Perils and Pearls in Paradise – Town Hall Community Meetings Announced

“Perils and Pearls in Paradise – Hawai‘i Island Alcohol Stories & Facts” premiers at a free Town Hall meeting Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Kohala Intergenerational Center, 5-6:30 p.m.  The original documentary by Holly Algood of North Kohala, spotlights 29 Hawai‘i Island residents whose lives were in some way dramatically touched by alcohol.

“We have stories from the head of the trauma center at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital, from various people in recovery,  more than a dozen youth talking about how they’ve stayed away from it, and parents of an adopted child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” said Algood, an independent organization development consultant who also does volunteer work with West Hawai‘i Mediation Center, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, and Recycle Hawai‘i.

According to her research, 49% of pregnant women screened on Hawai‘i Island had a positive screen for substance abuse.*  Drinking alcohol during pregnancy  can change the structure and function of the developing fetal brain.  “The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome piece is big; the drunk driving piece is big,” said Algood.  “We found that people in the film were very touched by the experience, and as a result felt like they wanted to do more activism in their community.”

“Perils and Pearls in Paradise” will be part of a series of community Town Hall meetings that also include pūpū, panel discussion and facilitated “talk story.”  Admission is free and all are welcome (see below).  In addition, it will air on Na Leo o Hawai‘i during August, and be available to view on

Free Town Hall Meetings:

  • Saturday, July 7, 5-6:30 p.m., Kohala Intergenerational Center, behind the gym at Kamehameha Park in Kapa‘au
  • Monday, July 23, 4:30-6:00 p.m., West Hawai‘i Civic Center Planning Conference Room, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway
  • Friday, July 27, 4:30-6:00 p.m., County of Hawai‘i Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Training Room, 1055 Kino‘ole Street, Hilo

“Perils and Pearls in Paradise—Hawai‘i Island Alcohol Stories & Facts” is part of an integrated awareness campaign for prevention of underage drinking, managed by Five Mountains Hawai‘i.  This project is an equal opportunity program funded through the County of Hawai‘i – Mayor’s Office, Hawai‘i Department of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant SPO 13944.  For more information, visit

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