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    Sun Rests on the Brains Day

    Maui’s Solar Alignment!

    Friday, July 18, 2014 is Lahaina Noon day. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. where the sun can be directly overhead and not cast a shadow. Cool!

    If you are in Hana that day, the alignment will occur at 12:30pm: Kahului at 12:32pm and Lahaina at 12:33pm. Take a photo and see for yourself!

    Wikipedia: Lahaina Noon is a tropical solar phenomenon where the sun passes exactly overhead at solar noon (the sub solar point). The term “Lahaina Noon” was coined by the Bishop Museum in Hawaiiand is only used locally.

    Because the subsolar point travels only through the tropics, Hawaii is the only state in the United States to experience Lahaina Noon. The rest of the nation recognizes the summer solstice as the event when the sun’s rays are closest to being direct.

    Hawaii and other locations between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn receive the sun’s direct rays as the apparent path of the sun passes overhead before the solstice and retreats to the south afterwards. At the exact time of Lahaina Noon, which can occur anywhere from 12:17 to 12:43 p.m., objects that stand straight up (like flagpoles, telephone poles, etc.) will not cast a shadow. The most southerly points in Hawaii experience Lahaina Noon on earlier and later dates than the northern parts. For example, in 2001 Hilo on the Island of Hawaiʻi encountered the overhead sun around May 18 and July 24, Kahului, Maui on May 24 and July 18, Honolulu, Oahu on May 26 and July 15 and Lihue, Kauai on May 31 and July 11. Between these two dates, the sun is slightly to the north at noon.

    Chosen in a contest sponsored by the Bishop Museum in the 1990s, Lahaina Noon was the selected appellation because lā hainā (the old name for Lahaina, Hawaii) means “cruel sun” in theHawaiian language.[4] The ancient Hawaiian name for the event was kau ka lā i ka lolo which literally translates as “the sun rests on the brains.”
    Lahaina Noon 2014 times and locations for all islands:
    May 18 12:16 p.m.
    July 24 12:26 p.m.

    May 18 12:20 p.m.
    July 24 12:30 p.m.

    South Point Island of Hawai‘i
    May 15 12:19 p.m.
    July 28 12:28 p.m.

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

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

    May 26 12:28 p.m.
    July 16 12:37 p.m.

    May 25 12:24 p.m.
    July 16 12:34 p.m.

    Lana‘i City
    May 24 12:24 p.m.
    July 18 12:34 p.m.

    May 24 12:23 p.m.
    July 18 12:33 p.m.


    May 24 12:22 p.m.
    July 18 12:32 p.m.

    May 23 12:20 p.m.
    July 18 12:30 p.m.

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