Lava Rock Luck: How to Avoid a Hawaiian Curse

Have your kids ever taken something without you knowing? It can happen, I know I’ve done it growing up. But when you’re with family in Hawaii, just make sure no one takes home a lava rock (or black sand) without your knowledge. You just might experience a mythical Hawaiian curse—lava rock bad luck.

The curse of the lava rock

There’s a well-known Hawaiian curse that brings bad luck to those who take a lava rock home. Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, will place a spell on anyone who takes volcanic stones from her land.
Pele, Goddes of Fire

Pele, Goddess of Fire

Best way to avoid the lava rock curse

It’s really simple: don’t take a lava rock home!

Send your package back to Hawaii

If you are experiencing bad luck from taking home a lava rock, you should consider sending it back to Hawaii. We receive packages of estranged lava rocks every few months from visitors. I wrote about this last year, and the note inside typically reads:

“I took this lava rock on vacation. Please return it to the land where it belongs, it has only brought us bad luck.”

Lava Rock Luck: Sending a lava rock back to Hawaii

Lava Rock Luck: Sending a lava rock back to Hawaii

Where to send your lava rock

If you need to send back a lava rock, you can find our mailing address here.

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