Joseph Hauoli Dowson, Sr., was born in Pu’unene, Maui, and is well known in the community as an artist and Kumu (teacher). Dowson has a unique style, often creating techniques all his own, ranging from highly detailed realism to total abstraction; his tools include painting knives, brushes, and his own fingers. His creative abilities capture the essence of the islands’ beauty in seascapes, landscapes, waterfalls, and volcanoes.
In May 2007, Dowson was honored by Honolulu’s Bishop Museum as one of the year’s six Mamo (Maoli Arts Month) Awardees, in recognition of his numerous contributions and accomplishments within the community as a Native Hawaiian visual artist. He is a member of the Honolulu Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, and was a past president of the Hawaii Watercolor Society. As a native Hawaiian island painter, Dowson was commissioned by United Airlines to depict the beauty of the islands through Hawaiian eyes for its award-winning film, “Hawaii, Our Little Corner of the World.” These canvases now hang in United’s home office in Chicago, Illinois.