The Cost of Creating a White Christmas
To the chagrin of kids and kids at heart, a snow-filled holiday on Oahu used to be as likely as pigs flying. But today, snowmaking machines make a mini-White Christmas possible.
For the past three years, Hawaiian Ice Co. has made it snow at schools, shopping centers and private parties. General manager Ronnette Hanada says ice is transformed into snow onsite and sprayed on the ground, and, if requested, over happy participants.
In general, Hawaiian Ice charges $250 to $300 per ton of ice, with a three-ton minimum. Hanada says three tons covers about four parking spaces with six to eight inches of snow. That’s probably enough for a snowball fight; building a snowman may require more snow. For those who prefer a snow-covered slope for sliding, the company can create a custom-built pile to match your enthusiasm.
Other factors that will increase the price are bookings outside of Hawaiian Ice’s normal 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule, events during the busy November to January season and drop-offs that get further and further from the company’s Honolulu headquarters.