Waimea Theatre hosts ‘Ele’ele JPO’s

WAIMEA – The historic Waimea Theatre opened early last Friday morning, for a

special visit from 41 students of ‘Ele’ele School.

The students were

treated to a viewing of the box-office hit, “Anna and the King.”


visiting students were fifth and sixth graders who serve their school as Junior

Police Officers (JPO’s) and Flag Raisers. The JPO’s primary responsibility is

to ensure school safety by acting as crossing guards.

The students were

accompanied by the JPO advisors: Misty Miyamoto, Alix Jordan, Barbara Sayegusa,

Susan Hironaka and Lisa Muraoka.

Advisor and school guidance counselor

Misty Miyamoto, who wanted to reward the students for their hard work, said,

“Although the field trip is usually scheduled for December, this year I waited

until the Waimea Theatre was open to schedule the outing.”

She was

hoping an appropriate movie would be available, and she was not


The students were appreciative of the generosity of theatre

manager Bob Inguagiato, who held over “Anna and the King” when he heard of the

students’ interest in viewing it.

Inguagiato was impressed with the

students’ respect for and interest in the renovated theatre, which stands as a

landmark, preserving and protecting Waimea’s unique architectural character and

historic resources.

Miyamoto, who grew up in Waimea, said she wanted the

students to not only enjoy the recreational aspect of the outing, but wanted

them to experience first hand the Waimea she has known and loved.


said she is pleased that the theater is once again a keystone in the community

and compliments west side lifestyles and cultural traditions.

After the

show, the students either walked to the nearby Subway or Pacific Pizza &

Deli for their choice of lunch.

They culminated the community tour with a

visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai’i’s Waimea Clubhouse, where the

students enjoyed the facilities, especially the basketball courts.


Waimea Theatre, which is operated by the non-profit West Kaua’i Professional

and Business Association (WKPBA), is available for community utilization and

may be reserved through manager Bob Inguagiato at 338-2027.


hopes more people will make use of this community resource equipped with an 864

square foot stage for live shows, meetings, cinema films and special events.

For movie titles and showtimes call 339-0282.


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