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, Halema‘uma‘u came alive with intermittent explosive eruptions, pulsating red glow and billowing gas emissions. In this painting, Halema‘uma‘u’s magnificent plume – a body form of Pele – lingers above the crater in a very light wind.

Original painting size: 16in. × 20in.