Snow falls in Maui, 191 miles per hour wind recorded in Hawaii

The Maui Electric Substation at Haleakala shows impacs of snow ice and wind from the winter storm over the weekend

A winter storm over Hawaii brought snow to a state park in Maui for what could be the first time ever, officials said. According to Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources, the state park could be the lowest elevation on record for accumulating snow in the state (at 6,200 ft). Hawaii News Now reported that the surf was forecast to top out at 60 feet (18 metres) on Sunday.

"[Forecasters] are calling this an unprecedented event and we concur that we rarely if ever have seen the combination of record-high on-shore waves, coupled with gale force winds, " said Sam Lemmo, administrator of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Endo said he wanted his kids to 'see something that's very unusual in Hawaii'.

In a state known for its beaches and always warm weather, the snow in Hawaii was cause for excitement for many park visitors.

The unsafe wind speeds of up to 191mph were recorded on the Big Island's towering peak of the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea at 4.40pm local time on Sunday. 'We tend to get a gust maybe to 150mph once a winter or so, but never 191mph'. An advisory means that "sustained winds of at least 30 miles per hour or gusts of at least 50 mph are expected".

"For perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawai'i State Park".

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Endo headed back down from the park on the slopes of Haleakala, where the weather service says there were snow drifts of about 4 feet, to bring his two children up to the park.

Speeds in Port Allen in Kauai County were as high as 67 miles per hour and 191 miles per hour at Mauna Kea Summit in Hawaii County.

The National Weather Service had hoisted a high surf warning Thursday in anticipation of the event.

Snow came to Polipoli amid a winter storm that hit other parts of the state, bringing low temperatures, snow, winds and powerful surf.

A high wind warning was in effect for the Big Island summits until 6 p.m. HST (11 p.m. ET) Tuesday.

Snow is common on the high peaks of the Big Island in places such as Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

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