Question: Does Snow Fall in Hawaii?weather-snow-01

Answer: Yes. Although rare, snow falls on Haleakala (Maui); meanwhile, snow typically falls on Mauna Loa (Big Island) and Mauna Kea (Big Island) a few times a year (even in the summer).

If you're looking to snowboard on the Big Island, be advised that Mauna Loa is not easily accessible. That mountain is nearly 60 miles away from Hilo, and a long hike is required to reach the top of that mountain.

Mauna Kea on the other hand is easily accessible (you can drive all the way to the top of that mountain if the roads are open), and is only 43 miles away from Hilo.

Here's what snow looks like on Mauna Kea, from the ocean:

Now, here's a video of someone snowboarding on Mauna Kea:

A normal snowstorm covers upwards 4,200 feet of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, but a powerful snowstorm can bring snow further down those mountains. Cool (pun intended), huh?

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