Performing Arts Department

The UH Hilo Performing Arts department is a collaborative program where students can expand beyond their comfort zones, exploring artistic innovations and striving for excellence, while safe in the knowledge that they are supported by a nurturing community of artists. Our graduates perform in orchestras, dance companies, and theatrical productions in Hawaiʻi and across the world. What's _your_ passion?


ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia: No task is too big when done together by all.

Our Mission

A dance performance at the Performing Arts CenterA UH Hilo dance performance

  1. To serve the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo with general education and service courses

  2. To provide an academic major in the Performing Arts, with individual specialty concentrations in dance, drama performance, music, and technical theatre

  3. To contribute to the cultural life of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Island through artistic performances and offerings in music, drama, and dance, through public lectures, and through related professional activities.

Our Degrees and Campus

The University

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is characterized as a comprehensive, diverse, regional university. Scholarship and research are an important part of faculty work and student engagement, but the primary focus is on providing high-quality baccalaureate and postgraduate education.