Description Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes. Pele is also known for her creative power, passion, purpose, and profound love. Her home is believed to be the fire pit called Halemaumau crater, at the summit caldera of Kilauea, one of the Earths most active volcanoes; but her domain encompasses all volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii. Every incident with a volcanic eruption in Hawaii it is said to be Peles way of expressing her longing to be with her true love. In this art work an eruption of Pele is taking the form of the Phoenix. This bird of surpassing beauty since the time of Hesiod in the 8th Century B.C. remained the symbol par excellence of renewal through rebirth from its ashes. For a time it was reborn as a real bird, the Bird of Paradise, an East Indian bird that came to be identified with the imaginary Phoenix of venerable tradition. The Phoenix is said to be protected from winds, inhabiting an Earthy Paradise.
Laura Isola, Honolulu - Hawaii Member Since April 2010 Artist Statement "Mana" is the Hawaiian word for "Spirit", "Na" means "from" or "by" and "loa" means "a lot" so Namanaloa = From a lot of Spirit... that I daily find in the air and in the beautiful nature of Hawaii that I am lucky enough to call home. Namanaloa has started as a way to express and share my love for this gorgeous Paradise, the closest to Heaven that I have found on Earth, hoping to uplift your spirit as It continues to uplift mine. Until imagination has taken over showing the bigger picture of limitless reality, eternal beauty, unveiling meanings, found within. Born and raised in Italy, resident in Honolulu, HI since 2006, naturalized American citizen in 2015. Certified Art studies at St Martins School of Art (London). Fashion Design Degree at F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology - NYC) branch in Florence (Italy - Polimoda). Experiences : Fashion Designer, Costume Designer, Fashion Illustrator, Singer (soprano), Dancer (modern, jazz), Movie Extra. Passions : Digital Art Photography, Asthanga Yoga, Running (4 Marathons Finisher; X-Terra Trail Run half marathon), Ocean Canoes Paddling (2 Regatta Seasons) Profession : Free Lance Designer for Tabletop decorations since 1995; RYT500Hours Registered Yoga Teacher by the standard of the Yoga Alliance; Reiki Master: Energy/Alternative method of natural healing.