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 regularly laid soft via the tide. Hansen's sickness performs havoc with ft, ulcerating them, crippling them. Such ft stroll poorly. And in sand they can't stroll in any respect. so much sufferers in Henry's time left no footprints in that golden sand.

When Henry Nalaielua used to be clinically determined with Hansen’s disorder in 1936 and brought from his domestic and kin, he begun 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 advent of sulfone medications within the 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 present 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 priceless human document.” Nalaielua’s tale is an inspiring one; regardless of exile, actual demanding situations and the severing of kin ties, he has confronted life—as an artist, musician and historian—with braveness, honesty, desire and humor.

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