"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing." ~Arundhati Roy
It felt like that the day we visited Kilauea on the big island of Hawaii, one of the worlds most active volcanoes. It's crater is 2-1/2 miles long and 2 miles wide with a floor of approximately 2,600-acres. The magma temperature there is anywhere from 932 to 2,138 °F and causes explosions of steam, water, ash and rock that has this island growing around 42 acres every year!
Hawaiian folklore, states that Kilauea's summit caldera was formed during an epic battle between Pele, the Hawaiian volcano deity, and her younger sister, Hiʻiaka. On the day we chose to visit it decided to rain; we went anyway. Grateful then and even more so now, for it was truly a magical experience. We have since never let rain deter us from any adventure. The above pictures show Halemaumau "The Fiery Pit" in a less active state, us walking the crater amongst the steam and the plant-life that manages to grow in those conditions and one of the islands majestic sunsets.
Her breathing is now loud and clear with a fury that has been brewing for ages. Our culture and world are shifting and it's about time.