Aloha! My name is Manny. I’m a manta ray. I was created and carved out of wood by a really cool dude named Josh Anderson., after his first visit to Hawai’i Island, over a year ago. Josh can build anything you can dream up, and he’s a real artist with wood. But he would never say that himself, so I’m saying it for him. He even built Shawn and Tonie’s beautiful house in Klawock, Alaska. Josh took me to Hawai’i with him on his second visit this year, and he put me up on the Ogimachi Christmas tree. We’ve been having fun ever since.
You’re probably wondering who the bear is. That’s Fuzzy, the Branciforte Bear. He was gifted to Tonie by one of her fourth graders, Natalie Sharp, probably about 20 or some-odd years ago. Over the years, Tonie made it a habit of sneaking Fuzzy into Shawn’s luggage whenever he’d take off on some trip by himself. Shawn would find Fuzzy stowed away while traveling, and it would make him smile. So Fuzzy is a very well-traveled bear, and he’s showing me the ropes of traveling with Shawn and Tonie. He’s also providing a little extra protection and cushion for my wings.
Tonie is kind of an abalone. She lives on two rocks in the Pacific, and it’s often hard to pry her off whatever rock she’s currently living on. But once Shawn starts brandishing his abalone iron, and pops her off her rock, she travels really well and she has a great time. It looks like we’re leaving Hawai’i Island soon, and we’ll be going “holoholo.” I wonder where we’ll end up next.
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