Pregnant woman sits on needle in Kapolei theater, investigation underway

Photo: Makana Kuahiwinui

A pregnant woman experienced quite a scare while watching a movie in Kapolei.

A needle was sticking up in her seat, and she accidentally sat on it.

Police are now getting involved, and even if this is someone’s idea of a prank, authorities are treating it as a crime.

The couple came to Consolidated Theatres Tuesday night and when Makana Kuahiwinui sat down, she said she felt a sharp prick on her left leg.

“When I went to sit down, I immediately knew something was wrong,” she said. “I just stood straight up. (My boyfriend) was worried that it had something to do with my pregnancy.”

Kawika Andrade was also about to sit down when he heard her scream.

At first, he thought it had something with the baby, but then he also found what appeared to be a sewing needle in his seat.

“It took us a little longer because we were in the dark. At the same time, I was worried about the other people that were watching the movie,” Kuahiwinui said. “I didn’t want to make a scene.”

They eventually moved and watched the movie. Afterward, Andrade spoke to a manager.

“(There were) the two that were originally in our seats, and after we filed the report, we decided to go again to show them where we were sitting,” he said. “So I showed them, and then afterward, out of curiosity, (I thought) I’m just going to walk around to see if I can find some more. And low and behold, I found two more.”

Andrade said he found a total of four needles in the same theater on different seats.

“They were in the very, very back row and one in the second to the last row,” he said. “Exact same place, dead center of the chair.”

Kuahiwinui is 25 weeks pregnant and says she doesn’t have any puncture wounds and she is doing okay.

She says she doesn’t blame Consolidated Theatres, but wonders why someone would leave a needle on a seat.

Andrade says he’s still angry. “Of course I’m still angry right now. What would drive someone to even do that to another person?” he said. “What if it was a kid that sat down? That could’ve been far worse. You don’t know what these guys are putting on the needles.”

Police say the case has been classified as reckless endangering in the second degree and they are investigating.

So far, police say there are no other reports of needles being found at the theater and there is no indication that the needles contained hazardous substances.

Reckless endangering in the second degree is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Rod Tengan, Division Manager, Consolidated Theatres, said in a statement:

“Consolidated Theatres is deeply concerned by the incident that took place at our Kapolei 16 Theatres on Tuesday, August 11. We immediately informed the Honolulu Police Department and are working with them as we continue to monitor this situation. The safety of our guests is our utmost priority and we are proactively ensuring that our theatres are safe and comfortable for all.”

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