From generation to generation the story of Mo’okini has been told.
On the northernmost tip of Hawai’i Island sits a massive stone ruins. The winds across Upolu Point rustle the grass of the hillside. The stones of the solitary ruins are silent. Once it was a place of human sacrifice.
In 1959 a dramatic and violent eruption turned Kilauea Iki at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park into a cauldron of lava with fantastic fountains of fire shooting skyward.
A hike across Kilauea Iki crater is a walk into the heart of one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. It is an otherworldly experience.
Even though the crater looks tame from above, in the recent past this mile-wide opening was once consumed with fiery magma as it gushed from the Earth. After the eruptions of 1959 it took until the mid 1990’s for the lava lake under the surface to turn solid. It is a popular destination these days.
The Lehua is known as Pele’s Flower
The Ohia Lehua Tree has been sacred to the Hawaiian people since ancient times. It is usually associated with the volcano deity Pele and often mentioned in legends, hula, songs, and chants. Continue reading
Noon, Thursday. April 30, 2015
Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, Kilauea Volcano
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Halema’uma’u is a pit crater located within the much larger summit caldera of Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The volcano diety, Pele resides in Halema’uma’u.
The roughly circular crater floor Continue reading
Hale. (HAH- leh). Hawaiian word for house.
Ancient Hawaiians lived sustainably and recognized that human civilization is an integral part of the natural world. If the human community is to survive, the natural world and nature must be preserved and perpetuated.
The Hawaiian Hale exemplifies the concept of sustainable design.
Pursuing everyday activities in the midst of warm sunshine and gentle breezes ancient Hawaiians lived their lives mostly outdoors. The benign climate did not require a shelter of thick walls and insulation for protection against rough weather.
Traditional hale were constructed of native woods lashed together with cordage. Materials for thatching were provided by the renewable resource of plant leaves and grasses.
Ua mau ke ea o ka `aina i ka pono.
The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. Continue reading
Plastic Water Bottles
About six years ago I initiated a recycling program at my place of employment. I work at a vacation resort where guests stay for a few days or a few weeks. Having so many people come and go I recognized an opportunity to make a difference in the amount of trash being hauled to the land fill. Bins and bags are now provided for guests to place aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass and cardboard which is then separated and taken to a local recycling center. Two to three pick-up truck loads are collected every week. The largest portion of this ‘trash’ is plastic water bottles.
For Earth Day this year my maintenance team built a ten foot tall water bottle of recycled material to bring attention to the amount of plastic bottles that are used once and tossed away.
Recycling is not enough, we must Reduce disposable products and buy Re-useable items.
Did you know that there are 8 million tons of plastic that enter the oceans every year? That equals 5 grocery bags for every foot of coastline around the globe. In the next decade that amount of plastic is expected to increase by tenfold unless the world finds a better way to manage it’s waste.
Plastic does not decompose like organic matter, it only breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. In the ocean environment fish, turtles and birds mistake the brightly colored particles of plastic for food. Undigested the plastic remains in the animals stomach and they die. Eventually some of those fish may end up on your dinner plate. The threat to our already endangered oceans is catastrophic.
That plastic water bottle that ended up in the ocean? It will remain in the maritime environment for 450 years, and fishing line….600 years. Let that sink in.
Can you please use a more permanent multi-use container for your drinking water?
Thank you for your help.
For this Earth Day a bit of inspiration from artist Richard Schilling.
Land Art was a movement in the late sixties and early seventies that used the landscape and natural materials to create sculptures of soil, stones, logs, branches, leaves and water. Sculptures are not placed in the landscape, rather, the landscape is the means of their creation. The art works, often located well away from civilization, exist in the open environment, left to change and erode under natural conditions.
Richard Schilling is an artist whose work has inspired me to create a few transitory sculptures during meditations while out in nature. Perhaps it is something you may try yourself.
Land Art sculptures by Richard Schilling
Pebbles collected on the beach and arranged into a circle to display the varied hues and geology of that place