Yesterday morning's fire that gutted the Akebono theater and Luquin's restaurant was a catastrophe. The Akebono was not burned to the ground so I'm hopeful at least part of it can be preserved. This project will compile articles and social media posts about the history, destruction, and potential restoration of the Akebono. The Akebono was opened in December 1917, making it the oldest extant theater in East Hawaii.
More to come.
18 January update: A Facebook video of the scene taken 16 January.
16 January 2017, Hawaii Tribune-Herald: "Update: Akebono Theater, Luquin’s Both Gutted by Fire."
17 January 2017, Damon Tucker. "Foul Play NOT SUSPECTED in Pahoa Fire – Police Seeking Witnesses."
28 January update: 28 January 2017, Hawaii Tribune-Herald:"Taking Back Pahoa: Fire Spurs Community to Improve Puna Town."