Pele Volcano Goddess of Hawaii by Likeke McBride


The ancient legends of Hawai‘i tell how Pele came to the islands from far across the sea. After traveling from north to south, testing each of the islands for a home suitable for herself and her family she took up her abode in Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of Kilauea on the island of Hawai‘i. To the Hawaiians of old she was a living deity. Today Pele personifies the volcano to visitors and residents, showing her capriciousness and power while both destroying and creating new land.

Perhaps it is she who weaves the spell that brings people back again and again to the island of Hawai‘i, sometimes to spend the rest of their days in this vibrant land. That can be said of both Likeke R. McBride, the author, and Dietrich Varez, the illustrator. Often crossing paths, they each found homes for themselves and their families, and lived for decades in Volcano, deep in the land of Pele. Join them in exploring stories of the fire goddess that clearly paint the history of this dynamic land as seen through the eyes of inhabitants over generations, passed down through the ages.

Originally published over fifty years ago, Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawaii will now, with new illustrations, give these tales renewed life.