From Japan to HPP: Puna keiki finds 37-year-old message in a bottle

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A message in a bottle found by Abbie Graham was written in several languages and apparently came from a school in Japan 37 years ago.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald From left, Aubrie and Abbie Graham on Tuesday hold up parts of a 37-year-old message that was found in a bottle from Japan on the rocks at the end of Makuu Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

The idea of a casting a bottle with a message adrift in the ocean and hoping someone finds it has been a staple of literature for centuries, a plot device in movies for decades — and even a 1979 hit by the rock band The Police.