Performing Arts Department

Welina Mai

Ma ka hana, ka ʻike: by doing, one learns

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?

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

Our Mission:

  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.