Legend has it the Volcano Goddess Pele shows herself in many forms but she is best known as a woman with long white hair, both elderly and young, and both disheveled and polished. Roaming from island to island, rumor has it she often hitchhikes and smokes cigarettes which lights with a mere snap of her fingers. Sometimes spotted with a small white dog, she’s been known to hop into the bed of a pickup or the back of a car only to disappear at a stop or after a bend in the road. Others have reported seeing her dancing in red at the foot of volcanoes. Believed to be testing your kindness failing to pick up the White Lady or neglecting to treat with her aloha has bad results. In other words, give the blonde a ride, offer her a smoke, and forget about carrying around a box of matches.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.