The Atlantic speaks to the park ranger who’s a descendent of the Hawaiian lava God, Pele. Keoni Kaholoʻaʻā didn’t know much about his heritage growing up on the island for most of his life.


But, as he grew older, he found out that his family name means “flow of jagged rock” directly connecting his name to Pele. In Hawaiian culture, it’s believed that your family name shapes who you are and what you are like massively. For Keoni, he couldn’t believe that his name meant he had a connection to the volcanoes that he patrols at a his job as a park ranger.

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After learning this, he came to work with more pride and realised that his purpose in life was to teach people about volcanoes. Although lava is known for being destructive, he teaches how it can also allow new life to grow. Even after an eruption, local wildlife and plants still thrive and take over the areas where they were before. It’s a touching and beautifully shot documentary that captures the culture of Hawaii perfectly.

Hawaii|The Atlantic|Documentary

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