Welcome to the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

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

  • Goitse

    February 26th @ 7:30 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.

    Goitse

    Goitse, pronounced “_Go-witcha_”, is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here’. The popular and multi-award-winning quintet was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy. Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles. Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad, which makes each performance unique.

    Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. The gripping rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into a song the way few performers can. Together, the quintet Goitse makes what Irish Music Magazine calls “Music that’s brimming with energy and creative zeal.”

    This project received support from Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Indian Ink Theatre Company's: Mrs. Krishnan's Party

    March 4th @ 7:30 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.

    Indian Ink Theatre Company's: Mrs. Krishnan's Party

    A Performing Arts Center Spring 2020 Special Event:

    Indians throw crazy parties!
    Heard of Diwali? A million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead.
    Heard of Holi? An explosion of color and joy and massive dry-cleaning bills.
    How about Onam? It could be the craziest of them all!

    Mrs. Krishnan is at a crossroads and contemplating selling her shop. It’s Onam, a time to celebrate life, death and rebirth. But when, as a surprise, her lodger James invites 200 guests over (you, the audience) Mrs. K. has no choice but to throw the party of her life!
    In the spirit of great parties everywhere, laughter abounds, stories are told, tables are danced on and 200 strangers become friends.
    Indian Ink continues to bridge cultures and expand boundaries with this hilarious, joyous and life-affirming, party-within-a-play. With rave reviews and standing ovations from across the globe, the party has come to your home!

    Seating is limited for this event therefore tickets will not be available online. Please call the Box Office, 932-7495 to place your order.

    Tickets on Sale beginning September 3!


  • UH Hilo State of the University Address

    March 12th @ 3:30 pm

    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    UH Hilo State of the University Address

    Join Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin for the State of the University Address on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

    For disability accommodations, contact (808) 932-7339 (V), (808) 932-7002 (TTY), or deneen@hawaii.edu for assistance.


  • The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu

    April 3rd @ 7:30 pmApril 4th @ 7:30 pmApril 5th @ 2:00 pm

    Location: Performing Arts Center.

    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.


  • 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 students’ 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 students’ 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.