- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2008

HONOLULU (AP) — Visitors to Kilauea’s summit have a rare chance to see a red, orange and yellow glow emanate from a vent at Halemaumau Crater, traditionally considered to be the home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess.

Kilauea on the Big Island has been erupting continuously since 1983 and frequently offers views of lava oozing to the surface and flowing into the sea. But it’s rare for an incandescent glow to be seen at Halemaumau Crater, said Mardie Lane, a spokeswoman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

“It’s wonderful to look into what is for Hawaiians the traditional home of Pele and be able to see this glow and this plume rising,” she said.

The bright colors are not from lava. Though there is some magma underneath the ground, it hasn’t risen to the surface to create lava.

Instead, the colorful hues are created by superheated fumes and steam plumes bursting out of a vent in the crater.

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