‘Aunty Edith’ honored with US quarter

Edith Kanaka’ole. (courtesy photo/ UH office of communications)

The Edith Kanaka’ole Quarter has been released into circulation. (courtesy photo/ US Mint)

A commemorative quarter honoring former University of Hawaii instructor and late legendary kumu hula Edith Kanaka’ole (1913-1979) has been released into circulation by the U.S. Mint. The award-winning composer, who taught at Hawaii Community College and the University of Hawaii at Hilo, is one of five American women to be minted on new quarters as part of the 2023 honorees for the American Women Quarters Program.