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Pele Stories In Geology - Stream Highlight

1:51 AM · Aug 18, 2021

In this stream highlight, Philip Ong reviews some of the Hawaiian legends and their link with geology. Geologic stories of the volcano deity Pelehonuamea, often called “the goddess Pele”, including her travels across the Hawaiian islands, battles with her sister Hiʻiakaikapoliopele, and love affairs with Lohiʻau, a human chieftain, and Kamapuaʻa, the demi-god hog. These are sourced largely from materials by Don Swanson and Scott Rowland within USGS Open-File Report 2017-1043, “Conversing with Pelehonuamea: A Workshop Combining 1,000+ Years of Traditional Hawaiian Knowledge with 200 Years of Scientific Thought on Kīlauea Volcanism”, of which only a small part is selectively presented and augmented today.


I always find it amazing how they knew the order in which the islands came into existence. Now we have scientific tools but in the old days those didn't exist.

Aug 18, 2021

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