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Snow in Hawaii ・ ハワイにも雪が降る

2010.03.29 (Mon)

The following is an adaptation of an article that appeared in the March 2010 edition of the Yurihama town newsletter.

以下の記事は2010年「広報ゆりはま3月号」に掲載されました。

There was quite a bit of snow in Yurihama this January. I’m sure it’s a nuisance to many people around town, but as someone who was born and raised in Hawaii, this sort of weather is a real novelty. However, snow actually does fall in Hawaii!

一月はよく雪が降りましたね。皆さんにとって、雪は迷惑なものですか?わたしは温暖なハワイ出身なので、こんな天気を楽しんでいます。しかし、ハワイでも一部の場所では雪が降るんですよ。驚かれましたか?その場所は、次にあげるハワイの山の頂上です。

The first place you can find snow in Hawaii is the mountain Mauna Kea (“White Mountain” in Hawaiian, 4,207m tall), which is located on the island of Hawaii. The peak of Mauna Kea is the highest point in the state, and when measured from the bottom of the sea it is over 9,100m tall. Some say this makes it taller than Mt. Everest.

まず、ハワイ島のマウナ・ケア山(ハワイ語で「白い山」、標高4,207m)。これはハワイ州の最高峰で、海底からの高さは約9,100mであり、「実はエベレストより高い山」と言われています。

The next snow spot in Hawaii is Mauna Loa (“Long Mountain” in Hawaiian, 4,260m tall). Mauna Loa is located next to Mauna Kea, and is the largest volcano in the world by volume. Mauna Loa is considered an active volcano, and it last erupted in 1984.

次はマウナ・ロア山(ハワイ語で「長い山」、標高4,169m)。マウナ・ロア山はマウナ・ケア山の隣にあり、世界で一番体積が大きい火山です。この山は1984年に噴火した活火山です。

The third and final place that snow falls in Hawaii is the island of Maui’s Haleakala (“House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, 3,055m tall). Halekala is so massive, it makes up about three-quarters of Maui.

三つ目の山は、マウイ島のハレアカラ山(ハワイ語で「太陽の家」、標高3,055m)。ハレアカラ山もかなり大きくて、マウイ島の4分の3はハレアカラ山で構成されています。

Thanks to these three mountains, we have snow even in Hawaii. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty of reaching their summits, most people in Hawaii don’t really have a chance to play in the snow. However, there are still people who ski and snowboard on these mountains, despite the fact that there are no ski lifts or marked trails.

この三つの山のおかげで、ハワイでも雪が楽しめます。でも頂上まで行くのは大変なので、実際に雪遊びするチャンスはほとんどありません。ただ、スキー場もなければリフトもないのに、スキーやスノーボードなどをしている人をたまに見かけます。

Hawaii’s tall mountains aren’t just famous for snow, though. Many of the world’s premier astronomical observatories (including Japan’s Subaru Telescope) are located there. These mountains are also home to the endangered Silversword, a plant that is found nowhere else in the world.

ハワイの大きな山には雪が降るだけでなく、日本国立すばる望遠鏡など、世界有数の天文台がいくつもあります。また、世界でも限られた場所にしか生息しないSilversword(銀剣草)という絶滅危惧植物もあります。

There’s more to Hawaii than just the beach!

ハワイは「海」だけじゃないんですよ!

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