East Hawaii Cultural Center
District Courthouse and Police Station
|Area||0.57 acres or 0.23 hectares|
|NRHP reference #||79000752|
|Added to NRHP||September 4, 1979|
The East Hawaii Cultural Center (EHCC) is a cultural center in Hilo, Hawaii, that has regular art exhibits and holds workshops and classes. Administered by the East Hawaii Cultural Council, an umbrella group of local arts organizations, the Center is housed in a historic former police station facing Kalakaua Park.
The two-story structure is built from reinforced concrete with wooden interiors. It is located at 141 Kalakaua Street, coordinates Coordinates: . The area had been used for civic buildings since about 1817, with the park across the street created by King David Kalākaua in 1877. In February 1969 the court was moved to a new state office building, and in 1975 the police department moved to a larger building, leaving it vacant.
The East Hawaii Cultural Council was founded in 1967, and leased the building which was planned for demolition. EHCC was the first Hawaiian museum hosting a digital art exhibition and traveling tour on a worldwide scale in 2002 initiated by Dr. Rodney Chang, known as "Pygoya", from Honolulu.