East Hawaii Cultural Center

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District Courthouse and Police Station
East Hawaii Cultural Center.jpg
East Hawaii Cultural Center is located in Hawaii
East Hawaii Cultural Center
Location Hilo, Hawaii
Coordinates 19°43′29″N 155°5′18″W / 19.72472°N 155.08833°W / 19.72472; -155.08833
Area 0.57 acres or 0.23 hectares
Built 1932
Governing body Hawaii County
NRHP Reference # 79000752[1]
Added to NRHP September 4, 1979
A koa wood canoe model on display inside

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.

Building history[edit]

The building was listed as site 79000752 on the National Register of Historic Places on September 4, 1979.[2]

The two-story structure is built from reinforced concrete with wooden interiors. It is located at 141 Kalakaua Street, coordinates 19°43′29″N 155°05′18″W / 19.72472°N 155.08833°W / 19.72472; -155.08833Coordinates: 19°43′29″N 155°05′18″W / 19.72472°N 155.08833°W / 19.72472; -155.08833. 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.

Cultural Council[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Frances C. Sherrard. "Nomination form" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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