‘Travel restricted to emergencies only’: Blizzard warnings issued not too far from Disney’s ‘paradise’ resort in Hawaii

Yes, you read that correctly. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for parts of Hawaii, beginning this evening and going through Sunday evening, December 5, for the Big Island of Hawaii. Snowfall in excess of 12 inches is expected, as are wind gusts of more than 100 miles per hour.

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The warning from the National Weather Service reads as follows:


National Weather Service Honolulu HI 311 AM HST



* WHAT…Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 12 inches or more. Winds gusting over 100 mph.

* WHERE…Big Island Summits.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 6 AM HST Sunday.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero visibility. See the High Wind Warning that is also in effect.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The strong winds will likely cause significant drifting of snow.

* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.”

High winds, high snow accumulations, and the possibility of snowdrifts are expected on the Big Island of Hawaii, specifically on the summits on the island.

It’s approximately 200 miles from the Big Island of Hawaii to Disney’s Aulani Resort, a virtual paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. At Aulani Resort & Spa, Guests “a bit of Magic in Paradise” every day of the year, and it’s hard to envision heavy snow, frigid temperatures, and emergency travel restrictions related to winter weather less than 200 miles away.

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Disney Aulani

Credit: Disney

At Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa, the entire family can get away from it all, and there’s something for everyone. Currently, Aulani is offering several special discounts on future stays, including one offer that saves you more the longer you stay, on visits from January 4, 2022, through April 8, 2022.

A father and his 2 young sons head toward the ocean carrying surfboards

Hopefully by then, blizzard warnings in Hawaii will be a distant memory!

Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa is currently unaffected by the blizzard warnings in Hawaii on the Big Island, but the entire state of Hawaii continues to be affected by travel rules and restrictions related to COVID-19 and vaccine statuses.

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Know before you go and be sure to visit the state’s “Safe Travels Hawai’i” website for the latest on travel restrictions, delays and policies for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers to and from Hawaii.


About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!