Bishop Museum Media

The Rift of Fire 1955 Eruption

Program filmed by Harold K. Miyamoto in 1955 and produced by George Tahara. Narrated by Robert Costa, script by Helen Spencer, and sound by Ernie Lindemann. Subjects include an introduction to Hawaiʻi's active volcanoes; Kīlauea's eruption in Puna; evacuating Kapoho; the goddess Pele; lava at night; disaster relief in Pāhoa; lava types; damage; new land. This footage is from Bishop Museum accession number 1980.0472.0023.



  • Documentary
  • Experimental

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