Penrhyn Atoll is off the regular cruising routes. In 2013, the year before our visit, only 14 boats called there. We were only the fifth boat of 2014, and as soon as we went ashore, we were instant celebrities. A small group of shy but curious children crowded around us with big eyes and genuine smiles. The few adults we met greeted us warmly, and within a short time we were introduced to a family that virtually adopted us for the remainder of our visit. Rio and Kula lived in a tidy, bright blue house with a concrete seawall, and were busy at a large picnic table shucking oysters for food — and for pearls! The whole family helped, including their quiet 5-year-old daughter, Tianna, who adeptly opened the oysters with the best of the adults. Meanwhile, their teenage daughter, Lilly, served us cookies and Tang. After the pleasant visit, we excused ourselves for a look around the village.