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10 Places You Can't Go in Hawaii

Hawaii is full of amazing places. Most of them you’re free to visit, but there are a few where you’re just not allowed. Here’s a peek into Hawaii’s coolest off-limits corners.

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Bank of Hawaii staff wouldn't tell us exactly how much cash was stacked up here. They also wouldn't let us take any home as a "souvenir."

Photo: Rae Huo

The Bank of Hawaii Operations Center

It doesn’t look like much from the outside. In fact, people pass by this unmarked building every day without thinking twice about it. But on any given day, Bank of Hawaii’s operations center processes millions of dollars in cash, including shipments of new currency from the Federal Reserve, and deposits from Bank of Hawaii branches and local businesses.

With so much lucre on hand, security is almost unimaginably tight. The place is protected by bulletproof glass, torch- and tool-resistant barriers, sensitive alarm systems, highly trained security personnel. Trust us, you’re not getting in here without permission.

Once inside, the reason for the fuss: dozens of automated money-counters whirr through all the cash of your dreams. Stacks of freshly bound currency, in every denomination, sit bagged on tables, near carts loaded with enough coins to fill Scrooge McDuck’s vault.

Not that anyone’s doing any diving. The atmosphere is calm and vigilant, and the room is filled with more security cameras than a casino. Everyone wears a smock, color-coded according to their job titles. Not only does this help the ever-watchful security personnel keep visual track of everyone, but as Brian Ishikawa, director of corporate security, puts it, “It removes the temptation of pockets.”

 

 

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