The Donkey Mill Art Center’s Exhibition Program features contemporary visual arts, crafts, and culture as an entry point to explore diverse perspectives, tell stories and to encourage meaningful dialogue and reflection. The Mill’s gallery is a dynamic space to experience contemporary art through thought-provoking original exhibitions and collaborations with guest curators and artists from Hawai’i and abroad. Our artist residencies promote the exchange of ideas and skills between visiting and local artists, and invite community members and visitors alike to connect through the arts on a global scale.


Our exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: You can come and view the gallery during our open hours of Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm. Safety is a primary concern at the Mill. Wearing a mask is required while visiting our facilities.


On View: March 12 – July 2, 2022

Puʻuhonua Zine

“Puʻuhonua are safe places where we can go to heal, reset and realign to our place in life and our kuleana. Traditionally, it could be a person like an aliʻi, or it could be an enclosed portion of ʻāina like here at Hōnaunau. I feel our world continues to need these safe places….those that already exist and those we can create. They remind us that our lives are filled with choices, and sometimes we just need the time, space, safety and a little bit of compassion to contemplate and accept our place in everything. They help us direct our path in this journey of life.”  – Kanani Enos, 2021

Where—and who—are your puʻuhonua? Reflecting on puʻuhonua, places and people of peace and safety, artists featured in this exhibition explore concepts of refuge, sanctuary and healing, providing contemporary interpretations of its meaning through sculptural works, paintings, drawings, performance documentation, digital illustrations, as well as fiber and book arts. 

This exhibition encourages participants to reflect on their own places of refuge–whether they are literal places or people–or an energy, action, idea or state-of-mind. What differentiates puʻuhonua from other spaces? Puʻuhonua also asks questions about access to these places of refuge: When does one feel the need to access puʻuhonua? What prevents one from arriving at puʻuhonua? What kuleana exists once puʻuhonua are acknowledged? How do we mālama our puʻuhonua?

Exhibition programming through July 2, 2022 will dive into conversations about the value of puʻuhonua in the context of local and global communities.

Participating Artists: Nanci Amaka, Reem Bassous, Angaea Cuna, Kūpono Duncan, Nicole Makaʻāhinaʻālohilohi Jack, Jesse Kekoa Kahoʻonei, Chenta Laury, Nanea Lum, Conall Kahakaʻio Ravenscraft, Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum, and Maikaʻi Tubbs.

This exhibition and programs are made possible by the support of Hiroaki, Elaine & Lawrence Kono Foundation, the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s CHANGE Grant, and The Hazen Family Foundation with in-kind support provided by Mokulele Airlines.


Emergence: Young Artist Exhibition

Emergence: Young Artist Exhibition

July 16 – August 14, 2021


Young artists of the Donkey Mill were the stars of this exhibition featuring dynamic works from talented students from ages 6 to 16. As art and artmaking for youth is all about exploring relationships to self, family, local and global community, and nature, the works revealed these emerging connections. This exhibition reflected these connections and the themes explored in each art class: a deepened understanding of Hawaii’s native species, the ‘āina and the ocean, cultures near and far visited by the voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, as well as the knowledge held in moon phases and the cycles of nature. Working with diverse media ranging from clay to kapa, and woven textiles to paper sculpture, bookmaking, painting and drawing, the works in this exhibition captured the connection and creativity of these brilliant young artists.

James Jack: a guide to loving water

James Jack: a guide to loving water

May 26 – July 3, 2021


In this experiential exhibition, the Gallery was a participatory space for sharing methods of love for the water and land which we depend upon. Together, with the Donkey Mill Art Center, artist James Jack invited the community of Kona and beyond to engage with water, and listen to the stories and wisdom which water shares with us today. This open-ended exploration of water wove language, creative process and indigenous knowledge to form the basis for an exhibition that presented a collection of listening to water as interdependent parts of documenting imaginative ways of connecting.

Series: Ceramic Works of Form and Image

Series: Ceramic Works of Form and Image

March 13 – May 1, 2021


Through exploration of form, color, texture, and imagery, works by ceramicist Peter Durst and select students culminated in a dynamic collection of over forty architectural ceramic works of diverse scalewith subjects ranging from nature’s wonders to humanity and humor.


This exhibition featured the work of Peter Durst, Heide Cumes, Deirdre Fortune, Cris Lindborg, and Stanward Oyama.

ART IS A PRIORITY!: Annual Art Auction

ART IS A PRIORITY!: Annual Art Auction

February 3 – 26, 2021


During this extraordinary year, the importance of the arts has never been so clear. This year’s online art auction, Art is a Priority!, celebrated art as an essential component of our individual and collective well-being and health. Arts education develops the survival skills of creative problem-solving, empathy, collaboration and curiosity necessary to unite communities on a local, national and global scale. This year we invited 40 + artists, providing an extraordinarily diverse selection of art by established and emerging artists from Hawai’i and beyond.