by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Literally birthed from fire and brimstone, Hawaii is a stunning example of how nature sets a course from disaster to delight. From its violent beginnings to being the top honeymoon destination, Hawaii captures the heart of anyone who ventures there.
Hawaii is unlike any other place on Earth because of the way it formed and because of its location. Originating from multiple underwater volcanic eruptions, the Hawaiian archipelago has fluxuated from a hot, moltened state to a massive ecosystem unique with climate and culture.
Hawaii is in a rare location. Most of the world’s active volcanoes form along the “Ring of Fire.” The Ring of Fire is a region around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. Hawaii is not on this “Ring” but is considered one of only 40 “hot spots” in the world. A hot spot is unique because it does not occur at the boundaries of Earth’s tectonic plates, where most volcanos occurs. Instead it occurs at abnormally hot centers known as mantle plumes. This is a rare region, deep within the Earth’s mantle where heat rises due to convection.
Other example of hot spots would include the Yellowstone Caldera at Yellowstone National Park, the Iceland hot spot, under the island of Iceland in the North Atlantic, and the the Afar hot spot, located under northeastern Ethiopia.
Stones and crystals native to Hawaii include peridot, obsidian, basalt, and serpentine, which contribute to Hawaii’s mineral make-up and stunning backdrop. These stones and crystals are formed through cooling lava, as well as heat and pressure. Another famous stone of the islands is black coral, which is a living organism, harvested and used in jewelry. Here is a list of Hawaii’s beautiful creations:
Basalt: Basalt makes up much of the seabed. It is mostly black in color. Basalt is the most extrusive igneous rock. It composes several land forms, including Hawaii, Iceland and large portions of Oregon and Washington. Its uses include construction material, flooring and sculpting. Very similar to gabbro in its chemical composition, Basalt stones that are tumbled smooth by the sea are often used for massage stones, gratitude stones, and altar offerings. The difference between lava rock and basalt is that basalt has lower silica content.
Black Coral: This stone has a deep connection with the deep ocean. (Antipatharia) are a group of deep water, tree-like corals related to sea anemones. They are also found in rare dark shallow water areas such as New Zealand’s Milford Sound where they can be viewed from an underwater observatory or via SCUBA diving. Though black coral’s living tissue is brilliantly colored, it takes its name from the distinctive black or dark brown color of its skeleton. Also unique to black coral are the tiny spines that cover the surface of the skeleton, the origin of the nickname little thorn coral. In the Hawaiian language, black coral is called ‘ēkaha kū moana and is the official state gem of Hawaii. It is believed to promote male fertility, union with the Goddess, conception, and fatherhood. Black coral helps you to be the protector of the mother and child, protector of the family and protector of the Earth.
Gabbro (AKA Merlinite): Gabbro, sometimes called Indigo Gabrro or Merlinite, is usually dark in color, such as black or gray and is a coarse-grained igneous rock that makes up most of the seabed. Gabbro is a densely packed rock formed from the slow cooling of magma chambers beneath mid-ocean ridges. This stone encourages the world of dreams and dreaming, teaching us the fundamental of mysticism, past incarnations and recollections. Wonderful stone to use at Samhain, as it eloquently lifts the veil between the spiritual and the physical planes assisting in contacting souls who have passed over. It opens one’s energy field to its innate capacity to serve as a channel for manifestation. It has the ability, as a good mentor would, to teach us to influence outer elemental processes in order to help empower our lives.
Lava Rock: The elemental powers of fire and earth, lava rocks are rich in minerals from deep in the earth’s core. Born of fire, these molten creations raise to the surface and become porous creations of earth. Fire is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion, while earth was commonly associated with qualities of practicality, restraint and materialism. Lava rocks embrace both elements. The red and black lava rocks are a wonderful tool for the Root Chakra. The can be used for grounding, protection and making a connection to the earth. They allow us to “root” scattered energy, find focus and bring balance to our center by embracing practicality. Lava is a rock formed from magma erupted from a volcano. It is an igneous rock of volcanic origin. It’s “primal energies” are evident from spending so much time deep in the Earth’s core in a molten state before it is formed upon Earth’s entry. This stone is beneficial when your 1st Root, as well as, the fire of the 2nd Sacral Spleen Chakra are energetically weak. They encourage stimulation.
Obsidian: is Igneous rock with inclusion. Solid/translucent black to smoky, this stone takes on many characteristics due to its unique formation. Bubbles of air can get trapped in molten rock, which, when densely packed, can produce effects that look like rainbows. Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as”the protector“. It is said to “mirror one’s soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore, is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts it to white light energy.
Peridot: This stone is traditionally used for health, wealth, and protection. It forms deep within the earth due to extreme temperatures and pressure from volcanic activity in Hawaii. Native Hawaiians believe peridot to be the tears of the goddess Pele. It is also considered the birthstone for the month of August. The Island of Oahu has beaches whose sand is made up of small grains of peridot. It helps us understand relationships and other realities. Alleviates depression, anger, fear, jealousy, anxiety. A visionary stone. Helps connect us to our destinies and to an understanding of the purpose of existence. Can help us visualize not only the ultimate peak of physical, but of spiritual continuation as well.
Pumice: Pumice is lava stone that has become so porous, that the stone can actually float. It is considered the “froth” that risen to the top of the magma, like foam on a cappuccino. This then solidifies with light and air and becomes this sold “whip” of stone that has very little weight, but can be very effective on several levels. It is considered a great absorber of negative issues and events that stand in your way of moving forward.
Rhyolite: is a volcanic rock (just the opposite of Basalt stone) it is high in silica content and occurs when the lava cools very slowly and takes on different colors. Rhyolite was named “streaming rock” because of its beautiful bands, bubbles and crystal-rich layers that form as lava flows onto the surface of stone and moves forward. Rhyolite can look very different, depending on how it erupts. Rhyolite has a composition similar to granite but has a smaller grain size. It is composed of the light-colored silicates and is usually buff to pink in color. Because of its varied formalization represents “change, variety and progress“. Rhyolite “sparks creativity” in individuals who are ready to move forward and make things happen in their life. It allows us to reach out and beyond our capabilities of what we think we can achieve by helping us to break through the mental barriers and to reach a profound and joyous state of knowing.
Serpentine: Serpentine is usually green in color, but can also be yellow, black or brown. It is an alteration form of the mineral olivine. Antigorite, clinochrysotile, lizardite, orthochrysotile and parachrysotile are all in the same family as they have a similar chemical makeup. It is used as a substitute for jade and can be used for carving. This stone is an excellent stone for meditation. It can be used to clear clouded areas of all the Chakra and especially to assist in opening the Heart Chakra. It is also believed to help activate the kundalini, or ‘serpent fire’ energies. By placing this stone on the Crown Chakra, it initiates the movement of kundilini energy up the spine. Relaxes one’s overall nature. Serpentine helps us with better control in our lives.
Seashells: (honorable mention): Not a stone or crystal, seashells are magnificent works of Universal creation and are wonders to behold. Finding and searching them out is a great past time that can last for hours, taking us away from ourselves and giving us a carefree adventure that is rewarding on many levels. Your favorites can be taken home and cleansed. Shells can make beautiful decorative pieces. Seashells are natural vessels that can be used for cleansing and make a great carrier for sage or incense. They can be placed on your personal altar as a reminder of good times or as a tribute to nature and all her powers.