Yes, It Snows on Mauna Kea
Despite tourists' dreams of perpetual sunny skies on a tropical island, the reality of weather patterns on the Island of Hawai'i is complex and variable, particularly on the majestic mountain of Mauna Kea. The seasonal blanket of snow may have given rise to the name Mauna Kea, usually translated as "white mountain." During the winter season, temperatures range from 25-40 degrees Fahrenheit and snow may accumulate several feet high on the summit, affecting public access as well as operations of the telescopes located in the area. The recent winter storm on Mauna Kea illustrates the necessity for awareness of changing conditions on the mountain and safe responses to them.