Hampton decided to throw us and Mahalo a little christening party. How nice! Deb and I had a play to go to that Saturday afternoon (of the boat show as well). Accuweather said it would begin raining at 4 pm and geez, spot on! We got to the boat around 5:15, and it stopped raining for a bit.
The Hampton folks had the traditional bubbly and leaves, super nice.
About the time we go to do it, the rain starts "bucketing down," as my UK friends would say. Somehow it seemed kind of "right." You often get an afternoon thundershower in Hawaii, although it is warmer for sure. But we didn't have any wind!
I wasn't going to take pictures/video, just wanted to be in the moment. But Geo was doing such a great job I couldn't resist. I caught this video mid way through.
Here is the little blessing we came up with:
For thousands of years, the sea has called to people. Vessels have been crafted to carry them, and the vessels are known by name. As they nurture and care for us while at sea, we affectionately call them "she." To them we toast and ask to celebrate this beautiful new vessel, Mahalo.
In Hawaiian culture, Kanaloa is the ocean god, known for long distance voyaging and also for healing. In the spirit in which this vessel Mahalo was named, we ask Kanaloa to watch over her, ensuring safe passages for Bob and Debbie's family and friends. Mahalo is the newest member of the Hampton ohana, or family. May she always bring the spirit of the islands to all that voyage with her. TO MAHALO!
After this I said a few words, telling people one of the Hawaiian expressions I had learned: No rain, no rainbows!
And one picture with our broker extraordinaire, Scott Hauck. It's just over 11 months to the day since we sat down and signed the contract with him.
Back in the Hampton show tent we had some great food they provided, and Deb and I expressed our gratitude once more. We are lucky ducks!
About 15 friends were able to join us for the party. None more special that beautiful little Sophie! Eh, not so little anymore! It's been a joy watching her grow up and being a bit of a honorary uncle. She's the daughter of very good Seattle friends. And Captain Sophie is ready to take the wheel as soon as we can get them out boating!
Mahalo again to the Hampton crew and our friends that spent the evening with us. Just keeps getting more special. Also, thank you to Kelsey of Hampton for several of these images.