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

  • Opposing Forces: Dance Concert

    February 9th @ 7:30 pm

    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Opposing Forces: Dance Concert

    Opposing Forces: Concept, Direction & Choreography by Amy O’Neal
    Opposing Forces uses breakdancing, live beats, hip hop, and gender roles, as a lens to explore feminine perceptions in our culture. A cast of 5 world class B-Boys examine the value systems of race and gender within the environments of battling, commercial dance, contemporary performance and cyphering.

    Amy O’Neal is a versatile dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance educator with one foot firmly planted in Hip Hop and Street Dance culture and the other in Contemporary Performance Practices. She is passionate about the intersection of these worlds and how they connect energetically and philosophically, while honoring their cultural differences. For fifteen years, she has taught and performed throughout the US, Japan, Italy, and Mexico, and has choreographed for stage, commercials, rock shows, galleries, dance films and music videos. Her work is an amalgam of her diverse movement and life experiences presenting social commentary with dark humor and heavy beats.

    Watch a documentary on the process and premiere of Opposing Forces at https://vimeo.com/119574283


  • Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe

    March 1st @ 7:30 pm

    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe

    Authentic tradition & unflinching drama.

    Infusing old-world tradition with new attitude, Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe perpetuates the rich heritage of a centuries-old art form. This remarkable ensemble of thirteen flamenco dancers, musicians, and singers is hand selected to showcase the rigorous choreography of artistic director, Juan Siddi. The rich cultural heritage of flamenco is infused with contemporary flair. This electrifying and authentic performance will immerse aficionados, as well as those newly fascinated by flamenco, in a centuries-old world of song and dance.

    This performance is presented in conjunction with the Hawaii Concert Society.

    Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe dancers explode with energy and passion!


  • Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien

    March 9th @ 7:30 pm

    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien

    Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed Lúnasa an “Irish music dream team”, as their members comprise the best of the best in recent Irish music. While Grammy® award winning singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien (called “one of my favorite singers” by Dire Straits frontman, Mark Knopfler) has collaborated with Steve Martin and the Chieftains among numerous others, as well as had his songs recorded by everyone from Garth Brooks to the Dixie Chicks and Nickel Creek.

    Together, they embark on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish music, gifting audiences with a rich and exciting concert experience to be remembered for all time.

    Watch a video sample of the pair at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtTJb5m2lVU