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Welcome to the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

Description of photo 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

  • Aloha Las Vegas

    April 12th @ 7:30 pmApril 13th @ 7:30 pmApril 14th @ 7:30 pmApril 15th @ 2:00 pm
    Location: Performing Arts Center.

    By Edward Sakamoto
    Directed by Justina Mattos
    Thursday – Saturday, April 12 – 14, 2018 @ 7:30pm & Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 2:00pm

    Aloha Las Vegas centers on a retired baker, land rich but cash poor, who wrestles with the decision to relocate to Las Vegas in 1994. Sakamoto is quick to challenge easy affirmations and identifications. Beneath their feel-good humor and celebration of local language and culture, the play has a depth and an unpredictability. As Dennis Carroll observes in his Introduction, the play centers on the theme of "Hawai'i versus the mainland" and the challenges of relocation--the ambiguities of the definition of "home" and whether it can ever be recovered or regained--and the special qualities of local life that can or cannot be transplanted. This theme is relevant to all Americans familiar with the immigrant experience, not only those living in Hawai'i. This comedy comes to the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center stage for the first time.

  • Great Leaps Dance Concert Spring 2018

    April 27th @ 7:30 pmApril 28th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: Performing Arts Center.
    Great Leaps Dance Concert Spring 2018

    Enjoy over 150 UH Hilo, HawCC 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 students’ senior projects.

  • UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra Concert

    May 3rd @ 7:30 pm
    Location: Performing Arts Center.
    UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra Concert

    UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra performs the annual Spring Concert

  • We Sing the Spring

    May 6th @ 2:00 pm
    Location: Performing Arts Center.
    We Sing the Spring

    Join UH Hilo's Kapili Choir and University Chorus as they celebrate choral music from past and present, near and far. All are welcome at this concert featuring the beauty of choral music.

  • Joyce Yang, Piano

    May 9th @ 7:30 pm
    Location: Performing Arts Center.

    Hawaii Concert Society Presents: Joyce Yang, Piano
    The season concludes with a Hilo audience favorite. Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Joyce Yang is blessed with 'poetic and sensitive pianism' and a 'wondrous sense of color' and captivates her audiences with 'virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity'.