Lahaina Noon will occur this year starting on May 15, 2019 with the second round of occurrences set to end on July 28, 2019. Yes, it’s hard to believe that it’s already about to be that time of year! Lahaina Noon, when the Hawaii sun is directly overhead and casts no shadow, travels through the islands from south to north. This only happens in the tropics as the sun does not pass directly overhead in other parts of the world.
Hawaii stands alone in the US as having this special event. It replaces the summer solstice as the time when the sun’s rays are most direct, and occurs both prior to and following the start of summer. Lahaina Noon serves as a reminder of just how strong the Hawaii sun really is given our location south of the Tropic of Cancer.
During Lahaina Noon, any vertical object (think telephone poles for example) will not have a shadow cast. The further south you are in Hawaii, the earlier and the later Lahaina Noon occurs each year.
Lahaina Noon 2019 Dates and Times
Here are the dates and times when you’ll find the Hawaii sun directly overhead:
☼ Hana Maui May 23 12:20 pm and July 18 12:30 pm
☼ Hilo Hawaii May 18 12:17 pm and July 24 12:27 pm
☼ Honolulu Oahu May 27 12:29 pm and July 16 12:38 pm
☼ Kahului Maui May 24 12:23 pm and July 19 12:32 pm
☼ Kailua-Kona Hawaii May 18 12:20 pm and July 24 12:31 pm
☼ Kaunakakai Molokai May 26 12:25 pm and July 17 12:34 pm
☼ Lahaina Maui May 24 12:24 pm and July 19 12:33 pm
☼ Lanai City Lanai May 24 12:25 pm and July 19 12:34 pm
☼ Lihue Kauai May 31 12:35 pm and July 11 12:43 pm
☼ South Point May 15 12:19 pm and July 28 12:29 pm
10 Tips to Avoid Sunburn on Hawaii Vacations
While seemingly obvious just how strong the sun is here in Hawaii, you’d be surprised how many visitors we see who look burned to a crisp. Here’s what we do to stay out of the red.
1. Sunscreen has not been proven effective in preventing skin cancer. Covering up is the only thing that works. We know, who wants to do that. See tips #4 and #6.
2. Zinc or titanium oxide based sunscreens are still considered safest and most effective in preventing sunburn. Read our recent article: Hawaiian Sunscreen | Health and Safety Updates. Also includes information about Hawaii’s new sunscreen law.
3. Use safe sunscreens in two hour intervals; more frequently when in the water.
4. Be alert to excessive sun exposure from 10 am until 3 pm.
5. Don’t forget to apply sun protection to ears and lips.
6. Wear a hat and sunglasses.
7. Don’t use old sunscreen that’s been sitting around for years.
8. Help protect Hawaii’s coral. Chemical barrier (vs. physical barrier) sunscreen can damage Hawaii’s reef system.
9. Drink more water during periods of sun exposure.
10. Research sunscreens for effectiveness and safety.
Photo at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki.