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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park quarter is now available

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park quarter is now available and the Hawaiian Goddess Pele would be proud of this magnificent coin. Now after many years, Hawaii has its own collector’s item, which should be available to purchase from most banks over the next couple of days. It might be a good idea to purchase a few for Christmas gifts to relatives, and buy one to keep.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park quarter is now availableBeing released today, the fourteenth National Parks quarter was released through the America the Beautiful Quarters program. This quarter has a picture of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Last night Hawaii Volcanoes National Park provided information about American currency, how long a quarter lasts, what it takes to engrave such coins, etc. during a free event called After Dark in the Park.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park became the nation’s fifteenth national park after years of  diligence of Lorrin Thurston and Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson made it an official National Park. This park is more than just volcanoes as it is the home of several endangered species like the honu‘ea (hawksbill turtle), nēnē (Hawaiian goose), ‘ua‘u (Hawaiian petrel), ‘io (Hawaiian hawk), and ope‘ape‘a (Hawaiian hoary bat).

For collectors, some banks across the state should soon have these volcano quarters as early as tomorrow. American Savings Bank in Pearl City said they should have it tomorrow while First Hawaiian Bank said they do not carry the new minted quarters. It just takes going into the bank and asking the tellers if they have it or are getting it.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park quarter is now available

In Hawaiian tradition, the goddess Pele is the goddess of fire. Many portraits have been painted of Pele and her long flowing hair. The Hawaiians would throw food into the lava before eating in order to honor her.

But, a few years after protestant missionaries arrived in 1824, Chiefess Kapiolani stood defiantly at the edge of a volcano. She quoted scripture as onlookers waited for her to be consumed by the lava. When nothing happened to Kapiolani, more Hawaiians began taking on the Western ways. It was this defiance against Pele that showed the Hawaiians that their gods are not as powerful as they have thought for centuries.

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting since 1983. For nearly thirty years, this volcano has been active, whether it has a beautiful spews of lava flying into the sky or simply flowing slowly through a lava tube, this volcano is currently causing rock walls to fall and tremors are felt in the area.

For Kilauea status updates: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

Webcams are also available: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park quarter is now available and I’m sure many will want to pick one up to have…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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