Category Archives: volcano

No, Kilauea Volcano is NOT menacing me!

Dear friends and family, It’s wonderful that you are so concerned about my welfare during this latest volcano outbreak. But I’m on the Big Island. It’s called that for a reason – it’s big. As of May 26, about four … Continue reading

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Lava tube spelunking – who me?

Most people who visit Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island walk through Nāhuku Lava Tube. (It’s better known as Thurston Lava Tube, unfortunately named after one of the men who overthrew the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1893. I prefer … Continue reading

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New Year encounter with Pele

My niece is visiting. And what’s a trip to the Big Island without a tour of the live volcano? So I drove my daughters and niece to Volcanoes National Park on New Year’s Eve. Upon arrival, I used my new … Continue reading

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No longer just cultural anthropology

Someone asked me if my recent blog posts about Pele (Honoring Pele) and Laka (Saving Hawaiian Traditions) go against Christianity’s teachings of worshipping only one God. The question surprised me into a self-dialog that left me with a satisfactory answer. … Continue reading

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Honoring Pele

My Hawaiian Culture Class took a second field trip, this time to the mother of all Parks – Volcanoes National Park. In this case “mother” refers to Pele, birthing new land. Halema’uma’u Crater in the Kilauea Caldera is traditionally known … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup: that’s a big baby!

When our daughter was home from college for the holidays, we decided to do some island exploring just like when we were tourists. So we drove along the western Kohala coast, over the volcanic mountain that’s up the road from … Continue reading

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Christmas, Big Island style

This is my third Christmas living in Hawai‘i, and I still feel a bit discombobulated at the contrast with the holiday celebrations of the Midwest. In Hawai‘i we often see Santa depicted in board shorts holding a long board (thank … Continue reading

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A Punchbowl full of sorrow

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also called Punchbowl because of its shape, is located in an extinct volcano crater.  Puowaina Crater (Consecrated Hill or Hill of Sacrifice) had been the site of Hawaiian Ali’i burials and sacrifices of … Continue reading

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Making resolutions for 2013 in Kona

The visit I made to Kona with my guests turned out to be a fine reflective time.  Faye and I stayed back while the rest went to Mauna Kea for star-gazing, a nine hour tour.  She slept quite a bit, as … Continue reading

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Pele’s playground

We had visitors over the holidays, long-time friends from our days living in Georgia.  Our first excursion was to the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Expectations change everything.  When I went to the park with Dianne and Mitch in November (see … Continue reading

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