Aug 222013

The answer is a resounding yet.  But don’t worry, it won’t ruin your tropical honeymoon/dive trip/beach vacation.

Unbeknownst to many tourists, it’s not uncommon to find snow on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea – the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the sea floor (33,100 ft/10,100 m).  The average low temperature in this alpine tundra environment hovers around 30 F/-1.3 C.

According to local lore, you may even find a snowman on the beach (but that’s something I have yet to witness, so if you have photographic evidence I’d love to see it).

For those remaining skeptics, here is hard proof – courtesy of our friend Robert Richardson.

Mauna Kea Panorama RR

Mauna Kea Observatory

Mauna Kea Observatory – one of thirteen such facilities on the summit

View from Mauna Kea's Summit

Speaking of that photographic evidence, if you have photos of snowmen on the beach I’d love to feature them here. You can send them to me at

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