HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii’s hottest day on record came Sunday night when a total solar eclipse crossed the island.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, the sun’s rays had the island buzzing with people watching from rooftops, restaurants and other locations, with temperatures topping 100 degrees in the city of Waimea.
The sun was coming through the clouds but the moon was setting as people watched the eclipse.
The state of Hawaii has experienced more than 100 solar eclipses this century, and the most recent one occurred in 2016, with a total eclipse that lasted just four minutes.
The eclipse was so strong in Waimeas skies that it actually made it into a news conference from a local radio station.
The Waimean News and Information Service posted a photo of Waimes governor and Honolulu mayor Mike McHugh and a group of eclipse watchers, including a man dressed in Hawaiian shirts.
It showed the mayor, a longtime Waimeat, standing with McHugh on a sidewalk, smiling.
A local TV station, KITV, showed a video of a man walking across Waimeah Beach in the middle of the day.
The governor also took part in a public address in front of Waima Bay in Honolulu.
He spoke of the eclipse’s effects on Hawaii’s economy and the state’s ability to withstand an eclipse.
The eclipse will last about a minute and a half, he said.
Hawaiians are already feeling the effects of the sun, with an average of five deaths per hour across the state in 2017, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___