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Moloka'i

Moloka'i

Author: Alan Brennert
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429902280
Pages: 384
Year: 2010-04-01
Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits. But at the age of seven, Rachel and her dreams are shattered by the discovery that she has leprosy. Forcibly removed from her family, she is sent to Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'i. In her exile she finds a family of friends to replace the family she's lost: a native healer, Haleola, who becomes her adopted "auntie" and makes Rachel aware of the rich culture and mythology of her people; Sister Mary Catherine Voorhies, one of the Franciscan sisters who care for young girls at Kalaupapa; and the beautiful, worldly Leilani, who harbors a surprising secret. At Kalaupapa she also meets the man she will one day marry. True to historical accounts, Moloka'i is the story of an extraordinary human drama, the full scope and pathos of which has never been told before in fiction. But Rachel's life, though shadowed by disease, isolation, and tragedy, is also one of joy, courage, and dignity. This is a story about life, not death; hope, not despair. It is not about the failings of flesh, but the strength of the human spirit.
Daughter of Moloka'i

Daughter of Moloka'i

Author: Alan Brennert
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250137683
Pages: 304
Year: 2019-02-19

The Colony

The Colony

Author: John Tayman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416551921
Pages: 432
Year: 2010-05-11
In the bestselling tradition of In the Heart of the Sea, The Colony, “an impressively researched” (Rocky Mountain News) account of the history of America’s only leper colony located on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is “an utterly engrossing look at a heartbreaking chapter” (Booklist) in American history and a moving tale of the extraordinary people who endured it. Beginning in 1866 and continuing for over a century, more than eight thousand people suspected of having leprosy were forcibly exiled to the Hawaiian island of Molokai -- the longest and deadliest instance of medical segregation in American history. Torn from their homes and families, these men, women, and children were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and many who did were not contagious, yet all were ensnared in a shared nightmare. Here, for the first time, John Tayman reveals the complete history of the Molokai settlement and its unforgettable inhabitants. It's an epic of ruthless manhunts, thrilling escapes, bizarre medical experiments, and tragic, irreversible error. Carefully researched and masterfully told, The Colony is a searing tale of individual bravery and extraordinary survival, and stands as a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the human spirit.
Honolulu

Honolulu

Author: Alan Brennert
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429977736
Pages: 368
Year: 2009-03-03
From the bestselling author of the "dazzling historical saga" (The Washington Post), Moloka'i, comes the irresistible story of a young immigrant bride in a ramshackle town that becomes a great modern city "In Korea in those days, newborn girls were not deemed important enough to be graced with formal names, but were instead given nicknames, which often reflected the parents' feelings on the birth of a daughter: I knew a girl named Anger, and another called Pity. As for me, my parents named me Regret." Honolulu is the rich, unforgettable story of a young "picture bride" who journeys to Hawai'i in 1914 in search of a better life. Instead of the affluent young husband and chance at an education that she has been promised, she is quickly married off to a poor, embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new wife. Renaming herself Jin, she makes her own way in this strange land, finding both opportunity and prejudice. With the help of three of her fellow picture brides, Jin prospers along with her adopted city, now growing from a small territorial capital into the great multicultural city it is today. But paradise has its dark side, whether it's the daily struggle for survival in Honolulu's tenements, or a crime that will become the most infamous in the islands' history... With its passionate knowledge of people and places in Hawai'i far off the tourist track, Honolulu is most of all the spellbinding tale of four women in a new world, united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and friendship.
Holy Man

Holy Man

Author: Gavan Daws
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824809203
Pages: 293
Year: 1984
"An absolutely fascinating book." --Washington Post"Beautifully written, deeply perceptive." --Los Angeles Times"Superb. The best account ever published of Father Damien and his long testing at Kalawao." --Honolulu Advertiser"History with a very special human face ... examines the evidence sensitively and evocatively." --Journal of Pacific History"May be the best biography of Damien yet written. Carefully researched and reported, the author¿s fascination with the man and the disease is transmitted to the reader." --Library Journal
Driving & Discovering Hawaii

Driving & Discovering Hawaii

Author: Richard Sullivan
Publisher: Driving & Discovering Hawaii
ISBN: 0963682806
Pages: 164
Year: 2007-11-01

After Damien -- Dutton

After Damien -- Dutton

Author: Howard E. Crouch, Sister Mary Augustine
Publisher: Damien-Dutton Society for Leprosy
ISBN: 0960633006
Pages: 144
Year: 1981-07

