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. At first, my favorite subject was Tropical Marine. I loved it so. The sea
and all the delightful things therein 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 led to subject-matter changes in my
canvas paintings. Intrigued by the geometric designs on Polynesian tattoos and on
Hawaiian Kapa (called Kapa instead of Tapa because there is no "T" in the
Hawaiian language) 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've taken artist's license to create a few of my own petroglyph
designs. Acquisition of authentic Polynesian Tapa Cloth in 2007 led to a creative
painting frenzy that I am still enjoying today.  It has been quite some time since my
brush last touched canvas. If you would like more information about Kapa Cloth and
its cultural significance to the Hawaiians, click

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 make platforms for my koa sculptures, durable 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, Paia (kapa paintings, koa wood sculptures) and Front Street
    Lahaina (kapa paintings), 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,  Periodically in the Maui Ocean Center (Aquarium)'s Retail
    Store, Ma'alaea, Maui.

Next Scheduled Date(s):  TBD
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Paintings by Joel
June 17, 2019

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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