My latest drawing, Pele’s Fire, is a tribute to what will always be my second home on The Big Island of Hawaii. I lived on the quiet west coast of Kona in my early twenties and fell in love with the culture of Aloha and my adopted Hawaiian Ohana. The recent eruption of Kilauea, reminded me of the many historical illustrations depicting the mysterious power and beauty of the Hawaiian goddess Pele. Pele’s volcanic fire is a force of creativity, reclamation, and destruction as she wreaks havoc for islanders and dramatically expands Hawaii’s borders. The indigenous people of Hawaii revere Tutu Pele as a spiritual matriarch, and leave her offerings of fresh fruit and white coral by the mouth of Kilauea and Mauna Kea. I have so much respect for the spirit of generosity and culture of Aloha shared by the Hawaiian people, and chose to honor their ancient folklore with my own offering in illustration. My heart and prayers go out to the islanders displaced by these volcanic eruptions, and the rescue service providers as they patiently endure the transformative power of Pele’s Fire. Aloha Nui Loa Hawaii!