Maui experiences rare snowfall

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HONOLULU (AP) -- A chunk of cold, low-pressure air separated from the main flow, known as a Kona Low, caused unusual snow on the island of Maui.

Hawaii officials said the blanket of snow at Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area is likely the first for any state park. Polipoli is at 6,200 feet and is possibly the lowest elevation snow ever recorded in the state.

When Lance Endo's friend camping at a state park on Maui texted him early Sunday that there was snow, he jumped in his truck and drove more than hour to see it.

"I just wanted to go play in the snow," Endo said.

Endo headed back down from the park on the slopes of Haleakala, where the weather service says there were snow drifts of about 4 feet, to bring his two children up to the park. Endo said he wanted his kids to "see something that's very unusual in Hawaii."

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