The 12 images on this page were the best of 265 drawn by Star-Bulletin readers as possible designs for the Hawaii state quarter. Now we ask you to vote for your favorites.
Residents of Hawaii that purchase a copy of today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin and home delivery subscribers may vote using the ballot entry form on page E1 to select their first, second and third favorite design. All ballots must be in by 5 p.m., April 21. The winner will be announced April 30. Photo-copies, fax or e-mail entries will not be accepted.
The designs incorporated a few common themes, the most popular being Diamond Head. But also suggested as icons of Hawaii were King Kamehameha, Iolani Palace, the Arizona Memorial, flowers and leis, the Hokulea voyaging canoe, surfers, the shaka sign, wildlife (mainly the nene goose and the sea turtle) and the state seal or flag.
These finalists were chosen by the artists and editors of the Star-Bulletin. To be clear, the winner does not become Hawaii's quarter. The U.S. Mint will design the coin, based on themes suggested by Gov. Linda Lingle. Consider this an exercise in free expression.
Plus, the winning designer will be awarded 500 quarters ($125).
When you vote, take into consideration the idea as much as the execution. What do you want our quarter to say about us?