Discover Hilo’s Art SceneBig Island

Known for its small-town charm, Hilo often is overlooked for its bustling ART SCENE. But if you know where to look, you’ll find a smattering of talents, from local emerging artists to international entertainers.

One such place to catch a show is THE PALACE THEATRE. The Palace opened its doors at 38 Haili St. in 1925 during the heyday of American movie palaces. It was originally part of a small family of theaters owned and operated by Adam C. Baker and was the GRANDEST THEATER ON ALL THE ISLANDS. What differentiated The Palace from all other theaters in Hawai‘i was that its structure was built entirely of redwood, which was imported from the Pacific Northwest, and its facade was an elegant NEO-CLASSICAL DESIGN executed in stucco with wood molding accents.

The Palace has received a major facelift in recent years, with restoration and rehabilitation of its stage floor, office lobbies, projection room, backstage, roof and upgrades to the theater’s lighting and electrical equipment.

Additional improvements are ongoing, but The Palace currently is open for business with LIVE EVENTS AND MOVIES showing almost daily. Visit to see what’s on the bill.

Another Hilo institution for art is the EAST HAWAI‘I CULTURAL CENTER. The EHCC is home to an alliance of arts and cultural organizations and includes THREE PUBLIC GALLERIES that host local, national and international invitational art exhibits; a second-floor PERFORMANCE SPACE that serves as an art studio, “black box” theater and one of the best dance floors on the island; and a GIFT SHOP featuring locally created art and artifacts.

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