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What is the title of this book??

I am looking for a book! It is about a white boy who is the son of a religious leader (probably a priest or a pastor etc.) and they move to a place where there are lots of people who are not white, maybe islanders. I remember one part where there is a crazy old woman who goes to the boy's church, and he and one of the island girls he becomes friends with goes to her house and they are supposed to help her. The woman is dying, and she has already written out her last words. Her actual last words are her orders for the children to get her a coke, and I think there is a swear word in there too. Also, I remember that at the end, the island girl that the boy becomes friends with is sent to a mental hospital because that is where all the islanders are sent, and when the little boy gets a bit older, he asks where she is, and he is told that she died while she was there, and he can never see her again. I also think that the girl's name was Lily or something.
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I consulted several of my colleagues. The following is a description of the book Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. Could this be the book you are looking for?

Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits. But at the age of seven, Rachel and her dreams are shattered by the discovery that she has leprosy. Forcibly removed from her family, she is sent to Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'i. In her exile she finds a family of friends to replace the family she's lost: a native healer, Haleola, who becomes her adopted "auntie" and makes Rachel aware of the rich culture and mythology of her people; Sister Mary Catherine Voorhies, one of the Franciscan sisters who care for young girls at Kalaupapa; and the beautiful, worldly Leilani, who harbors a surprising secret. At Kalaupapa she also meets the man she will one day marry. True to historical accounts, Moloka'i is the story of an extraordinary human drama, the full scope and pathos of which has never been told before in fiction. But Rachel's life, though shadowed by disease, isolation, and tragedy, is also one of joy, courage, and dignity. This is a story about life, not death; hope, not despair. It is not about the failings of flesh, but the strength of the human spirit. 

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