Is it Bad Luck to Bring Home Rocks From Hawaii?
(Gaith, Md Usa)
Aloha, We visited the big Island in 2001. It was really a very exciting trip for myself, my husband and our two daughters.
We took day trips from (Oahu) Honolulu to the Big Island one day and to Maui another day.
There was not enough time to visit other islands for us. It was a remarkable trip for us and we loved every minute of it.
We wanted to take a trip to the national volcano park when we were on the Big Island but day trips were all sold out so we took the other trip to see the black sand beach which was also remarkable.
I brought some black sand and rocks with me as a souvenir to my home in Maryland.
About 6 months ago some of my younger daughter's friend's were visiting her for her wedding shower party.
I was talking about Hawaii to them and showed them the black sand that I brought from big island.
One friend told me "You are very brave to bring it back home. because people say that it is bad luck if you bring it home."
I want to find out if there is any truth this is saying?
Is there any belief for the Big Island residents for this matter?
Also can you please verify the address that I am sending the sand and rocks back:
Attn: Lava Rock Return
P.O. Box 699
Volcano, HI 96785
I am very curious and anxious to know.
I would say that the majority of people here, myself included, put stock in the belief that there is some kind of reality to the bad luck that follows people that take rocks off the island.
The belief stems from thoughts that Tutu Pele, the Volcano Goddess, gets upset when pieces of her leave the island.
My mother used to work at a local tourist magazine, and she said that every week people would be sending rocks to them because they had no where else to send them.
I think that the Volcano Gallery (Rainbow Moon) is a great place to send them, they seem to be reputable, I think I have even run across the owners before.
Anyway let me know if I can help in any other way.