Monday, August 10, 2015

Keʻelikōlani and Pele

Keʻelikōlani and Pele “Day and night the ancient forest was ablaze, and the scene was vivid beyond description. By the 25th of March the lava was within seven miles of Hilo, and steadily advancing. Until this time we had hoped that Hilo would not be threatened. But the stream pursued its way.” Keʻelikōlani (Princess Ruth) offered traditional oli (chants) and hoʻokupu (tribute) to Pele and later reportedly camped at the foot of the flow. “Whatever the explanation, the lava flow ceased.” (The lava flow stopped – August 10, 1881.)

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