The Hawaiian Money

Hawaii BAH is usual, and many members have already been deployed in the area. But whether or not you are or will be there for duty purposes, living in Hawaii entails embracing all of its customs, traditions, and even way of life.   

When you are in Hawaii or planning on moving to Hawaii, there are important things you need to know so you can have a convenient life there, and this includes the islands’ currency or money.   

Hawaii is a legitimate state of the United States, thus the currency used by the islanders is the U.S dollar or dala, represented by the symbol $. It was the currency of Hawaii between 1847 and 1898, and little changes were done throughout the years. Such changes were also made in dollars used in the United States.   


The U.S $ has a total of 18 denominations of bills and coins; 12 denominations of bills but only seven are still printed and six (6) denominations of coins.   

Hawaiian Dolar History  

Hawaiian’s first usage of the USD in its kingdom began in 1847. They used a coin made of copper which bore on the obverse side the portrait of King Kamehameha III. However, the use of this coin became unpopular because of the poor portrait quality of the king. Since then, there were several modifications made including the creation of money bills. The coins continued circulating in the Hawaiian Islands after the islands’ 1898 annexation to their mother colony.   

In the year 1903, the coins were demonetized due to an act in Congress, which compelled them to melt the coins and turn them into pieces of jewelry. Currently, Hawaii has the same currency as what Americans in the United States use.  

American Dollar History   

In the United States, the dollar currency was first adopted in the year 1792, which was hailed from its European counterpart “thaler”. Thaler is a large silver coin that was used in the territories of the Holy Roman Empire during the Early modern period. It then continued circulating in the outside territories when the United States adopted the coin until 1935, besides other countries like Switzerland, Australia, and others.   

For several centuries, the United States experimented with floating paper currencies. However, the USD had lost almost 90% of its value when Nixon introduced the easy money policy. This event, also known as the Great Moderation, has become of the popular and remarkable events in western civilizations throughout history. Fortunately, this is considered to be done.   

USD in Hawaii  

When you are planning on going to Hawaii or living there for good, there would be no problem with your US dollars. As mentioned, although Hawaii has exercised its freedom from the United States, it is still considered to be its state, which makes Hawaii relatively connected with the United States politically and economically. You will find several automatic teller machines (ATMs) all across the towns, making it easier for you to purchase and pay for goods and services in Hawaii. Additionally, if you use a currency other than the United States dollar, currency exchanges are available in certain shops.