Feel the heat! Come to Panaʻewa, Hawaiʻi, to learn about Pele.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) Who is Pele?

2) Why is Pele important to Hawaiʻi Island?

3) Have you ever seen or been close to an active volcano where Pele is? How did you feel? Why is it important to be observant and respectful in those places?

4) What is the difference between Pele in the form of lava and her other forms such as rock, land, sulfur, lightening, smoke, and vog?

5) After Pele overtakes an area, the land is left barren until Hiʻiaka causes things to start growing again. Is this cycle of destruction and creation of new life helpful for the environment? Why or why not?

6) ʻAnakē Kekuhi says that Pele travels the world. In your class, do a research project to see how many active volcanoes there are in different countries. Where are the major eruptions happening these days?


Video Vocabulary

1) wela

2) mele
a song or poetry

3) hula kiʻi
a type of hula where dancers tighten their muscles and dance with powerful motions

4) ʻai haʻa
a type of hula in which dancers assume a low stance and dance vigorously

5) malu
calm, peaceful

6) ʻōhiʻa
a common endemic tree, Metrosideros polymorpha; its flower are called lehua

7) landscape
the features of an area of land, such as physical landforms, vegetation, man made structures, etc.

8) creation
the forming and making of someting

9) global
worldwide, found all over the world


Guiding Questions