East Hawaii Cultural Center / HMOCA

Located across from Kalakaua Park in the Old Police Station of Downtown Hilo, the East Hawaii Cultural Center/Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization largely run by volunteers, supporting the arts & culture in the Hilo community for 50 years with recent programming such as the Youth Arts Series, Kahua 'Elua Theatre, Gamelan Studio, First Friday events with exhibitions featuring local & international artists & is home to SPACE: a curated concept store.

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

Hours of Operation: New days of operation are temporary and do not include starting/opening dates of new exhibitions. 

Gallery/Office open Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 4pm  

*The gallery closes inbetween exhibitions for installation. Regular office hours remain as well as the option to browse SPACE: A Curated Concept Store. Please contact us by phone or email if you would like further info!*

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!

Chairman’s Report 2018

Over the two and a half years I’ve been Board Chair of the East Hawaii Cultural Center, people from the community have occasionally commended me for managing this huge, complex, and overwhelming pursuit. Yet I’m responsible for none of the unique beauty and magic emerging from EHCC during this time.

Here is a short list of the things I definitely do not do:

Chairman’s Report


The East Hawaii Cultural Center has been at the beating heart of our community culture on the Big Island for four decades. Run largely by volunteers, under the leadership of whoever had time and passion, the Center has offered a venue for a host of cultural groups, artists, theater and music ensembles, and workshops. When the current Board Chairman asked me to take over running the venue a month ago, I was excited and daunted.


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