Puna keiki finds 37-year-old message in a bottle

  • 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. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • Abbie Graham smiles while talking about the message in the bottle she found on Father’s Day at the end of Makuu Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park at her home in Orchidland Estates on Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • 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. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

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.