first place ribbon 1st place: Sky Ishibashi
Kamehameha High School, grade 11, Mrs. Gapero

design by Sky Ishibashi

21st century concept in 2012 of the present existence of the human race pointing into the future, with the support of early travelers in a canoe, Mauna Kea with observatories, and the starts above. (Pihana)

Nice perspective showing: a father is showing a child the stars looking towards the mountain and telescopes. Love incorporating the canoe and the starts. (Rice)

Past and present bridging by showing child and parent looking to the heavens, while canoe paddlers sail in foreground. Nice use of sky and observatory elements. (Laatsch)

second place ribbon 2nd Place: Tiari Carreira
Kamehameha High School, grade 11, Mrs. Gapero

design by Tiari Carreira

Terrific art of survival of the wekiu bug, `ahinahina (silversword plant), and the kanaka maoli (human) with a maile lei. Mauna Kea with an observatory and stars and mahina (the Moon) above. Great work! (Pihana)

Fantastic use of cultural content connected with modern observatory. Showing a Hawaiian youth, a wekiu bug, and silversword plant as well as the stars and the Moon. Very well done. (Rice)

Incorporates wekiu bug, silversword, maile leaves with observatories and wonderful spiral sky design. (Laatsch)

third place ribbon 3rd Place: Yuriko Kurahashi
Waiakea High School, grade 12, Mrs. Kelly

design by Yuriko Kurahashi

Recognition of Hawaii's fauna – flowers and plants, ocean, waves and current, backdrop of Mauna Kea with observatories, comets, starts, and the Moon. They make up a complete design for a coin. (Pihana)

Nicely done connecting Mauna Kea, astronomy, telescopes, snow cap, flora and fauna as well as shooting stars. Good job! (Rice)

Beautiful use of flora with mountain and sky elements. Very artistic!! (Laatsch)

  • James K. Pihana (native Hawaiian cultural practitioner)
  • Koa Rice (Hawaiian cultural practitioner)
  • Shawn Laatsch (planetarium manager at `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i)

photo of the judges
(From left to right) Shawn Laatsch, James K. Pihana, and Koa Rice
See messages from the judges

logos of the sponsors
Mauna Kea Coin Contest 2012 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.

Copyright © 2012 Mauna Kea Coin Contest 2012 Committee. All rights reserved.