No Footprints in the Sand: A Memoir of Kalaupapa

No Footprints in the Sand: A Memoir of Kalaupapa


The sand seashore that stretches approximately a mile past the Kalaupapa wharf was once consistently laid gentle via the tide. Hansen's ailment performs havoc with ft, ulcerating them, crippling them. Such toes stroll poorly. And in sand they can't stroll in any respect. such a lot sufferers in Henry's time left no footprints in that golden sand.

When Henry Nalaielua used to be clinically determined with Hansen’s sickness in 1936 and brought from his domestic and kin, he all started a trip of exile that led him to Kalaupapa—the distant payment with the tragic historical past at the Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i. in the course of its century as a digital felony, greater than 8,000 humans have been exiled to Kalaupapa, till the creation of sulfone medications within the Nineteen Forties. this day fewer than 20 sufferers remain.

This is Henry’s story—an unforgettable memoir of the boy who grew to construct a whole and joyous existence at Kalaupapa, and nonetheless calls it domestic this day. No Footprints within the Sandis certainly one of just a couple of memoirs ever shared with the general public via a Kalaupapa sufferer. Its intimacy and candor make it, within the phrases of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin, “a infrequent and beneficial human document.” Nalaielua’s tale is an inspiring one; regardless of exile, actual demanding situations and the severing of relatives ties, he has confronted life—as an artist, musician and historian—with braveness, honesty, wish and humor.

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