Baltimore foundation wants to give away neglected Naalehu Theater — but accepting decaying gift not that easy

  • The Naalehu Theater, though abandoned, is a landmark in the small rural town of Naalehu. (Photo courtesy / Glen Winterbottom)
  • A hole in the roof is visible in the Naalehu Theater. (Photo courtesy / Glen Winterbottom)
  • The Naalehu Theater sits abandoned, as it has for more than a decade. Photo taken on Jan. 3, 2016. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald, file)

BALTIMORE — Rising above the two-lane Mamalahoa Highway on the Big Island, the red-and-yellow, Art Deco edifice of the Naalehu Theater is wrapped in orange safety fencing, its weathered paint peeling and missing pieces of its sea turtle-emblazoned roof.