Holidays in Holualoa: Season of love, gratitude, togetherness


The Donkey Mill Art Center is a nonprofit organization that exists through the blissfully creative and tireless efforts of folks who truly believe in art. Its mission is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop, and expand their creative abilities.

Educational programs and special events are held in a historic renovated coffee mill in Holualoa, overlooking the garden and the sea.

Schedule of Events

* Holiday Affair
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24
Free community event

Stop by the Mill for a spot of tea, a taste of something savory or sweet and a peek at what our local artists have been creating for the holidays. Unique, original, handmade and thoughtful, creative and sentimental, simple or elaborate, art makes the best gift ever! Spend the afternoon with friends and family, join us in craft making or enjoy the rhythms of singer songwriter Kristin LaGasse (1-2 p.m.) or the musical fusion of trumpet player Andrea Lindborg and harpist Motter Snell (3-4 p.m.).

* Intimate House Concert with Kristin Lagasse
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
Admission: $15 per adult at the door, children are free

Canadian born singer-songwriter Kristin Lagasse has performed hundreds of shows across the US and Canada, including cafes, bars, restaurants, festivals, and venues such as San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Composing with the guitar, ukulele, piano and an angelic voice, her songs are the product of being both immersed with and at odds with society, personal relationships, and the emotions they produce. Kristin has released two albums, “For Those Who Still Believe In Unicorns” (2007) and “Gypsy Girl” (2010). Visit: for more about the artist

* Book Making with Lisa Louise Adams
Saturday, Dec. 8 and/or Sunday, Dec. 9
Tuition: $75 per session plus supply fee $30

Have fun making books for a gift or for keeps! This class is designed for anyone interested in surface design, book structures and creating with paper. Enroll in one or both days of book/gift making.

* Wrap Up
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
Free Family Activity

Stop in to make your own lovely and eco-friendly wrapping paper with your family using recycled paper, stamps, odds and ends. Bring your own random treasures to add to the mix.

* Mochitsuki and Kodamatsu Making: A Cultural Event for Everyone
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27
$25 per family

For centuries, New Years is considered to be the most celebrated custom in Japan. Let your inner rhythm be set free during mochitsuki (rice pounding) and practice centering and a bit of visual poetry while making a kadomatsu, a bamboo alter, for your home. Taste a variety of ways that you can enjoy consuming the ‘rice spirit’ for purity, strength and spiritual wealth as we bring in the New Year with old traditions and new faces.

For further information, call 322-3362.

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