Taking home a lava rock? Think twice.

Superstitions are hardly ever accepted by an entire population. But when enough people believe in something that can’t exactly be proven true, a superstition can come to life. Enter Pele, the Goddess of Fire, currently living on the Big Island where one of the world’s most active volcanoes exists.
The legendary wrath of Pele tells of her most famous struggle, a lover’s quarrel with Kamapua’a, a half-man half-pig demi-god. Their love and hatred violently tore them apart and nearly destroyed Pele herself. You can read more about the history and mythology of Hawaiian Fire Goddess Pele here.

Does taking a lava rock bring bad luck?

The most logical answer is no. We live on an island chain created by geothermal activity–a ‘hot spot’ located below the Big Island pours molten earth into the ocean to create acres of land. Since 1983, lava eruption at Kilauea has added nearly 100 acres of new land to the island of Hawaii. We’d like to think so, but there are enough people who believe this superstition that the ‘bad luck lava rock’ fear is true. So true, in fact, that visitors to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park send us their stolen lava rocks after they’ve returned home. One just arrived from Houston, Texas, earlier today.
To whomever sent this lava rock in, mahalo. We hope you’re doing well now that the rock is back in Hawaii. We’ll make every effort to get this back to the Big Island. Aloha to you and your family.

Did you take a lava rock on one of our Big Island tours?

Feel free to send it to our headquarters in Honolulu and we’ll take it from there.

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