Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays! (The buoy is almost ready)

We have been working through the holidays to get Hōkūmoanalani back in the ocean.  We had some unexpected issues with the audio and radio components of the system.  As of last night, I think all issues are resolved except putting it all back together.  I am trying to restrain myself from working too much on Christmas day, but some progress is being made.  I hope we will have her back in the ocean as early as this weekend, after a little more testing.  It's tough to service her in the ocean, so we hope to have everything working well enough to last the whole season.

Thanks to every one who has helped refurbish her.  She's looking good!  Pictured here are Pualani Trisha Cabral, who has put major time into the project this year, and Shawn Ardoin, our artist.  Shawn has added a playful touch to Hōkūmoanalani this year.  Shawn's art is featured in galleries in Hana and Paia, Maui, Honolulu, and Tahiti.  Thank you Trisha and Shawn, and special thanks to Samuel David, who did a lot of heavy lifting, electrical wiring and painting this year, and is pictured in my last post.  Samuel's CD of whale music is just being released.  He and his partner Amber are donating some money from each CD sold to The Whalesong Project. 

Much aloha to all of our friends out there,


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