Educational Outreach Services

About our Outreach Activities

The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center is dedicated to providing performing arts educational opportunities to the children of our community, as well as the students at the University. We receive financial support from the community in the form of corporate sponsorships and individual memberships through our Applause! program that help fund our educational and cultural outreach programming so that we are currently able to offer the educational services that we produce connected with our Season of Events at no cost to the Big Island schools. Notices

Reservations for educational services are processed on a first-come first-served basis as space allows. Forms may be submitted by fax 932-7494 or via email to Reservations will be confirmed via email.

Please make every effort to be as accurate and realistic with your reservations as possible. If there are any changes to your reservation, please notify our office immediately.

Schools are required to provide their own transportation to and from the events. If private vehicles are utilized, there is a $3 parking fee, and passes must be purchased from the guard upon entering the UH Hilo campus. There is no fee for bus parking. Please plan for your group to arrive approximately 15-30 minutes prior to your confirmed showtime so that the show can start on time.

Upcoming Outreach Opportunities

Fall 2021:

Sugar Skull actor

Sugar Skull: A Virtual Dia De Muertos Adventure

Join Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton, as he follows the music towards the ultimate party! He is spurred on by the tricky Chaneques, who desperately want him to be the centerpiece on their ‘ofrenda.’ Along the path, Sugar Skull meets many colorful characters who teach him how Day of the Dead is much more than a party – it is a celebration of life!

About the performing artists: Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Their philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to their shows as well as to their extensive arts-in-education offerings. They are considered one of the leading providers of Mexican performance and education programs for young people and families.

Sugar Skull DOE form

Fall 2019:

Okaidja Afroso Trio: Dancing Feet and Talking Drums

“My music preserves my West African roots while embracing diverse cross-cultural influences and styles. I strive to create a rhythmic fusion of old and new that presents a fresh sound and preserves the authenticity of the traditional while embracing the rich complexity of the integrated world we inhabit today. In my performances I explore how my ancestor’s traditions have persevered and been reshaped in a contemporary version of the African oral tradition. The complex compositions, soulful vocals, and spirited dancing combine to create an unforgettable and unique experience.” - Okaidja Afroso

Born into a family of musicians and storytellers in the village of Kokrobite on the west coast of Ghana, Okaidja Afroso is a singer, guitarist, percussionist, and dancer deeply connected to the musical traditions of the African Diaspora and devoted to bringing together diverse modes of expression in pursuit of global harmony. His four albums chart a journey from his past as a vocalist, percussionist and dancer with the Ghana Dance Ensemble and Obo Addy to the present, as a confident and mature songwriter and collaborator. His songs call back to the sounds of his youth, illuminating them with the experiences and wonder of a curious traveler, never resting and always seeking.

Okaidja Afroso Trio DOE form

Spring 2020:


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 has 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.”

Goitse DOE form