The Guide to Hawaiian Style Money Folds

The Guide to Hawaiian Style Money Folds by Jodi Fukumoto is an intermediate-level origami book which uses USA dollar bills as "paper" for folding origami models. The book is spiral bound, 127 pages in length, and features 21 projects:
  • 15 dollar bill origami models,
  • 2 small boxes, and
  • 4 envelopes.

At the beginning of each project is a color photo of the model to be made. The instructions are in the form of "diagrams" (line drawings with dashed lines and arrows to indicate the folding sequence) along with one or two sentences of explanations. Difficult steps are subdivided into part "A", part "B" and so forth. Shown are:
    Aloha Shirt, Slipper, Ukulele
    Plumeria, Maui Rose, Flower
The models in this book are "low-intermediate" to "intermediate" in difficulty. There are two medium-easy models (Star, Coconut Frond Fish); two somewhat difficult models (Slippers, Gecko), and the remaining models are "intermediate" in difficulty. Shown are:
    Star, Gecko
    Pineapple, Turtle, The Luckiest Frog

That being said, folding money has its own set of challenges: dollar bills are small in size and do not hold creases well (they tend to spring back up instead of staying folded down). Some of the models in "The Guide to Hawaiian-Style Money Folds" are made even more challenging because it uses money instead of paper is small and the creases do not cooperate.

The thing that I like best about this book is that the designs are new. This is not a recycling of old ideas - it's a new set of clever models which show Fukumoto's skill and talent. Shown are:
Coconut Frond Fish, Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, Seashell, Owl

The envelopes and boxes described in "The Guide to Hawaiian Style Money Folds" can be used as gift boxes for the $origami models made.
Shown are:
Simple Envelope, Money Wrap, Square Box,
Lucky Frog Envelope, Flower Envelope, Rectangular Box.


This books has some wonderful dollar bill origami models. The models are novel and cleverly designed, but they are somewhat challenging to make. Beginner origami enthusiasts be warned: approach this book with patience. Consider trying the models with larger paper that is cut to the same dimensions as a dollar bill. Experienced origami folders will find the models manageable and the results delightful.

It is likely that "The Guide to Hawaiian-Style Money Folds" is the same as "The Guide to Island-Style Money Folds" except that the latter is a new edition of the same book.