Moloka'i: Talk at Park at 8AM, Walk at 9AM

  • May 4, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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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?


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  • A former member
    A former member

    My son is getting Married this day! My first family wedding! Wish me luck Julie.

    February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jolayne, a big congratulations for your family!

      May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Christen! Looking forward to seeing everyone and reliving the Life of Pi!

      May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry- won't make it. A family thing came up. I did enjoy the book, though!

    May 1, 2013

    • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

      I noticed you "liked" my comment - if you "liked" the notion of a later start perhaps we could develop a sub group. ?

      May 6, 2013

  • Jan N.

    I enjoyed being outside in the cool air. Glad I did part of the walk
    and glad I turned around when I did, as I managed to get all my
    errands done. Later it would have been much hotter and there
    was a lot of people at the park by 9. I was surprised by how busy
    it was. Thanks for the discussion. Another fun meeting.

    May 4, 2013

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    I am cancelling my attendance tomorrow. I read Molokai, enjoyed it and would love to discuss but I frankly do not care for the idea of starting anything at 8am. That's why I retired! Are all the meetings for this group starting so early?

    May 3, 2013

    • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

      So is 8am the new start time and the park the place for all the meetings?

      May 4, 2013

    • Julie B

      At the park, we could easily park at 8AM, but by 9AM there were no parking spaces left. The times may vary slightly since we have four of us who host the various meetings. And, people liked having a later time during the darker and colder days of winter.

      May 4, 2013

  • arlyn

    Really enjoyed talking about the book this morning. Wish I could have stayed for the walk.

    May 4, 2013

  • Georgiann M.

    The conversations were as enjoyable as the lake backdrop!

    May 4, 2013

  • Melanie (.

    Nice to meet everyone! Great location and discussion followed by a nice walk. I look forward to coming again.

    May 4, 2013

  • Carol

    Great discussion everyone. And the walk was wonderful.

    May 4, 2013

  • Arianne

    Good discussion and very nice walk!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I'm going to bow out of the group; I for some reason thought it was meet for coffee and discussion, then walk. Best wishes to all.

    May 3, 2013

    • Julie B

      There are picnic tables at the boat ramp area where we will have the discussion first. Then, the trail head is just a few hundred feet from that picnic area.

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm wondering about the formatting of this meeting...I see 17-people signed up (give/take as people drop) and understand we're meeting at the trailhead, but are 17-people standing for an hour talking about the book? This seems ver uncomfortable. this is also way too many people to have any kind of a gratifying conversation for each person, are we splitting into smaller groups that are then hunting for a table to sit at, or are we supposed to be bringing chairs? Please let us know or I too think I'll drop. Thanks much!

    May 3, 2013

    • Lisa N.

      Hi Jill, good question! We will be sitting at picnic tables.

      May 3, 2013

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    I wanted to apologize if I have caused any inconvenience by the last minute cancellation.

    May 3, 2013

  • arlyn

    I was on the waiting list- and was just notified I'm in- has anyone finished the book? If so, could I borrow this weekend- so I could read? I'll pick it up.

    April 26, 2013

    • Carol

      Hi Arlyn, I've finished the book and would be happy to loan it to you if you haven't found one yet.

      April 29, 2013

  • cambria c.

    I would love to attend this meeting if a space becomes available.
    I will continue to watch postings.

    February 13, 2013

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    I am retired and looking to meet and make new friends. This group combines 2 of my favorite activites reading and walking!

    January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    December 23, 2012

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