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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. 

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Mauna Loa From saddle road.
Snow man with Mauna Kea in background.
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Steve, Bob, and Paul. The road to the observatory.

Photos were taken by Paul Fukumura-Sawada.


The following pictures were taken on 2/28. 

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Mauna Loa from the base of the observatory road. View facing east at the NDSC building.
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View facing west. Snow build up on the NDSC building.

Photos taken by Darryl Kuniyuki