Monday, September 10, 2012

Vertical Rainbow

Last week on the way to school I saw a really pretty rainbow.  It looked like it was vertical instead of arched.  I looked it up online and I found out that rainbows can appear to be vertical at sunrise and sunset because of the angle of the sun.  The pictures don't do it justice!  It was gorgeous!  Plus, the view of Niihau was unusually clear that morning as well.  Sometimes I can't even see it, but on that day it looked like it had moved closer to Kauai over night.

My friend from work told me that different kinds of rainbows have different names in Hawaiian.  This one is called kahili.  The general word for rainbow is anuenue.  Certain rainbows also have special meanings. 

- Emilie

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