Hawaii residents leave offerings for volcano goddess Pele as lava destroys homes | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Hawaii residents leave offerings for volcano goddess Pele as lava destroys homes

As molten lava continues its relentless, unstoppable flow down the Kilauea volcano, many on Hawaii's Big Island are looking to the ancient volcano goddess Pele for protection.

In Hawaiian folklore, Pele, or Pelehonuamea, is the ancient fire goddess, who lives in the Halema'uma'u crater at the top of Kilauea and is revered as the creator of Hawaii's landscape.

She's also known as Ka wahine 'ai honua, the woman who devours the Earth, which gives a sense of her destructive power.

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