Hit the slopes and beach

January 7, 2009 5:39:22 AM PST
Skiing? In Hawaii?

You probably think sand not snow when someone mentions Hawaii.

But snow is attracting visitors to Mauna Kea, Hawaii's highest volcano, on the Big Island.

Snow on the nearly 14-thousand-foot volcano usually melts in a day or two.

But this winter several inches have piled up.

Ron Koehler is the general manager for Mauna Kea Observatories Support Services.

He says the locals love it when it snows.

Koehler adds people have been skiing and snowboarding.

He says snow-lovers are also filling up their pickups with the white stuff and driving the snow down to the beach.