The 2021 Edition of the Maunakea Coin Contest is open from January 18, 2021, to March 22, 2021.


The coin contest is open to all Big Island students in grades K to 12, including homeschooled children. Students are asked to make a drawing for a design that can go on a coin. The drawing has to represent Maunakea and include different aspects of this majestic mountain: its environment, astronomy, and the culture. Multiple entries are allowed.

The following 5min video explains how students can submit their entry and shows a subset of the prizes offered!

The submission form can be downloaded and printed on a letter-size sheet of white paper. The detailed contest rules are also available.


All entries will be divided into 3 grades categories: K-4, grades 5-8, grades 9-12. For each of the 3 grades category, there will be a first place winner, a second place winner, and a third place winner. That’s 9 category winners! Out of those 9 category winners, a Grand Judge will pick an overall 3rd place winner, 2nd place winner, and a top winner, whose design will be used for the 2021 coin!


All 9 category winners and top 3 winners will received prizes from our sponsors: the Maunakea Observatories, KTA Super Stores, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the Galaxy Gardens.


Entries must be dropped off at one of the KTA Super Stores before the store closes on March 22. Entries can also be mailed in time to be received by March 22 at the following address:

N. Manset

Coin Contest / CFHT

65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy

Kamuela HI 96743


For further information, please contact Nadine Manset



Mauna Kea Coin Contest 2021 is sponsored by Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee (MKAOC) a.k.a. Mauna Kea Observatories Outreach Committee (MKOOC), KTA Super Stores, `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i, Onizuka Space Center, & Galaxy Garden/Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary.

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