Monday, August 28, 2006

Goodbye Joe

Update 8/29/06 - Joe Maize died last night. This morning we are all trying hard to adjust to the unimaginable: a sandworld without Joe.

A site for online tributes to Joe has been set up at

Update 8/31 - An e-mail from Joe's sister Jackie:

As many of you may know, my brother, