One

2011

During this winter sunrise scene, Halema‘uma‘u’s gas plume – a body form of Pele – dances, swirls and beckons in steady trade winds. The cinder cone Pu‘u Pua‘i – erupted in 1959 – presides over Kilauea Iki crater in the foreground, while great Mauna Loa rests under the white rainbow. Halema‘uma‘u Crater and Mauna Loa volcano are homes of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. They are wahikapu or sacred places.

Original painting size: 18in. × 24in.