Meet the Palace Staff…

We are small, but we are mighty!


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The Executive Office Staff

Executive Director –Phillips Payson

Phillips is a Hawaii-based filmmaker and film festival coordinator. He has worked with the Hawaii International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and post-production house Deluxe New York, as well as co-founding the “Made In Hawaii Film Festival”. As the co-founder of Hawaii-based production company Larkin Pictures, Phillips has been making films in Hawaii since 2012.


Operations Manager – Meadow Lambert

Meadow started working for the Palace Theater back in August of 2012 as an Usher and Box Officer. She then moved her way up to House Manager, managing both our movies and live events. You can now find Meadow in our office during the day, as our Operations Manager. Meadow enjoys the new and exciting things that come day to day working in a venue for live events.


Office Manager – Sheron Bee

Sheron is born and raised in Hilo and started working at the Palace in 2011. The Palace Theater is one of three of her favorite historic buildings in Hilo (the other two being the Shipman Plant and the Downtown Hilo Post Office!)


Administrative Office Assistant – Kyden De Sa


Palace Bookkeeper – Laurie Saarinen

Laurie has been a bookkeeper & payroll services pro since 1999. She recently joined us here at The Palace. Her experiences with the Palace go back many, many years of enjoyment and volunteer ushering. She is very happy to have had seen the summer production of Beauty & the Beast and looks forward to enjoying many more productions while keeping the Palace books in order!


Grant Writer – Isobel Donovan


Development Officer – Erin Chung

The Palace Night Staff

House Managers:  Theon Weber, Conrado Astrande, Sonny Czyscon, Zoe Rose

Cafe: Desirae Chacon, Kai Albright, William Vizena

Ushers: Desirae Chacon, Kai Albright, Rylee Ragasa, William Vizena

Projectionist:  Theon Weber, Sonny Czyscon, Conrado Astrande

Tech Specialists: Theon Weber and Sonny Czyscon