Get ready for Lahaina Noon

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The phenomenon known as "Lahaina Noon" is due in the Hawaiian islands this month and again in July. It's when the sun is directly overhead and vertical objects like flagpoles do not cast a shadow.

Lahaina Noon does not happen precisely at noon on the clock, but rather at "local solar noon," which is the time when the sun is at its highest in the sky in a specific location. So Lahaina Noon happens at different days and different times on different islands.

2011 Lahaina Noon Dates and Times

Lihue

  • May 31 12:35 p.m.
  • July 11 12:42 p.m.

Kaneohe

  • May 27 12:28 p.m.
  • July 15 12:37 p.m.

Honolulu

  • May 27 12:28 p.m.
  • July 16 12:37 p.m.

Kaunakakai

  • May 26 12:24 p.m.
  • July 17 12:34 p.m.

Lanai City

  • May 24 12:24 p.m.
  • July 19 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.

Hana

  • May 23 12:20 p.m.
  • July 19 12:30 p.m.

Hilo

  • May 18 12:16 p.m.
  • July 24 12:26 p.m.

Kailua-Kona

  • May 19 12:20 p.m.
  • July 24 12:30 p.m.

Lahaina Noon happens twice a year throughout the tropics; in Hawaii, it occurs in May and July. The term "Lahaina Noon" was coined in 1990 when Honolulu's Bishop Museum held a contest to name the phenomenon. In the Hawaiian language, the word Lahaina literally means "cruel sun".

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