About EHCC

East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center

Located across from Kalākaua Park in the Old Police Station of Downtown Hilo, the East Hawai'i Cultural Center is a non-profit organization largely run by volunteers, supporting the arts and culture in the Hilo community for over 50 years. Current programs include the Youth Arts Series, Kahua 'Elua Theatre, Gamelan of the Molten Blossom, and exhibitions featuring local and international artists. EHCC is also home to SPACE: a curated store.

Address:  141 Kalākaua St, Hilo, HI 96720
Phone:     (808) 961-5711
Email:      admin@ehcc.org

Hours of Operation: 

Gallery: Tuesday through Friday, 10am - 4pm & Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

Main Office: Tuesday through Friday, 10am - 4pm  

*The gallery closes in-between exhibitions for installation.*

There is no charge to stop by and view our exhibitions, but donations are always welcome with a sliding scale suggestion of $5 - 20, we greatly appreciate it!

Our Community Partners:

Moulton's Furniture, Hawai‘i Concert Society, Orchid Isle Orchestra, Lyman Museum, Full Life, Astania Caputo: Children's Acting Class.




Chairman’s Report Jan. 2020

I was out shopping recently when an old acquaintance accosted me to ask why the East Hawai’i Cultural Center (EHCC) was attacking its supporters. He politely listened as I explained the facts. Because this is a matter of concern to our community, we want our readers to hear those facts too.
EHCC is a cherished part of Hilo’s history.


We are an inclusive platform for the expression of the rich and complex cultural diversity that defines our communities through exhibitions, performances, education, and creative inquiry.

Vision Statement:

A vibrant and thriving gathering place centered on art and culture where the ever-evolving voices of our local communities inspire dialogue and action toward establishing healthy and generative communities, local and beyond.


While we maintain high standards for aesthetic expression, we believe that the creative and cultural expression of all people of our state is of equal value. We are culturally and socially inclusive, providing venue to our host culture and the vast array of voices which comprise our unique community; to inspire wonder, curiosity, new ways of thinking, and civic action as a pathway toward building and sustaining healthy, thriving communities.

Meet the team

Board Members

Staff & Volunteers

Advisory Council

Neida Bangerter Gallery Director Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Meidor Hu Assistant Professor Hawai’i Community College

Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele Hawaiian Scholar, Hula Master

Darrell Orwig (1944-1921) Former Director Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Mary Orwig Accountant

Michael Shewmaker Sculptor

Alison Wong Former Deputy Director Honolulu Museum of Art

Noe-Noe Wong-Wilson Executive Director Lālākea Foundation

Tom Moran Former Chief Curator Grounds for Sculpture