Welcome to the Donkey Mill Art Center—a place of convergence where arts and culture are considered a necessity, not a luxury.

Young Artist Residency Applications Open

This Fall, the Donkey Mill is excited to host a Young Artist Residency Program for eight to ten young artists who will have the opportunity to work directly with Seattle-based artist, Michelle Kumata. Participants will embark on an artistic journey exploring their identities, family lore and heritage as they build an artistic portfolio and create artworks with guidance of a professional artist. This opportunity is available for artists ages 13-18.

Important Dates:

  • EXTENDED DATE: Application Deadline: Friday, May 31 at 5:00pm HST
  • In-Person Residency Dates: Fall Break, Tuesday – Friday, October 8 – 11 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Teen Printmaking: Summer Art Experience

Teen Printmaking: Summer Art Experience

with Hunter Buck
Teen Sound Art: Summer Art Experience

Teen Sound Art: Summer Art Experience

with Seb Choe
Young Artist Residency Program Fall 2024

Young Artist Residency Program Fall 2024

with Michelle Kumata

A Member

Join as a member today for access to 20% tuition discount, open studio access, shop discounts, and more.

The Mill Effect

“The Donkey Mill has taught me the importance of taking intentional risks, gently pushing the limits of my comfort zone by asking myself “what happens when I/we….”


Artist Caligraphy art center

From 2017-2021:

640 artists

exhibited their work

2800+ Adults & 970 Youth

attended workshops, classes and other events at the Mill

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Artists Teaching Opportunities art center

From 2017-2021:


paid to artists through teaching opportunities, gallery and retail sales


with free admission at the Mill

From 2017-2021:


in Youth program subsidies to make tuition more affordable


welcomed arts curriculum into their classrooms through the Artist in the Schools Program


of our classes, exhibitions, and events showcase the diverse cultural knowledge of our island community

Youth Art Programs art center


Our Strategic plan aims to transform our campus into a sustainable ecosystem with multiple access points for our diverse community to connect and thrive.

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Featuring a curated selection of art with proceeds supporting our local artists.

Latest News

My Heart Place: In Memoriam of Lynn Capell

April 22, 2024|

“...when I finished it I looked at it and smiled. I recognized it as the place where I live and the lovely pink morning sky, with the sun’s yellow rays on the horizon. It is my heart place.” –Lynn Capell, Puako, water based paints on canvas 2021 On Saturday March 30, 2024, beloved artist Lynn Capell passed away after a sudden traffic accident in the Waikoloa area. She was 72. The Mill ʻohana is deeply saddened to hear of this loss and would like to extend our sincerest condolences, love and aloha to Lynn’s friends and ʻohana. We are [...]

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