There is perhaps no more beautiful dawn in Hawaii than the sun rising over the West Maui Mountains, viewed from Molokai's south shore.
Of course, you don't really need as sign. If you're in a town on Molokai, it's Kaunakakai (Kow-Na-Kah-Khy.) Because there's only one town.
This is what Ms. Raiatea Helm looks like when she's onstage around the world, singing Hawaiian music. But she's a Molokai girl, see the next photo.
On her home island of Molokai, Raiatea Helm rakes the leaves from the Kukui tree in her parents' yard.
Here's Raiatea taking a break from yardwork, perched above Papohaku Beach.
Papohaku Beach, three miles of golden sand, nearly deserted.
On a clear day, it seems like you can see across the channel to Oahu.
Enough deserted beach for you?
Perhaps a little rough for swimming but enjoyable nonetheless.
A cove near Papohaku Beach. The final scene of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" was filmed right around the corner.
Storms have washed some rocks down to this beach, where they will likely be temporary residents.
At Hoolehua Post Office, postmaster Gary Lam shows off the coconuts he mails around the world.
Coffees of Hawaii has a 500-acre plantation and mill in the village of Kualapuu.
Coffee cherries arrive by the wagonload at Coffees of Hawaii, ready to be sorted. The dark cherries become the brand's popular Molokai Muleskinner Coffee.
The sorted, husked and dried beans go into the roaster.
Shaynah Dela Cruz checks the coffee roast.
Dawn breaks over one of the 60 ancient Hawaiian fishponds on Molokai's south shore, Maui in the distance.
Hunting on Molokai requires trudging off into the dawn, uphill.
Kanoho Helm, born and raised on Molokai, still practices the subsistence lifestyle that many residents favor, fishing and hunting to help feed his family.
Sunrise on a Hawaiian hunter.
One of the things we found following Kanoho were some breathtaking views.
Leimana Raymond Naki lives in the Hawaiian style at Kahina Pohaku, a fishpond he is restoring along Molokai's shore.
Naki demonstrates how to throw a net.
The movements in hula mimic the postures needed to throw a fishing net. Naki demonstrates.
"You can't be Western five days a week and Hawaiian two," says Naki. "You have to walk the talk."
Naki demonstrates coconut frond weaving, all part of his cultural education endeavors.
Kanoho Helm enters his favorite fishing spot in East Molokai, net at the ready.
For dinner at the Helm house, there will be moi, fish once reserved for Hawaiian royalty.
Keala Coelho presides over the store at Puu O Hoku Ranch.
Puu O Hoku, once a ranch, is now a stunning modern retreat center.
At the East end of Molokai is Halawa Valley, viewed here from the lookout on Kamehameha V Highway.
As you approach Halawa Valley, you are warned to look out for the state bird, the nene goose.
Mokuhooniki Islet sits off the east end of Molokai.
One way down from topside Molokai to Kalaupapa is to ride a mule down a 3-mile trail that descends 1,700-feet with 26 switchbacks.
Buzzy Sproat, co-owner of Molokai Mule Ride, has spent most of his life in the saddle.
Mounting a mule is easy enough if you have stairs.
Sproat assures the riders that the mules know the way.
Off for a muleback trip to Kalaupapa.
The road to the Kalaupapa Lookout, with some splendid morning sun.
From the Kalaupapa Lookout, you can see down the tallest sea cliffs in the world to the isolated peninsula that once was a place of exile for Hansen's disease sufferers.
Meyer Mill was the smallest sugar mill in Hawaii, operating from 1878 to 1889. You can see it restored on the grounds of the Molokai Museum & Cultural Center.
This 6-horse power steam engine powered the Meyer Mill, with steam supplied by the black boiler in the background.
The evaporator, made of redwood and copper, thickened the cane juice into sugar.
Another view of the historic mill.
You can walk the fields of Molokai's Kumu Farms.
Kumu Farms' Emanuela Vinciguerra, in a field of basil.
It's hard to imagine how fragrant an entire field of fresh herbs can be.
Kumu Farms produces 20,000 pounds of papayas a week.
Not to mention bananas.
Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove is what remains of 10 acres of coconut trees planted by King Kamehameha V in the 1860s.
Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove is one of the best places on Molokai to catch a sunset.
Looking back at Kaunakakai from the harbor.
Molokai is so small, bulletin boards are a major form of communication. Note that there are pigs for sale, if you're looking for a live souvenir.
Main Street Kaunakakai from Triangle Park.
Ala Malama Avenue takes you right through the heart of Kaunakakai.
Home girl Raiatea Helm and her mother, on their way to Kanemitsu Bakery for breakfast.
Kanemitsu Bakery is a Molokai institution, famous for its baked goods and French toast.
Blossom Poepoe and her son Steven are mainstays of the Kanemitsu bakery operation.
Round loaves of Molokai bread, ready to go into the oven.
Starting at 9 p.m., Kanemitsu Bakery sells round Molokai bread, fresh out of the oven, with your choice of toppings. But you have to knock at this alley door to get it.
You knock, someone eventually answers. You hand over your money. The door closes. Sometime later your bread appears.
We are not saying Molokai is quiet. But this is Raiatea Helm standing right smack in the middle of Kaunakakai's main street about 10 p.m. Notice the lack of traffic.
There's nothing more peaceful than a Molokai morning.
A lone kayaker heads out into the dawn.
Words don't add much to this photo, shot from the grounds of the Molokai Shores condominium.
Paddling is a major sport in Hawaii, especially on Molokai, where the yearly races to Oahu begin.
The kayak rack at Molokai Shores.
This photo makes us wish we were sitting on that bench right now.
Molokai Drive In, where everyone on Molokai eats. Kaunakakai is not a big restaurant town.
East Molokai is sparsely settled and offers vistas like these.
You walk to your plane at Molokai Airport, in this case an Island Air Dash 8 bound for Honolulu.