all K-12 students of the Big Island. Students are invited to create a design for the 2022 coin, with elements of culture, astronomy (such as night sky, constellations, and telescopes), and nature (such as plants, animals, insects) found on or around Maunakea.

Contestants enter in one of three grade categories. Nine category winners and the best overall 3 entries will receive generous prizes from KTA, the Maunakea Observatories, Imiloa Astronomy Center, and other partners.

The prizes for the overall top 3 winners include KTA gift certificates, a gift from the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, passes for the Galaxy Garden, and the Hawaiian Starlight DVD.

The top winner will see his or her design struck on a coin. A bronze version of the coin will be available for sale, and aluminum coins will be distributed at outreach events in the coming year. 

You will find the flyer and the design sheet attached to this email. Those are also available on the web at  . 

Students can get information about Maunakea by consulting the Maunakea Heritage and Natural Resources guide from the Office of Maunakea Management, also available for downloading at

Entries can be dropped off at any KTA Super Store before March 21, 2022.

Entries can also be mailed to:

Maunakea Coin Contest
c/o : Kumiko Usuda-Sato
Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
650 North A`ohoku Place Hilo, HI 96720

Nadine Manset & Kumiko Usuda-Sato

Maunakea Coin Contest Committee - MKAOC