Reuse mART 2019 - Art Explorium

Saturday, November 30, 10 am – 3 pm

Join us again this holiday season as we combine imagination and sustainability! We’ll provide fun activities, upcycled gifts and ideas on how to cut down on waste for the holidays. Prices are very affordable, ranging from FREE to $20.

This year’s Reuse mART coincides with Keep It Kaimuki’s Small Business Saturday events so there will be lots of other fun family activities happening in our neighborhood. More details to come.

Stop by the Reuse mART to:

  • Screenprint reusable cloth napkins and tote bags with awesome designs by artist April Sham of  ASHAM Prints.
  • Make an adorable felted snowman ornament with artist Wendy Ikeda
  • Shop our one-of-a-kind “trash to treasure” kits (they come in all the colors of the rainbow!)
  • Decorate earth-friendly, hand-made candles for holiday gifts
  • Shop beautiful, earth-friendly, handmade items from local artisans
  • Purchase greeting cards and handmade crayons, all made from recycled or donated materials 
  • Join our friends from Kōkua Hawai`i Foundation to make your own beautiful gift of tea and mugs
  • Purchase stainless steel straws and bamboo utensil sets from Plastic Free Hawaii
  • Create your own ornaments and holiday cards
  • Get some Art Explorium swag including t-shirts, aprons, and gift certificates at special rates for the keiki on your list
  • Learn more about reducing holiday and everyday waste
  • Enjoy a tasty holiday beverage

Questions? Contact us at 312-4316 or


Screenprint Reusable Napkin Sets & Tote Bags

Make your own reusable napkin set and bag to go with your new bamboo utensil set and other items from Kokua Hawaii Foundation (see below). Artist April Sham of ASHAM Prints will be here to help you screenprint cloth napkins and tote bags with her adorable designs on them!



Felted Ornaments

Create an adorable mini snowperson ornament! Our felting instructor, Wendy Ikeda, will teach you how to use a needle and wool to create an eco-friendly snowperson ornament that will make a wonderful holiday gift. Because of the sharp needle this activity is appropriate for ages 7 & up (possibly 6 with adult assistance).




Rainbow Trash-to-Treasure Kits

Cut down on waste and help support our children’s art programs by purchasing one of our fun DIY art kits. All kits are made from donated materials and assembled by our amazing volunteers. This year we’ve been bottling them in all the colors of the rainbow! Choose from Pretty Pink, Rockin’ Red, Obsessed with Orange, Yay for Yellow, Galactic Green, Bottle of Blue, Purple Power, and Winter White.
Keep in mind that no two kits are exactly alike, and that’s what makes them special! Take yours home and make art that’s as unique as you are. And don’t be afraid to add other recycled materials that you find around the house: Cardboard, bottle caps, shopping bags, discarded gift wrap, boxes and paper towel rolls all make fun additions to any creative reuse project.


Decorate Handmade Candles

Grab a candle and get busy decorating! We’ll provide handmade candles in reused glass jars. You get to decorate (decoupage!) to your heart’s content. The perfect example of a cute, useful, and earth-friendly holiday gift.


Local Artisans

Need some gifts and stocking stuffers? Shop eco-friendly, handmade items from local artisans. Products include beautiful tea towels and other merchandise by ASHAM Printsnatural soaps from the Indigenous Soap Company, adorable upcycled ornaments and jewelry by Sassy Artist Studios, and natural holiday decorations by the very talented Malia Lagaso. Please note that these products are all one-of-a-kind so they will be similar to the images below but we can’t guarantee that these exact products will be at Reuse mART.



Gifts from Kokua Hawaii Foundation

Our friends from Kōkua Hawai`i Foundation will be here doing a unique activity that can be a wonderful and thoughtful holiday gift for the special people in your life. They will have various types of locally grown tea and you can fill your own tea bags, then choose a mug and give someone the gift of a healthy and calming cup of tea. They will also have eco-friendly items for sale such as bamboo utensil sets, metal straws, and more, so we can all live a little more Plastic Free. 


New & Gently Used Art Supplies

So many amazing art & craft supplies are donated to Art Explorium and we just can’t use everything we get. Pick up some high-quality beads and scrapbooking flowers while you are here!


Free Art Activities

We’re making holiday cards and ornaments out of recycled and donated materials. Make them as a family or let the kids get creative while adults shop our gift section.


Resources on Reducing Holiday Waste

12 Days to a Green Holiday Bookmark (Kokua Hawaii Foundation)

Green Holiday Educator Guide (Kokua Hawaii Foundation)

Green Holiday Educator Guide Vol. 2 (Kokua Hawaii Foundation)

Simplify the Holidays  (Center for a New American Dream)

Green Your Holidays (American Museum of Natural History)

The Most Wasteful Time of Year Infographic (Center for Biological Diversity)

Plastic-Free Shopping Guide (The 5 Gyres Institute)

Donating to Art Explorium

Mahalo for your support! The Reuse mART and other Art Explorium programs are made possible by your generous contributions. Before donating recycled materials to us, please take a moment to look over the kinds of items we can and can’t accept. Please also note that we can we can only accept product donations during studio hours. For more info, contact us at 312-4316.

Things We Can and Can’t Use

Guide to Donating Materials

Financial Contributions