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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For up to date weather conditions on the summit, check out Mauna Kea’s live streaming weather cams here. Have you visited the summit of Mauna Kea while it was covered in snow? To learn more about this surreal summit, read about how Mauna Kea is one of the most otherworldly destinations in the Aloha State.

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Hawaii's Weather

April 20, 2020

What is the weather in Hawaii like? 

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.

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