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Auspicious Day - Ariya and 200 Dolphins HIROKI NAGASAWADolphins and You is pleased to announce the launch of our new tour vessel, Ariya, marking the fruition of a long-anticipated dream by Dolphins and You owner, Richard Holland, who chose the name Ariya in remembrance of his daughter, Ariya, who passed away 23 years ago.

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HIROKI NAGASAWAAriyas debut was appropriately grand: she was to play a starring role in a Japanese television production following dolphins swimming in the open ocean.

The job was not without challenges: Dolphins and You usually operates in the waters off West Oahu, where there is more nature and few people. The television crew, however, had their eye on a location near crowded Waikiki and had a scheduling window of just four hours.

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HIROKI NAGASAWAAriyas Captain Keith, a veteran of many dolphin voyages, was understandably skeptical about a dolphin encounter under these conditions but said, Ill do my best and got Ariya underway with the camera boat following close behind. Ariya strove to impress, drawing the admiration of the Japanese crew as her advanced power plant ate up the miles to the location.

With the chances of a dolphin encounter being slim at best the film crew had come up with a back up plan of filming honu (sea turtles) which are a common sight in waters off Waikiki.

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HIROKI NAGASAWAThey need not have bothered. Just a few miles out, the crew was surprised to see Captain Keith pointing out at the horizon.

DOLPHINS!

At first, everybody thought that Captain Keith was playing a joke on them. They were only a few miles out after all and the area was full of tour boats, surfers and other unnatural elements that do not appeal to dolphins but Captain Keith turned Ariya about and reduced her speed. HIROKI NAGASAWA

HIROKI NAGASAWAImmediately, all were treated to the sight of five Spinner dolphins swimming directly toward Ariya. Soon, the rest of pod, appeared, one after the other, happily stitching the waves.

By the time the camera boat caught up, Ariya was, literally, surrounded by dolphins - an estimated 200 individuals!

The camera crew and reporter jumped into a blur of activity and were in the water in record time. They spent the next 30 minutes, moving slowly toward Diamond Head, filming dolphins jumping and playing in the crystal blue waters off Waikiki. The ultimate Dolphin Encounter.

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HIROKI NAGASAWAWhen the director was satisfied and the crew were all back on board, the Japanese reporter faced the blue water and shouted a heartfelt thank you so much! to his new friends. As if in response, one of his acrobatic subjects shot out of the waves in a spectacular aerial display.

Truly Auspicious

This first charter could only be called, blessed. The fact that such a large pod of dolphins was almost immediately encountered in Waikiki in such a narrow window of time is almost beyond belief. Its as though the dolphins came out just to meet Ariya to endorse her maiden charter.

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HIROKI NAGASAWAEverybody was so happy and excited with this rare, nearly perfect shoot that when Ariya pulled into port the clients crew joined hands with Ariyas in prayer with special thanks expressed to the dolphins, to the sea, and to Ariya and her crew.

Ariyas very first clients, returned to their hotel with happy, satisfied smiles.

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HIROKI NAGASAWALater that day, Dolphins and You, president, Richard Holland, had an emotional revelation: August 23the date of Ariyas first charterhe realized, also marked the 23rd anniversary of the death of his daughter, Ariya. The fact that Ariya, had spent the day as a vessel baring luck, good fortune and joyful smiles while making possible a blessed encounter with a rare and beautiful species is a thing for which there are no adequate words.

HIROKI NAGASAWASmooth sailing, Ariya!

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HIROKI NAGASAWABased on a true story.Come and meet our Ariya in Oahu.Doulphins and Youwww.dolphinsandyou.comwww.irukahawaii.comhttps://www.facebook.com/dolphinsandyou.jp

Text & Photo by Hiroki Nagasawa Aloha BrandingTranslated by Coco.http://alohabranding.com/http://hirokinagasawa.com/https://www.facebook.com/alohabranding

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