Visiting Pele

Mar 28 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

As you might guess, time is a bit tight when you are in law school. (Yes, I'm making excuses for the lack of posts again.) Still, every now and then some time becomes available. When you live in Hawai‘i, even a little time can be enough to let you see some amazing things.

I got over to the Big Island last weekend. On Saturday evening, we managed to get over to the Volcano, and I managed to get some nice pictures of Halema‘uma‘u at night.

Halema‘uma‘u 1

A small linguistic diversion may be called for here. The Hawaiian language has 13 letters. One of those letters is the ‘okina, or glottal stop. The ‘okina is often seen represented by the apostrophe ('), but is more correctly represented using an inverted comma (‘). It's also often omitted entirely, which can lead to some confusion. I try to use the inverted comma. Since not all fonts render that correctly, you may see something different instead. If you do, I apologize.

In other words, you may have seen Halema‘uma‘u written as Halema'uma'u, or as Halemaumau. They're all referring to the same place.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Big Island, or with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Halema‘uma‘u is a crater that is located within Kilauea Caldera. At the moment, there is a pit within Halema‘uma‘u. Within that pit, there is a lava lake. The lake itself is not visible from any safe location, but the column of vapor that the lake emits is. At night, the column is incandescent, which allows for some really spectacular views.

One of those pictures is above. There are more below the fold. As usual, you can click on any of them to see a higher-resolution version at my Flickr site.

Halema‘uma‘u 2

Halema‘uma‘u 4

Halema‘uma‘u 3

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