Aloha Winter! Snow in Hawaii

 

Aloha Winter! Snow in Hawaii

Aloha Winter! Snow in Hawaii

Beaches, waves, sunshine and pineapple. Those are normally the things people think of when they talk about Hawaii. But after this weekend’s storm, we’re talking about snow! Yes, snow in Hawaii! Over the past few days the Big Island was under a blizzard warning with wind gusts of 100 mph and over a foot of snow in the forecast.

The Hawaiian word for snow is “hau”. And I am sure many of you are thinking, “Hau in the world is this possible?!”

While a blizzard warning for the Aloha state may come as a surprise, snow is actually not uncommon. The summits of the Big Island’s volcanos, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, both reach nearly 14,000 feet in elevation. But, while the occasional snow may dust the peaks of the Big Island, their last Blizzard Warning was back in 2018.

Aloha Means Hello And Goodbye

The snow on the Big Island won’t stick around forever. And Hawaii will be back to rainbows and sunshine in no time. But it’s nice to see at least somewhere is getting snow these days. To find out when you might get your own dose of tropical powder, check out OpenSnow for forecasts and mountain conditions near you! Aloha and mahalo!

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