Enter the realm of Pele, goddess of fire: mountainsides ablaze; fountains of incandescence; molten lakes that glow in the twilight; bubbles of lava exploding and showers of volcanic glass. Where the flow meets the ocean, pillars of acid-laden steam rise from the boiling sea. The land you walk over may be only hours old. In this sacred and unpredictable territory, anything can happen.
Make your journey in the company of two guides, whose combined knowledge and passion is incomparable. Internationally renowned volcano photographer G. Brad Lewis, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, LIFE, and Newsweek, offers us a panoply of sublime glimpses into the heart of creation. These images capture Pele in all her moods, a variety of splendor only a few have seen first-hand. Volcanologist and educator Jim Kauahikaua shares his unique knowledge of both science and Hawaiian myth as he narrates these awesome events through both ancient and modern eyes. He shows us that here in Hawaii, science and myth are not so far apart.
From the smooth slopes of Mauna Loa, so massive that the seafloor bows under its weight, to the deep, rain-sculpted valleys of Kauai; from the ancient coral atolls of Northwest Hawaii to the yet-unborn island Loihi, forming a mile beneath the sea: this is the story of the Hawaiian Islands, inscribed in earth, water, and fire. This updated, new edition includes an essay by Lee Motteler and a detailed map provided the County of Hawaii Department of Information Technology outlining the June 27, 2014 flow that threatened the town of Pahoa until mid-March 2015 when activity seemed to cease.
- Publisher : Mutual Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (July 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 66 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1939487471
- ISBN-13 : 978-1939487476
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 11.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches