Kilauea Volcano is a currently hyperactive shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, and the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaiʻi, and, perhaps, the most active volcano on earth. The Fire Within is a visceral, artistic study on the Big Island of Hawaii’s hyperactive Kilauea volcano.
“I was born and raised on the island and all my life up until last year I hadn’t had the chance to come face to face with her incredible presence. Many in Hawaii refer to the lava as ‘Pele’, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. I wanted to capture her beauty and mysteriousness as well as her unimaginable power in the best way that I knew how. I wanted to just see it doing what it does; I shied away from any human interaction and turned the cameras to the fiery blood of the Earth.
This six and a half minute film is my best attempt at capturing what it felt like to witness molten rock slowly burning down a dense wet rainforest or to peer into a six-hundred-foot-wide lava lake at the Kilauea volcano summit crater. I’ve never been anywhere else on the planet that demanded as much respect and awareness for the natural environment around me. Her unexpected beauty and unsettling sense of danger were nothing short of humbling and put so much into perspective. Kilauea really did change my life.”
Director/DP/Editor: Lance Page