The New Shape of Hawai‘i

A photo of lava pouring out of Kilauea's Fissure 8 eruption.

Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, is both creator and destroyer. She inhabits the Halema‘ūma‘ū Crater on the top of Kīlauea Volcano, and recently her work has felt almost exclusively destructive. Kīlauea Volcano reaches to 4,000 feet above sea level and has been active for many years, although for the most part Hawai‘i eruptions are

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