Pele, the Volcano Goddess
Pele was the beautiful but tempestuous Goddess of
Volcanoes. She had frequent moments of anger.
She was both honoured and feared.
She could cause earthquakes by stamping her feet or volcanic eruptions and
fiery lava by digging with her Pa’oa, her magic stick.
Pele had a long and bitter argument with her
older sister, Namakaokahai. The fight ended up
forming the Hawaiian Islands.
Pele – the Goddess of the
Kauai Island was the first Island that Pele worked on.
When she finished, her sister attacked her and left her to
But, Pele recovered and fled to Oahu Island, where she dug the Diamond
Head and a few other fire pits.
After that, she left a mark on Molokai Island
…southeast to Maui where she created the Haleakala Crater
when her sister found out that she was alive and they had a battle there.
After the fight, she went to create the on the big
Island of Hawaii.
Mauna Loa Volcano
Pele’s final pit was the Halemaumau on the summit of the
where, it’s believed, she still lives.
Namakaokahai,the Goddess of
Namakaokahai is Pele’s older sister and she lives in the Pacific.
She’s all in blue, like the sea. She was jealous because Pele, the
Goddess of the volcanoes, was both honoured and feared.
She was mean. She didn’t respect her younger sister. She was evil,
because she tried to destroy her sister. She didn’t like her forming of
the volcanoes. She was attacking Pele, by sending waves to her Pele
Namakaokahai believed that she could kill her sister
but it wasn’t true. She realised that she could never
crush her sister’s indomitable spirit. The fights
ended up forming Halemaumau Crater, the final and
eternal fire pit.