The Maunakea Coin Contest is open to all K-12 students of the Big Island of Hawai`i. 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 of Hawai`i, and other partners.

Coin Contest 2022 poster

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.

Students can get information about Maunakea by consulting the Maunakea Heritage and Natural Resources guide from the Office of Maunakea Management


Download the Design Sheet (PDF)
Download the Contest Rules (PDF)
Download the hi-res Poster (PDF, 38.7 MB)


Go to the 2022 Top Page

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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