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A message-in-a-bottle story

This has been an amazing week for messages in bottles. I don't tend to post them here, but I had to share this most recent one because the recipient of the message has the same name (Kaya) as the recipient of the message in Pen Pal.

In Maui, Hawaii, a girl named Safina put an invitation to her birthday party, along with a little lei, into a bottle, and set it afloat. Four years later, it was found by David Wilson and his family--including 10-year-old Kaya--on Shell Beach in California. A huge wave came up and stole his sandal, but gave him the message.

Fair trade, right?

Alas, the phone numbers included in the message no longer work, so there's no way, right now, for Kaya to communicate with Safina. But the local news stations in California are going to try to find her. Here's hoping.

More on the story, including a short video, here.

Safina's message (image taken from another local news station's video)
Safina message

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duccio
Oct. 16th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ooo, this is a very cool story. I guess you never know when you might find a message in a bottle. I get the idea that there are many many many of them floating around.
asakiyume
Oct. 17th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
There sure are--I've got over twenty on the Pen Pal messages-in-bottles page, and I've only been collecting for a year, and I don't use every one I see.
sovay
Oct. 16th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
In Maui, Hawaii, a girl named Safina put an invitation to her birthday party, along with a little lei, into a bottle, and set it afloat. Four years later, it was found by David Wilson and his family--including 10-year-old Kaya--on Shell Beach in California. A huge wave came up and stole his sandal, but gave him the message.

Always remember to tip the messenger!

That is excellent.
asakiyume
Oct. 17th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Always remember to tip the messenger!

*love*
sartorias
Oct. 16th, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
How cool is that???
asakiyume
Oct. 17th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Isn't it?
oiktirmos
Oct. 16th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
Neat.
It would be cool if this Kaya walked into a library and discovered she has a parallel Kaya in Pen Pal.
asakiyume
Oct. 17th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
She's a little young, still--not even Em's age yet! But maybe one day :-)
oiktirmos
Oct. 17th, 2014 10:16 am (UTC)
It seems a remote possibility that anyone with the name of a main character in your book would become involved with a message in a bottle. I know no-one who has found a message in a bottle, ever.
queenoftheskies
Oct. 17th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
That is so cool!
asakiyume
Oct. 20th, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
Isn't it? And the name thing was pretty awesome.
bondo_ba
Oct. 17th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Now THAT is totally awesome!
asakiyume
Oct. 20th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
I love message-in-a-bottle stories, and this was an excellent one.
khiemtran
Oct. 18th, 2014 08:47 am (UTC)
How exciting to get a party invitation from Hawaii! I wonder if the girls will get to meet...
asakiyume
Oct. 20th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
I bet they will!
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