No Footprints in the Sand - A Memoir of Kalaupapa
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No Footprints in the Sand - A Memoir of Kalaupapa

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Book by Henry Kalalahilimoku Nalaielua, Sally-Jo Keala-o-anuenue Bowman
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 15th 2006 by Watermark Publishing
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I enjoyed this book thoroughly!
It is Henry Nalaielua's story of what it was like to live all but 10 years of his life with Hansen's disease (leprosy). It is also an historical account of Moloka'i Island, Hawaii and the leper colony Kalaupapa established there by the State.
I was aware of society's efforts over the centuries to isolate indiviuals with leprosy. But, I wrongly assumed conditions in these isolated colonies were inhumane. In the case of Kalaupapa, the government provided care, educat...more
Henry Nalaielua's memoir of his life with Hansen's disease is both horrifying and humorous. Henry was separated from his family and exiled to the lepers' colony on Moloka'i as a young boy. He was stubborn and bright. His years in the colony spanned the time when drugs that effectively treated the disease were developed and used. I recommend reading this volume after you read the novel Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. The novel predates the years that Henry was on the island and gives a thorough histor...more
Very thorough firsthand account of life with Hansen's Disease. I wanted to read this factual book after reading "Moloka'i" - a book of historical fiction by Alan Brennert. He used this book as part of his research.
Becky R.
For anyone who has ever watched the classic movie Ben Hur, there is this gut-wrenching moment in the film where Ben Hur goes to this rocky canyon to visit his mother and sister, who have been afflicted with leprosy. They have been cast out by society, with only basket deliveries of food being let down into their valley. This scene has stuck with me for a very long time, and I've always thought in the back of my mind, "How did they get sick, and do people get sick like that today?"

The answer to t...more
While I enjoyed the first hand account of Henry's experience I found myself wishing that the book had been better written. However, once I read the epilogue the story's structure made much more sense. Henry would write his story, his friend would type it, and then finally the author would rewrite it and finally she weaved it together to complete the memoir. I would suggest it to read if you have interest in first hand account of the life on Kalaupapa
Pua Hawaiʻi Book Blog
No Footprints in the Sand effectively illustrates just how much Hanson’s disease separated families, ruined lives, and impacted early Hawaiian society...We are lucky to have him share his life story in this book so that future generations never forget the people of Kalaupapa.

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This is very interesting account of a person's life in Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka`i. One keeps wondering what is going to happen next to this person as if Hanson's disease isn't bad enough. What is really inspiring is that he overcomes the bumps in his road!!
Becki Kula Hildrew
well, technically i didn't finish it, as the kindle file was missing sections of the book and when i complained they refunded me and removed the book from the device. but what i read was great. very informative.
I learned so much about Hansen's disease, about living, about writing, about an indomitable human spirit. This book was a gift from a friend and what a gift is was!
Very poorly written, but amazing account of a Hansen's patient's life
from Hawaii, to Carville, LA and around the world.
Great insight into the life of someone who lived in Kalaupapa and endured the disease of leprosy (Hanson's disease)
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