UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

Exterior of Theatre as seen from Kawili Street

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


  • Keaka - Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival

    June 4th @ 9:00 am

    June 5th @ 3:00 pm

    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Keaka - Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival

    Hoʻoulu: 9am - 11am
    Presented by Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu The relationship between mele (song) and meakanu (plants) through workshops, oratory review and hula presentations under the direction of Haʻamauliola Aiona and Pāʻani Kelson.

    Hōʻikeʻike: Lāʻieikawai: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Presented by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa A behind the scenes presentation on the research and development process of Lāʻieikawai, the inaugural hana keaka of the Hawaiian Theatre Program at UHMʻs Department of Theatre and Dance under the direction of Hailiʻōpua Baker, in collaboration with Kaliko Baker, Snowbird Bento, and Keawe Lopes.

    Hā'upu: 7:30pm ~ 9:00pm
    Presented by Kamehameha High School, Hawai’i Campus An opera based on the legend of Hina, the chiefess from Hilo, her sons Kana and Niheu, and her abduction by Molokaʻi chief Kapepeʻekauila, written by Herb Mahelona and Eric Stack.

    All programs are sponsored by the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department and Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, UH Hilo Title III Program NHSI