The Secrets of the Best Rainbows on Earth

View More View Less
  • 1 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
© Get Permissions
Full access

Abstract

This paper makes a case for why Hawaiʻi is the rainbow capital of the world. It begins by briefly touching on the cultural and historical significance of rainbows in Hawaiʻi. Next it provides an overview of the science behind the rainbow phenomenon, which provides context for exploring the meteorology that helps explain the prevalence of Hawaiian rainbows. Lastly, the paper discusses the art and science of chasing rainbows.

1 Corresponding author: Dr. Steven Businger, businger@hawaii.edu

Abstract

This paper makes a case for why Hawaiʻi is the rainbow capital of the world. It begins by briefly touching on the cultural and historical significance of rainbows in Hawaiʻi. Next it provides an overview of the science behind the rainbow phenomenon, which provides context for exploring the meteorology that helps explain the prevalence of Hawaiian rainbows. Lastly, the paper discusses the art and science of chasing rainbows.

1 Corresponding author: Dr. Steven Businger, businger@hawaii.edu
Save