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This review is from: Moloka'i (Paperback)
Set in Hawaii more than a century ago, this is the true to life chronicle of the people of Kalaupapa, lepers separated from their family and friends by a debilitating disease, and of how they embraced their plight and lived their lives with warmth, compassion and humor.
Although the book is classified as "historical fiction" much of it examines Hawaii's beginnings and traditions. Few readers will remain unmoved by the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven year old girl whose dreams of journeying to far off lands is shattered by her diagnosis as a leper, her seperation from her family and her confinement to Kalaupapa.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most of all this story will haunt you and you will be drawn to read it again and again.