In this chapter from his bestselling book, the author details life inside the notorious Hawaiian leper colony of Kalaupapa—and tells the incredible story of Walter Murray Gibson, the first white man to claim ownership of the island of Lanai.
Twentieth Century Fox sought out an isolated tropical beach in Thailand. Then they put Leonardo DiCaprio on it. And then created a vision of wilderness despoiled by a tale of wilderness despoiled. Out of which unfolds a media fable with real-life consequences in a world haunted by travelers’ dreams of paradise.