The return of the shadow-less “Lahaina Noon”

Lahaina Noon in Kahaluu on May 27, 2014 (Photo: Kevin Asato)

Starting Saturday and again in July, the Hawaiian islands will again be host to the phenomenon known as the “Lahaina Noon.”

On a couple of days around noon in the tropics, the sun will be exactly overhead, and any upright object will cast no shadow.

The sun is never overhead in any other part of the planet.

The dates for the “Lahaina Noon” vary depending on how far north or south you are in the tropics.

Lahaina (Maui, that is) and Lanai City experienced their zenith sun on Saturday (barring any overcast conditions) and here is the remainder of the schedule for days and times when no shadow will be cast throughout the islands:

  • Kaunakakai  – 12:24 p.m. Sunday, May 25, and 12:34 p.m. Wednesday, July 16
  • Honolulu – 12:28 p.m. Monday, May 26, and 12:37 p.m. Wednesday, July 16
  • Kaneohe – 12:28 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, and 12:37 p.m. Tuesday, July 15
  • Lihue – 12:35 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and 12:42 p.m. Friday, July 11
  • Lanai City – 12:34 p.m. Friday, July 18
  • Lahaina – 12:33 p.m. Friday, July 18
  • Kahului – 12:32 p.m., Friday, July 18
  • Hilo – 12:26 p.m. Thursday, July 24
  • Kailua-Kona – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24

The term “Lahaina Noon” came from a 1990 contest held by the Bishop Museum to select a descriptive term for the zenith noon phenomenon. Lahaina, in this case, means “cruel sun” in Hawaiian.

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