No Footprints in the Sand: A Memoir of Kalaupapaby Henry Nalaielua, Sally-Jo Bowman
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.
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I'm born and raised in Honolulu and have always heard the stories of Kalaupapa, Father Damien, and Hansen's Disease. To read this book and see Hansen's Disease through the eyes of someone who not only lived with the disease but really LIVED his life was so amazing for me. The obstacles, criticisms, and stereotypes Henry had to overcome never stopped him, and his outlook on life has taught me so much. This book is one I plan to read again. It is so uplifting to see someone (local for me) overcome so many obstacles in life. He never had a "poor me" attitude!