Island Life: Look Ma, no shadows!

  • A photo of the effects of the Lahaina Moon on Sunday is seen at Old Kona Airport Park. (Kirk Shorte/Community contributor)

A photo of the effects of the lahaina noon on Sunday is seen at Old Kona Airport Park. Twice a year, in May and July, the sun passes directly overhead for locations on Earth in the tropics. On these two days, around local noon, the Sun will be exactly overhead, at a 90-degree angle, and an upright object such as a flagpole will have no shadow, according to Bishop Museum, which in 1990 held a contest to name the phenomenon as lahaina noon.