G Kgirl, I had a guest come for a visit many years ago. He was a Native Hawaiian like yourself. It was the first time he had ever left the islands.
It was in the middle of February and we started to get a really heavy, wet snowfall. I hear him yelling at the top of his voice singing a song in Hawaiian and look outside. He is out in my back yard without a shirt or his shoes doing a dance and singing in the snow. He didn't realize at first what was falling from the sky.
It was quite an experience not only for him but for us and my neighbors. I had one neighbor come to my house and stare at my visitor. She had never seen a "real, full blooded native Hawaiian." I served her a cup of coffee and sent her on her way. Our visitor stayed for a month and arrived dressed still for the Islands. My husband had to take him shopping for a coat and shoes. Open toe flip flops just do not cut it when walking in two inches of snow. We could only imagine the stories he had to tell his friends when he got back home.
I am glad you got to drive in snow. To add to what taxylady told you, keep a blanket, water, flashlight and a small amount of food in your car in case you get stuck in the snow. For those who live with snow every year, this is a precaution every driver who lives with snow knows.
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"