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Family Laundry

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii News Release

Don’t miss this one-time performance on Molokai: “Family Laundry,” a musical, comedy and a drama about a local Hawaiian family and their struggle to deal with a family member’s alcohol abuse.

The play will be performed at the Mitchell Pauole Center, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., and is free to the public.

The title of the play “Family Laundry” comes from the belief that you should never air the family’s laundry or let the family problems become public. The play shows, however, that the act of sharing the family’s secrets can be a very courageous one, particularly when it comes to alcohol and other drug problems.

Although the story portrays a Hawaiian family, all families are affected by the use and abuse of alcohol. “Family Laundry” is funded by a grant from the County of Maui – Department of Housing and Human Concerns; Strategic Prevention Framework – Statewide Initiative Grant; the state Department of Health – Alcohol Drug Abuse Division; and produced by Neighborhood Place of Wailuku.

We hope that after the performance, community members will begin to see how they can join in on a community wide effort to prevent underage drinking in our county. The play serves as an excellent opportunity for parents and caregivers to begin a dialogue with their children about the harmful effects that alcohol and drug use can have on a family. The play is written to be appropriate for all family members.

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