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The Palace Theater is proud to present LIVE FROM THE EMPTY PALACE, a video series of live performances held in the empty auditorium of the Hilo Palace Theater

Enjoy a movie from your home and benefit the Palace!

Click here to see what movies are streaming from the Palace
Paint with YAS! In our first video installment of YAS At Home, learn a fun and easy painting technique that uses lemon juice and watercolor paints. Keiki should ask for an adults help with cutting their lemon into wedges. Keiki ages 7 and under may also require additional assistance.
Volcano Art Center is proud to announce the third semi-annual quilt show, Quilts in the Forest – Winds of Change at its Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. The show displays the talent of Hawaiʻi Island quilters, both amateur and professional. Opening to the public on July 17th the exhibition continues Tues.-Sat., 10AM – 4PM at VAC’s educational campus in Volcano Village. The exhibition will be held in Dietrich Varez Hall in the Hale Ho’omana Building at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. where social distancing protocol will also be observed.
EXHIBIT: Quilts in the Forest 2020 – Winds of Change
Traditional, Contemporary and Innovative Quilts 
at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus
July 17 – August 8, 2020
Exhibition open, Tues-Sat, 10AM – 4PM

Visitors should expect mandatory mask wearing on campus and in the gallery, 6 ft. distance within the gallery, max. occupancy of 10 people within the gallery at one time (Please note: you may be asked to wait outside if the gallery is full), hand sanitizer at entrance, and regular cleaning of highly touched surfaces by VAC staff and volunteers.

Othello (Shakespeare in the Lot!)
The Hilo Community Players invite you to enjoy a fully-mounted live theatrical experience on July 26, 30, 31, and August 1 at 7:30pm from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle in the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium parking lot.
Presented in this innovative live drive-in format, the Players offer both live theater and safe social distancing—the best of both worlds for a no-stress evening of entertainment. Admission is free, though donations are of course gracefully accepted.
Just bring your own phone app and speakers or radio to tune into an FM station and enjoy the beautiful language and crystal-clear sound of actors bringing this enduring classic to life. Concessions and bathrooms will be available on site.
We ask that cars are kept to one household/social bubble and masks are worn outside the vehicle (to and from the bathrooms.) Parking stalls will open one hour prior to showtime.
Sponsored by the County of Hawai’i with support from the East Hawai’i Cultural Center. Visit  for more information, or contact

July 26,30,31, Aug. 1st 2020 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM

Experience Volcano Festival 7/25-7/26 10:00am-7:00pm

This festival hosts an array of events spanning the whole of Volcano Area, from Akatsuka Orchid Gardens to the Volcano Winery, with a concentration of activities in the heart of historic Volcano Village.
ncentration of activities in the heart of historic Volcano Village.

More than just a gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Volcano home to many activities and relaxing opportunities. Get a taste of everything that Volcano has to offer during this two day festival on July 25th and 26th 2020.
This festival showcases music, Hawaiian culture, artists in action, tours, demonstrations, kids and ohana activities, a petting zoo, happy hours, restaurant specials, food trucks, a movie night and much, much more!
If you visit all 7 of the festivals locations you could win from our special drawing featuring prizes that include winery tour tastings, fine art jewelry, posters, gift certificates, luxury B&B stays and more!
Almost all events will be free of charge! So mark your calendars now. If you are visiting the Big Island take advantage of the many lodging opportunities the Volcano Area has to offer!
Biloxi Blues-Watch at Home!
In this hilarious and heart warming, Tony Award winning semi-autobiographical Neil Simon play, young Eugene Morris Jerome enlists in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. He is shipped from his Brooklyn home to basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi. At boot camp, Eugene is antagonized by the manic drill instructor, is introduced to adulthood, love and sex through his experiences with a diverse and rowdy group of young recruits, his first girlfriend, and a local prostitute.
Directed by Larry Reitzer

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