It’s Snowing In Hawaii Right Now, And We Can’t Wait To Visit

It’s Snowing In Hawaii Right Now, And We Can’t Wait To Visit

07 January 2009: Professional surfer from Hawaii, CJ Kanuha, taking a break from surfing and doing the unimaginable-- Snowboarding in Hawaii. Kanuha was one of several individuals who ventured to the top of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii's 'Big Island' where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories can be seen in the background, along with Hawaiian snowman in foreground. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
07 January 2009: Professional surfer from Hawaii, CJ Kanuha, taking a break from surfing and doing the unimaginable– Snowboarding in Hawaii. Kanuha was one of several individuals who ventured to the top of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories can be seen in the background, along with Hawaiian snowman in foreground. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

Snow cones in a snow storm? Yes please!

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, two of Hawaii’s tallest volcanoes, after a blanket of snow fell on their summits overnight and heavy bursts continue.

While visitors laze on Big Island beaches below, “significant amounts of snow” are expected to continue through the weekend at altitudes above 11,000 feet. Snowfall could pile up some 20 to 30 inches through Saturday, local news station Hawaii News Now reports.

Hmm, this isn’t quite the sandy paradise we usually see in photos:

Snow actually isn’t an entirely rare sight in Hawaii: The islands’ volcanic peaks can get snow or rain at any time of year, including July.

But of course, visitors and locals often make a point to play in the fall whenever possible. The summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are currently closed due to this week’s snowstorm, but when things subside, it won’t be a surprise to see snowboarders and skiers taking to the makeshift slopes.

Check out some photos from a 2009 snowstorm on Mauna Kea:

07 January 2009: Unidentified Skier in Hawaii atop of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii's 'Big Island' where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories and the island of Maui can be seen in the background. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
07 January 2009: Unidentified Skier in Hawaii atop of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories and the island of Maui can be seen in the background. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

 

07 January 2009: Unidentified Snowboarder in Hawaii atop of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii's 'Big Island' where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories can be seen in the background. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
07 January 2009: Unidentified Snowboarder in Hawaii atop of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories can be seen in the background. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

 

07 January 2009: Unidentified Snowboarders in Hawaii atop of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii's 'Big Island' where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories and the island of Maui can be seen in the background. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
07 January 2009: Unidentified Snowboarders in Hawaii atop of 13, 755 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ where a winter storm had deposited more than two feet of snow. Astronomy observatories and the island of Maui can be seen in the background. (Photo by Kirk Aeder/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

Via HuffPost, Suzy Strutner | Associate Lifestyle Editor