The first card, as the name says, is more about the "island snow". It was sent by Alyssa, who lives on the Big Island; she mentioned that Hawaiʻi has not only all the typical features of other Hawaiian islands, such as tropical beaches, but also something unique — the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea.
“Most people probably wouldn't think of snowy mountains when they think of Hawaiʻi!” Alyssa wrote, which is definitely true, but as you can see there is enough snow to even ski! Mauna Kea is the highest peak on the island and one of the highest in the world. It is also a place of great spiritual importance for Native Hawaiians, as it is considered home to one of the four goddesses of snow - Poliʻahu.
A few weeks ago I got the second card, with the calligraphy that you should recognize. It is more about "the fire" side of Hawaiʻi, which is the favourite island of this card's author.
The photo showing lava flowing into the sea reminds us that the island is build on volcanoes, including three active ones. Because of it, Hawaiʻi has also black sand beaches, of course in addition to the white ones. One of the volcanoes, Kīlauea, is said to be home to the fire goddess Pele, who is also the goddess of volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. According to the legend, she lives in the Halemaʻumaʻu crater.
If you're interested in Hawaiian mythology, have a look at the full story of Pele and Poli’ahu goddesses and the battle between them, and see how it explains the geological features of the island!
Thank you both so much for these lovely cards!
- in the North Pacific Ocean
- biggest town
- postcard sent
- distance travelled
- ~12,539 km
- sent from
- Hawaiʻi / Oʻahu