What a blessed day! As light winds and calm seas followed us, they gave us time to celebrate one of our crew mates’ day of birth. Puaita Pulotu was serenaded with a happy birthday song as well as given a Hōkūleʻa birthday cake made by chef extraordinaire Nakua Konohia-Lind. It seemed that we were not the only ones who wanted to wish him a happy birthday as a pod of dolphins swam alongside Hōkūleʻa for a while, greeting us playfully around and under our waʻa, It also reminded us how precious our ocean marine life is.
To cap the night off, we gathered in a circle to partake in a little awa as stories, smiles and constant laughter was shared by all. When asked of him to make a wish, Puaita humbly responded, “spending my birthday sailing on Hōkuleʻa is a wish come true already. I am thankful.” Well said my friend. Hau´oli lā hānau e Puaita!
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