Kapaa in Kauai County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
The opening on November 18th, 1939, featured "Lady of the Tropics", with Hedy Lamarr and Robert Tayler and "Goodbye Mr. Chips" with Robert Donat plus The Charles Kaneyama Orchestra. Later, opera stars Marian Anderson and Lauritz Melchior sang there. In 1992, Hurricane Iniki seriously damaged the theater, requiring it to be torn down. Roxy Square, a small shopping center, was built by the son of the owners to commemorate it and the memory of his parents.
Rainbows over Kapa'a,
Location. 22° 4.522′ N, 159° 19.132′ W. Marker is in Kapaa, Hawaii, in Kauai County. Marker is at the intersection of Kuhio Highway and Kauwila Street, on the right when traveling south on Kuhio Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4-1345 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa HI 96746, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Kapa‘a Japanese Stone Lantern (Ishidoro) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Houola (approx. 2½ miles away); Albert S. Morgan Sr.'s Lydgate Pools (approx. 2.6 miles away); Poli'auh Heiau (approx. 3.1 miles away); Wai'ale'ale (approx. 3.3 miles away); Maunakapu and Wailua River (approx. 3.3 miles away); Daniel K. Inouye (approx. 12 miles away); Hanalei Schoolhouse (approx. 14.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kapaa.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the left front corner of the building.
Also see . . .
1. Bill Fernandez - Hawaiian Author. Bill Fernandez' book, Rainbows over Kapa'a tells the story of how his parents built and operated the largest theater in (Submitted on February 21, 2011.)
2. Roxy Square - History. The history of the Roxy Theater: "... Many thought it was a grand mistake, but when the Great War did break out, the island was soon home to thousands of military personnel with little else to do ... except go to the movies. Fernandez's great mistake was a hit. For 63 years it provided a place of entertainment for thousands of locals, tourists, and U.S. servicemen. Over the years, stars like Lauritz Melchior, Yehudi Menuhin, and Marion Anderson appeared at the Roxy Theater. At the height of its entertainment life Roxy Theater and its surroundings was the liveliest place on Kauai." (Submitted on February 21, 2011.)
1. Roxy Theater marker
Mahalo! My husband is the son of the builders of Roxy Theater who wrote the memoir about it, Rainbows Over Kapa'a. I felt it important to mark the history of the family and theater and am so excited to see it on this site! I hope many more people find it now. Kapa'a is a pretty unique place with a unique history for the islands. Bill gives wonderful author talks describing hukilau, sings some Don Ho, chants an oli, shows photos of life in Kapa'a in the 30's, 40's and to modern day. The DVD of it can
— Submitted February 27, 2011, by Judith Fernandez of Kapa'a, Kaua'i, Hawai'i.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,582 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 20, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 2. submitted on February 21, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 3, 4. submitted on February 27, 2011, by Judith Fernandez of Kapa'a, Kaua'i, Hawai'i. 5. submitted on February 21, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.