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 – Saturday from 10am – 6pm. Safety is a primary concern at the Mill. Wearing a mask is required while visiting our facilities.

ART IS A PRIORITY!: Annual Art Auction

Silent Auction: February 13 – 27

Live Auctions: February 27

On View: February 3 – 26, 2021

Our 14th annual art auction “Art is a Priority!” will be safely held online, with works available to view at the Mill throughout the month of February.

During this extraordinary year, the importance of the arts has never been so clear. This year’s online art auction, Art is a Priority!, celebrates 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.


Nā Māla: Layered Landscapes of Kona Coffee Heritage

Nā Māla: Layered Landscapes of Kona Coffee Heritage

October 24 – December 12, 2020

This exhibition celebrates Kona coffee heritage through the natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes of our precious home. From the generous and extensive māla, or gardens, of Kona’s mahiʻai (farmers), to the opportunities the ‘āina provided to Kona’s coffee families, artworks featured explore interconnected elements of nā māla which culminate to create and sustain growth and abundance in Kona today.



July 2 – October 10, 2020


INUNDATION: ART & CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE PACIFIC —If the climate can change, why can’t we? The nine artists from around the pacific featured in INUNDATION offer powerful testimony, palpable imagery, and poetic intervention that bring the viewer closer to different climate situations around the Pacific Ocean.



Curators Jaimey Hamilton Faris and Mina Elison

James Jack


Kaili Chun

Mary Babcock

NIUHI-SHARK: Honoring Kamehameha The Great in Paint & Prose

NIUHI-SHARK: Honoring Kamehameha The Great in Paint & Prose

January 24 – March 20, 2020


NIUHI-SHARK: Honoring Kamehameha The Great in Paint & Prose features original paintings created by Carl F. K. Pao paired with selections from the book Kamehameha–The Rise of a King by Kāwika Eyre with illustrations by Brook Parker. This traveling exhibition is at last brought to West Hawai’i, where King Kamehameha passed in 1819.

#coffeelover: A Sensory Experience

#coffeelover: A Sensory Experience

October 26 – December 14, 2019


The Donkey Mill Art Center and the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (KCCF) are proud to announce KCCF’s annual juried art show celebrating our Kona Coffee heritage. Amateur and professional artists of all ages are invited to submit works of art celebrating their love for Kona Coffee through this year’s theme #coffeelover!