No shadows: Parts of Hawaii to experience 'Lahaina Noon'

No shadows: Parts of Hawaii to experience 'Lahaina Noon'
Several communities will experience at Lahaina Noon this month in Hawaii. The next time the event will happen in next May. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This month, over half a dozen areas around the Hawaiian Islands are going to experience the phenomenon known as "Lahaina Noon." This is when the sun is directly overhead and vertical objects like flagpoles do not cast a shadow.

The event happens every May and July in Hawaii.

Remaining Lahaina Noon locations, dates and times:

Kaneohe: July 15 at 12:37 p.m.

Kaunakakai: July 17 at 12:34 p.m.

Lahaina: July 18 at 12:32 p.m.

Kahului: July 18 at 12:32 p.m.

Hana: July 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Hilo: July 24 at 12:26 p.m.

South Point Island of Hawaii: July 27 at 12:28 p.m.

Bishop Museum says Honolulu and Kailua-Kona will not experience an absolute Lahina Noon this year because the closest the two get is 89 degrees, while a true event only occurs at 90 degrees. Lihue already experienced it this month on July 11.

Lahaina Noon happens when the sun is at its highest in the sky in a specific location, which is why it happens at different days and different times on different islands.

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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