Report From The Land Of Lava

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Photo by Christyl Rivers

Hawaii is truly a hot spot. Awesome. Destructive. Beautiful. Tragic.

On the east side of our island, lava fissures are opening up and letting the life-blood of creation flow. We have an ever-growing island. Destruction and creation show what life really is, intense, difficult, tenacious and amazing.

Thirty homes have been lost to the lava, and no doubt more will be consumed. Jagged, sudden rips in the earth, fissures, open up and gape like fiery gateways into hell. But it is as spectacular as it is fearful.

While people frantically pack up (where allowed to do so) their worldly valuables, the air fills with sulfur dioxide and intervention crews rush about to patrol roads, water availability, power, shelters, and people. Then there is the wrangling of wildlife, pets, and livestock. Horses and cows also like fresh air. The best in people, the Aloha, also rises up among the many scents and sounds.

The earthquakes seem to have released their energy for now, while the earth beneath empties steam, fire, spatter of liquid and rocks, and belches magna. Red hot cools to ominous black in just minutes, while trees, shrubs, pavement is gobbled up by the red carpet that Pele rolls out for herself. People do not resent the creator, though. They remain thankful for these islands.

It’s a jungle out here, a very endangered jungle.

In our nation’s capital, however, far away Hawaii is about as easy to ignore at Puerto Rico. After all, there are still investigations with lurid details at least as hot, politically speaking, as Pele’s passion.

Like the lands of the gulf, we, too, are an island. Surrounded by water. Lots of water, but not nearly enough to rain down and put out the fire. In days to come, being cut off from the closest land mass by thousands of miles, will test our endurance.

Already in Hawaii, climate change, rising oceans, Kind tides, storm surges and the effects of economic impact also rock us awake, and keep us from complacency. Recent flooding on Kauai showed the hardship, but also the grit and love of those who live here.

To live in Hawaii is to expect insurance not to cover you, the land to roll beneath you, the waves to caress you with both love and malice. But most of the time the rest of the world will ignore you.

Yet, the dedication to live here is palpable and intense.

Here in Hawaii we from the land of Aloha ask that you not forget us.

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Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.

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