Hilo's popular Wailoa Center was designed by Oda McCarty Architects Ltd. and was completed in 1967, helping to breathe new life into the green zone created by the devastating 1960 tsunami along Hilo’s bayfront.  Shinmachi “New Town,” where bustling neighborhoods once stood, now encompasses the Wailoa River State Recreation Area. 

Wailoa Center is centrally located in the park next to the Tsunami Memorial and Vietnam Memorial, and across the river from the King Kamehameha Statue and is administered by the Division of State Parks within the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The main gallery on the second floor features month-long media or theme based exhibits while the smaller Fountain Gallery on the first floor is dedicated to shows by individual artists.


Our hours are Monday-Friday,

8:30 to 4:30

We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays & state holidays.


Admission is free.


Note: Some exhibits are open on Saturdays, if a Special Use Permit is warranted. Such special events are advertised and posted in advance. Visitors should be aware that at the end and beginning of each month, Wailoa Center is in transition and its galleries are closed to allow the crew to take down the old and install the new exhibits. Plan to visit Wailoa in the middle of the month to ensure that you get to see all of the artwork on display.

Wheelchair Access: There is no elevator in the building but a ramp provides access to both floors. Please call 933.0416 to make arrangements for parking and access assistance.


Education is a big part of the Center’s mission. Feel free to contact us about planning an excursion for your student group.

For any additional information regarding Wailoa Center please contact us at wailoa@yahoo.com or call 808-933-0416
For more information about the various State Parks on the Island of Hawaii, contact the main office at 808-961-9540. To visit their website 
Division of Forestry and Wildlife
To report Violations/Abuse call 643-DLNR (643-3567). This number is toll-free statewide and is answered 24 hours a day.