An eclipse is the obscuring of light from one heavenly body by another. “The old time Hawaiians viewed eclipses of the sun and moon with astonishment and great fear, believing them to be a token of the displeasure of their gods; and hence presaging the death of a high chief or some other public calamity.” Hawai‘i averages an eclipse a decade; that’s about 100 in Hawai‘i in its approximate 1,000 years of human habitation. Hawai‘i has had two total eclipses in the last 300 years, one in 1850 and another in 1991. The next total will occur at 5:49 on the morning of May 3, 2106.
A total solar eclipse is coming to the US on August 21, 2017 – in the Islands, folks will be able to see two different types of eclipse phenomenon. 5:50 am, August 7, 2017 will start a partial lunar eclipse (Earth’s shadow darkening about 25% of the setting Moon); then, again at sunrise (5:50 am, August 21, 2017), while folks across a swath on the continent will see a full solar eclipse, in the Islands, a partial solar eclipse will start – with maximum coverage (about 27%) at 6:35 am. (Do not look directly at the sun – get protective “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.