On the night of February 25, 2002, a major thunderstorm hit the Big Island of Hawaii. This caused a lot of snowfall on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, roughly down to the 8000-ft level. Attempts to reach the observatory failed on the 26th and 27th.
The following pictures were taken on 2/27 during the attempt to reach the observatory.
Mauna Loa From saddle road.
Snow man with Mauna Kea in background.
|Steve, Bob, and Paul.||The road to the observatory.|
Photos were taken by Paul Fukumura-Sawada.
The following pictures were taken on 2/28.
|Mauna Loa from the base of the observatory road.||View facing east at the NDSC building.|
|View facing west.||Snow build up on the NDSC building.|
Photos taken by Darryl Kuniyuki