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Rangers concerned with non-traditional offerings for Pele at Kilauea

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Rangers concerned with non-traditional offerings for Pele at Kilauea

Native Hawaiians have honored Pele, the deity of creation for centuries with offerings, prayer, chant or dance at the summit area of Kilauea on the Big Island.

Recently, rangers with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have concern with non-traditional offerings such as rotten fruit, plastic flowers and candy bars. They say the items are out of good intention but could attract invasive species such as fire ants and rats.

Instead, rangers recommend people leave a chant or prayer.

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