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.

Nā Kapa Kuʻina

On View: August 28 – October 9, 2021

I ulu no ka lala i ke kumu. 
The branches grow because of the trunk.

‘Olelo No’eau – Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings, #1261. Collected, translated and annotated by Mary Kawena Pukui

Featuring contemporary works of kapa artists from across Hawaiʻi, this exhibition celebrates these “branches” and the strong foundations from which their work emerges. With the rich ʻike and layered moʻokūʻauhau shared with them by their kumu, these artists embrace the kuleana presented to them as kapa practitioners, fiber artists and Kanaka ʻŌiwi. It is this kuleana which inspires them to continue learning and sharing through exploration and experimentation—reconnecting them with the hana of their ancestors and further strengthening the foundation for the future.

The art of making “cloth” from fibers connects Hawai’i with many cultures from around Moananuiākea and the world. This art form practiced in Hawaiʻi, ka hana kapa, differentiates itself in many ways, and through the continued resurgence in the practice of kapa making in Hawaiʻi, this exhibition features works which embody the knowledge and stories shared by renowned kapa and fiber artists from across the pae ʻāina.

Opening reception (by appointment)
Saturday, August 28, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 PM
*Registration required – Max 6 people per half hour

Curator Tour: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00pm & 3:30 – 4:30pm *Registration required

Artist Talk with Puakea Forester (ZOOM)
Thursday, September 9, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
*Registration required

Nā Kapa Kuʻina Artist Talk Story (ZOOM)
Thursday, September 30, 5:00 – 6:30pm
*Registration required


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.