Welcome to the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center has cancelled all performances thru May 12th. For questions about tickets please call the box office at (808) 932-7490.

The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center is easily noticed with its distinctive roof patina The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo Performing Arts Center is the major performing arts educational and cultural center on the Big Island, serving as a joint special use facility for the University and Big Island Communities. The Performing Arts Center is primarily an instructional facility providing for the regular educational functions of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, whose purpose is to offer significant educational and diverse cultural opportunities -- where dialogue, the exchange of cultural and artistic ideas and co-curricular activities are encouraged.

The Performing Arts Center produces, presents and/or co-sponsors an extensive and culturally diverse year-round Season of local, regional, national, and international performing arts events performed by some of the world's greatest artists. The quality of events presented in the 600-seat Theatre is equal to any offered by major mainland universities. A typical year includes over 150 performances of dance, drama, music, mime, children's shows, lectures and special events.

The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center in cooperation with the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department also produces two to six plays, concerts, musicals and dance performances each season. Interested faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Performing Arts Center.


Upcoming Events

  • The Conversion of Ka╩╗ahumanu

    April 5th @ 2:00 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.

    The Conversion of Ka╩╗ahumanu

    The Conversion of Ka╩╗ahumanu
    By Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
    Directed by Justina Mattos

    Set during the tumultuous period immediately following the fall of the kapu system and during the arrival of the first American missionaries, The Conversion of Ka╩╗ahumanu explores the relationship between Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs Queen and the missionary women who seek to convert her to Christianity. Ka╩╗ahumanuÔÇÖs ultimate choice is made with the hope that it might serve to protect her nation during a time of catastrophic loss and immense change.


  • Great Leaps Dance Concert PREVIEW

    May 1st @ 7:30 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.


    Enjoy over 150 UH Hilo, HCC and Community dancers perform Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Aerial Dance pieces choreographed by instructors Celeste Staton, Annie Bunker and Kea Kapahua, as well as guest choreographers and graduating studentsÔÇÖ senior projects.


  • Great Leaps Dance Concert

    May 2nd @ 7:30 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.


    Enjoy over 150 UH Hilo, HCC and Community dancers perform Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Aerial Dance pieces choreographed by instructors Celeste Staton, Annie Bunker and Kea Kapahua, as well as guest choreographers and graduating studentsÔÇÖ senior projects.


  • UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra: Revolution: A Tribute to the Beatles

    May 7th @ 7:30 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.



  • We Sing the Spring: That 80's Concert

    May 10th @ 2:00 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.


    The UH Hilo choirs, together with special guests, bring choral harmonies and rockin' rhythms to favorites from that iconic era of music history, the 1980s.