Krafft Memorial Fund

About the poster

photo of posterKatia Krafft's famous "Pele Dancing" photo, in poster form.

"Pele Dancing" was captured by Katia Krafft while she was photographing the lava streams flowing down Mauna Loa Volcano during its 1984 eruption. Pele is the Hawaiian Goddess of Volcanoes, and this dramatic photograph shows her exulting in her awesome volcanic power.


Katia Krafft

Above: Katia adjacent to a river of lava during the 1984 eruption. Photo copyright Maurice Krafft.

How to order the poster

To obtain an 18 X 24 inch (46 X 61 cm) poster of Pele Dancing, please send a donation of $25 to the Maurice and Katia Krafft Memorial Fund at the address below. The poster will be airmailed to you in a sturdy mailing tube. Larger donations are most welcome; the fund has already received individual pledges in amounts up to $600. If you are making a larger contribution, please indicate the number of posters you would like to receive.

Please send donations to:

Maurice and Katia Krafft Memorial Fund
Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091, USA

Please include your name and complete address with your donation, and indicate whether you would like a receipt for tax purposes.

About the Kraffts

Maurice and Katia Krafft studied and photographed erupting volcanoes all over the world, witnessing and documenting more active volcanoes than any other investigators. Their popular books, lectures, and videotapes -- all done in their exuberant style -- greatly increased public awareness of the nature and dangers of volcanic eruptions. Ironically, they were killed by a hot ash flow while photographing an eruption in Japan in 1991. The French Conservatoire Régional de l'Image provides details about the Kraffts, and showcases an extensive collection of their photographs and videos.

About the Fund

The Maurice and Katia Krafft Memorial Fund

A recurring theme in much of the Kraffts' work was the importance of educating people in countries of high volcanic risk about the hazards that potentially active volcanoes pose. Shortly before their deaths the Kraffts completed a videotape called "Understanding Volcanic Hazards" that has been translated into many languages for just such use. The goal of reducing volcanic risk was also the motivation for establishing the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV).

The Maurice and Katia Krafft Memorial Fund has been established to help foreign students who need financial assistance to attend the CSAV training courses. Profits from the Pele Dancing poster go to the fund, and any extra donations to the fund will be fully used to support foreign students at CSAV.

Foreign Scientists Helped by the Krafft Fund

Beginning in 1997, The Krafft Memorial Scholarship Fund has enabled several scientists to attend the CSAV International Training Program in Volcano Monitoring Methods.

Laura Lozano-Velazquez

photo of Laura Laura Lozano-Velazquez sets up a seismic telemetry station in Kilauea Iki.

Laura Lozano-Velazquez, from the Instituto Geologia UNAM in Coyoacan, Mexico was able to attend the CSAV course in 1997. Her special area of study at the National University of Mexico was the characterization of laharic deposits on the soutwestern area of Popocatepetl volcano; her studies would contribute to evaluating the potential hazards from future lahars to this area, where 300,000 persons live.

Edgardo Villacorte

photo of Edgardo Edgardo Villacorte checks the reading of an EDM at HVO.

Edgardo Villacorte works at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and his work includes seismic monitoring, maintenance and repair of remote telemetering equipment, and the design and fabrication of electronic and electrical devices. The Krafft Memorial Scholarship Fund allowed Edgardo to attend the CSAV course in 1999.

Virginia Tenorio

photo of Virginia Virginia Tenorio takes a break from monitoring lava flows.

Virginia Tenorio, from the Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Territoriales in Managua, Nicaragua, attended the CSAV course in 1999. Her work has involved monitoring the eruption of Cerro Negro volcano in 1992 and investigating post-eruption seismicity with portable instruments. In the years since, a seismic network has been installed in Nicaragua, including stations at Cerro Negro, San Cristobal, and Telica; the network has allowed for rapid notification of Civil Defense and the public before several of the eruptions began. For Virginia, the CSAV course provided an opportunity to improve knowledge about how to process the seismic data and integrate this data with other volcano monitoring information, so as to be able to identify possible precursors of eruptions.

Tom Crisostomo

photo of Tom Tom Crisostomo enters data.

Tom Crisostomo from the Commonwealth of the Marianas Islands attended the course in 2000, assisted by the Krafft Fund. His duties in the Emergency Management Office include performing preventative maintenance service on all emergency generators and assisting seismic personnel in setting up field instruments.



Raul Mora

photo of Raul Raul Mora in Kilauea Iki.

The Krafft Fund provided partial support to Raul Mora of the Universidad de Costa Rica; he attended in 2003. He is in charge of the volcanic monitoring of Central Volcanic Range, and covers laboratory seismology, volcanology and geophysical exploring.


Dolors Ferres

photo of Dolors Dolors Ferres views seismic drums.

Dolors Ferres Lopez from El Salvador attended in 2004. Her work involves permanent monitoring of active volcanoes in El Salvador, geological studies for volcanic hazard mapping, and risk assessment and communications. The Krafft Memorial Fund provided assistance.

Kila Mulina

photo of Kila Kila Mulina in the field.

Kila Mulina from Papua New Guinea also attended in 2004, thanks to the Krafft Memorial Fund. He is senior volcanologist at Rabaul Volcanological Observatory, where he makes gas and temperature measurements around Rabaul Caldera, collects daily radio reports from out-station volcano observers and assesses conditions at these volcanoes.