Halemaʻumaʻu Dawn

2015

Halemaʻumaʻu’s plume towers above the island in a light wind. Its gases curl and twist en route to the heavens. I sense a story unfolding and don’t want to leave.

Halema‘uma‘u crater is home to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, and is a wahikapu or sacred place. In March 2008, after twenty-six years of quiet, the floor of Halema‘uma‘u ruptured as deep magma pushed its way toward the surface, causing explosions, pulsating red and orange glow and billowing gas emissions. With countless tremors, rockfalls and booms, the vent inside the crater continues to steadily enlarge.

Original painting size: 30in. × 40in.