Welcome to the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center has cancelled all live performances until further notice. There will be a few special events scheduled, however. Please check our Special Events page for details as they become available. The Box Office will also be closed until further notice. You can leave messages at (808) 932-7490 or email the box office at artsctr@hawaii.edu.

The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center is easily noticed with its distinctive roof patina The University of Hawaiʻi 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

  • Virtual Leaps Fall 2020 - Dance Concert

    December 5th @ 2:00 pmDecember 6th

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    Virtual Leaps Fall 2020 - Dance Concert

    The UH Hilo Performing Arts Department and the Hawaiʻi Community College dance programs will showcase students from DNCE160: Ballet I & III; DNCE 180: Jazz Dance I; DNCE 190: Modern Dance I and DNCE195: Intro. to Environmental Dance. Guest artists Sarah Polloi and Wrenn Bunker-Koesters will perform with dance instructors Kea Kapahua and Annie Bunker.

    “We are so excited to be presenting this year’s first ever Virtual Great Leaps dance concert! The students of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Hawaii Community College have made tremendous leaps and bounds in learning dance through online methods despite the limitations of small bedrooms, dorm rooms, carpeted or concrete floors and both music and video delays on Zoom. It is so important for us to keep the performing arts alive and to maintain our human connection and expression especially in these challenging times. Please “come out” virtually and celebrate our wonderful dance students, dance instructors, theater staff and technicians who have given so much time, energy, creativity and heart to bring something beautiful to our community.”, said Kea Kapahua, UH Hilo Dance Instructor.

    Virtual Leaps Fall 2020 will be available to stream December 4th at 7:00 p.m. – December 6th @ 9:00p.m.
    use this link: https://youtu.be/QM2AczU_nsU

    Funding for this event is provided in part by the WESTAF CARES relief fund for Organizations and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. Thank you @westaf and @nea!