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Family Laundry

Alcohol is no laughing matter.

August 12, 2010
Maui Weekly
An adapted version of the original play, Family Laundry, will be presented at five Maui locations, as well as two performances on Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i. Family Laundry was written by the late local playwright Tremaine Tamayose and staff members of the Kamehameha Schools Safe & Drug-Free Schools Program. It was originally produced by Kamehameha Schools in 1993, and was performed by a talented group of professionals, all of Hawaiian ancestry, for an audience of over 10,000 people statewide. It is a musical, comedy and drama about a local Hawaiian family and their struggle to deal with a family member’s alcoholism. The title of the play, Family Laundry, comes for the idea of “never airing the family’s dirty laundry” or letting the family problems become public. The play shows, however, that sharing a family’s secrets can be an act of courage, particularly when it comes to alcohol and drug problems. Family Laundry is supported through a grant from the County of Maui Statewide Prevention Framework State Initiative Grant (SPF-SIG) and the State of Hawai‘i’s Administration on Drugs and Alcohol Division (ADAD), and is also sponsored by the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku.

Free community performances of this very powerful play will be held on Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the ‘Īao Theatre; Friday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at Helene Hall in Hāna; Friday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus in Pukalani; Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at Lāna‘i High School; Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Mitchell Pau‘ole Community Center on Moloka‘i; and Saturday, Sept. 25, at 12:30 p.m. at the Maui Myth & Magic Theatre in Lahaina. For more information, contact The Neighborhood Place of Wailuku at (808) 986-0700 or email

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An adapted version of the original play, Family Laundry, will be presented at five Maui locations.



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