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We are the only arts education center of our kind in West Hawaiʻi that provides crucial skills of creative problem-solving, cultural empathy and collaboration.

Let’s ensure we continue to provide these opportunities for our communities on a local, national and global scale for years to come.

Art Education Support Donkey Mill support the arts


As a donor, you are a vital part of our economic engine. We support artists through teaching and professional development opportunities; gallery, gift shop sales, jobs and a dynamic community for creative exchange.

Your gift supports:

Artists Members support the arts

An intercultural and intergenerational network of practicing artists, including 400+ members, 30+ volunteers, and 50+ teaching artists

Year Round Art Programs support the arts

Year-round programs on campus and in public school classrooms serving 600 students annually. We are able to offer subsidized tuition for families in need.

Art Education support the arts

Systemic change, making arts education more accessible through mentorship programs and opportunities for artists to display and sell their works

Indigenous Hawaiian Art support the arts

The perpetuation of indigenous knowledge through the artist apprenticeship programs informed by Hawaiian cultural values

A Member

The Mill members play a key role in helping us produce and welcome innovative art and ideas, across all forms of creativity.

Member benefits:

Art Class Tuition Discounts support the arts


Discounted tuition on all classes and workshops

Open Studio Art support the arts

Open Studio

Affordable open studio access (ceramics, print, metals)

Art Class Discounts support the arts

Shop Deals

NEW! Year-round 10% discount on all gallery shop purchases

Art Registration Access support the arts


NEW! Early registration access on select classes and events + special mailings and announcements

Membership Levels

Your membership support enables the Donkey Mill to give it right back to our community in the form of keeping many of our events free of charge and offering exclusive discounts on tuition and gift shop purchases.

Youth under 18

65+ with financial need

Two people in the same household

Four people in the same household

Four people in the same household. $90 of this membership is a tax deductible donation.

*Sustaining level members also receive a limited edition, artist designed Donkey Mill tote bag (while supplies last).

Introducing: Digital Membership Cards

Starting Aug 2022, members will be able to access their membership card directly on their smartphone. This means they never have to worry about forgetting or losing their card and will be the first to receive notifications on classes and special events.

Plus, you are helping us be more green by reducing our paper mailings.

Mahalo To Our
Community Partners

We are united in our efforts to improve the quality of life for all in our community, across cultural and socio-economic barriers.

Individual and corporate donors, as well as grants, with annual giving circles starting at $2,500. Reporting period: Jan ’20 – June ’22:

Donkey Mill ‘Ohana
$2,500 – $4,999

Alexander & Baldwin LLC and Lanihau Center Holiday Market
Barbara & Robert Kildow
County of Hawaiʻi Contingency Funds from Holeka Goro Inaba (North Kona, District 8)
Cris & Eric Lindborg
Hiroki & Setsuko Morinoue
John Buck & Deborah Butterfield
John Holliday
Judy Gaulke
Ke Kai Ala Foundation
Lili Tokuda
Microsoft Corporation
Mike Lyon Charitable Fund
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Pamela Joseph

$5,000 – $9,999

County of Hawai‘i Grant-in-Aid Program
Donna Broder
John Holiday, Jr. Fund
Peaberry & Galette
Robert C. & Helen F. Nichols Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Susan M. Kosasa Fund
The Hickey Family Foundation


Amber & Paul Aguirre
Anonymous Donor
Atherton Family Foundation
Carl & Suzanne Merner
Charter Communications & Ovation TV
Conrad Roland Trust
Deirdre Fortune
Dods Foundation
Hawai’i Council for the Humanities
Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Hazen Family Foundation
Hiroaki, Elaine & Lawrence Kono Foundation
Johanna M. Hill
Kosasa Family Fund
Kūki‘o Community Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Mary Therese Perez Hattori
Mayumi Oda
Peter Durst & Ellen Seale
Rozemaryn Van Der Horst Trust
The Courtney Roberts’ Foundation
The Robert Emens Black Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation
The Roberts Foundation

Founders Table

We also recognize cumulative and lifetime donations of $50,000+ through our Founders’ Table perpetual giving circle. As we continue our service to the community and delve further into our paper archives dating back 25+ years, this list will surely grow. Based on recent and currently available historical information, we thank and proudly honor the following at the Founders’ Table:

Anonymous Donor
Deirdre Fortune
Hawai’i Community Foundation
Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Hawai’i State Legislature Grant-in-Aid Program
Hiroaki, Elaine & Lawrence Kono Foundation
Hiroki & Setsuko Morinoue
Paul & Cassandra Hazen
The Robert Emens Black Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation
The Roberts Foundation

Teach at
the Mill

We are always looking for experienced teaching artists who are interested in sharing their skills and talents with our community. If you would like to teach at the Donkey Mill, please email a letter of interest to