Many accept their fate at the hands of Pele

pele, the goddess of fire
Pele, the Goddess of Fire. It is said that her spirit lives in the Kilauea volcano. (Steve Corey/Flickr)

Intellihub editor’s note: It looks as if these Hawaiians are willing to risk an eruption which scientists say may hurl 20,000 pound boulders and lava miles from the volcano.

As threats from the latest Kilauea eruptions continue in Puna, many speak of the dramatic lava flows as the work of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

These Native Hawaiians and other Hawaii residents accept the volcanic activity that has consumed 36 structures and displaced hundreds of residents as demonstrations of Pele’s power and beauty. And there is no way to stop her.

Pelehonuamea, or Pele of the sacred earth, is also known as “ka wahine ai honua,” woman who devours the land. She is also called Madame Pele or Tutu Pele.

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