Thursday, May 23, 2013


Mark your calendar: Lahaina Noon this Sunday 5/26 in Honolulu

Today, I'm a shadowless man.
The sun calls me into the street,
and I walk alone into the light
of noon. The moment has come.

-- from Lahaina Noon, a poem by Eric Paul Shaffer

by Larry Geller

Hawaii is truly unique in many ways. One of them is that we are the only state to experience what we call Lahaina Noon.

There are two days each year in the tropics when the sun passes directly overhead. The dates and times vary according to the exact location.

At those moments, because the sun is directly overhead, if you look around yourself, you have no shadow.

Each year the Bishop Museum releases the days and times for locations around Hawaii. The first day is coming up for Honolulu—it is Sunday, May 26, and the sun will be directly overhead at 12:28 p.m.

The Big Island already had one of its two days. Here is the schedule for various places around Hawaii:

Honolulu May 26 12:28 p.m. July 15 12:37 p.m.
Lihue May 30 12:35 p.m. July 11 12:42 p.m.
Kaunakakai May 25 12:24 p.m. July 16 12:34 p.m.
Lanai City May 24 12:24 p.m. July 18 12:33 p.m.
Lahaina May 24 12:23 p.m. July 18 12:32 p.m.
Kahului May 24 12:22 p.m. July 18 12:32 p.m.
Hilo May 18 12:16 p.m. July 24 12:26 p.m.
Kailua-Kona May 18 12:20 p.m.

July 24 12:30 p.m.





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