Severe surf, winds slam into Hawaii, hitting roads and trees

Tourists and locals enjoy the Waikiki beach in Honolulu Hawaii on Aug. 22 2018

Tourists and locals enjoy the Waikiki beach in Honolulu Hawaii on Aug. 22 2018. Kat Wade—Getty Images

But, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, claimed on their Facebook page that the storm even brought snow to Maui's Polipoli State Park at an elevation of 6,200 feet. "It could also be the lowest elevation snow ever recorded in the state".

The statement read: "Perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawai'i State Park". Hawaii News Now reported that the surf was forecast to top out at 60 feet (18 metres) on Sunday.

In the early hours of Monday morning, National Weather Service Honolulu said: "A historic low-pressure system impacting #Hawaii with strong gusty winds, rain squalls and high surf will slowly drift NE of the state over the next 2 days".

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Endo said he wanted his kids to 'see something that's very unusual in Hawaii'. Haleakala National Park remains without power and Maui Electric personnel are working with county, state and federal agencies to assess damage and make repairs.

There's a winter storm watch for Haleakala and the Big Island summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The National Weather Service in Honolulu said a mix of wintry weather is expected Wednesday and Thursday, making it unsafe around Haleakala Summit in Haleakala National Park in Maui.

The visitor station on the 13,308 foot mountain is closed until Tuesday 'due to the predicted continuation of severe weather, ' according to the station's website. Another rarity produced by this storm system was a severe thunderstorm warning, which was issued for the island of Kauai.

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Wind gusts up to 67 miles per hour were clocked in the oceanside town of Port Allen in Kauai.

Wave heights approached 40 feet just north of the island on Sunday.

As a winter storm collided with the Aloha State over the weekend, a rare snowfall turned the much lower Polipoli Spring State Park on Maui into a wintry wonderland. That's down from a peak of almost 27,000. A high-surf advisory was in effect for north- and west-facing shores of several islands.

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While snow on Hawaii's peaks is not uncommon, it is uncommon to see snow at an elevation as low as 6,200, Melissa Dye, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told KHON2.

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