Episode 28 – Two Bits – Hawaii State Quarter

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Episode 28 – Quarter Miles Travel
Hawaii State Quarter – Two Bits

Quarter Miles Travel Hawaii State Quarter is all about the monarch history of the state.  We capture it all in our Two Bits segment of Quarter Miles Travel

Show Transcript
Did you know that the quarter is also called two bits?  Well, that’s based on the division of the Spanish peso…. A bit back in time.  But, quarters are still sometimes called two bits.  There’s a lot of history in coins… and trivia too.

Quarter Miles was first introduced on my radio show Travel With Annita, along with Olivia Varnson we shared information about the state quarters in the 4th quarter or last segment of the show.  Over the next couple of Quarter Miles – Two Bits I’ll share some of the segments from our first shows featuring the quarters and all the information inspiring you to plan and organize trips based on the quarter designs.  After all –  when you check your pockets or your sofa cushions you may just find a quarter  Waiting for you.

Flip it over and Quarter Miles Travel Will take it from there

Here’s two bits of trivia about the Hawaii quarter which was first produced and issued in 2008.

Hawaii is our 50th state, which joined the Union on August 21, 1959.

Replacing the eagle on the reverse side of the quarter is a design which Depicts revered monarch King Kamehameha who unified Hawaii and led social and economic change  

Nicknamed “the Aloha State,” the Hawaii state quarter was the last coin honoring one of the 50 states. 

During our discussion of Hawaii’s state quarter, Doc Bill joins Olivia and I and shared some of his personal experiences visiting Hawaii. We also shared several options for learning more about Hawaii’s history and places to travel, explore and have an adventure filled with sunshine, great surfs and picturist landscapes. 

Here’s the segment where Olivia, Doc Bill and I talk about Hawaii’s state quarter, it’s dynamic history and things you can see and do

The U.S. Mint State and commemorative quarters are our national pride, highlighting all what makes American the beautiful.  From national parks to historic sites, to hometown heroes, plants and wildlife…. You’ll find it all ready for you to explore on the back of a quarter.

To plan a trip to places mentioned during this Quarter Miles – Two Bits, visitgohawaii.com or for tours Robertshawaii.com

For more information on the U.S. Mint State and Commemorative quarters Vist U.S.Mint. gov

Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll be first in line to receive new episodes. 

And, while you’re waiting for the next episode, reach in your pocket and pull out and quarter… flip it over and quarter miles travel will take it from there.  We’ll turn that quarter into an adventure.  

Hawaii State Quarter Info and Adventure inspired by the design on the quarter.

  • Released November 3, 2008
  • Designed by Don Everhart
  • Features Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha I and the eight major Hawaiian islands as well as an inscription of the state motto which is translated to “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”
  • King Kamehameha unified the governance of the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in the early 1800s and led Hawaii through great change while also maintaining native practices and traditions
    • His “Law of the Splintered Paddle” guaranteed the protection of citizens from harm during war and became a renowned humanitarian law
  • There are several statues honoring King Kamehameha 
    • The most recognized statue is in front of Ali’iolani Hale (home to Hawaii State Supreme Court). It is an eighteen feet bronze statue.
      • The statue was dedicated in 1883 and the original statue was lost at sea on its way from Europe. 
      • Every June 11th, on Kamehameha Day, the statue is ceremoniously draped with flower lei.
      • Nearby Iolani Palace was the official residence of the Hawaiian kingdom’s last two monarchs and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States
    • The original statue was found by Falkland islanders and then placed in North Kohala on Hawaii’s Big Island near King Kamehameha’s birthplace
    • Another statue can be found in Hilo in the Wailoa River State Park with a plaque that describes Kamehameha’s activity and work in the area
    • Another statue at the front entrance of the Grand Wailea resort in Maui. It was made in 1990 by Hawaiian artist Herb Kawainui Kane and is considered to be the most accurate and lifelike depiction of King Kamehameha 
    • Each statue features a kaai (feather sash) wrapped around Kamehameha’s waist and draped over his shoulder; a rare type of feather work with only three complete examples found in Hawaii
  • You can also visit Pali Lookout, the site of the Battle of Nuuanu where in 1795 King Kamehameha’s victory united Oahu under his rule and unified the Hawaiian islands
    • You can visit the lookout and take in the scenery of Oahu’s windward coast and also visit the Honolulu Botanical Gardens
  • A bit about the 8 large islands of Hawaii
    • Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, is over 4,000 square miles and you can find several natural landmarks such as the Mauna Loa volcano (historically considered the largest volcano in the world), Ka’u desert (made up of dried lava remnants and volcanic ash, an interesting place to hike), and Kealakekua Bay

Check out the Quarter Miles Episode 14 featuring the Maryland State Quarter



quarter miles travel Hawaii state quarter


quarter miles travel Hawaii state quarter

The Iolani Palace is open for tours.

Early telephone was unique to the palace

Cultural designs are seen throughout the palace

Palace dining area

Beautiful scenery on Maui

A Hawaiian sunset. Beautiful on either of the islands.


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