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Hawaii's view of solar eclipse not so clear, but wows people on mainland

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Crowds gathered in East Oahu on Monday morning for a chance to catch a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse seen from Hawaii, but it wasn't quite so visible as clouds covered the sun.

The total solar eclipse certainly wowed sky gazers across the mainland, starting from Oregon to South Carolina. People in Oregon saw the eclipse starting around 7:15 a.m. Hawaii time.

The last time Hawaii saw the moon completely slide in front of the sun was 26 years ago.  That's when Hawaii was right in the totality zone and thousands tried to get the best view.

"It's like chicken skin, you know, I'm still shaken," said one eclispe watcher that day.  "You can't describe it, it's something that needs to be experienced.

The year was 1991 and the excitement was palpable. Remember the protective glasses? They were everywhere!

The view was billed to be the best on the Big Island. So in West Hawaii, people camped at parks and beaches.

Hundreds lined Queen Kaahumanu Highway, all hoping that they had picked the perfect spot. For many it was all a waiting game for the big show.

And nerves crept up as the clouds rolled in.

But when the clock finally rolled around to 7:28 a.m. and the sky had cleared, it was all worth it.

"Oh yeah, look at that!  That is unbelievable! Look at that huge prominence," said one eclispe watcher

So much anticipation for just four minutes of darkness.

The next time Hawaii will be in the path of a total solar eclipse will be in 2106.


The Bishop Museum has more information on how to correctly view the solar event on its website.

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