When people think of a volcano, they tend to see only the destructive power of Yang, the masculine energy of fire and lava. But did you ever consider that volcanoes are Mother Earth’s way of giving birth?
Yes, they are violent. And so is the birthing of humans
and animals. Yet when it is all over, both create new life (see Volcanoes: Mother Earth’s Way of Giving Birth, Jan 19, 2012). And what a beautiful life that is…
You know what happens after a newborn turns into a toddler, and then becomes a child itching to grow up? What happens is the beauty of creation. And the serenity that’s inherent in nature’s art, even at its most tempestuous moments.
So when Elizabeth and I visited the Kilauea Volcano this time around (on Aug 19), I wanted to share with you the beauty and serenity of Yang – by contrast to the beauty and power of Yin at South Point.
That included the gorgeous Lehua flowers which grace the rim of the Kilauea caldera. They are Big Island’s “official flower.” And for Elizabeth and me, they also have a special meaning. Several years ago, we had a Big Island jeweller create (custom-make) her wedding ring and a bracelet which are adorned by Lehua flowers.
Elizabeth has always loved being enveloped by the mist rising from one of the steam vents around Kilauea. In fact, she still uses such an image from our visit here in November 2010 at her FB page.
Well, this time, we thought it was time to update those photos… 🙂
And then, to balance things out between the Yang and the Yin energies, Elizabeth and I then went on to South Point where I played the same music at sunset. I named the composition “To Pele, with Love.”
You can watch both ceremonies and this original musical creation in this video:
“To Pele, with Love” (Nov 29, 2012)
* * *
By the way, thanks to the Kilauea volcano, the Big Island is the only part of the US to actually grow. By non-violent means, that is, rather than by conquest.
Black Sand Beach
Before Kilauea, we stopped briefly on the Black Sand beach. Normally, you can see big ocean turtles close to or on the shore. Not this time. So we did not waste much time here before continuing up the Mauna Loa slopes to Kilauea.
After Kilauea, we drove on to Hilo where we had an early dinner at Ken’s House of Pancakes. And we were “bad.” Meaning, the dinner was delicious. Elizabeth feasted on tacos while I devoured pancakes.
We generally try to avoid any glutens in our diet. But the last time we ate at this Hilo restaurant was in Nov 2009. So I figured every four to five years we can afford to be “bad.” Elizabeth agreed wholeheartedly. 🙂
[Truth be told, we are “bad” a lot more often than that. 🙂 Just not at Ken’s House of Pancakes in Hilo].
After dinner, as we drove along Hilo Bay, we realized that this is one of those rare occasions that we have been in Hilo when it was not raining. 🙂 It was a perfectly clear early evening. And the scenery around the bay was quite idyllic.
But even if we missed the rain in Hilo, we knew we weren’t going to be so lucky driving back to Hapuna Beach via Saddle Road. This road rises up to about a 6,500 ft elevation. In the past, we have encountered snow, sleet, rain and mist every time we had crossed over Mauna Kea, into whose slopes the road is cut.
Luckily, that stretch of the road is not very long. And soon we were back in sunshine of the Waikoloa coast and the temperatures in the mid-80s (up from 58F on Mauna Kea).
Oh, and one more thing. We showed you an example of the power of the ocean at South Point. But even there, there is beauty and serenity. One just has to turn around and look up the hill. Beautiful pastoral scenes like these await the traveler.
The following day, Aug 20, we drove on to Waipio Valley overlook. Three years ago, Elizabeth and I hiked down and up the 900-ft drop to that black beach you can see at the bottom of the pictures. Not this time. Not just because the rain moved in right after we took these pictures. Because we did not want to miss our flight back home to Maui.
And that’s all she wrote from our 2014 visit to the Big Island.
* * *
Here are now stories about our earlier visits to Kilauea:
Thanksgiving Day 2008 (Nov 27, 2008)
Return to the Big Island (Nov 28-30, 2009)
Visiting Goddess Pele’s Home (Nov 28, 2010)
Big Island: Return to Pele (July 5-14, 2011)
Big Island: Healing Ceremonies – “To Pele, with Love” (Nov 29, 2012)
Big Island 2013: Adventures & Beauty Galore (July 6, 2013)