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Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea ("white mountain") offers the antithesis of the typical island experience. Freezing temperatures and arctic conditions are common at the summit, and snow can fall year-round. You can even snowboard or ski up here. Seriously. But just because you can doesn't mean you'll want to. You should be in very good shape and a close-to-expert boarder or skier to get down the slopes near

the summit and then up again in the thin air with no lifts. During the winter months, lack of snow is usually not a problem.

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