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A trip to Pele

Well, it has been quite a while since I posted here, but for about a year after moving to the island of Hawai’i, the island sets the agenda for you – if you let it. If you don’t let it, the first year can be rough. There have been some ups and downs, but for the most part, things have gone pretty well so far. A lot of it is a matter of trust. Trying to plan things to rigidly will not typically make for smooth sailing.

Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of the volcanoes here in Hawai’i, and the other day we made a trip down to pay our respects. Pele in ancient Hawaiian chants is described as “she who shapes the sacred land.” I had made a brief stop to see her right after I arrived, but she let me know that she expected me to return soon. Well, she has been patient with me, but she set a constant reminder that would pop up every week or so to make sure I didn’t forget. Luckily Pele didn’t think four months was too long.

The day was forecast to be rainy that day, but Pele held the weather until we had gotten down there and spent some time with her and then when our meeting was done, the weather moved in and we knew it was time to leave. Heidi wrote a letter and read it to Pele and then her son Ryan folded it into a paper airplane and we sailed it off and into the Kilauea caldera.

On the trip down, Ryan had made a drawing for Pele and again folded it into a paper airplane. When he stepped over to the rim of the caldera and gently let it go, it started to circle gently and climb. We watched it climb and float around for several minutes until it was completely out of sight. When it stared to circle around, I got a vision of Pele riding around on the airplane and she was well pleased to have flight.

While Heidi was reading her letter, I closed my eyes and greeted Pele and was immediately surrounded by her warmth on that chilly day. The day was overcast, and my field of vision through my closed eyelids turned to a bright lava red-orange. I actually expected that the sun had came out, but when I opened my eyes a little, there was just the grey cloudy skies.

It’s difficult after encounters like this to explain them in words, but as always it was magical.


  1. Thanks for the reminder of who is truly in charge here.
    Particularly vivid for me while reading your post is the vision of the paper airplanes. Good reminder to turn the usual into the spectacular, all with a twist of the wrist.

    • Bernadette, yes, she has a way of reminding us, doesn’t she?

      I can still close my eyes and see them circling. The letter down into the warm embrace of Pele, and the drawing from Ryan touching and lifting her heart.

      Magic is all I can say.

  2. You might say that Pele kicked Joy and I off Kauai after we had been there a year. But, not before the healing energy of the land and sea gave me my sight back. I arrived with 20/800 and left with 20/30.

    • Dale, what a wonderful gift and a wonderful example of the magic that can happen when we are open to it. Thanks so much for sharing that with us.

  3. Hi, Richard

    You seem to have been adopted by the energy around you; soothing.

    Enjoy the Journey.

    So will you update the “about me” where you still live in…


    • Exuvia, thank you for reminding me. I’ll definitely have to update it. The energy here is incredibly exhilarating and incredibly gentle at the same time. I wake up every morning and give thanks that I’m able to live here.

  4. Best wishes for your new location for you and family. Must be a complete contrast to the Midwest US.

    We’ve been to Hawai’i twice –Big Island, Kauai and Maui. I loved the state for being very different in underlying sensibility compared to mainland USA.

    Do continue to write more about you discover about the spirit of Hawai’i!

    Vancouver, BC

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