Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Dancing for a fire godess
The young hula dancers of Halau ("hula group") Kahula O Ka Moana Pakipika prepare to dance on a breathtaking location: at the edge of Kîlauea, one of Hawaii's active volcanos.
How do you live in the shadow of a volcano?
On Hawaii, a sense of birthing is palpable up around the summit of Kīlauea – the fern fronds unfurling before our eyes, the glowing heat emerging from Mother Earth’s great fissures.
The volcano goddess? A multi-personality drama queen
Kīlauea, the Hawaii volcano which has been erupting almost without pause since 1983, really is, as the tourist bureau says, a “friendly” volcano.
“Hawaii is this wonderful laboratory for new species”
Not so long ago, the native Hawaiian culture was a threatened species. No longer. Gradually over the last 40 years, Hawaiians and others have rescued the culture – language, dance, art, crafts, philosophy, identity – from extinction. However, other species on these isolated islands are still in peril.
Like fingers on a typewriter: T-h-i-s i-s s-u-b-l-i-m-e
Up around the summit, the native forest and volcanoscapes on Kīlauea, Hawaii, are just plain weird – full of ferns, flowering plants, insects and birds that exist only in Hawaii, or only on this island, or even only in a certain lava tube on the flank of Kīlauea.
A place for geological time travel
The people who make their homes up here around Hawaii's Volcano village are a primordial soup of lop-sided left-brained scientists and right-brained artists along with fourth-generation farmers.
An average Sunday morning in Volcano, Hawaii
On a Sunday morning in Volcano village, right near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, I go directly to the village farmers’ market.
Hawaii changed my life – and it might change yours
I have loved Hawaii island since I first visited at age twelve.
Dancing for the volcano goddess
Leaning over the crumbly edge of Mauna Ulu crater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, I can see some 150 meters down the craggy, sulfuric walls.