Aloha, Stephanie. Question: Is buying a volcanic rock bracelet in Kona bad luck? I have a couple of small rocks that were sent to me by a friend who lives in Hilo (along with some shells, kukui nuts, driftwood, and a little sand), because she knows how strongly I was affected by my visit to Hawai'i and what a clear sense of "home" I experienced there. Thank you for your concern. Among some other things happened to us, but not sure anymore if they are just coincidence. Should I mail back the keychains with sand in them? Stephanie. any help would be great! About 20 or so years ago, a friend visited the islands and brought back a huge piece of lava as a gift for me and my then-partner. Thanks for reading my hub. Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on January 06, 2013: Thank you! They were a gift from a friend. Lava rocks taken from the islands of Maui, Lanai or Molokai should be returned to: Lava rocks taken from the Big Island of Hawai'i should be returned to: For rocks picked up on the island of Kauai, return to. I'm not sure if he found dead coral on the shore or broke it off of a reef while swimming or diving. I'm not sure that the black sand had anything to do with your marriage issues, but it sounds as if you are committed to a successful reboot. After a Hawaiian vacation some people find themselves with a string of bad luck and a lava rock in their suitcase that they want to send back. But something inside tells me it doesn't belong in my house anymore. I bought them in a shop. Aloha, Stephanie. If you want to clear yourself of the negativity, you might consider taking it to the beach, a lake or river and releasing the sand. Would that be bad luck? Hope you and yours are off to a great start in 2013! Aloha, Stephanie. I also did not want to disturb the landscape. Some people say that the rangers at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park started this legend decades ago to stop people from picking up lava rocks and carrying them away. The lava rock has been on my altar and I've felt her presence in a good way in my life. Question: Would it be okay to take a lava rock from Hawai'i if I planned on creating a sort of art piece or small wearable keepsake out of it? You now have lava rocks or sand from Hawaii that you wish to return, so here are some addresses you can send it back to. moonlake from America on January 04, 2013: This is very interesting. Our regular gallery staff is instructed to not discuss any information with any media, no exception. © Copyright Island Source - Division of Rainbow Moon Publishing 1996 -2018. Often, there are people giving away free lava rocks on Craigslist, and there's nothing wrong with that. During the summer months it's always hard to get 2 standby seats to Hawaii because flights are full. Many people swear it is true and return rocks hoping for a reprieve. Pele, Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, is also known as Ka Wahine 'Ai Honua: the earth-eating woman. Therefore, all rocks in Hawaii are considered sacred. Knowing these legends, I had to cringe a little when you said that you found the lava among the sea shells. But tell your wife that it's fine. I hope you will have a chance to visit again someday. Answer: I don't think so. Box 621, Honolulu, HI 96809. My mother sent all the rocks back she could find and I am sending the one she gave my children today. Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on September 30, 2014: I am so glad that this article may have helped a little to bring the lava rock home. I can't help but feel that these rocks could be responsible for some bad luck we've had over the years. I wouldn't make a piece of wearable art or jewelry with it, though. As soon as i came home it was all bad luck. They will try to return it to the island of origin if you let them know where you got the sand. It may not even be from Hawai'i. Experience the Magic of Volcano! Some people get spooked by it because they purposely removed lava rocks from the volcano & they know they shouldn't have. 2016-6-6 Mail your lava rocks to: Volcano Lava Rock Return Attn. Should I return the jewelry I bought? Does coral count? I do appreciate your intention to return them to Hawaii. Some even hand deliver the mineral chunks back to the slopes of the Kilauea volcano. Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on June 23, 2017: Coral is not part of the "Pele legend", but it is illegal to remove coral from Hawai'ian reefs. It was one of the corals that was on the sand/shore. Want to do one better karma wise than returning it, use them to teach people at home about the different types lava rocks, volcanoes, pele and Hawaii in … In 1972, I visited several islands in Hawaii and honestly felt that I had returned home. Your lava rocks will then be given to the volunteers that will take care of the return for you. They will be in their native environment instead of in a box somewhere or in the dirt if you were to put them outside. I think he is probably hurting himself more by keeping this unnecessary guilt in his subconscious. We gladly help. If you live near the ocean or a lake, you might want to take the sand into the water there and release it. Also, I went to the Blowhole and have a few small pieces of lava from there. Your lava rocks will then be given to the volunteers that will take care of the return for you. We do not give permission for reprints in whole or part for commercial or any other purpose.RespectfullyVolcano  Lava Rock Return. Aloha, Stephanie. Glad your wife had heard about the legend. I am so sorry that I selfishly removed some of the amazing Hawaiian culture. Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 06, 2013: Hi Steph. Some people build retaining walls for their yards with the rocks too. I can't think of a place that Pele would hate being more than among sea shells. You're fine. We treated it with great reverence but bad luck began to befall us, our cats getting sick with mysterious diseases the vets couldn't explain, our cars breaking down, and a variety of other issues. Here are some addresses for you to mail your items back to: On a final note: No one is going to call you to let you know that your lava rock is safely back in Pele’s bosom, so be sure to pay a little extra (80 cents I think) for an Electronic Delivery Confirmation Receipt to let you know that your box was delivered. Question: What about returning sculpted lava sold as souvenirs to Hawaii? lol! He would also sometimes take gin to give a offering. I'm glad you've had positive experiences on Maui. So Pele fled to make her own home and volcanoes erupted to form the Hawaiian islands. If you take (steal) lava rock from the Hawaiian Islands, a bad luck curse will be cast on you that will follow you through life… That is, until you return the lava rock back to the islands, back to where you took it from. Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on November 13, 2014: @Arrow: Thank you for your concern about the lava rocks that were given to you as a gift. dont believe the bad luck stuff, my backyard is full of lava rocks. And I do hope you will be able to visit Hawaii again. Question: If I took black sand from the beach, should I return it or could I drop it in the beach here for it to find it’s way back to Hawaii? Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on January 04, 2013: How very interesting, Hawaiian scribe! Answer: No, I wouldn't worry about it. Also do I need to return the kookoo nuts? Answer: I'm sorry to hear about your bad luck since visiting Hawaii. Walter Holokai from Youngstown, Ohio on January 13, 2013: My aunt was a school teacher on Oahu. Fire and water. Lava Rock. Obviously if you feel a positive presence, there is no curse. When I found out later on another trip a few years later, I thought it was silly superstition. I've never had the best of luck in my life - would love to turn that around! Aloha, Stephanie. Question: I visited Hawaii when I was 9yrs old and took lava from the Big Island. My dog possibly is developing cataracts. In middle school I think I brought something back from a beach while visiting Maui. is there a way to remove the course without the rocks? Here's the address: Rainbow Moon Attn: Lava Rock Return P.O. Our family used to own a visitor garden on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and we’d get letters and packages all the time with lava rocks in them and written apologies asking us to place the rock back ‘where it belongs’. The persistent belief that Pele, the volcano goddess of Hawaii’s Big Island, brings bad luck to those who take lava prompts hundreds of people to return rocks each year; ‘we’re very sorry.’ We would dutifully place the rock back onto the fertile island soil with a little prayer for the sender’s health and happiness. Thanks for sharing this information! I've always abided by the rule - Leave No Trace.... take only photographs and leave only footprints. It would be quite small and the art piece, would that be disrespectful? We've all had bad luck since then, and she doesn't know where they are. But if you don't feel that way, then you're good. jillglynndrew@yahoo.com on November 05, 2014: I recently bought lava beads in Georgia to make bracelets, not knowing the history of lava. : Rainbow Moon P.O. seriously, fascinating hub, voted and shared, nell. Mahalo! I haven't noticed any more bad luck than usual, but should I return these rocks anyway? It's a legend about a curse. The sand will find its way home. :). I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for not even taking it seriously or even knowing at the time even though I knew they said not to take rocks from the Haleakala. Aloha, Stephanie. Answer: I wouldn't worry about that small amount of material you took without ill intent. She sent them because she knows how strongly my visit there affected me and how clearly I felt Hawai'i is my true home, even though I've only been there once. I recently found them again. I truly hope that mailing them would help reconnect them and also that it's known they came from me. Aloha, Stephanie. My boss went on vacation to Hawaii and brought a lava rock back for each of my boys. ... Hawaii Revised Statutes ("HRS") Section 572-11, states: "It shall not be lawful for any person to perform the marriage ceremony within the State without first obtaining from the Department of Health a license to solemnize marriages." Answer: This Honolulu office is in charge of state beaches. It is an old legend that taking lava rocks from Hawaii results in being followed by bad luck. If you wish  to make a small donations for the efforts being done on your behalf, a voluntary donation of $15.00 (or whatever you can afford, no matter how small) would always be appreciated, but is not required. I'm sorry to hear about your string of bad luck, and I'm sending my best wishes for an end to your misfortunes. In part, Hawaii residents would love for businesses and tourists