This music video was released on May 3, 2019 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2018 lava flows on Hawaii Island and kokua residents of the island.
“I’m honored to have documented these lands before their metamorphosis and grateful to the island and its people for having shared and continuing to share so much with me.” -Taimane
“Earth” was filmed in the region affected by the 2018 eruptions shortly before the flows began. The experience of shooting the video in Puna’s stunningly beautiful landscapes and seeing many of the sites and surrounding communities paved over by Pele strongly affected Taimane. Her connection to this natural phenomenon and those impacted deepened in June 2018, when she performed a free, impromptu concert at “The Hub,” the tent camp that served as the makeshift home for many who were forced to flee their residences.
Taimane wrote “Earth” for her show, “Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey,” which she debuted at Oahu’s Hawaii Theatre in March 2016. The song appears on Taimane’s 2018 album titled, “Elemental.” On April 13, 2019, Taimane returned to the Big Island and presented the show at Kahilu Theatre to a sold-out audience. “Visiting the Big Island for the first time since the eruptions was uplifting,” Taimane said. “I feel a stronger connection to nature there than anywhere else in Hawaii, and the aloha shared by the island’s people never fails to get my attention and put a smile on my face. Whether you’ve been there many times or have yet to visit, the Big Island will leave an indelible mark. I cherish my time there and can’t wait to go back!”