Murder on Molokai

Murder on Molokai

Author: R. S. Hughes
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 207
Year: 2004

Palisades Park

Palisades Park

Author: Alan Brennert
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312643721
Pages: 421
Year: 2013-04-09
Sharing a family life in the 1930s near the legendary Palisades Amusement Park, a family of dreamers explores ambitions and cultural boundaries that are challenged by the realities of the Great Depression, multiple wars and the park's eventual closing in 1971. By the award-winning author of Moloka'i. 100,000 first printing.
Moloka'i Nui Ahina

Moloka'i Nui Ahina

Author: Kirby M. Wright
Publisher: Kirby Wright
ISBN:
Pages: 330
Year: 2007
Julia Daniels, a Moloka'i pioneer woman of mixed blood, invites her grandsons Jeff and Ben to spend summers with her at her ranch on the east end. She shares the ranch with Chipper, an alcoholic war hero with a life estate bordering the swamp. The brothers roam a paradise of fishponds, waterfalls, pristine valleys, and mountains with herds of deer. Jeff meets the Kahuna Woman who freezes pictures of her enemies, the TS who seduces the Chief of Police, the man who refs cock fights in Kaunakakai, the sexy divorcee who lives in the Saddle Room, and the prodigal grandfather who returns to woo Julia. These characters help shape Jeff's sensibilities as he discovers the secrets of his grandmother's wild past in Honolulu and the intensity of her struggles on the Lonely Isle.
The Hawaii Novels

The Hawaii Novels

Author: Alan Brennert
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 125010002X
Pages: 752
Year: 2015-12-15
Alan Brennert's novels set in Hawai'i are spellbinding. A "master of historical fiction" (San Francisco Chronicle), Brennert's storytelling is brimming with warmth, humor, compassion, and vividly realized characters. Moloka'i Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off land like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is just beginning. Honolulu Traveling to Hawaii as a "picture bride" in 1914, Regret finds not the affluent young husband and chance at education she'd been promised, but a poor embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new wife. As she makes her own way in this strange land, with the help of three fellow picture brides, she prospers along with her adopted city. But paradise has its dark side, whether it's the struggle for survival in Honolulu's tenements or a crime that will become the most infamous in the island's history.
Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

Author: Barbara Cooney
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140505393
Pages: 32
Year: 1985
Seeking adventure in faraway places, Miss Rumphius fulfills her dream and then sets out to make the world more beautiful.
Ka'a'awa

Ka'a'awa

Author: Oswald A. Bushnell
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824807294
Pages: 506
Year: 1980
"As beautiful as Hawaii itself, This novel approaches epic magnitude. The narrator is Hiram Nihoa, through whom the author pours his love for Hawaii. Nihoa tells the story of his travels around the island of Oahu a century ago, evoking the scene and the people as he saw and loved them. Nihoa's narrative is taken up by a strange New Englander in the second half of the book. Saul Bristol, a sad and bitter man, reveals Hawaii through the eyes of a newcomer. The two narratives embody the conflict between the old and the new which has had so much to do with the way Hawaii has developed.... In some ways ... a lament, but overall a mele aloha, a song of love." --Publisher's Weekly
Blu's Hanging

Blu's Hanging

Author: Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0380731398
Pages: 261
Year: 1998-07-01
The death of his mother leaves thirteen-year-old Ivah, a native of Hawaii, in charge of his uncontrollable brother, Blu, whose loneliness has made him vulnerable to an insidious relationship. Reprint.
No Footprints in the Sand

No Footprints in the Sand

Author: Henry Kalalahilimoku Nalaielua, Sally-Jo Keala-o-Ānuenue Bowman
Publisher: Watermark Pub
ISBN: 0977914305
Pages: 192
Year: 2006
When Henry Nalaielua was diagnosed with Hansen's disease in 1936 and taken from his home and family, he began a journey of exile that led him to Kalaupapa—the remote settlement with the tragic history on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i. During its century as a virtual prison, more than 8,000 people were exiled to Kalaupapa, until the introduction of sulfone drugs in the 1940s. Today fewer than 30 patients remain.This is Henry's story—an unforgettable memoir of the boy who grew to build a full and joyous life at Kalaupapa, and still calls it home today. No Footprints in the Sand is one of only a few memoirs ever shared with the public by a Kalaupapa patient. Its intimacy and candor make it, in the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin, “a rare and precious human document.” Nalaielua's story is an inspiring one; despite exile, physical challenges and the severing of family ties, he has faced life—as an artist, musician and historian—with courage, honesty, hope and humor.