BARKING SANDS, Hawaii - An unexpected treasure was found underneath the sizzling sun on the beaches of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) Sept. 15. The treasure was discovered by Petty Officer Jon Moore during PMRF's participation in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day. What Moore found was a literal message-in-a-bottle among a collection of ocean debris picked up on a one mile stretch of the base's coastline[...]Amazing..
The bottle was sent from young Saki Arikawa -- a sixth grade student at the time -- in Kagoshima, Japan and traveled more than 4,000 miles and five years before it was discovered on the Westside of Kauai. The bottle contained a letter, four origami flowers and a photo of Arikawa's sixth grade class.
"I looked over and saw the bottle. I jokingly thought it would have a treasure map inside, but it actually had a message," said Moore[...]
I'll definitely respond. I want to write back to the school and get their thoughts," said Moore.
The message is more than just a letter to Moore. When he found it, it reminded him of home. Though originally from Guyana, South America, he considers Japan home since his wife and son reside there and he's excited to tell them about what he found. He plans on visiting Kagoshima on his next trip home to visit his family.