Welcome to the Arts at HPU!

The Arts at Hawai'i Pacific University are thriving!  Three minors have recently been launched: Art History, Studio Art, and Music.  We offer a variety of music performance opportunities as well as art, music, and theatre courses. HPU is very proud of our Theatre Program, in which students can create an individualized major or minor.  The Theatre Program produces two major shows per academic year, which feature students as well as members of the greater Honolulu community.

Our performing ensembles include the International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble, the HPU Orchestra, and the HPU Wind Ensemble.  Each of these programs offer generous scholarships, allowing students to major in any academic field while continuing to enjoy playing their instrument or singing.  The International Vocal Ensemble and Orchestra returned recently from a concert tour in China, visiting Beijing and Xi’an.  The HPU Wind Ensemble will embark upon a West Coast concert tour in the spring of 2012.

HPU Symphony Orchestra w/ Makana
Dance of the Red Poppies

HPU Symphonic Band-Voices of Resistance

Arts at HPU News

HPU Music
Saturday, November 21st, 2015

HUAKA'I: A Musical Journey featuring the HPU Symphony, International Chorale, Vocal and Hula Ensembles

Join the musicians and dancers of Hawai’i Pacific University, for Huaka’i: A Musical Journey, featuring the HPU Symphony, International Chorale, Vocal and Hula Ensembles. Music and dance from Hawai’i and the Pacific, with a special tribute to the great Hawaiian monarch, Queen Emma. The International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble will also perform musical works from England, Brazil, Ireland, Samoa, and Japan. Saturday, November 21st, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Central Union Church. Plenty of free parking, free admission, calabash offering.

“We are excited that this evening also features a special guest choir from St. Andrew’s Priory, under the direction of Naomi Castro. The girls will open the performance with a Hawaiian chant in honor of their school’s founder, Queen Emma.” -Dr. Teresa McCreary, Director of Performing Arts

HPU Fine Arts

The artwork of Kirsten Rae Simonsen, ARTS 1000 instructor, was accepted into a contemporary art magazine, Fresh Paint (printed and distributed in USA and UK). The juror was Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator).

Kirsten’s work can be viewed at her website.

HPU Theatre
December 3rd through 6th, 2015


by Geoffrey Nauffts
directed by Joshua Aiu

"Next Fall" takes a witty and introspective look at faith, commitment, and the burdens of love. While focusing on a five year relationship between Adam and Luke, "Next Fall" explores the balance surrounding modern ethics and beliefs. This compelling new play asks audiences to examine what it means "to believe", and the price of our convictions.

Directed by HPU theatre student Josh Aiu, “Next Fall” is the first student directed mainstage production in HPU’s history. In addition to having a student director, the cast is drawn entirely from HPU acting students. Performances take place at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre, on the Hawaii Loa Campus. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit the Theatre at HPU page.