A great read to hear first hand how Hawaiians are coping with this devastating event. #trunkupwines #bekindtoelephants
An offering to Pele.
The Hawaiian Goddess of Fire.
Through smolder, sulphuric, and ash.
Glow, an omen greets courage.
Abound, a resonant chord of solemn positivism.
For she decides.
With minutes to spare, we stood in a circle on the lawn of my friend Jordans’ home and passed around Ti leafs in silence. Ho’okupu. A homage to Pele.
He learned to swim here in the backyard tidal pool on the Kapoho coast. The neighborhood was strangely silent and mostly evacuated now.
We checked the house one last time, tidied up as a respect to Pele, and as we depart Jordan speaks his parting thoughts to this place with an emotive gaze. In the distance a looming cloud signals the approach of a lava flow advancing towards the ocean and in the direction of fond childhood memories.
We depart. Passing a military checkpoint. We’re closer now to the flow and meet neighbors stopped on the roadside surveying the plume of white smoke and ominous sky. They’re holding hands and despite the circumstance, their demeanor is encouraging. They’ve accepted the fate of their home, and stand strong abound with courage amidst the certainty of loss. They’re thankful that they’ve enjoyed it for 20 years and have come to terms that nothing can be permanent.
Concepts of a natural cycle and rebirth of the land for a new purpose endure the test of devastation. Needless to say the very thought of their durability of spirit in the face of such destruction is exceedingly inspiring.
This mindset empowers and bolsters our intentions. We drive onward and out of the danger-zone, less solemn.
Overall, this event is sufficiently overwhelming for many families who have been entirely displaced by the disaster. It’s difficult to manage for the vast majority and countless people have lost everything.
However, the Hawaiian people are tough, their character is stronger than most I’ve ever met, in their resolve to band together as family. As “Ohana”. This quality of cohesiveness we can all learn from for sure.
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