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Truth about taking rocks
In response to 141305: Taking Lava Rocks, posted by Darlene P on Saturday, 9 September 2017, at 3:28 a.m.
Aloha. I had the opportunity to ask a respected Kahu (or "Kahuna" if you prefer) what is the truth about gathering and, sometimes, removing stones. I made sure to reference the myth that taking stones off-island meant bad luck. (This myth actually originated quite some time ago in an effort to stop the removal of materials from Volcanoes Nat. Park and has no real Hawaiian origins.)
I was told that: "We Hawaiians believe that everything has spirit...people, animals, plants, trees, rocks - the aina (land), and all must be repected as such. There is nothing improper with gathering from the land or sea unless there is kapu. However gathering must be done properly. Before you enter where you gather, say a "pule", or prayer, asking permission to come and gather. When gathering be sensitive to any response to your actions. Does it feel "wrong"? That might not be the right stone to gather. Does it feel fine? OK! Take only what is needed and what feels right and do it with respect. When you are done, say another pule of thanks for what you have gathered."
Think of it this way - if somebody wished to take you to serve their purpose you would at least expect the courtesy of a request!
Hope this helps!
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