Lahaina Noon will occur this year starting on May 14, 2021, with the second round of occurrences set to end on July 27, 2021. Yes, it’s hard to believe that it’s already about to be that time of year! When the Hawaii sun is directly overhead and casts no shadow, Lahaina Noon 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. We’re covering the dates and times in today’s post and also giving you tips on sun protection while you watch.
Hawaii stands alone in the US as having this special event. It replaces the summer solstice when the sun’s rays are most direct and occurs both before and following the start of summer. In addition, 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. This is because the further south you are in Hawaii, the earlier and the later Lahaina Noon occurs each year.
Lahaina Noon 2021 Dates and Times
Here are the dates and times when you’ll find the Hawaii sun directly overhead:
☼ Haleiwa Oahu May 28, 12:30 pm and July 14, 12:38 pm
☼ Hana Maui May 23, 12:21 pm and July 19, 12:30 pm
☼ Hilo Hawaii May 18, 12:17 pm and July 24, 12:27 pm
☼ Honolulu Oahu May 26, 12:29 pm and July 16, 12:38 pm
☼ Kahului Maui May 24, 12:23 pm and July 18, 12:32 pm
☼ Kailua-Kona Hawaii May 17, 12:20 pm and July 24, 12:31 pm
☼ Kaunakakai Molokai May 25, 12:25 pm and July 17, 12:34 pm
☼ Lahaina Maui May 24, 12:24 pm and July 18, 12:33 pm
☼ Lanai City Lanai May 24, 12:25 pm and July 18, 12:34 pm
☼ Lihue Kauai May 30, 12:35 pm and July 11, 12:43 pm
☼ South Point May 14, 12:19 pm and July 27, 12:29 pm
☼ Waimea Hawaii May 19, 12:19 pm and July 22, 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. So 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. But, 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. It also includes information about Hawaii’s new sunscreen law, which is now in effect.
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 the 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.