Hawaii mountain gets share of ‘extreme winter conditions’

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — There’s snow in Hawaii, on the highest peak of the island of Maui.

But visitors will have to enjoy it from down below. The summit area of Haleakala National Park is closed because of “extreme winter conditions”.

Park officials said on Tuesday that snow, ice, fallen trees and rocks are making the area dangerous.

Superintendent Natalie Gates encouraged people to view the snow-capped mountain from afar.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Birchard said there’s still a hint of snow on Tuesday. He said more is expected.

There’s a winter storm watch for Haleakala and the Big Island summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Snowfall lower down at a Maui park caused a traffic jam over the weekend from people wanting to see unusual Hawaii weather.

Black volcanic cinders are covered with a dusting of snow at the Polipoli State Recreation area on the slopes of Haleakala near Kula on Maui. – AP