Visit the Mill

Stop by to view our exhibitions, attend one of our many classes and events, explore the gardens and retail shop.

Whether you’re a visitor, volunteer, friend of a friend, or a member, you’ll find a shared sense of place to connect through arts, culture and community.

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We’re open Wednesday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm

78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy
Hōlualoa, Hawaiʻi 96725
(808) 322-3362

Holidays & Closures:

The Mill closes seasonally for maintenance, deep cleaning, staff rest, and program planning. During these times we are not open to the public, though we continue to check email and voicemail.

Current list of closures:

Thanksgiving: November 23 & 24, 2023
Holiday Break: December 23, 2023 – January 9, 2024

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Our Campus

Historic Building

Our main, wooden building was constructed in 1954 by the Kona Coffee Cooperative. Kona’s coffee farmers worked the steep slopes of Hualālai with a strong sense of community resilience recognized to this day as a defining quality of the Kona Way of Life.


Our gardens include a dedicated area for wauke (mulberry) used in kapa making, a forested lot with native ʻōhiʻa lehua trees and even our parking lots are fringed with canoe plants like hala (pandanus) used for lauhala weaving.

Our View

While our historic facade dominates the view from the street, once inside, and in each of our studios, you will find a view of gently sloping terrain, distant ocean and the occasional circling hawk. Our upstairs lanai offers a full campus view of the studios and gardens below.

Arts & Culture

Every class listed represents a commitment made by a teaching artist to plan ahead, show up and exchange knowledge. Our workshops are fueled by collaboration, creativity, and community welcoming you and your ‘ohana to join in the fun.

Our gallery is a place of convergence for local and international artists, cultural practitioners, students and visitors to explore our region’s history, diverse cultures and relevant themes from climate change to pu`uhonua (safe spaces). Programming includes artist talks, panel discussions, curator-led tours, hands-on workshops, and a teen summer program for budding curators and exhibition designers.

There’s always something new to see in our gift shop and online store. You will find a curated selection of artworks and wares made by our diverse community of artists. Local microbusinesses are also represented as a vital part of our regional economy. Members receive 10% off all purchases year-round.

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To Know

Covid Safety Protocols
March 26, 2022

While we are still practicing and encouraging safe and healthy behavior, masks are no longer required in our facilities, classes or studios. Please sanitize hands and work surfaces regularly and stay home if you have a cough, fever or otherwise do not feel well.

Attending Classes

If you would like to attend a class or workshop, advanced registration is required. Classes fill quickly and we suggest you sign up more than a week before the start date of the class in order to secure your spot, give the instructor time to prepare, and to ensure that the class meets the minimum requirement. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Find your class and register on the Happening Now page or call (808) 322-3362.

For more information on our current registration policies, please view here.


Parking is available in either of our two parking lots below the main building. Please do not park along Mamalahoa Highway. Limited parking is available in front of the main building for ADA access, as a loading zone, and drop offs.