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  • As mentioned in the Warnings...

    by kahiwa Written Oct 4, 2002

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    As mentioned in the Warnings section, please don't take any lava rocks from the area. The entire Volcano area is considered to be the home of Madame Pele, the goddess of fire. She is very powerful, and should not be mocked or made fun of. Be respectful.

    A friend of mine stood at the rim of the volcano and did a mock hula dance and chant. He was also joking about his having to room with a male friend, and was making references to their possibly being more than just friends. I warned my friend not to mock Madame Pele, but he just thought it was a joke. For the next two years (yes, YEARS), he had problems with his colon, which resulted in him eventually having to have surgery. He did go back and apologize to Madame Pele when he got the chance.

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