Pele, The Fire Dancer

PELE HI-RESThe beautiful painting “Pele, The Fire Dancer” by Tom Hooper makes TV debut.

On Friday, August 23rd, the Palace Theater invites you to tune into to the History Channel for the episode of “Ancient Aliens” which will focus on Ancient Hawaiian Aliens. Featured in this upcoming episode will be the beautiful painting of Pele by Tom Hooper. The artist donated this work to the Friends of the Palace Theater years ago in the hopes that an astute collector might purchase it, thereby making a substantial donation to the theater. In honor of its TV debut, “Pele, The Fire Dancer” will be repositioned in the Palace lobby for better viewing.

Tom Hooper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and now lives in New York City where he works as a fine artist, muralist and set painter for television and movies.  He holds an MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA from Ohio State University. Also listed to his educational credits are the National Academy of Arts and Cleveland Art Institute. Making multiple visits, the artist felt deeply drawn to the Big Island and its stories of Pele, and thus was inspired to create this work.

Artist’s statement:
“As the Goddess dances, the flames of passion wield her powers of creation and destruction. She tosses out the Hawaiian Islands, seeding the future of Earth”.
Any party interested in purchasing this dynamic work may contact the Palace office during business hours at (808) 934-7010.


The series “Ancient Aliens” explores the controversial theory that extraterrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US, each episode in this hit History Channel series gives historic depth to the questions, speculations, provocative controversies, first-hand accounts and grounded theories surrounding this age old debate. Did intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago?