Hello! Our group size has grown, making it harder for local restaurants to accommodate us.
NEW LOCATION: With nice weather ahead, let's plan to meet at 8AM directly at the Park, near the boat rentals for Lake Ralphine. (If you have attended our events at East/West Cafe, we walked right by this spot during prior walks. There is a boat ramp and boat rental booth.) Please click the map to see the park: http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us/doclib/Documents/Howarth%20Park%20Trail%20Map.pdf
PLEASE BRING YOUR BOOK SUGGESTIONS: We will be voting on books our group wants to read in the coming months. Please make suggestions for books you have read and that have enough depth for a good group discussion. (see on discussion board to post book suggestions)
Molokai Book Review Questions
* Imagine yourself in the place of Rachel’s mother, Dorothy Kalama. How would you have handled the situation? What are the parallels between Rachel’s mother and Rachel in giving up their children?
* The novel tells us a little, but not all, of what Sarah Kalama feels after her accidental betrayal of her sister Rachel. Imagine what kind of feelings, and personal growth, she might have gone through in the decades following this incident.
* There are many men in Rachel's life--her father Henry, her Uncle Pono, her first lover Nahoa, her would-be lover Jake, her husband Kenji. What do they have in common?
* How did the personal sacrifices of the nuns, such as Sister Mary Catherine, impact your view of the story? Would you be willing to make a similar sacrifice?
* How does society deal with communicable diseases that have serious consequences? Also, in hindsight, were people diagnosed with Leprosy treated fairly?
* How is Hawai'i's treatment of leprosy patients similar to today's treatment of other patients with diseases, such as AIDs? How is it different? How did it impact families? Given what was known at the time of the causes and contagion of leprosy, was the Hawaiian government's isolation of patients on Moloka'i justified or not?
* The term “ʻohana” means family in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional. It emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another. How does it manifest itself throughout Rachel's life?
* In what ways is Rachel’s daughter, Ruth, like her biological mother? How do you envision the relationship with between them evolve and mature in the twenty years between 1948 and 1970?
* How did the book (and the island) deal with world events occurring around the Molokai?