A series of blizzards in December and January crowned Mauna Kea with snow, giving people across the island breathtaking views of this snowcapped 14,000 peak. The snowfalls, which in Hawaiian tradition are manifestations of the luminescent goddess Poliʻahu, occurred repeatedly as Native Hawaiians presented their case for protecting the mountain from further telescope development at hearings in Hilo. The hearings were ordered by the State Supreme Court after it found major due process violations in the state’s granting of a permit for California’s Thirty Meter Telescope. For the full story see http://gizmodo.com/a-fight-over-a-sacred-mountaintop-could-shape-the-futur-1789405229.
As a Minnesota native and former mountain and observatory guide on Mauna Kea, Tom’s adrenalin always gets going when the snow flies. It’s not surprising that he included several potent blizzard scenes in Daughters of Fire. Here are some pictures of the snowy spectacle, taken from the Volcano Village area on Kilauea (Elevation 4,000 feet).
(Above and below) Dawn on December 11, 2016 (Photos by Tom Peek)
(Below) Mauna Kea shortly after dawn on December 19, 2016 (photos by Tom Peek).
To read Tom’s true account of rescuing six stranded visitors in a Mauna Kea blizzard, visit the WRITING PAGE of Tom’s professional website—http://tompeek.net/about.html. Then, under “Want to read some of Tom’s work?” click on “Rescue in a Hawaiian Blizzard.”