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It is undeniably true for me that the Big Island of Hawai'i is a magical, transformative place. You can practically feel the earth moving under your feet, as the volcano is alive and well in this tropical paradise. Pele, (PAY-lay) the goddess who lives in the volcano, is the Goddess of Dance, of Thunder, of Lightning, and of Fire - and I feel a strong connection with this fire-sister, as I am not only a dancer but also a fire dancer!

So it was a wondrous honor to be taken to her ancestral home, the Kiluauea volcano, on the Big Island, and led through a deeply reverent and powerful ceremony by a pair of intense kahunas, (or healer-leaders), Kalei & Nahoko.


You'll see some wonderful photos from that magical day, here, below. Check out good ole' Pele - still smokin' after all this time! (The volcano has been active again now for about 3 years).

Also here's some of my favorite dolphin-swimming photos, also shot on Hawai'i. Someday I am going to write my first book, "Dancing with the Dolphins", about how intensely present (in the present moment) the dolphins are, and how they engage with you (humans!), how they interact, how they teach you their games, all the joy of swimming with them... Ahhh, bliss... 

Mahalo! (Thank you, in Hawai'ian). ~ Click on any picture below to activate the lovely slide show!
At the rim of the crater, Pele's home
At the rim of the crater, Pele's home
Throwing my flower-offering to Her
Throwing my flower-offering to Her
Bless you, Mama Earth   Home of Pele!
Bless you, Mama Earth Home of Pele!
See all that smoke
See all that smoke
This is me (!) swimming with the lovely wild dolphins on the Equinox (2008)- photo by Jeremy
This is me (!) swimming with the lovely wild dolphins on the Equinox (2008)- photo by Jeremy
Another shot during same Equinox trip (2008) - photo by Jeremy
Another shot during same Equinox trip (2008) - photo by Jeremy
Me with the dolphins again, Equinox (2008) - photo by Jeremy
Me with the dolphins again, Equinox (2008) - photo by Jeremy
A friend of mine swimming with Charlie, a friendly bottlenose (2007) - photo by Tina
A friend of mine swimming with Charlie, a friendly bottlenose (2007) - photo by Tina