Trash art show returns to Hilo’s EHCC

For 33 years, Big Island artists have been recycling the island’s trash into works of art.

East Hawaii Cultural Center’s annual “Trash Art: Hawaii Artists Recycle” show has become a fixture on Hilo’s social landscape.


The show took a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, but it will return from Friday to Nov. 25 at EHCC’s main gallery.

The exhibition’s stated purpose this year is to “educate and increase the understanding of the island’s socioeconomic landscape and ecosystem, to encourage artists and viewers to rethink the shop-and-drop mentality, and to stimulate our brains and hearts to find ways in which we may lower the carbon footprint for our islands,” according to the EHCC’s prospectus for the show.

Artists can submit up to three pieces, and “large pieces” are encouraged.

“These shows become more relevant each year,” says the show’s founder and juror, local artist Ira Ono. “Imagine: It’s year 33, and local artists are once again in the vanguard for our planet.”

For more information, visit EHCC online at, call 808-961-5711, or visit EHCC at 141 Kalakaua Street.

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