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Travel Souvenirs from Around the World: Big Island, Hawaii

They must have thought I had gone mad. After the excitement of walking on lava that is one day old on Hawaii’s Big Island, the adventure tour bus stopped along a stretch of a sandy beach. While people alighted and frantically tripped their camera shutters, I bent down and bagged a handful of black sand.

Black sand and lava rocks, Big island, Hawaii

Punalu’u Beach is unlike any beach I have seen. The sand is coarse and jet black and spreads against the foamy white waves that wash its shore.  Green turtles are known to visit on occasion but there were no sightings during our visit.

I later discovered that the Hawaiian Volcano goddess, Pele, places a curse upon visitors who take home black sand or lava rocks. We put our case to the test when we declared them at the airport due to stringent customs laws in Australia. The officer took one look and waved us in. I’m sure the fiery Goddess Pele can also make one exception.

Previous Travel Souvenirs from Around the World: Tokyo, Seoul, Jbeil, Dubai, Provence, Tahiti, Montmartre/Paris.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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