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

  • Upaj: Improvise FILM SCREENING

    September 16th

    Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
    Upaj: Improvise FILM SCREENING

    The documentary film Upaj: Improvise, chronicles the unique collaboration between the late Kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das and Tap Star Jason Samuels Smith. Here Producer Antara Bhardwaj brings her two worlds of film and Classical Indian dance together. Upaj: Improvise was the Best Documentary winner at the Dance Camera West Film Festival (2014) and has screened at festivals throughout the world, including the Mumbai International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival (U.K.) and Byron Bay Film Festival (Australia). It was broadcast nationally in the U.S. on PBS World in 2014.

    Antara Bhardwaj, a disciple of renowed Kathak master, Pandit Chitresh Das, is a solo Kathak artist, and member of the internationally renowned Chitresh Das Dance Company. She is an upcoming artist of the next generation.

    The event is presented in conjunction with the Indian Classical Musical Circle of Hawaii.