I was on the beach at Makena Cove recently enjoying the sunset and witnessed a beautiful couple getting married in a small intimate ceremony. It was beautiful, and I was happy for them. During one point in the ceremony, a gentleman I assume was the coordinator took out a tall glass and scooped sand from inside the flower petal circle the couple stood inside. He carefully leveled the sand so it filled up the very top of the glass, and then presented it to the couple. After words were exchanged, he walked over and carefully placed the sand in a bag, which was then closed up and taken with them when they left. I almost said something, but I didn’t want to ruin the moment for the couple, who clearly had no idea that taking sand was not only bad luck, but also culturally and environmentally insensitive–if not technically illegal. Shame on the wedding coordinator and planner for promoting such unsustainable, disrespectful and karma sucking practices.
Illustration: Ron Pitts