Volcano goddess Pele inspires on Kilauea!

The volcanic deity portrayed in Daughters of Fire, the beautiful, fiery goddess Pele, has been active all summer and fall on Kilauea volcano—at its summit, on its slopes, and along its coastline. Thousands of people from across the globe have come to experience the awesome spectacle of the Hawaiian volcano.

Visitors outside the Jaggar Museum in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park watch lava fountains spew forth from the churning lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu crater. Photo by Tom Peek.

 

Lake levels have been exceptionally high this summer and fall, making it possible to sometimes glimpse the spectacle from the museum, one-and-a-half miles away. Photo by Tom Peek.

 

Artist Catherine Robbins observes the eruption from the south side of Kilauea caldera at dusk. Behind the glowing gas plume is the world’s largest volcano, Mauna Loa, which scientists say is now inflated with magma and could erupt soon. (To view Catherine’s oil paintings, some rendered from this very spot, visit www.catherinerobbins.com.) Photo by Tom Peek.

 

This summer a massive lava flow from Puʻu Oʻo cone crested Pulama Pali and slowly made its way to the sea, where the goddess Pele would eventually mingle with her mythic oceanic sister, the goddess Namakaokahahi.  Photo by Catherine Robbins.

 

    

Pele’s incandescent beauty awed those inspired to brave the hot, fumy, eight-mile roundtrip trek from the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Photos by Tom Peek.

 

For much of the summer, the massive flows from Puʻu Oʻo created numerous lava outbreaks, each building the young, ever-growing island. Eventually the lava traveled to the sea in new lava tubes or via sheets of migrating molten rock right beneath the surface. Photo by Tom Peek.

 

     

The novelist reconnects with his muse (photo by Ali Kress); intensified incandescence as dusk falls (photo by Tom Peek).

 

Updates on the eruption—including photos, videos, and real-time webcam images—are posted daily by the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory on their excellent website: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php. For information on Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park visit https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm.