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What Does the Volcano Project Mean for You?

The people behind the Volcano Project are all about positive change and making a difference in people's lives. A local job creation and training facility can have huge benefits for the local population.

How will TVP affect you as an individual?  What impact will TVP have on your community?  How might you participate and benefit from TVP?  To answer these questions, we have identified the various stakeholders in this project which include just about everyone!  Read on to see how TVP can enrich your life.

Hawaii's Youth

The Volcano Project represents an opportunity to establish a local, accessible, world-class job creation & training center, providing both academic and practical experience in a professional hotel environment, frequented by guests from all over the world. TVP will provide instruction in all skills necessary to excel in the global hospitality industry and generate entrepreneurial fluency and self-sufficiency.  Scholarships to attend the Volcano  Project's Culinary & Hospitality Educational Facility - C.H.E.F. Institute will be available to Hawaii's youth regardless of their place of residence.  Home of Pele, goddess of volcanoes, Kīlauea is considered a most sacred place for Hawaiians. TVP will work with renowned Hawaiian Cultural Practioners and Kumu Hula (masters & teachers of hula) to establish a Hālau (hula school) at TVP's C.H.E.F. Institute. TVP's C.H.E.F. Institute will act as an international showcase to promote and nurture continued expression of Hawaiian culture.

Local Suppliers

The Volcano Project's Culinary & Hospitality Educational Facility - C.H.E.F. Institute will work with local community ranches, farms, gardens, and fishermen supporting the superior quality and diversity of fresh island produce.  Culinary students will be involved in all phases of planting, growing and harvesting local foods. We are 100% committed to Big Island food producers first and foremost.

Introduction to Volcano

By David Miranda © 2009

cont'd from "About"

The day came when Dad and Mom and Uncle Arthur piled all of us into two old Chevrolets and we headed out from Hilo: Volcano bound. We crossed over the one lane bridge at the South end of Kīlauea Avenue. We kids were enthralled that you waited your turn to pass over the one lane bridge. When traffic cleared, our caravan scooted across, taking up the whole lane. I love that bridge. I remember that time in my childhood every time I cross it today because it is still there; tall trees and jungle encroaching upon it. And we got onto Volcano Highway; two lanes opposing each other; with forest; trees not familiar to us kids from Kaneohe, growing tall on each side so that I felt as if I was truly entering the forest for the first time. It was a long drive with every moment filled by trees and smells and the question “When will we get there?” But the long drive did have a destination and Mom was trying to explain what we were going to see. “No, it wasn’t erupting today but it would have lots of smoke and steam”. “Yes we could get close and look down inside but we all had to obey so that no one gets hurt”. The ultimate parental bargaining position which I now understand.

Then Dad announced that finally we were here as our little motorcade continued its procession into even thicker forest of Lehua trees and giant fern trees that were called Hapu’u. Uncle Arthur knew the names of everything we were looking at and I was impressed. I knew immediately that I wanted to know the name of all the trees and birds and rocks and places. And I told my Parents and my uncle “When I grow up; this is where I’m going to live; will they give me a job here”? “Sure but you have to do well in school so you know what you are doing”. Ah, parents.

We drove around the crater rim and stopped at the Halemaʻumaʻu overlook. We walked out to a small wooden platform. From there we could look down into Pele’s home. There was no fire visible in Pele’s home and Uncle Arthur explained that Pele was building another house just down there a ways; pointing off toward the site of the Kīlauea Iki eruption. There was lots of smoke over there.

I looked across the gaping crater of Halemaʻumaʻu. I was stunned by the immensity of the crater before us and the wisps of steam that came directly out of the floor of the fire pit and the sides of the cliffs. Sulfur painted the cliffs and rocks and there was that smell. And there was a tremendous silence that filled the air. How could anything so massive, with the tumult of activity so obvious and near at hand project only silence.

cont'd on "Going Green"