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Hawaii’s Green Flash – Fact or Fiction?

Before moving to Hawaii, if someone mentioned a green flash – thoughts of a St. Patrick’s Day streaker or a super hero would come to mind.

I have never actually seen it. I have heard about it. I have tried to see it but it has always eluded me. Head to Waikiki before sunset and you will find people watching the horizon. The green flash is touted as a fleeting splash of emerald light appearing on the horizon just as the sun dips below the Pacific.

Hawaii is one of the best places to view this natural phenomenon. The green flash is best seen when the sun sets into the ocean and only when the view is clear and cloudless all the way to the horizon. Please note that looking directly at the sun is always dangerous. The green flash is only visible for the last moment. It truly is an experience you could miss in a blink of an eye.

So next time you are in Hawaii, I encourage you to head to your favorite spot and tuck into a beautiful sunset. No guarantees on that green flash but it will be a nice way to end your day. However rest assured, I will continue to watch. Dedicated on my quest for the elusive green flash. Besides, it is a great excuse for a sunset cocktail – all in the name research!

Images By Cara M.

Posted by: Abby Lapointe on Mar 4, 2008