Pele and Poli‘ahu: A Tale of Fire and Ice
Long, long ago, on the Island of Hawai‘i, there lived two beautiful goddesses. Pele, the goddess of fire, lived on the slopes of Mauna Loa, Poli‘ahu, the goddess of snow, lived on the snowcapped peaks of Mauna Kea.
So begins the retelling of the classic Hawaiian legend—a tale of fire and ice—when Pele ventured off her fiery mountaintop to make mischief and challenge Poli‘ahu to a sled race down the snowy slopes of Mauna Kea.
It is a story about the power of nature, the power of wills, the power of skill, and an explanation of why the Big Island, to this day, is an Island of contrasts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:
Malia Collins, born and raised in Kailua on the Island of O‘ahu, is a writer, editor, and teacher currently living in Idaho with her husband, Josh, and two children, Max and Mehana. She served as editor of The Hawai‘i Review and The Idaho Review, has been published in a number of magazines, and contributed to a series of books about Hawai‘i. Collins was inspired to write children‘s books about Hawai‘i to introduce her children to their heritage.
Kathleen B. Peterson has illustrated nineteen books. She is the founding director of the Central Utah Art Center and displays her landscape paintings in galleries around the west and on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. A past resident of Hawai‘i, Peterson currently divides her time between Utah and Idaho. Her other Hawaiiana children‘s book is Koa’s Seed, written by Carolyn Han.