A kīpuka is a raised island of native forest and plants situated in the middle of a recent lava flow. Because of its elevation, a kīpuka is spared burial and incineration. Hawaiians say a kīpuka is an oasis saved from Pele’s embrace. The word is a variation of the Hawaiian word puka, which means «hole». It can refer to an opening of the blue sky among high clouds, or a calm in the middle of rough seas, or a safe time and space where one perceives things clearly.
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Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape
Berry Lopez & Debra Gwartney