Juan-Mario’s Volcano Huaka’i

Juan-Mario Pérez at Halema’uma’u fire pit, Kilauea volcano, Hawai’i Island.

In September 2010, Juan-Mario Perez traveled from his university (UNAM) near Mexico City and made a trip to Hawai’i for an indigenous healing conference.

Juan-Mario is indigenous Mexican and practices his culture just as strongly as Hawaiians do, today. His village had helped send Juan-Mario to Hawai’i in the hope that he would be able to take a small gift from their volcano to Kilauea, to present this gift ceremoniously to Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. It was meant to be a tribute from one volcano goddess to another.

But alas, when Juan-Mario got to the conference in Hawai’i at the Convention Center in Honolulu, all the day trip tours from O’ahu to Hawai’i Island were sold out! He tried for hours to find accommodations but was unsuccessful. Juan-Mario was devastated. He would not be able to carry out his designated mission.

Fate intervened and in the course of trying to help him get to the volcano, I volunteered to accompany him and drive him to Kilauea. We left early the next morning and traveled to Kilauea volcano on Hawai’i Island where Juan-Mario was able to accomplish his mission. Along the way, I showed him some of the good things about Hawai’i.

Aloha, Juan-Mario! A hui hou.

My other web gallery software bit the dust last year and a whole bunch of albums and photos suddenly disappeared from the web. This was one of them. I am republishing them, slowly, here.

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