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Remembering the old Tanimoto Theatre


One day we were sitting in the Aloha Theatre Cafe having a wonderful lunch when I saw mama gazing up at the posters of old movies on the wall. She started telling us that when she was a young girl her family came to the theater to watch motion pictures......



Please note: The Aloha Theatre Cafe has since changed hands and is now an Italian cafe.


When I was a child, the Tanimoto Theater (which is now the Aloha Theater) was owned by Mr. Tanimoto. Mr. Tanimoto and my dad were good friends and he would periodically give my family free passes mainly on Saturday nights.

Motion Pictures held on:

Monday - Japanese movies
Wednesday - Philippine movies
Friday - American movies
Saturday - 2 American movies (matinee & evening)
Sunday - afternoon and evening movies

On Saturday nights, the theater would have a full house. This was the only entertainment in Kona at the time. Otherwise, you went to the beach.

I remember when I was 5 or 6 years old dad wanted to go to the movies. He would tell me to go to Mrs. Inoye's house and have her call Mr. Oshima's Taxi cab to pick up the family at 5:00 pm so we could get seats for the evening show which started at 6:00 pm. You had to get there early if you wanted a seat. That was about 77 years ago.... I still smile about those times.

I remember my mom would go shopping at Oshima's store. At the time Oshima had 2 stores. The first store is where it stands today. The other store was on the north side of the Tanimoto (Aloha) Theatre. Today, a Real Estate office is there on the same lot.

During my younger days in the 1930's, the town of Kainaliu only had 3 stores, a vegetable stand, tailor, gas station, barber shop and the Standard Bakery owned by the Fujino family and is still in business today so many years later. Back then there were very few cars so everyone walked to the movies, the store, the vegetable stand and the bakery.

One of my favorite memories of being with my dad was going to see Tarzan and Flash Gordon. Whenever Mr. Tamimoto showed those movies, my dad would go.


Mama Lily


Oshima's Store
79-7400 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, HI. 96750
(808) 322.3885

Standard Bakery, Inc.
79-7934 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kainaliu, HI. 96750
(808) 322-3688







Mama Lily and Lily Jr.

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