Wintry escapades; Blanket of snow lures dozens to top of Maunakea

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Observatories are surrounded by snow Tuesday at the summit of Maunakea.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The summit of Mauna Loa is seen in the distance as the Wilkerson family walks down a slope at the summit of Maunakea on Tuesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A family sleds down a slope Tuesday at the summit of Maunakea.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Puna resident Aaron Todd sends a shaka while snowboarding Tuesday down a hill at the summit of Maunakea. This was Todd’s first time snowboarding since moving to Hawaii from Vermont in 2018.

On Tuesday afternoon, dozens of Hawaii Island residents and visitors alike ascended more than 13,000 feet up Maunakea to experience the snow that recently blanketed the mountain before it melts away.