It doesn’t snow in Hawaii…does it?

Posted: January 29, 2008 by Nathan Kam in Hawaii, the Big Island, Hawaii, the Big Island, Hawaiian Islands, Maui, Maui, Random Raves & Rants, Travel
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Photos courtesy of Kevin Ditamore.


The Haleakala Summit on Maui was closed today due to snow and ice according to a news report from KGMB 9 News. The entire state of Hawaii has been experiencing “winter like” conditions with colder than usual temperatures during the day and night and stormy wet weather. Another news report on the KGMB site also reports hail falling in Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island and also provides some great photos.

I have to admit that I personally like it when its gets a little cooler here in the islands. The rain I can do without though. I guess we’ll need to keep the windows shut and break out an extra blanket or two over the next few days. Stay warm!


  1. pyeager says:

    The high volcano peaks, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, occasionally get snow in the winter. The reason is the elevation, which is over 13,000 feet. Occasionally, the snow is heavy, and with the natural windiness of the higher elevations, it results in a blizzard.

  2. crystal says:

    i need an answer today on january 3rd! how much snow does hawaii get?

  3. Actually the credit on these photos is wrong. I personally took both of those photos from my driveway at 17 Nana Pono Place, just off Upper Kimo Drive in Kula on Maui. I sent these photos to Glen James at as I am one of his sponsors. He published the photos on his website and gave proper credit, but throughout the day people copied the photos and sent them to all the Hawaii TV stations and newspapers. In every case when they were used, the person who EMAILED the photos was given credit and not the person who actually TOOK the photos. One was even printed across the top of the front page of the Honolulu Advertiser. The TV stations and newspaper published/broadcast corrections giving proper credit for the photos.

  4. Kona Grandma says:

    Supposedly, it hailed in the old “Pine Trees” beach area, where the new multi-million dollar homes and golf course are being built. I could have sworn I heard it fall on the roof of my office building too.

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