Welcome to the East Hawaii Cultural Center's Web site!

The East Hawaii Cultural Center is a major non-profit organization located in historic Kalakaua Park area of Hilo, island of Hawaii also known as "The Big Island".  It serves as a cultural and art resource for all of East Hawaii. We attract 20,000 visitors annually, ranking as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hilo.

We have a different exhibition each month which begins with an opening reception on the first Friday of the month. The exhibition runs through the last Friday of the month. We attract a diverse multi-ethnical enclave of artists from Hawaii and the mainland that enrich our community.

The East Hawaii Cultural Center was founded in October 1967 as the brainchild of a small group of volunteers. With wisdom and forethought, they leased the then boarded up, ready-for-demolition old police station from the County. Along with their own money, they raised other local funds and supplemented theses with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, and County agencies. Thousands of hours of volunteer support from many members of the community and the artists went into renovating the building. In October of 1979, The East Hawaii Cultural Center was placed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

The East Hawaii Cultural Center sponsors the Big Island Slack Key Festival, now in its 12th year. We also serve as an umbrella for many other arts and cultural organizations. To name a few -

The Hawaii Concert Society
The Big Island Arts Guild
The Film Society
Bunka No Izumi
Ken Ryo Sho
The Hilo Community Players
The Young at Art
The Big Island Dance Council

The Big Island, a truly unique island, is at the center of the world (Check your globe). A tropical paradise, the Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the youngest too. It is home to Pele, the Volcano Goddess, which erupts on a regular basis and is visible via a hike, a drive or a helicopter ride. In winter, snow is visible on Mauna Kea while one stands on a black sand beach and swims in 78 degree water. Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls, as well as many others, are on the Big Island. Our Pali coast includes world renown Waipio Valley and 18 miles of roughed jungle where no car has ever tread and is passable only over difficult trails. The Big Island, where the air is fresh, the ALOHA abundant and "no need hurry."


Craig Allen, Center Coordinator
East Hawai'i Cultural Center


Left to right - Angie Alcosiba, Office Manager,
Ken Charon, Exhibits Coordinator, Craig Allen,
Center Coordinator, & Harry Castro, Head Custodian


About Craig Allen

Craig's pleasant manner and real "people's skills" have helped ease the way over the bumps that have come along since his beginning work in November 2000. A father of two girls and two boys, the oldest 33, the others teenagers, Craig has a "show biz" family inasmuch as he and his wife, Carolyn, and all the children have learned juggling and other performance skills and have performed in the local "Hiccup Circus" for ten years.  In addition to his friendly interpersonal skills, Craig is capable of doing many of the little jobs that present themselves around the EHCC premises. With other volunteers, Craig has done repairs and assisted in creating the new workshop area in the rear, complete with devising a system to provide water for classes as needed. Craig holds a degree in philosophy from the University of San Francisco, and he worked in construction for 25 years.  He puts in extra volunteer hours after his regular work day in preparing for presentations of the Docent Series program, the theater productions, special programs and meetings that take place after regular hours, and the monthly opening receptions for the artists each month.  He,  Angie Alcosiba and Harry Castro, the facilities caretaker, are the only paid staff members of the Center.  They accomplish miracles and all are multi-talented. 

-Judith Kirkendall