daughter of molokai
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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.
A collection of traditional Hawaiian legends and contemporary folktales and stories from and about the island of Molokai. Includes information about the history and geography of Molokai and the storyteller's life and philosophy.
"It searches the hearts of the doomed and damned with an intense compassion. The author has painted the background of his novel with a knowing brush.... A vivid experience for the reader." --New York Times Book Review
A classic story, this young adult adventure book takes readers to the Hawaiian Islands. The Secret Cave of Kamanawa is a story about a secret burial cave of an old Hawaiian ali’i or chief. It provides the adventure which both the main characther, "Boy" and the reader experience. The Hawaiian chief is an ancestor of the Cat-Woman, and she is rightfully proud as she tells of how he gained in marriage the hand of a lovely Molokai princess. And when she tells Boy of the ritual of burying chiefs in secluded caves, she is not aware that anyone would attempt to find them, much less the youngster who is eagerly clinging to her every word. The search for the cave takes you over the mountainous terrain of Hawaii, much as you would find it if you were to go there now. This is a story which might take place even today in Hawaii; who knows, perhaps you can do exactly what Boy did in searching for The Secret Cave of Kamanawa.
A DREAM COME TRUE… He had a face a woman wouldn't easily forget, yet the rugged stranger Lilly Kokoa encountered while sailing the untamed sea had no memory of his past. And this mesmerizing man needed her—as no other man ever had before…. Sweet Lilly wasn't the kind to turn away a soul—especially one as irresistible as the handsome drifter. Then, as they ran from danger, Lilly found herself being protected by his powerful embrace. But once the threat they faced was over, would her handsome lover be able to look past Lilly's plain-Jane appearance and see her beauty within?
The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka'i Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka'i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth. The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel. Daughter of Moloka'i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka'i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka'i have been awaiting for fifteen years.