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Dusting of snow atop Mauna Kea brings white Christmas to Hawaii

Tim Wright / AP

A monkey pod tree in Hilo, Hawaii, frames a snow capped Mauna Kea mountain, like a Christmas wreath on Saturday Dec. 24, 2011, bringing a white Christmas to the Big Island. After a dusting of snow overnight, officials at the University of Hawaii's Mauna Kea Weather Center reported areas of patchy snow on the upper elevations of Mauna Kea.

Tim Wright / AP

Snow covers the top of Mauna Kea Mountain on Saturday. Visible atop the peak are telescopes of the Keck Observatory.

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