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Hawaiian Customs – Visit to Kilauea Volcano Crater & Paying Respects to Goddess Pele

Aloha! I recently took some friends to pay homage to Pele the Volcano Goddess at Kilauea, Hale Ma’u Ma’u Crater on the Big Island of Hawaii, and I recommend anyone who wants to move to this island visit her and pay your respects.

You will know if you are comfortable living on the same island as this powerful creator of new earth when you go to visit Pele at the Volcano Observatory, Jagger Museum, or any place near the Volcano—as the saying goes, “Pele will either embrace you, or spit you out…and you will know if you are meant to be here or not soon after you come here.”

We were told to bring a bottle of gin, flowers, fruits, and the song within us to honor the Goddess Pele, and when we went there, it was such a beautiful day! We could tell she was pleased to see us! Here’s a video (below) of the area where we got to pay our respects.

There are many stories and lots of news articles in the past that speak of the Legend of Pele and the Law of Hospitality. As the local legend goes, when you see a beautiful Hawaiian lady with long hair, or an old lady with long, white hair dressed in a white robe, walking with a white dog—offer to give her a ride—and if she comes walking up to your house, treat her with respect like family and offer her something to eat and drink, and a place to relax. The legend is that Pele will give favor to anyone who treats her with Aloha, and when it is time for her lava to flow, your family and your property will be protected.

I wish I could show you all the images I’ve seen of Pele’s lava going all the way around houses, churches, stores, and property—somehow a prayer of protection is placed on them and the lava won’t even touch the walls of a property—4-5 lava flows later, properties are still being protected.

Kamehameha offered some of his hair as an offering to Pele to stop the lava flow from Mount Hualalai…soon after this event, the lava flow stopped

What is this phenomena? The power of Goddess Pele. I have used this prayer of protection and I know Pele watched over my house when the neighbor’s smokehouse caught on fire!

Though not all places on the Big Island are affected by Pele’s lava flow, there are certain areas that are. Above is the Lava Hazard Map that we use in real estate to show you where your property is relative to the lava flow.

A Starseed meets Pele

Anyway, I had met a Starseed (person who feels like she’s not from this planet—she remembers being from another star system), and through a variety of different meetings with teachers, we were told that she needs to go to the volcano to pay her respects to Pele the Goddess of the Volcano. So, this trip was for her to meet Pele.

My long time friend, Kevin

I also invited a long time ex-coworker friend from Maryl to come with us—I hadn’t seen him in years, though we chat on Facebook—he has his own landscape company and takes care of the high-end homes on the Gold Coast here, from Kailua-Kona, Kukio, Four Seasons, Hapuna, Mauna Lani, and Mauna Kea…he had so much knowledge to share, as he himself had been called to the islands from the East Coast, and still has dreams of living here as a Hawaiian.

Kevin asked me to stop on the side of the highway on the way, so he could pick two gorgeous sprays of ginger…here he is holding the flowers up to give Pele a scent of the sweetness of Aloha that he has brought to her.

Kevin also brought a big bottle of gin for Pele, as the custom is that she likes gin. Here’s a video of Kevin pouring all the gin in the crater in honor of Pele. I heard the next day, the lava flow stalled before it got to Royal Gardens—Pele must have had a great night with all that gin! LOL.

Kevin also brought some spicy scented tiare flowers, which he twirled into the wind, so Pele could smell them and capture them with her sacred breath of wind! It was very cool how spiritual he was…he told me to state my request to Pele as I kneeled to say a prayer…

Then, a moment later, he said, “…okay, here comes your answer,” and right then the wind picked up! It was such a beautiful caressing wind and I felt Pele say “I love you”…a female voice on the wind…gave me chicken skin as I felt her loving arms around me!

On the way back to the truck, I saw the crater smoke getting thicker and more steam coming out of different vents than before.

A beautiful Lehua bush was near the walkway, so I knew Pele was blessing us with her beauty

If you would like to know more about the Hawaiian customs and how to find out if you are being called to the Hawaiian islands, please keep in touch! I would be happy to introduce you to the culture of Hawaii, and what the Law of the Aloha Spirit and the Legend of Pele is all about.

As you may have noticed, we brought gifts and blessings to Pele without taking anything. Pele seems to like that more than when you take any of her lava rocks—especially without asking permission. Please be aware that everything is seen and nothing is unseen here, and Pele is aware of her Aloha being taken without proper respect and blessings. Mahalo for caring!

Blessings & Aloha~

Claire K. Bajo, RS
(808)-756-4874
claire@hawaiilife.com
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Gary

April 19, 2012

Thank you Claire for sharing

Gary

April 19, 2012

Thank you Claire for sharing

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Stephen

March 26, 2015

What song or prayer did you say to Pele? I’ve been trying to find a prayer for her to say.

Stephen

March 26, 2015

What song or prayer did you say to Pele? I’ve been trying to find a prayer for her to say.

Chantilly

April 7, 2018

I have been called to the islands my entire life. I finally visited for the first time in 2011 and have come back every year since. My husband and I have been working towards moving there. My first trip to the Big Island is coming up and I know I am compelled to visit Pele and bring a gift from the heart. I recently discovered through Ancestry DNA I have Polynesian ancestry (WAY back) that no one had any idea about. I am looking to expand my deep connection to the Aloha spirit.

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