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:      [email protected]

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.





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.


To be an inclusive platform for culture and the arts. Through visual and performing arts and education, we give voice to our diverse communities and provide a forum for inquiry into their experience and histories.

Vision Statement:

While maintaining standards for aesthetic expression, we are pluralistic and egalitarian, culturally and socially inclusive, providing a venue to our Hawaiian host culture as well as the many other voices which comprise our diverse island community.


A vibrant, thriving gathering place centered on art and culture, led by the ever-evolving voices of our Big Island communities, inspiring mutualism, dialogue, and understanding of the forces that shape our ideas, actions, and evolution.

Meet the team

Board Members

Staff & Volunteers

Advisory Council

Neida Bangerter Former Gallery Director Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele Hawaiian Scholar, Hula Master

Halena Kapuni-Reynolds Doctoral Student, Museum Studies

Mary Orwig Accountant

Michael Shewmaker Sculptor

Alison Wong Director of Partnerships Hawai’i Contemporary

Noe-Noe Wong-Wilson Executive Director Lālākea Foundation

Tom Moran Former Chief Curator Grounds for Sculpture