Skip to main content

Hawaii in my daydreams

I had an email from the Hawaii State Numismatic Association to provide me with the details of their upcoming 53rd coin show.

It has been a daydream of mine to go to a coin show in Hawaii ever since the American Numismatic Association held an event in Honolulu in 1981. I was not able to attend that show. Nor have I ventured to the 50th state for any other gathering since that time.

This year’s Hawaii show will be held Sept. 23-25 at Honolulu’s Hawaii Convention Center.

It will have 65 dealer tables, which is actually quite a few considering the distance most people must travel to attend.

For this year’s show, the theme is “Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration.”

Conducting a coin collecting merit badge clinic both Saturday and Sunday will be Patti Finner. This is something she has done for Scouts for many years and is very good at. In conversations with her both at other shows and here in Iola, I have always heard good things about this program at the Hawaii show.

Visit www.alohacouncilbsa for details.

HSNA has a clever way of promoting its show with the public. It is a variation on the old coin finds promotion, but it does not involve coins.

It is the “Find the Dollar” contest.

HSNA marks 100 $1 bills with HSNA on the back. They are then placed in circulation on Oahu prior to the show.

Finders can bring them in and redeem them.

The first one at the door gets a $500 coin show gift certificate. What kind of fun I could have at a show with an extra $500 to spend.

The second finder of one of the special $1 bills will earn a $200 show gift certificate.

Three more winners will each get $100 gift certificates that are good at the show.

Individuals are more likely to find a $1 bill in their change than a special coin.

Congratulations to HSNA for updating a good idea and making it even better and more relevant to the 21st century.

The show will also have a special limited edition 2016 Bamboo Panda medallion featuring the HSNA logo.

There are no details available yet about price and numbers that will be available. I guess that is another good reason to go.

Traditional hourly drawings will also be held.

Show hours will be 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25.

More information can be obtained by telephoning Joe Au Franz at (808) 377-9377, or by emailing

Marion Kendrick can also be of help at (808) 486-4766. Email is

Thanks HSNA for another show to daydream about.