Aloha Theatre

79-7384 Mamalahoa Highway,
Kealakekua, HI 96750

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Architects: William Harold Lee

Functions: Community Center, Performing Arts

Previous Names: Tanimoto Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 808.322.2323
Manager: 808.322.7575

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Aloha Theatre

Construction of the Tanimoto Theatre as a silent movie house began in 1929, and was finished in 1932. The building withstood the fire of 1948, which burned the lower makai(ocean) side of Kainaliu. Movies changed from silent movies to talkies and the Aloha Theatre became a gathering place for the mauka(mountain) community.

Since 2003 the Aloha Theatre has been the home of the Kona Association for the Performing Arts(KAPA). Concerts, plays and performing arts are presented. The Aloha’s long legacy of showing films continues and includes arthouse films, independent films and film festivals such as the Hawaiian International Film Festival.

The Aloha Angel Cafe adjoins the theatre and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both the theatre its cafe continue to be a gathering place for the community.

Contributed by Kim Mcjury, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

terigarrison on March 25, 2003 at 5:41 pm

i love the aloha theater and would like to produce an acoustic music concert series there. if you have interest or expertise write me. mahalo nui loa

dedenfield on November 12, 2003 at 12:31 pm

I am interested in the Aloha Theatre. When I click on the link to the web page it puts me into a search engine. Help.
What is the asking price, is it suitable for for live stage productions (i.e. is there a fly loft, wing space, orchestra pit) and are there any interior photos.
Contact me at :

sdoerr on November 14, 2003 at 1:24 pm

Sorry Dennis:
The Aloha Theatre is now the home of the Kona Association for the Performing Arts (KAPA). KAPA presents live plays, musicals, and concerts throughout the year. When the stage is not in use art films are shown. Under KAPA the building has had a significant facelift and looks great!
posted by BobAlder on July 10, 2002 at 3:20pm

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[Deleted] on October 16, 2005 at 3:50 pm

Interesting that the Aloha started out as a silent movie house, seeing that by 1932 talkies were going strong. Was there either a theater pipe organ or, say, a photoplayer used for the accompaniment of the films?

TheaterBuff1 on June 24, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Uh oh, with an asking price such as that you see what’s going on there. It’s going to become one of those cases where future passerby-ers will ask, “Hey, wasn’t there a theater there?” and others with pockets stuffed with money will reply, “No, your memory is deluding you, there was never any theater here, that big [ugly] condominium complex you see is all that was ever there, that and nothing else” — the whole “To be rich is glorious” thing, if you know what I’m getting at.

alohatheatrejill on April 7, 2010 at 11:47 am

The Historic Aloha Theatre is now operated by the Aloha Performing Arts Co.providing LIVE theatre education and performance as well as serving as the West Side Independent Film house. Stop by and say Hi!

JayValencia on April 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I heard it was for sale. Is this true?
Jay Valencia

JayValencia on April 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

Wow, 2 million. Good luck.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Was originally the Tanimoto Theatre. Should be added to the list of previous names

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