Donate Stuff

Our art keeps trash out of Hawaii's landfills!

At Art Explorium we reuse “trash” items as much as possible. Making art from discarded items gives children the freedom to be creative while also showing them the importance of using our planet’s limited resources carefully. Donations from you help keep us going. But unfortunately we can’t accept everything. Before donating, please check out our list of things we can and cannot use (below).

Please also know that we have A LOT of donations and not that much space. Donated materials may be shared with schools and other non-profits, or may end up in the recycle/trash bin. If you know anyone else who could use your materials, we’d love for you to share with them first 🙂


Stuff We Can Use:

  • T-shirts
  • Cereal Boxes (Flattened would be great! We’ll cut up the cardboard and use it for art!)
  • Corks
  • Plastic Bottle Caps *PLEASE NOTE: we can’t accept medicine or vitamin caps*
  • Beer Bottle Caps
  • Soda Can Tabs
  • Rubber Bands
  • Twisty-Ties
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn
  • Buttons
  • Stickers
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Used Wires (Especially telephone wire or other wire that’s not sharp or rusty)
  • Other small odds & ends like Buttons, Feathers and Keys

Stuff We Can’t Use:

  • Egg Cartons
  • Yogurt Containers
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Medicine Bottles or Caps
  • Cardboard Beer Carriers
  • Six-Pack Rings
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Glass Items
  • Food Items
  • Paint
  • Large, dirty or dangerous items (Furniture, Electronic Waste, Large Boxes, etc.)


Please check our calendar or call our studio to make sure we are open before you stop by. Please do not drop off items outside our studio if we are closed. Questions? Contact us at or (808) 312-4316.

For more information on how to recycle and dispose of your trash materials, please visit the Honolulu City & County Department of Environmental Services.