All he wanted to do was film his child’s birth. Kinda sorta for the memories of the big day but also to put the video on Facebook so his family in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji could share in their joy, and feel like they were right in the room with them. And while his loved ones did get to see it all (well, not all), they weren’t the only ones who watched it all go down.
When Kali Kanongata’a recorded the video of partner Sarah Dome, he didn’t realize he was sharing it with more than his family until his cousin chimed in, saying, “Keep pushing.”
“That’s when I saw the viewer count,” Kanongata’a told People magazine. “I thought it was just going to my family and friends!”
Nope! He was actually sending it out to the world. The 45-minute video (way to go, Sarah!), narrated by Kali has been viewed more than 250,000 times.
As the number of viewers sped into the thousands, Kanongata’a considered stopping the recording “for a second” but then figured, why not?
“There’s a lot of negative stuff on Facebook and so I thought this would be positive,” he explains. “I figured as long as I kept it PG – this is a birth – it’s something to be happy about.”
Some people are freaking out and think it’s the basically the biggest overshare in the history of Facebook but he and Dome are laughing it off.
“We just see it as a positive,” he explains. “I know some people are mad that it’s not private, but I’m from the island [of Tonga], and years ago, we would have water births in public. I wasn’t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this for thousands of years.”
And it’s just a birth. We’ve all been part of one in some form or another. It’s not like magical storks came and dropped us off at our parents’ doors.
Kanongata’a and Dome hope their son, who they’ve named Ngangatulelei HeKelesi, will one day see the video of his birth and “appreciate the story behind his life.” We sure do. Congrats to the whole family. And, by extension, everyone else who watched it.