Rhythm

Rhythm. The incandescent lake in Halemaʻumaʻu crater rises and falls to Pele’s molten rhythm. Her fiery heat lights up the crater walls and illuminates the gas plume and evening clouds in vibrant hues.

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 to the surface, causing explosions, pulsating red and orange glow and billowing gas emissions. With time and countless tremors, rockfalls and booms, the gas conduit slowly widened and developed into a lava lake whose surface has been visible intermittently since 2015.

Original painting size: 12in. × 24in.