Mauna Kea Is The One Breathtaking Place In Hawaii Where It Actually Snows
When visiting the Hawaiian Islands, a place known for its tropical climate, breathtaking beaches, and crystalline turquoise waters, most people don’t expect to see snow. After all, many people travel to the beautiful Aloha State in an attempt to escape cold weather and snow. But, atop Mauna Kea — the highest mountain peak in Hawaii and one of the most fascinating mountains in the Pacific — you shouldn’t be surprised to see snow, depending on the season, of course.
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Though many people associate Hawaii with warm, tropical weather year-round, that isn’t necessarily the case. The average daytime temperature at sea level in the summer months is 85 degrees, while the winter average is 78 degrees — though that certainly changes when you head into the mountains. Temperatures at the summit of Mauna Kea range from 17 degrees to 47 degrees depending on the month, and you’ll find similar temperatures at the summit of Mount Haleakala, the second-highest mountain peak in Hawaii.
What was the biggest snowfall in Hawaii?
It doesn’t often snow in Hawaii, but depending on when you visit, you might find snow at the summits of Hawaii’s tallest mountain peaks. The large snowstorm blanketed more than two feet of snow in Hawaii at the summit of Mauna Kea in December 2016 — just in time for Christmas. Prior to 2016, the single largest snowfall ever recorded in Hawaii took place atop Maui’s Mount Haleakala on April 6, 1938, with a whopping six inches of snowfall.
Is Hawaii a good place to visit in the winter?
If you want to get away from chilly weather, there’s no better place to visit than Hawaii in the winter! While locals won’t hesitate to admit that they break out their sweaters when the temperature drops below 75 degrees, winter temperatures in Hawaii seem quite warm to anyone who visits from a cooler climate. Christmas is one of the most popular times to visit the Hawaiian Islands — and for good reason — but if you are able to visit in January or February, you’ll likely enjoy cheaper flights and fewer tourists.
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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