About the Artist

Aloha, I am Joel P Heinz Sr. Born in Hastings, Minnesota and raised in Northern
California, I served in the Army in Vietnam. I have three sons, who still reside in
California and am blessed with seven grand children. After taking early retirement in
California, my wife Kathy and I are now living our dream in Maui.

In 1995, I began painting using acrylic paint on canvas. All of my art training has
come from associating with other artists and the joy of experimentation and
discovery. My favorite subject was Tropical Marine; I loved it so. When I painted the
sea and all the delightful things therein, it brought me peace and everything else fell
into place. I dabbled in Egyptian art for a short time in order to work in detail, a
noticeable characteristic of most of my early work. I wanted my detailed artwork on
canvas to be clearly seen whether viewed up close or from a distance.

During the 21 years prior to moving to Maui, I gained an appreciation for the
Hawaiian culture and it's primitive art. This has led to subject-matter changes in my
canvas paintings. Intrigued by the geometric designs on Polynesian tattoos and on
Hawaiian Kapa as well as the historical significance of ancient Hawaiian petroglyph
rock carvings, I began to combine these cultural icons in my paintings. Through the
years, I'd taken artist's license to create a few of my own petroglyph designs. The
acquisition of authentic Polynesian Tapa Cloth in 2007 led to a creative painting
frenzy that I am still enjoying today.  In fact, it has been quite some time since my
brush last touched canvas. If you would like more information about Tapa Cloth,

After much encouragement from friends, I began sculpting some of my favorite
Hawaiian petroglyphs in Koa Wood, a native Hawaiian hard wood treasured for its
beautiful grain. I have also carved lava rock, blue rock, tumbled marble, Turkish
limestone, and fiberglass to create platforms for my koa wood carvings, coaster
sets, and commissioned garden decor. If you would like more information about
Koa Wood, click

Mahalo for visiting my site and allowing me to share a small piece of the Hawaiian
culture we love. Please click on any of the tabs at the top of the column to the left
to view my various works. A "search" box is also provided if you wish to look for
specific items. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
Paintings by Joel
January 24, 2010
Paintings on Canvas
Koa Wood Sculpture
Paintings on Kapa
(Tapa) Cloth
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Polyurethane Coated
Galleries, Events, and Festivals

Galleries/Retail Outlets

  • Turnbull Studios and Sculpture Garden, Wailuku, HI (kapa paintings); see
    Turnbull's Website for gallery days & hours

  • Hana Coast Gallery, adjacent to Hotel Hana-Maui, Hana, HI (kapa paintings,
    coasters), see Hana Coast's Website for gallery hours.

  • Maui Hands, Hyatt Regency, Ka'anapali; Paia; and Front Street Lahaina (kapa
    paintings, koa wood sculptures), see Maui Hands' Website for gallery hours.

  • Maui Ocean Center, Retail Store, Ma'alaea, Maui, (kapa paintings) open 9 to 5

Scheduled Events

  • Maui Ocean Center,  Monday's and Friday's in the Maui Ocean Center
    (Aquarium)'s Hawaiians and the Sea Exhibit, Ma'alaea, Maui, 10AM to 4PM.

Festivals & Special Events

  • SF Aloha Festival, annual event usually held each year on the first weekend in  
    August at the San Mateo County Event Center in the heart of the San Francisco
    Bay Area. I have "retired" from this event but encourage friends to attend for great
    arts and crafts, entertainment, and food. For further information, please check
    this website:  PICA Website.

  • George Na'ope Hula Festival, annual event held each year in July at the
    Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Sacramento, CA. I have "retired": but I encourage
    friends to attend for great arts and crafts and hula dancing. For more info, click on
    this website:  the Kane Hula Website.
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Paintings by Joel
December 1, 2016
Joel P. Heinz, Sr.
16 Laupapa Place, Haiku, HI  96708
Studio Phone (808) 575-2746
Hawaii Cell (808) 283-6901
California Cell (510) 612-8292
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