Art festival coming to Donkey Mill Art Center


The Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa will host an art making festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Admission to the two-day event is $10 per person; free for children younger than 12 — children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee includes all supplies and unlimited participation.

The festival is designed to captivate and inspire all ages, organizers said. Participants may create art in areas including printmaking, paper making, lauhala weaving, silk screening and raku. Donkey Mill and visiting artists, assisted by more than 50 volunteers, will provide expert guidance. Activities will vary each day and are subject to change.

Demonstrations such as weaving, painting, ukulele making and Hawaiian traditional crafts are planned for the outdoor stage. Visitors will have the opportunity to use the pottery wheel in a “hands to mud” activity. An exhibit of Hawaiian weaving will be on display in the main gallery.

Activities will take place in the center’s main building, children’s studio, ceramics studio and on the lawn. Visitors may explore the center and visit the gift shop. The festival site is Americans with Disabilities Act friendly.

Food, drinks, Kona coffee, tea and chocolate tastings will be available for guests. Translators will be on hand to assist with Japanese-speaking guests.

A shuttle will transport visitors from a nearby parking area since parking is limited.

Tickets are available at donkeymill.com or at the Donkey Mill, 78-670 Mamalahoa Highway. This event is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii County and the Bill Healy Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit the website or call 322-3362.