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Big Island’s Fire Goddess, Madame Pele

Every year thousands of tourists visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The National Park is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes. You must be flexible with your travel plans because the volcano is lively, spontaneous. The erratic nature of this national park makes is even more exciting to visit. Yes, Volcanoes National Park is a great destination to explore but it also holds spiritual importance. It is home to the fire goddess, Madame Pele. Legend has it she lives on the big island, at Kīlauea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Kohala. In this article, Big Island Flow will discuss the significance of Pele to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Hawaiian people.

A Brief Synopsis of Madame Pele

Learning a bit about Hawaiian mythology is an important task before visiting Volcanoes National Park. For many locals, Madame Pele is more than just myth – she is a faith – she is a deity. According to ancient Hawaiian mythology, the Hawaiian Islands were formed by the fire goddess, Madame Pele. Legend claims Madame Pele still lives in Halemaʻumaʻu crater Kīlauea. There are multiple legends of how and why Pele came to Hawaii. Some say she was born here. Others claim she wanted to travel; there’s even rumor her older sister persuaded her to come to Hawaii after seducing her husband. One thing is clear, Madame Pele represents passion, power, jealously, and change.  As a result, she’s an important symbol to Hawaii and ought to be respected.

Respecting Madame Pele & Volcanoes National Park

You can respect Madame Pele and her home by leaving no trace. Pick up after yourself. Respect the Big Island Community. Do not bring volcanic rock home. Bringing volcanic rock off the island is terrible luck. Visitors who do so often send their stones back to Volcanoes National Park begging Madame Pele for forgiveness (seriously, do not mess around with Pele’s home). Recognizing the cultural importance of Volcanoes National Park will make you appreciate your journey there even more. Further, you will gain a greater insight of what it means to be Hawaiian.

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USGS Elevates Mauna Loa Alert Status To Advisory

The largest active volcano on earth, Mauna Loa, has given the USGS reason to elevate the alert status from normal to advisory.

Activity Summary: Mauna Loa is not erupting. Seismicity rates have decreased significantly since the earthquake activity recorded in late-May, but they remain above previously established baselines. Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements continue to show ground surface deformations related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone, with recently inferred inflation concentrated mainly in the southwestern part of this magma storage complex.

Mauna Loa

Background: Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on our planet, rising gradually to 4,170 m (13,681 ft) above sea level. Its long submarine flanks descend an additional 5 km (3 mi) below sea level to the ocean floor. The ocean floor directly beneath Mauna Loa is, in turn, depressed by the volcano’s great mass another 8 km (5 mi). This places Mauna Loa’s summit about 17 km (56,000 ft) above its base. The enormous volcano covers half of the Island of Hawaiʻi.

Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since its first well-documented historical eruption in 1843. Its most recent eruption was in 1984.

1960 Puna Lava Flow

Full video by filmed and narrated by Fred Rackle!