Like his brothers and sisters, Pono had markings on top of his abdomen that looked like a happy face. The markings helped confuse birds that wanted to eat him. Everyone had their own happy face.
Pono was supposed to have a happy face too, but he had lost his. The Koa tree that had been his home had just been chopped down to make furniture. All of his friends were gone and he was sad. He wanted to find them, and he wanted to find his smile again.
He began to walk through the rainforest. He could hear birds and animals. He could hear the wind in the trees. Everyone seemed happy. Pono wanted to know why they were happy. He decided to ask them.
Then, he saw a bird walking on the ground.
The first friend Pono met was. . .
Make, the Moa Bird Ne'ele, the Nene Goose