Reuse mART - Art Explorium

Mahalo to everyone who joined us for our 2017 Reuse mART! Remaining items will be on sale in our studio while supplies last.  For info, please contact us at (808) 312-4316 or



Saturday, December 9, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Join us 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.

Stop by the Reuse mART to:
  • Shop our adorable “trash to treasure” kits (they come in all the colors of the rainbow!)
  • Purchase gift cards & wrapping paper, all made from recycled or donated materials
  • Plant a mini succulent in a jar and fill it with your choice of fun goodies
  • Make all natural tooth paste and bath scrub with our friends from Kōkua Hawai`i  Foundation
  • Shop handmade items from local artisans, including all-natural soap from the Indigenous Soap Company, ceramic pieces by Garid Chapman, and holiday decorations by Wendy Ikeda
  • Design your own ornaments and holiday cards
  • Get some Art Explorium swag including t-shirts, aprons, and gift certificates for the keiki on your list
  • Purchase stainless steel straws and bamboo utensil sets from Plastic Free Hawaii
  • Learn more about reducing holiday and everyday waste
  • Bring your own mug or borrow one of ours to enjoy a tasty holiday beverage
  • Questions? Contact us at 312-4316 or



Rainbow Trash-to-Treasure Kits ($4)

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, Bottled Blue, Purple Power, Winter White & Stellar Silver 🌈

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.




DIY Succulent Gift Jars ($4- 10)

Pick a jar and get planting! We’ll provide recycled jars and an assortment of goodies: Layer yours with beach glass, sand, shells, marbles and more. Then top it off with soil and a miniature succulent. A perfect gift for a green holiday!




All Natural Toothpaste & Bath Scrub ($2-3)

Our friends from Kōkua Hawai`i will be here to show us how to make bath & body products with all natural ingredients! Make these healthful treats for yourself or give them to someone special.




Gift Wrap ($ 2-5)

Instead of purchasing brand new store-bought gift wrap, why not pick up some that’s made from donated & recycled paper? Check out our hand-cut cards & gift tags, and wrapping paper that’s been hand-stamped by our wonderful volunteers.




Local Artisans

Shop handmade items from local artisans, including soap from the Indigenous Soap Company, ceramic & plant pieces by Garid Chapman, and felted holiday decorations by Wendy Ikeda. (Soap bars are 1 for $6 or 2 for $10. Other items are priced individually by the artists.)




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 




Gift Wrap Station

Stop by during open studio December 18-23rd to use our eco-friendly gift wrap station. All of our supplies are recycled and/or have been donated by people who can’t use them anymore. Use our stuff to cut down on your holiday waste and holiday stress. Suggested donation is ¢25 per gift but not required. We welcome everyone to join us in making the holidays merry and green~




Also… Let Us Wrap Your Gifts at Kahala Mall

Find us at Kahala Mall wrapping gifts for a nominal fee on Saturday, December 16 from 3:00-6:00pm. Gifts will be wrapped in a variety of wrapping supplies made out of donated and reused materials such as hand-decorated grocery bags and paper that is normally discarded. We will also have a station where keiki can make and decorate their own holiday cards. See you there!



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