Kam Drive-In

98-850 Moanalua Road,
Aiea, HI 96701

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Located in Aiea, north of Honolulu. Opened on February 1, 1962 with Doris Day in “Lover Come Back” & “The Right Approach”. The single-screen Kam Drive-In was once one of the most popular outdoor theaters in Hawaii. The drive-in was twinned sometime in the 1970’s. It was operated by Consolidated Theatres.

With attendance in sharp decline, the chain cut the drive-in’s operation down from daily to weekends and holidays, starting in 1997. However, this didn’t help, and in late-1998, Consolidated shut the Kam Drive-In down. In 2001, its two massive screens were demolished.

The Kam Swap Meet operated during the daytime at the drive-in from 1966 until it was finally shut down on March 5, 2017. Since 2014, the land parcel has been permitted for a planned mix-use commercial residential development called Live Work Play ‘Aiea, but as of spring 2018, no construction has begun, leaving the area unused since the closure of the swap meet. The site is now a shopping center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

SalvageSailor on October 31, 2005 at 1:38 am

The Kam swap meet is still a great deal, only 50 cents admission. The Drive In concession booths/restrooms are still there and in use.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I could swear i saw an HAWAII 5-0 episode where a car drives by a DRIVE-IN theatre. I wonder if this is the one?

stevemcgarrett on April 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

Lets see when the Drive Ins were still the place to go…..

Kam Drive In owned by Consolidated also operated Kailua Drive In

Royal Sunset which was in Waipahu/Kunia Area & Waialae was Royal Theaters

thisisjohnbook on January 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

Lots of memories here, not only from all the times my family would go to the swap meet, but a good share of movies was seen, including “Clash Of The Titans” in 1981 on the Kam 2 screen.

thisisjohnbook on March 5, 2017 at 3:03 pm

March 5, 2017 will be the last day the Kam Swap Meet will be held. After today, the entire drive in will be eliminated and turned into apartments.

rivest266 on March 12, 2017 at 9:59 am

This opened on February 1st, 1962 by Royal Theatres. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

DRIVEIN101 on April 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

Final day of operation was September 7, 1998 with “Knock Off”, “Dance With Me” and “The Mask Of Zorro” on Screen 1, and “Blade”, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” and “Snake Eyes” on Screen 2.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 12, 2018 at 2:57 pm

I’m assuming it has something to do with the Kamehameha Highway nearby.

davidcoppock on October 3, 2018 at 2:29 am

Site is now Pearlridge Shopping Center.

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