Pele's Curse - Follow Up

Back in 2014 we posted an article titled "Pele's Cursewhich warned visitors about the perils of taking home lava rocks from Hawaii. The curse of Pele apparently will bring down tremendous woes to those who take her "children". Each year hundreds of packages arrive at the Honolulu Post Office addressed to Madam Pele and containing lava rocks from all over the islands.

Recently, we received a package from Sandy from Canada, who saw the post Pele's Curse on this blog and sent back many corals she had collected on her recent trip to Maui. Although her husband thought she was being over cautious,  my feeling is that it's better to be safe than sorry. This is not the first package we have received from visitors that contained lava rocks, coral and shells. It's best to just leave these things here in Hawaii in the first place. Here is a photo of the package she sent.

Here are some other stories that we have found;

Enclosed are 5 lava rocks that my wife & I took from the Big Island during our honeymoon in April of 1991. We've regretted it ever since. Our luck has been tough the last 13 years. Well, today is our 13th Wedding Anniversary. We've rededicated ourselves to each other and setting things right. ..not only with each other, but with Pele. Please return these missing rocks to her along with our apologies.  Sincerely, T. & C.G., Bellingham, WA  

I just arrived home from a fantastic vacation in Kona. While walking on the public access beach at the Sands Resort I picked up a small piece of lava rock & coral to bring home. When I arrived home and unpacked I was showing my husband my souvenirs and he panicked when I pulled out the rock & coral. He wouldn't touch it and immediately took out our laptop to show me your website. So...I've only been home a few hours and I'm already writing this note to return the stone. My apologies for the indiscretion, I never realized the religious significance of the stones or the superstitions against removing them from the island. I had some of the best days and greatest luck of my life the last few days and I have no desire to change the balance.  Thank you for creating this site and providing me with the opportunity to have these items replaced respectfully where they belong.  Best regards, V.W., Trenton, NJ 

If you are having bad luck, 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


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