101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - DIVERSIONS -

Known for its small-town charm, Hilo’s bustling art scene is of­ten over­looked. 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 façade 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 hilopalace.com to see what’s on the bill.

An­other Hilo in­sti­tu­tion for art is east hawaii 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 sec­ond­floor 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. For gen­eral in­for­ma­tion and de­tails re­gard­ing cur­rent or up­com­ing classes, worK­shoPs and events, visit ehcc.org.

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