first place ribbon 1st Place: Sonja Giardina
E. B. de Silva Elementary School, grade 5,
Mrs. De Mattos & Mrs. Ancheta

design by Sonja Giardina

Looking into the future through a telescope with a young girl's eye. (Pihana)

Exploring the sky with a telescope, this female student is a shining example of what Maunakea should symbolize for all of our local students. The design is simple, yet very powerful in its meaning. (Laatsch)


second place ribbon2nd Place: Alison Labiano
Kea‘au Middle School, grade 8, Mrs. Cabatu

design by Alison Labiano

Connecting the stars and culture sending a message of the future using science. (Pihana)

Elegant way to combine modern explorations (telescopes) and Hawaiian culture (constellation petroglyphs) in a coin design. (Laatsch)


third place ribbon 3rd Place: Romilly Benedict
Waimea Middle School, grade 8

design by Romilly Benedict

Beautiful to see the stars in the Hawaiian language. Mahalo for sharing your thoughts of exploration. (Pihana)

Showing Kekaomakali‘i (the bailer of Makali‘i) starline a nice way to show traditional voyaging and exploration of the skies. (Laatsch)

Webmaster's note: Learn more about Hawaiian starlines including Kekaomakali‘i at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i's "Hawaiian Starlines" page.


  • James K. Pihana (native Hawaiian cultural practitioner)
  • Shawn Laatsch (planetarium manager at `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i)
photo of the judges
James K. Pihana (left) and Shawn Laatsch (right)
See messages from the judges


logos of the sponsors
Mauna Kea Coin Contest 2013 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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