Created 12-Jun-18
49 photos

The Big Island is Pele's home, and until recently this was most evident at Volcanoes National Park where the lava lake at Halemau'uma'u would glow continuously. However, in late April and early May of 2018 that all changed as the lava lake of Halemau'uma'u dropped and lava began to fill Kilauea's underground channels. Shortly after fissures began forming in a residential area called Leilani Estates. These fissures broke through the ground or roads and began to spew lava. Some fizzled out after a day or two while others lasted longer. But Fissure Number 8 has grown into a lava fountain, spewing molten lava 220 feet into the air. It has continued unabated for about a month now and I have made two trips to the Big Island to photograph this incredible event. This gallery includes photos from two early morning boat rides to the lava ocean entries, including the devastation I witnessed at Kapoho Bay; two doorless helicopter rides above Fissure 8; as well as early trips made when the lava lake at Halema'uma'u crater glowed gloriously in the dark hours. I have also included photos of Hawaii Short Eared Owls (Pueo) and a few seascapes from Hawaii's volcanic rock beaches. Yes, this is Pele's home and her influence is all around you on the Big Island. Now more than ever. I hope you enjoy this images. Some are difficult to view, but important, I think, as they tell the story of Hawaii and our time on Pele's lands. Respect to Pele and hope and courage to all affected by the current and past eruptions. Aloha, Lee

Pele's Process

Pele's Process

Like Seeing a Beautiful Dragon

Like Seeing a Beautiful Dragon

Where Lava Meets Sea with White Steam

Where Lava Meets Sea with White Steam

Pele and Kaphoho Bay

Pele and Kaphoho Bay

Fishing and Flow

Fishing and Flow

Sea and Sky

Sea and Sky

Electric Charge

Electric Charge

Wick and a Slow Burn

Wick and a Slow Burn

Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory

Ocean Front Fire at Kapoho Bay

Ocean Front Fire at Kapoho Bay

Nothing We Can Do (Pele's Power)

Nothing We Can Do (Pele's Power)

Kapoho Bay (Burning Down the House)

Kapoho Bay (Burning Down the House)

Ocean Swirls at South Point

Ocean Swirls at South Point

South Point

South Point

Rainbow and Ash

Rainbow and Ash

Lava Fountain Pools

Lava Fountain Pools

Fissure 8, Leilani Estates

Fissure 8, Leilani Estates

Cooled Coastline

Cooled Coastline

This too Is What Pele Gives

This too Is What Pele Gives

Cool Blue

Cool Blue

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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Landscapes
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Keywords:Hawaii, Hawaii Island, Light Source Hanapepe, Light Source photography, Nature photography, Outdoor photography, big Island, nature, outdoor, volcano, volcanoes