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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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Exploring Magical Mauna Kea

According to ancient Hawaiian mythology, the peaks of each Hawaiian island are sacred. Many people believe this to be true. This is one reason (among others) that Hawaiian culture harnesses a great respect for planet earth and environmental sustainability – it’s a product of spirituality.  The summit, Mauna Kea, is one of Hawaii’s sacred peaks. So, if you visit Mauna Kea, treat the peak with the same environmental respect and care as the locals.


Spiritual and Scientific Significance

Standing 13,802 ft (4,207 m) above sea level, Mauna Kea is an ancient relic of Hawaii’s earliest landscape. This dormant volcano is estimated to be about a million years old, as a result it has been thousands of years since the volcano was active. Furthermore, Mauna Kea’s age makes its terrain more rugged than it’s neighboring volcanoes. You can sense the peak’s timeless stance; the volcano communicates wisdom and ancient truth. Mauna Kea is spiritually important and it is also used to look to the heavens. The peak’s dry environment and high elevation makes it an excellent site for cosmological discovery. The summit has thirteen telescopes and numerous observatories that eleven countries are invested in.

Visiting Mauna Kea

A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended if you want to explore this summit. Also, forewarning, many rental companies do not allow their vehicles on the volcano, so  if an accident happens, you are responsible. Also, you are not allowed to camp on the summit but visitors can hike to the top of Pu’u Kalepeamoa. At night, many visitors flock to the summit for dreamy stargazing. Although, because of oxygen levels, visitors will be able to see the stars best from the Mauna Kea Visitor Center.

Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse from Sean Goebel on Vimeo.

In conclusion, Mauna Kea is an excellent attraction for travelers that want to keep their Hawaiian experience rooted in nature. To understand Hawaiian culture, it’s imperative to understand Hawaiian land.  Mauna Kea is an excellent place to start begin your lesson.

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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.

2 Hawaii Earthquakes Located in Volcano National Park & North of Big Island

A magnitude 4.3 Earthquake was recorded in Volcano National Park at approximately 11:15 PM HST. A second quake was felt north of the big island and just east of Maui.

The quakes were felt as far away as Oahu, with people on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu claiming to have felt the tremors.

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This is the fourth and fifth earthquakes in Volcano National Park in the last 4 days to record over 3.0 magnitude on the richter scale.

Kilauea Caldera.

Kilauea Caldera.

For more information on recent earthquakes visit the USGS earthquakes page.

1960 Puna Lava Flow

Full video by filmed and narrated by Fred Rackle! In 1960, ground cracks opened up in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii, followed by a fissure eruption. Residents had superb views of lava rivers and fountains. Unfortunately, the lava began to slowly head towards the town of Kapoho, destroying papaya fields along the way. Homeowners had plenty of time to evacuate, but eventually the stores and homes were burned and then covered by the lava. Video includes the photographer rescuing his car from an advancing aa flow, the Kapoho schoolhouse burning, and the formation of black sand as lava enters the sea. Professional photographer Fred Rackle filmed the eruption with a B&H movie camera and a tripod. Decades later, he donated a narrated SVHS copy to CSAV, with permission to distribute. Now, 50 years after the eruption, we are pleased to honor Rackle by sharing this astonishing video with the world. Visit our new Fred Rackle web page, to learn details of this photographer’s life and adventures, at