Donkey Mill Presents ‘Pu‘uhonua’ Exhibition

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Donkey Mill invites the public to visit and reflect on its new exhibition, entitled Pu‘uhonua.

The exhibition opened March 12 and will run through July 2, 2022, at the Mill. Contributing artists explore concepts of refuge, sanctuary, and healing, providing contemporary interpretations of its meaning through sculptural works, paintings, drawings, digital illustrations, as well as fiber and book arts.

“Puʻuhonua encourages viewers to reflect on their own places of refuge—whether they are literal places or people—or an energy, action, idea or state-of-mind,” said Mina Elison, exhibition curator.

The works of participating artists include Nanci Amaka, Reem Bassous, Angaea Cuna, Kūpono Duncan, Nicole Makaʻāhinaʻālohilohi Jack, Jesse Kekoa Kahoʻonei, Chenta Laury, Nanea Lum, Conall Kahakaʻio Ravenscraft, Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum, and Maikaʻi Tubbs.


“Puʻuhonua are safe places where we can go to heal, reset, and realign to our place in life and our kuleana. Traditionally, it could be a person like an aliʻi, or it could be an enclosed portion of ʻāina like here at Hōnaunau. I feel our world continues to need these safe places….those that already exist and those we can create. They remind us that our lives are filled with choices, and sometimes we just need the time, space, safety, and a little bit of compassion to contemplate and accept our place in everything. They help us direct our path in this journey of life.” – Kanani Enos, 2021.

Donkey Mill Art Center is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 78-6670 Māmalahoa Highway, in Hōlualoa.


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