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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 11, 2008

Lahaina Noon flits over Honolulu on Tuesday

Advertiser Staff Writer


Lihu'e, Kaua'i: Today, 12:42 p.m.

Honolulu and Kane'ohe: Tuesday, 12:37 p.m.

Lahaina and Kahului, Maui: July 17, 12:32 p.m.

Kaunakakai, Moloka'i: July 17, 12:34 p.m.

Hana, Maui: July 18, 12:30 p.m.

Lana'i City, Lana'i: July 18, 12:33 p.m.

Hilo, Hawai'i: July 23, 12:26 p.m.

Kailua, Kona, Hawai'i: July 24, 12:30 p.m.

Source: Bishop Museum Planetarium


The "Skygate" sculpture, by Isamu Noguchi, on the lawn near Honolulu Hale, will cast a circular shadow on its concrete base at the moment of the Lahaina Noon.

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Honolulu residents can witness a shadowless moment Tuesday at 12:37 p.m.

The phenomenon, known as Lahaina Noon, occurs when the sun is directly overhead, said Kathleen Robertson, librarian at University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy.

Lahaina Noon happens twice a year at slightly different places and times throughout the state.

There will be no shadows from things like poles at that time, Robertson said.

The event was named through a contest sponsored by the Bishop Museum in 1990, said Mike Shanahan, director of museum education and exhibits. "Lahaina," the old version of the name, means "cruel sun" in Hawaiian.