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These are some of my favorite sunset photos taken by my husband, myself and our friends of those wonderful Kona sunsets. The first photo on the left is a particularly gorgeous sunset I captured in 1996! The second is another of my favorites, taken in 1999.
All these were taken from the lānai, primarily in November and December. At certain times of the year, the sun sets a little further to the north and the best views are from the rocks down by the ocean.
The sun sets at about 6 pm every day, so it is easy to plan to be sitting on your lānai during this time. We always try to be back from whatever we are doing in time for the sunset! We like to prepare frosty piña coladas and sip on them while we watch the sun slowly go down. If you are real lucky and there are no clouds on the horizon, you can sometimes see a "green flash" just as the sun dips below the horizon.
According to the Mount Wilson Observatory in Southern California, the green flash is an 'atmospheric refractive phenomenon where the top edge of the Sun will momentarily turn green. It is seen rarely by the naked eye, primarily because it requires specific conditions to occur, but also because it requires the observer to know what to look for. Despite the name, there is no flash; the event only lasts from a fraction of a second to at the longest, a few seconds. The basic cause for the green flash is that refraction bends the light of the Sun.'
Then we fix our favorite dinner of grilled ʻahi (yellowfin tuna), ʻuala (local sweet potatoes), a salad of fresh local greens from the Keauhou farmers market, and crusty taro rolls to eat on the lānai in the cool dusk.
All in all, it's just another beautiful day in Kona Hawaii.