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

  • Wailau - April 2021

    April 24th @ 2:00 pm

    Location: online.

    Wailau - April 2021

    UH Hilo's Wailau premieres on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and will explore this episode's theme:
    **A Just World**. Students Kuʻuhiapo Jeong and Dayva Escobar, along with topic expert Carlton Ruley, the Special Projects Coordinator for the Hawai’i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Restorative Justice Program, will host the online event.

    April’s Wailau will showcase these storytellers:

    - Evangeline Lemieux, “_An Apology_”
    - Nicholas Iwamoto, “_I’d Like a Large Order of Justice With a Side of Justice_”
    - Taylor Richard Smith, “_Our Overt Landlord_”
    - Kathleen Baumgardner, “_Lunch in a Just World_”
    - Reynelson K. Martin, Jr., “_A Guarded Reflection_”

    Wailau storytellers include community members, students, alumni, and faculty and staff members.

    Attend the Wailau premiere online: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/wailau/watch.php

  • The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu

    April 30th

    Location: .

    The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu

    The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu
    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 Kaʻahumanu explores the relationship between Hawaiʻi’s Queen and the missionary women who seek to convert her to Christianity. Kaʻahumanu’s ultimate choice is made with the hope that it might serve to protect her nation during a time of catastrophic loss and immense change.

    This is an early off-book rehearsal of the production that was set to open April 3, 2020. Due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center was shut down indefinitely March 16, 2020. With the premonition of this impending shut down, the cast and artistic staff of the production hurriedly rallied together to salvage what they could, videotaping this final rehearsal three weeks before the scheduled opening.


    Desiree Moana Cruz as Kaʻahumanu
    Catherine Williams as Sybil Bingham
    Nicole Gour as Lucy Thurston
    Danielle Kwami as Hannah Grimes
    Keʻalohilani Kama-Hosea as Pali

    The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu is available for streaming in two parts March 30 through April 30, 2021.

    The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu Act I - https://youtu.be/rYe1QUw0oTE
    The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu Act II - https://youtu.be/0T4cM1Rc1YA