Did you think we would miss the solar eclipse in Hawaii? Well, partially. The mainland coast-to-coast path of totality of the “Great American Eclipse” is just a narrow 70 miles wide. For off the path, and everywhere else, the visibility is anywhere from 20 to 99 percent of the sun covered by the moon. The solar eclipse is only visible as a partial solar eclipse from Hawaii, with the moon taking only a bite out of the sun. As Summer is coming to a close, we hope you didn’t miss this August 21st stargazing highlight of the year! But if you did, the next total solar eclipse on the mainland US is only seven years away! So save the date for April 8, 2024, and mark your calendars for the year 2106, for a total eclipse over our islands! For stargazing of stars outside of our solar system, be sure to visit the Mauna Kea Observatories Visitor Center for their free, public Stargazing Program!
Every August, millions of people in the Northern Hemisphere look up to the night sky to, as John Denver sang, “see it raining fire”. The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous and beloved meteor shower of the year and are so called because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus. The earliest constellations likely date back to prehistory, and for the early Polynesians, navigation was accomplished primarily by a thorough knowledge of the stars with no instruments or charts. In 1980, for the first time since the 14th century, Nainoa Thompson became the first Hawaiian to practice the art of navigation using traditional principles of ancient folklore and modern scientific knowledge. He inspired and spearheaded a system of wayfinding called the Na Ohana Hoku Eha (The Four Star Lines/Families) to help remember the pattern of stars in the sky. Learn more about Navigating the Night Sky at the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.
This month, with the addition of West Hawaii as a Blue Zones Project community, Hawaii County is the first county in the nation to be a part of this community-based improvement of health and well-being initiative. The Blue Zones Project was inspired by the longest-lived cultures from around the world, and working with National Geographic, Dan Buettner has led the way using scientifically proven life-lessons of health, happiness and longevity nationwide. This month, the first and only Delos Wellness Signature™ residence in Hawaii is on the market for sale. Doreen Trudeau, R(S) of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty is working together with listing agent Kelly Allen, R(S) of Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty to market this cutting-edge residence. The La Pietra townhouse is designed using the Delos wellness platform, creating a relaxed environment enhanced by an overall automated wellness system: dynamic and circadian rhythm lighting, built-in aromatherapy system, and advanced water purification system. A WELL certification by Delos is to human health what LEED certification is to the environment. Live healthy, live happy, and continue to do so long into the future!
This month we take a look at homes that invite the outdoors in, one on Kauai listed by our friends at Oceanfront Sotheby's International Realty and one by MacArthur Sotheby's International Realty here on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.
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