People wave to each other a lot on Molokai. Leoda Shizuma, left, Isabel Rabbon and Lani Kula even waved to my camera. I asked the name of the street we were on and no one could remember. They only named the streets 10 years ago, the women explained.
Everybody waves to everyone they see on Molokai. Walking or driving, it is proper etiquette to acknowledge everyone, even if you're seeing them for the umpteenth time.
I like it.
So I was happy to do a favor for friend who needed portraits taken of his Molokai ohana. These portraits and street scenes are some results of that trip.
My first subject was Shayani Dudoit-Gamit. All of 5 years old, she was a real pro, taking directions expertly and quickstepping into all of her poses. She loved being photographed and her eyes twinkled as she laughed.
Another subject was Marlene Sproat, wife of Buzzy Sproat, part owner of the Kalaupapa mule rides. Her husband has appeared many times in our newspaper, so I asked why I had never seen her photo. She said she was shy and so avoided cameras.
After a few photographs, I asked her to look away from the camera, and she turned, gazing out an open window.
With a turkey made out of a coconut for company, brothers Don, left, and John Habon enjoy a meal at Cory's lunchwagon.
Lia-Chae Neyer relaxes in her stroller while her grandmother, Melody Alcon, checks in a car for repairs at her garage.
Shayani Dudoit-Gamit, age 5, lives in Kaunakakai. This girl was good. My first subject for the day, she was a perfect model -- natural and a delight to photograph.
Marlene Sproat, a third-generation Molokai resident, makes the lunches everyday for riders on her husband's Kalaupapa mule rides. She is also a full-time waitress.
Craig T. Kojima is a staff photographer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
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