Hoku means “star” in Hawaiian. One of a litter of seven, Hoku is the first dog from Hawaii to appear in the Puppy Bowl. She now lives in the Norwalk home of Patrick and Maureen Shannon. The couple’s daughter, who is the marketing manager for Maui Humane Society, fostered the dog from eight weeks until October and talked her parents into adopting Hoku. It wasn’t difficult to persuade them.

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