Hawai'i Cultural Center is operated by the East Hawai'i Cultural
Council, a coaliton of organizations and individuals dedicated to
preserving cultural, creative and traditional arts in Hawai'i, to foster
community involvement with culture and the arts; and to coordinate
activities and resources among East Hawai'i arts and cultural community.
The Council was founded in 1967 with six charter organizations
reflecting Hilo's multi-ethnic heritage.
East Hawai'i Cultural Center is home to an alliance of arts and cultural
organizations among them the Big Island Dance Council, Hawaii Concert
Society, Bunka No Izumi, Kin Ryosho Dance Academy, and the Phillippine
The Center's facilities include three public galleries, which host
local, national and international invitational art exhibits. In the Main
Gallery is the Gift Shop featuring locally created art and artifacts.
A Performance Space on the second floor serves as a "black box" theater,
an art studio, a meeting room, and one of the best dance floors on the
island. The broad lanai and balcony frequently become the stage for the
Hilo Community Players Summer Shakespeare Performances.
Events are made possible in part by support
from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaii County
Department of Parks and Recreation, Culture and Arts Section and other
The main support comes from the public. As a member of EHCC one receives
invitations to the art exhibitions, advance notice to other events,
discounts for classes and gift shop purchases as well as the newsletter,
In addition to Center activities, EHCC helps sponsor other exhibitions
and cultural events, including the Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival
and the Hamakua Music Festival. EHCC sponsors events that attract
many thousands of visitors annually.
Art Centering, is
mailed to members and distributed free to the public, bringing news of
cultural events, ideas about the arts and living, as well as providing a
forum for poetry and art.