to stop taking rocks off the island, especially for profit. The return of the lava rocks is a confidential personal service handled by volunteers to give people that can not return the lava rocks in person to Hawaii an option that they feel comfortable with,  and to give them the peace of mind of haven taken care of this, in an attempt to reverse the believed negative impact of having taken rocks from Hawaii from their mind. Question: I am 20 years old. It’s a little tiny bag. The lava will find its way home. While I still struggle day to day, I will say that my partner (and abuser) left me shortly after that, but my cats are healthy and I'm still alive. Aloha, Stephanie. I wish to finally return it now that I have finally found it among the many seas shells I've collected over the years. I have rocks from Haleakala and The Road To Hana and Kua Loa Ranch. Is it okay to take some stones, coral and sand from the beach to use in my garden and inside our home in Maui? Question: If someone takes a lava rock from the island and then returns it, will this clear them of any curse? She returned it to the site where it was found and things returned to normal. Since then, our family has been plagued with terrible bad fortune. Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on October 18, 2013: @katie m: Iʻve never heard of Peleʻs Curse affecting a child because there was no clear intent when he took the rocks. My wife told me about the legend of people having bad luck so I didn't take it. lava varieties - a'a / pahoehoe - kilauea volcano hawaii Watch this video on YouTube For those of you looking for more technically details: the difference between the two flows is governed by the relative shear-strain rate and viscosity of the flow (Kilburn 1981), … It was an incredible place to visit, but all I took home were photographs and great memories :). Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on January 30, 2013: @natashalh: I agree with you! @hawaiianodysseus: Great to hear from you. “Without specific instructions, your lava rocks will be returned to a special location in Hawaii National Park, close to the home of Pele, the Hawaiian Fire Goddess and Creator of Lava.” But now you have more knowledge when you return next time for a visit. Or you could use it in the soil surrounding a flowering plant. Is there a way to bless these lava rocks or is returning them to Hawaii the best way to reverse any "bad luck"? Mail via USPS Priority MailIf you would like to know when your lava rock has been received back to Hawaii we recommend that you send your lava rock with United States Postal Service Priority Mail. I am returning lava rocks back to their home place. - We Rock!! Don't Spend All of Your Time at Your Resort. Answer: Returning the lava rocks would always be the best resolution. I was stationed in volcanoes national park at KMC. Would send $ but am so par - it's all I can afford to ditch this thing - will think of you though, if I … You can track your box online at the US Postal Service website after you mail it off. The night we were leaving, I got very sick on the plane in a way I never had before, like my blood ran cold. Thanks for the memories. I hope that the goddess will forgive me. They do not look like the smaller teardrop-shaped lava rocks that I see online called Pele's Tears. Since Pele was the fire goddess, she & this sister always clashed. Send the lava back and get on with living. Is there a way to get rid of the curse without them? Would it be better to return them in person? And to give you peace of mind. Help. While on the "Big Island" I visited Volcanoes National Park and walked the Devastation Trail. I didn't want to spook anyone with this hub, but wanted those who needed it to have information on how they could return rocks to Hawaii. In your case, I think the mercenaries selling lava rocks have more to worry about than you do. It’s not illegal to take sand from the beaches unless it’s more than a gallon a day or for commercial purposes. Answer: If you feel an urge to return the rocks to Hawaii, then you should. When I was there on a visit she cautioned me against taking lava rocks back with me to the mainland as souvenirs and told me this story. It's a great idea to give them to others who will use them in their front or backyards. Answer: I'm sorry that your marriage has been difficult so far. Without the Delivery Confirmation, I’d hate to picture you lying awake at night thinking “I wonder if that lava rock ever got back…”. Others attribute the legend to the fact that Native Hawaiians’ indigenous religion worships Pele, goddess of the volcanoes, who is said to have traveled from the South Pacific to take part in the creation of the island chain. Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on February 19, 2013: Quite interesting and helpful! Is that considered bad luck also? Answer: As of today, 7/18/2018, the Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana is safe from the ongoing lava flows. All Rights Reserved. You may believe this , or you may not, there is no scientific proof, but many people believe that lava rocks that have wrongfully been taken from Hawaii should be returned by the person who took them. Not sure if that’s the reason for my bad luck. I felt like I might have died but just prayed I wouldn't. That way, I don't have to have superstitious thoughts/beliefs. I picked up a rock which was tiny hoping no problem. Aloha! Answer: Sand from Hawaii state beaches can be sent to: They will try to return it to the island of origin if you let them know where you got the sand. One return trip to Hawaii, coming up! Yes, you can mail your items back: Lava rocks taken from the islands of Maui, Lanai or Molokai should be returned to: Haleakala National Park (island of Maui), P.O. I bought a lava bracelet and a ring from a store? Question: When I got back from Hawaii, I was sick for 2 weeks, lost the connection with my boyfriend and some of my fishes have died with no symptoms and many others are now sick. Aloha! IF we brought home anything we shouldn't have it was by mistake, and neither of us knows about it. If you want to contact me for any reason, feel free to email me at Hawaiianscribe@gmail.com. On a field trip to the big island one of her students picked up a lava rock and brought it back to the classroom without her knowledge. If you have any lava rocks that you need to return, you can send them via mail to Rainbow Moon in Volcano, HI. Lava rocks taken from the islands of Maui, Lanai or Molokai should be returned to: Haleakala National Park (island of Maui), P.O. He still has bad luck. Question: We visited Oahu almost a year ago; I cannot begin to describe the terrible luck we've had over the last 10 months. If you can't mail back the sand, take it to the ocean and release it. Box 369, Makawao, HI 96768-0369; Lava rocks taken from the Big Island of Hawai'i should be returned to: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, P.O. After all, I thought, Pele is not my god. He called them Pele's Tears and said that he and mom brought them back from their Hawaii trip. Delta even got us on an earlier flight and because of a tailwind, our flight was 1/2 hour shorter than normal. I saw a sign closer to the Visitor Center near the Haleakalā National Park Summit saying not to take rocks because on the rocks there might be some microbial life or some other life living on or inside the rock. We choose to offer you  this service for FREE via a group of volunteers. But I still wonder if I should return them. Have a safe trip home. If you sent the lava rocks back and you feel good about doing that, I would encourage you to keep a positive state of mind and think over all of the positive memories you have about your trip to Hawaii. Aloha! Of course, you could just send the lava rocks back to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park direct, however,  many people like being able to give the return of the rocks a little extra attention, and to do so you can send them to us right here in Volcano. I'm sorry to hear that you've had bad luck since returning home. Stones and coral should only be the kind that has washed up on the beach, not removed from the ocean. This time we sailed through. Back then I wasn't aware that it could not be wise. Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on June 29, 2017: @Agelu - I hope that you enjoyed your visit to Hawaii, and that you will return again someday. Answer: Don't worry about it. I heeded the legend of Pele and did not turn to look at them after they had passed through the spot where I stood with the hairs on my arms straight out from my body. If I send what I have back will it remove the curse? So if you have a lava rock you want to return, just know that you’re not alone. Aloha, Stephanie. Please display the items and cherish the memories of your vacation. How does the legend work regarding souvenir lava sold on the islands? Of course, you could just send the lava rocks back to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park direct, however, many people like being able to give the return of the rocks a little extra attention, and to do so you can send them to us right here in Volcano. Stephanie Launiu (author) from Hawai'i on September 05, 2020: I hope that the rocks weren't responsible for your bad luck. But I didnt know about the Pele Curse. Question: If someone came back from Hawaii and gave me a lava rock does that mean I’m cursed? So again, send your lava rock with Postal Service tracking, and that way you know when it has been received back.Aloha!Your Friends atVolcano Lava Rock Return * This web space for the Lava Rock Return is provided courtesy of the VolcanoVisitorCenter.com.This is a private confidential service handled by volunteers. Do you think someone there will be kind enough to toss it back onto the Devastation Trail for me, if I enclose a note to that effect? It has caused me great pain and suffering over the years. Mar 26, 2017 - Thousands of lava rocks are mailed back to Hawai'i each year by people claiming bad luck after taking the rocks off-island. If not, plant something outside of your home and put the black sand around the root so that it can help something grow. I am thankful that you are so willing to help people who have made a mistake of taking Lava Rocks from Hawaii. Also, my daughter took a tiny shell and a small rock(not lava). There is no curse of Pele, the rock can never be returned to where it was taken, it will only go into a ahu behind the visitor center, not back into nature. What should I do? Aloha, Stephanie. I didn’t take it on purpose. They would explain how they attributed it to the taking of the lava rocks. After a string of unfortunate events she somehow discovered the rock still in the student's desk. If I sell this bracelets? We're sorry. I am really sorry to have picked up the lava rock, please do forgive me . 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