Pele's Curse

Here is some important information that you will definitely want to heed when here in Hawaii. You may have heard this before, or seen the "Brady Bunch" episode about this. Do not, under any circumstances, take any lava rocks home, you will have extremely bad luck!

Legend has it that Pele, goddess of fire and volcanoes, is so angered when the rocks (which she sees as her children) are taken from her that she exacts a terrible revenge on the thief. She is especially protective of volcanic rock and sand, two items tourists almost unthinkingly pocket as mementos of their vacations.

Pele's supposed curse is not a mild-mannered one. Those allegedly afflicted by it don't misplace their car keys or develop runs in their stockings — their bad luck is of the grievous variety. Pets die. Jobs are lost. Houses burn down. Sudden and devastating illness strikes loved ones. Marriages break apart.

But is that true? How can taking a rock from Hawaii give you a curse? Well, ask Kimberly, who brought home a lava rock that she found on the road to Hana and almost immediately she broke her foot, ended up in the hospital with bronchitis and says that she is completely falling apart.

Or, ask Timothy, who scooped some of the unusual black sand from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park into a bottle and brought it back with him to Florida. Everything in his life immediately went into a nosedive: his pet died, his five-year relationship with a gal he was to marry ended, and the FBI arrested him in a computer copyright infringement case.

If you have taken any lava rocks from Hawaii, and you have found that Pelle's Curse has a hold of you, you can send them back to us at:

Hawaiian Island Weddings
PO Box 2098
Kihei, HI 96753

Aloha, Tim

Partly reprinted from Snopes - http://www.snopes.com/luck/pele.asp


Aerial Luminary, Sky Lantern Ban Becomes Law | Maui Now

There have been a number of questions regarding the popular Aerial Luminary, or "Sky Lanterns" as they are called. Sorry, the answer is no. You can not have Sky Lanterns at your wedding in Hawaii.

Here is the official story:

House Bill 2113 imposes a total ban on the items, including the ignition, possession, sale or use.
Over the past year, fire departments reported an increase in use of sky lanterns, which are paper lanterns with an open flame.
A small candle inside heats the air in the lantern, causing it to rise for several hundred feet and remain airborne until the heat expires.
The lanterns, authorities say, can remain airborne for over four minutes, and pose a potential hazard by interfering with aircraft, flying into power lines, landing on roof tops, and landing in combustible vegetation posing a brush fire risk.
According to authorities, sky lanterns can reach an estimated altitude of 400-500 feet, a height of which local air traffic may fly in certain areas of the State as permitted by the FAA.
Depending on wind speed and direction, official say the lanterns also have the ability to travel an estimated lateral distance of up to 1150 feet.
So, I know that these sky lanterns are cool, but please do not buy them and try to release them here in Hawaii. Our fragile environment can be ruined buy your celebration. Please leave the sky lanterns at home., thanks!  Aloha, Tim