Record Number Ski on Hawaii’s snow

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Record Number Ski On Mauna Kea Snow

By Star-Bulletin staff

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 10, 2010

HILO, Hawaii » The largest group of skiers ever to climb up Mauna Kea at one time made the arduous trip up the mountain over the weekend to enjoy skiing on the new snow which fell on the slopes Friday night.

Early Sunday morning when the skiers met on the snowy slopes there were between 35 and 40 of them present. Many of them were members of the Hawaii Ski club and their friends.

According to records kept by the club, this was the largest group that ever assembled on the mountain at one time during the skiing season.

Among those present were: Stephen Ho, Pat Pang, Paul Hiyama, Saichi Higashi, Lionel Miyamoto, Minoru Tsuda, Martin Tohara, Wally Fukuda, Gilbert Streeter, S. Matsumoto, Kaoru Sunada, Doris and Sueko Higashi, Bob Hino, Toshimitsu Imamura and gang from Hilo, Mr. and Mrs. M.S. Ramos and family of Paauilo, Charles Akiyama and three boys from Olaa, Police Lieut. and Mrs. William Seymour, and five other carloads of interested people from Hilo and the country districts.

The hikers met with the worst rainstorm that they ever encountered on Mauna Kea Saturday night when the heavy rains and thunder made the climb up to the resthouse at the 9,000-foot elevation difficult.

The hike was made from the 7,000-foot elevation, where the last gate is located and where the auto trail ends.

Leaving the cars there, the hikers climbed the rocky and at places, sandy, slopes.

HILO, Hawaii » The largest group of skiers ever to climb up Mauna Kea at one time made the arduous trip up the mountain over the weekend to enjoy skiing on the new snow which fell on the slopes Friday night.

Early Sunday morning when the skiers met on the snowy slopes there were between 35 and 40 of them present. Many of them were members of the Hawaii Ski club and their friends.

According to records kept by the club, this was the largest group that ever assembled on the mountain at one time during the skiing season.

Among those present were: Stephen Ho, Pat Pang, Paul Hiyama, Saichi Higashi, Lionel Miyamoto, Minoru Tsuda, Martin Tohara, Wally Fukuda, Gilbert Streeter, S. Matsumoto, Kaoru Sunada, Doris and Sueko Higashi, Bob Hino, Toshimitsu Imamura and gang from Hilo, Mr. and Mrs. M.S. Ramos and family of Paauilo, Charles Akiyama and three boys from Olaa, Police Lieut. and Mrs. William Seymour, and five other carloads of interested people from Hilo and the country districts.

The hikers met with the worst rainstorm that they ever encountered on Mauna Kea Saturday night when the heavy rains and thunder made the climb up to the resthouse at the 9,000-foot elevation difficult.

The hike was made from the 7,000-foot elevation, where the last gate is located and where the auto trail ends.

Leaving the cars there, the hikers climbed the rocky and at places, sandy, slopes.

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  • 1. Dan  |  120409 at 3:46 pm

    Hm… the three Higashis in the list of people involved (Saichi, Doris and Sueko) were all close to 100 years old by 2010, so unless they were unusually healthy and somehow still enjoyed skiing at elevations close to 14,000 feet, I suspect the Star-Bulletin re-ran an article from a very long time ago. 😉

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