Volcanoes and Culture
<----------(Kilauea Coast on Big Island) This week I decided to learn more about volcanoes and how hawaiian culture pertains to this type of science. Volcanology: is the study of volcanoes, lava, magma and related geological phenomena.
Right here in Hawaii on the Big Island we have an active volcano, Kilauea. Growing up here, I always remember going on field trips to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and learning about how our islands were created from this particular scientific point of view. We learned how volcanoes are created and the different legends on how our islands were created.
Volcanoes are created by heat which is inside, beneath Earth's surface. This heat heats rocks and melts rocks, this is called magma, this stirs up gases and then creates an eruption. This eruption forms build up of ash and lava which creates a volcano.
I also remember learning in the classroom when growing up about Pele, Poliahu, Hi'iaka, Papa and Wakea and how the Hawaiian islands were created through culture. We learned about Pele's tears found in the cinder cones at the park and about Pele's hair that we saw in the pahoehoe lava. I found a website that has Hawaiian Legends on Volcanoes and tells the story on how our lands were created by Pele and different events that happened in Hawaiian history, for example, Keoua's army that was lost near Kilauea... I don't want to give away the story, you have to read it on the website to see what happened.
I really feel that Hawaiian culture and any culture for that matter, is rich and important and that it should be perpetuated in schools. Sometimes there is a clash between science and culture and vice versa. But I really liked how Kealoha talked about Papa Mau, who was Nainoa Thompson's teacher on navigation and how he can tell you where to go and he can navigate you there, without the use of modern-day techonologies and sciences. Techniques like these are important for the next generation to know about. We must expose our children to all different types of learning. . .