Friday Morning Bookclub

July 4, 2010

Moloka’i … some insights

Filed under: Historical Fiction,Moloka'i — janinefrier @ 11:22 am

I am almost finished reading the haunting tale of Rachel and her life as a leper, in Kalaupapa, on Hawaii’s Moloka’i Island.  Many questions have arisen for me while reading this book.  One was certainly to learn more about this devastating disease and what its prognosis is like today.  So for those of you who are also interested in this, you can click here to read about Leprosy’ history, symptoms and treatment, according to the NIH.

Having visited Hawaii and also seen much footage on this beautiful island group, I could conjure up a pretty good visual of what I thought Kalaupapa looked like.  I still, however wanted more. So I did some searching on YouTube and found two video’s which help capture both its beauty and tragedy.  If you have a few minutes please take a look.

The first one is about two women who met as teenagers when they were banished to Molokai and still live there today.

Kalaupapa, Molokai — The Last Leper Colony

The second is a short video documenting a visit to Kalaupapa, which both shows its magnificence and gives a brief history.

Visit to Kalaupapa


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks Susan and Janine for researching info. on Molokai. The videos were very compelling and really brought the book to life.

    Comment by Audrey — July 8, 2010 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

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