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`Imiloa program, "VolcanoScapes... Dancing with the Goddess" this Friday

Emmy Award-winning videographer Mick Kalber's two hour documentary, VolcanoScapes... Dancing with the Goddess shows this Friday, July 11, at 7 pm in the `Imiloa planetarium.

The Goddess is Pele, deity of Hawai`i's volcanoes.

Pele, daughter of Ku-waha-ilo and Haumea, has many sisters and brothers. All but one were born far to the south of Hawai`i. Her eldest sister, Na-maka-o-ka-hai, was born from the breasts of Haumea. Pele was born from the thighs.
Other brothers and sisters are Ka-moho-alii, the shark-god, who was born from the top of the head. As the eldest brother he is responsible for caring for his siblings,always ready to help them. Kane-hekili, the thunder god, was born from Haumea's mouth. Kauwila-nui, who ruled the lightning, came from the flashing eyes of Haumea. Haumea's children, like the children of the Greek god Zeus, were born from various parts of her body. At last many young sisters were born, each named "Hi`iaka," each with a suffix describing her kuleana, or sphere of influence.

Hi`iaka-kapu-ena-ena (Hi`iaka-of-the-burning-tabu), known also as Hi`iaka-pua-ena-ena (Hi`iaka-of-the-burning-flower) and also as Hi`iaka-pu-ena-ena (Hi`iaka-of-the-burning-hills). Hi`iaka-wawahi-lani (Hi`iaka-breaking-the-heavens-for-the-heavy-rain-to-fall). Hi`iaka-noho-lani (Hi`iaka-dwelling-in-the-skies). Hi`iaka-makole-wawahi-waa (Hi`iaka-the-fire-eyed-canoe-breaker). Hi`iaka-kaa-lawa-maka (Hi`iaka-with-quick-glancing-eyes). Hi`iaka-ka-lei-ia (Hi`iaka-encircled-by-garlands-of-smoke-clouds). The youngest of the siblings, Hi`iaka-i-ka-Poli-o-Pele, was born in an egg. This egg was kept and cherished by Pele as the volcano deity made her way to Hawai`i. Once settled at Kīlauea, Pele made a nest for her youngest sister, who finally hatched into a beautiful and wise young woman.

Pele, herself, supplanting the older volcano deity, Aila`au, became renowned as the goddess of Hawai`i's volcanoes. She is the protagonist of many legends, fables, and anecdotes told in Hawai`i. She remains revered by many of Hawai`i's people, and is part of the genealogies of some families.

According to a press release, the two hour documentary explores what being near the world's most active volcano means to a variety of people: those who perform hula depicting it, or others who study it, write about it, capture images of it in various forms, guide others to see its wonders up close, or create artwork inspired by Pele's handiwork.

The film will take you behind the scenes of thirty years of the producer's amazing volcanography: high fountaining eruptions, the devastation of Kalapana, the ash eruption deep inside Halema'uma'u crater, littoral explosions, lava flows, tubes, a variety of spectacular ocean entries and more. It's the awe-inspiring beauty of the world's most active volcano... told through the eyes and voices of those who are most intimate with the goddess, Pele.

Cost is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Pre-purchase tickets at the 'Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703. (This presentation is not in the full dome format but in letterbox on the dome.) 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 'Imiloa Place, Hilo, Hawai'i 96720, (808) 969-9703

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