PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse Over Hawaii

March 9, 2016, 8:41 AM HST · Updated March 9, 8:46 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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Image: Chris Tinker

Yesterday evening, Hawaiʻi was the first state in the US to get a total solar eclipse since the last solar eclipse over Hawaii in 1991.

Having said that, the path of totality actually passed just south of Midway between the Hawaiian Islands and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

For the main Hawaiian Islands we experienced a partial solar eclipse since we weren’t directly on the path. Images taken from the main Hawaiian Islands (see slideshow below) therefore do not show the sun being blocked in totality.


    This deep partial solar eclipse occurred from 4:33 p.m. to 6:33 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.


    During that time, the moon blocked an estimated 70% of the sun at the peak of the eclipse, which occur around 5:37 p.m.

    The eclipse occurred right around sunset so the sun was very low in the sky. The Bishop Museum planetarium website reports the sun was just 14° above the horizon at the start of yesterday’s event.

    Unfortunately, many in Hawaii were not able to view the eclipse as a cold front swept down the island chain bringing overcast skies and rain which blocked the view of the sun during the solar phenomenon.

    The event was also total over much of Indonesia, including the southern parts of both Borneo and Sumatra.

    **If you have photos you would like to contribute to our slideshow, please email them to [email protected] – Mahalo!**

    Image: Chris Tinker

    Image: Chris Tinker from Kona

    Image: Jeremy Elder

    Image: Jeremy Elder from Haleakalā

    Image: Jeremy Elder

    Image: Jeremy Elder from Haleakalā


    Image: Michael Treloar

    Image: Michael Treloar from Haleakalā

    Meteorologist Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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