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fluthernutter's avatar

Where to gather white coral rocks for lava graffiti?

Asked by fluthernutter (4107 points ) April 10th, 2012 from iPhone

I noticed there were a few jellies that are from Hawaii and I’m sure that there are others that are familiar with these waters, so I thought I’d throw this question out here.

Family is vacationing in Hawaii and after seeing all of the lava graffiti (messages “written” with white coral rock placed on top of black lava) I’m quite determined to add my own piece. Except I’m a dorky tourist and I’m not sure exactly where the best place to get these rocks?

I obviously don’t want to take from other people’s work. (Though the crumbly illegible ones are tempting.)

We’re on the Big Island (in Holualoa). We’re thinking about doing it somewhere along the 19?

Any other tips also appreciated!
Thanks, island jellies!

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I know this is crazy since I’ve lived here for 11 years, but I have no idea where to get the coral. I think that people dive for it. Honestly.

ro_in_motion's avatar

Buy white paint and cover black lava rock. Easy.

zenvelo's avatar

Be careful with lava rock and coral. You don’t wanna mess with Madame Pele, nor disrupt the coral environment. Why not NOT disturb the scenery and practice “Leave No Trace” ?

@ro_in_motion Please don’t encourage vandalism of protected shorelines.

judochop's avatar

I love graf and tags when done in the right place and I have to say, you could not pick a more wrong place, especially since you don’t even live there.
I saw graf on a hedge the other day and all I could think was, wish I would have caught the prick who did that.
Leave nature be. Tag a WalMart or BP billboard.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@ro_in_motion‘s idea is vandalism and not a good idea. Madame Pele is indeed quite jealous of her lava and her island. You don’t want any bad luck to follow you home like the Brady Bunch, do you?

fluthernutter's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Dive for it? Goodness. That’s a lot of work considering how some of these look like they require quite a bit of rock.

Plus I don’t want to disturb any coral reefs. But taking stuff that’s already washed ashore seems pretty harmless.

@ro_in_motion Not cool.

@zenvelo Exactly why I’m asking. I’m not sure what’s off limits and what’s okay to take.

@judochop There’s tons of this stuff along the roads. It seems like a fun and fairly harmless way to “tag” considering how it all crumbles away eventually. I don’t see many dates past 2012.

coelacanth's avatar

A recent news story: “Volunteers remove roadside coral graffiti”
http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/volunteers-remove-roadside-coral-graffiti.html

Note: “Removing the material from the beaches is illegal”

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@coelacanth : The removal of the roadside coral signs is very controversial.

fluthernutter's avatar

Just curious. How many jellies answering this question are actual locals (besides Hawaii_Jake)?

zenvelo's avatar

@fluthernutter I’m not a resident of Hawaii, I do visit the state at least once a year.

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