Japanese Americans of Hawaii Currency

Sharing the story of the Japanese American and Nisei Veterans of Hawaii, this alternative currency was designed for a large majority of Hawaii’s population. Covered in traditional Japanese patterns, these bills highlight how the Japanese traveled to Hawaiʻi, and what they did to support themselves and their families in order to survive as Americans.

The 50 dollar bill contains elements that represent the arrival of the Japanese in Hawaii in the late 1800s, including the ship named the Gannenmono, and a statue of two plantation workers featuring a large field of sugar cane behind them. The one hundred dollar bill focuses more on depicting the history of the Nisei Veterans of Hawaii. These men fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to prove their loyalty to America after Japanese Americans were interned in result of the panic of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The war led them to fight in Italy among fellow Americans as they bravely fought for their country.

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