When I was in my twenties, my mom took me with her to Hawaii. Before that trip, I had never heard of the green flash at sunset, not even in my college meteorology class. Then again, my professor was most interested in avalanches, and so maybe the green flash didn’t figure into his lecture notes.
I didn’t see the green flash on that trip with my mother—though we watched many sunsets hoping to see it—and I tucked the idea of the green flash into one of the corners of my mind. From time to time in the intervening years I would wonder: Is the green flash a real thing? Is it a myth? I didn’t know.
Fast forward to the beginning of this month, when my husband and I stood on a mountainside in Kauai looking west.
When we first got out of the car, we realized we had a bit of time before the sun would “hit” the ocean. Should we wait? Continue reading