The guests of Holualoa Inn woke to Mauna Kea’s peaks strewn with snow on Saturday morning following a tropical Hawaiian rain storm. In ancient times, the mountain peaks were sacred to the Hawaiian people. Mauna Kea – which means “White Mountain” – is said to be the most sacred of them all.
Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the Hawaiian islands, rising to 13,796 feet above sea level. Estimated at almost 1 million years old, Mauna Kea represents 22.8% of the island of Hawaii. The high altitudes at the summit make the air thin and clean, and it’s distance from city lights makes it perfect for star gazing. Some of the worlds most powerful telescopes are housed on Mauna Kea, and local observatories offer wonderful star-gazing and educational opportunities. Most notably are the W.M. Keck Observatory and the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy.
The first substantial snow storm in two years, snow on Mauna Kea marks the return of Poli’ahu, the Hawaiian snow goddess. Locals and guests are thrilled to return to the mountain for skiing, snowboarding, sledding and, of course, snowball fights. Now just days after the storm, snow on the south slopes are already beginning to melt. The north slopes however, sheltered from the sun, will remain white and powdery for a while. If you’re heading up the mountain, be sure to check the weather and bring warm clothing as winds can sometimes blow between 50-70 miles per hour.
Let your Innkeeper at Holualoa Inn assist you in scheduling your adventure during your next romantic Hawaii vacation. We provide full concierge services and would be delighted to assist you with all your island activities. If dashing off the the Big Island is not in the plans for your holiday season, perhaps you would like to join our Fresh Brew Club and enjoy our 100% Kona Coffee from the warmth of your home.
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