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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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Top Farmers’ Markets on the Big Island

The Big Island has an island culture that is environmentally conscious, self-reliant, and invested in its community. These values are best displayed in public places like Farmers’ Markets. The Big Island has some of the best farmers’ markets in the United States. These cultural hubs are a meeting place and they help Hawaii’s local economy. Locals  know food from Farmers Markets are typically more fresh and less expensive. This article will highlight three fantastic Farmers Markets on the Big Island.

Kona Sunset Market

If you live or are vacationing near on the Kona side of the Big Island, checkout the Kona Sunset Farmers’ Market. You can sense this market’s party vibe. It is open from 2:00 PM to dark every Wednesday. You can find the market on Kamakahea Avenue you will find locally grown, locally made products. Kona Sunset Market’s top priority is offering social and economic opportunities to locals that will allow for greater self-reliance in the local community.

Hilo Market

Hilo’s Farmers’ Market is a great place to visit if you want reliable, fresh produce every day of the week. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the market has over 200 local crafters and farmers. Every other day of the week there are a little over 30 crafters and farmers. If you live in Hilo this a great, reliable market for almost all of your groceries. You can find this marked in historic downtown Hilo, at the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha avenue.

Maku’u Farmer’s Market

You can find Maku’u Farmers’ Market on Keaau-Pahoa Road (about 3 miles away from Pahoa).  Maku’u Farmers’ Market a well known Farmers’ Market on the Big Island. This is a fantastic place to listen to live music, indulged in tropical syrup gummi bears, and find fresh produce from all over the island. What visitors like most about this market is its roomy, spacious and it never feels overcrowded. Maku’u Farmer’s Market is the largest market on the island but it never feels overwhelming. It’s a great place to spend Sunday afternoon. Sunday Funday.

In conclusion, Farmers’ Markets are a way to experience local life. Get a taste of where you are. Check-out Farmers’ Markets on the Big Island.

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The Big Island’s Jungle Town — Hilo

A Small Jungle and Coastal Town

On the Big Island, tourists are usually most familiar with the resort town Kailua-Kona. Kailua-Kona welcomes guests yearly to its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. There is plenty to like about Kailua-Kona but the Big Island has other fantastic coastal towns that are often overlooked. One small beach town that is often under represented is Hilo, Hawaii. Hilo is located on the wetter, northeastern coast of Hawaii (it’s in the jungle). Hilo is known for its rural community.  Located approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Kailua-Kona and approximately 45 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo is a great launching point to see other areas of Hawaii. The small coastal town Hilo is gifted with dramatic waterfalls, endless gardens, and fertile rain forests.

A Brief History

Like many Hawaiian towns, Hilo is rooted in a Polynesian ancestry. The earliest citizens arrived in 1100 AD. Hilo’s artifacts from this time are scarce but its oral history is rich and survives today. Hilo is known for its production of sugarcane beginning in the 1800’s. The production of sugarcane allowed the town to develop and eventual become the most populated community on the Big Island. The small coastal town has miraculously survived a number of natural disasters. Today, the town is a colorful community shaded by Hawaii’s plentiful jungle with a rich history and plenty to do.

More to Hilo

Visitors can embark on numerous journeys in the Hilo area.  Visit Rainbow Falls for spectacular views and a location that is easy to reach.  Alaska Falls State Park is another great location you can explore. You can Zipline over the falls and Hilo’s magnificent jungle, an experience you will not soon forget. Let your jaw drop. Further, there are paved trails for easy accesses and navigation. For a sleepy, dreamy night visit Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is a mystical place for stargazing and making a wish. Also, Hilo is known for its blossoming botanical gardens. Do not end your trip without visiting  Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Hilo’s Japaneses Garden. These are both lovely gardens to enjoy a sunny afternoon.

A Unique Experience

In sum, Hilo is a popular destination for people who are looking to have an nontraditional experience on the Big Island. If this is your second or third tip to the Big Island, visit Hilo for a different experience. Even if this is your first trip to the Island, Hilo is worth a visit for a more diverse, interesting holiday. Expand your horizons in Hilo. Gain a real taste of local life on the Big Island from this small coastal town. Get into the Big Island flow.

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Cruise The Coast and Camp in an Electric VW Camper?

Feel like going on a road trip, but don’t have the money for gas or hotels? Why not just get a VW camper and take care of those two financial burdens with one purchase.

It’s not quite a Tesla but hey, this will work for now.

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