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This year PUEO is hosting the first annual #LāhaināNoonChallenge.  For this challenge, we want you all to film and document this tropics-only phenomena as it takes place in each of your locations! Post your videos or pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #LāhaināNoonChallenge.

The goal of this challenge is to document this special day and better understand the seasonal nature of the Sun’s journey here in our island state

Lāhainā noon marks the day when the Sun becomes our zenith star, so no shadows are cast when it reaches zenith (the point directly overhead).  Over the next few days/weeks: #getoutdoors and observe the shadows each day around noon and try to observe this phenomenon for yourself! 

Latitude determines when youʻll experience lāhainā noon. Since the Sun is currently progressing north in its journey, the first location that will experience this event is #SouthPoint, Hawaiʻi Island on Friday, May 14th. One of the last places in the island chain to experience the first of the lāhainā noon pairs will be Lihuʻe, Kauaʻi on May 30th.  Then the cycle will reverse, and Lihuʻe, Kauaʻi will experience its second lāhainā noon on July 14th, and South Point, Hawaiʻi will experience the last lāhainā Noon event in the state on July 27th. 

For a more detailed list of lāhainā noon locations and dates, check out this wonderful resource from Bishop Museum at https://bishopmuseum.org/lahaina-noon/

The chart below from the Bishop Museum gives the overhead sun dates and times for several locations in 2021:

Līhuʻe, Kaua‘i, 22o NMay 30, 12:35 p.m.July 11, 12:43 p.m.
Haleʻiwa, O‘ahu, 21.6o NMay 28, 12:30 p.m.July 14, 12:38 p.m.
Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu, 21.4o NMay 27, 12:28 p.m.July 15, 12:37 p.m.
Honolulu, O‘ahu, 21.3o NMay 26, 12:29 p.m.July 16, 12:38 p.m.
Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i, 21.1o NMay 25, 12:25 p.m.July 17, 12:34 p.m.
Kahului, Maui, 20.88 o NMay 24, 12:23 p.m.July 18, 12:32 p.m.
Lahaina, Maui, 20.87 o NMay 24, 12:24 p.m.July 18, 12:33 p.m.
Lāna‘i City, Lāna‘i, 20.83o NMay 24, 12:25 p.m.July 18, 12:34 p.m.
Hāna, Maui, 20.75 o NMay 23, 12:21 p.m. July 19, 12:30 p.m.
Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island, 20 o N May 19, 12:19 p.m. July 22, 12:29 p.m.
Hilo, Hawai‘i Island, 19.7 o NMay 18, 12:17 p.m.July 24, 12:27 p.m.
Kailua, Kona, Hawai‘i Island, 19.6 o NMay 17, 12:20 p.m.July 24, 12:31 p.m.
South Point, Hawai‘i Island, 18.9 o NMay 14, 12:19 p.m.July 27, 12:29 p.m.

At the end of May and July, we will take the best videos/pics from the challenge and create a collage of this event on our website. So #getoutdoors and start observing!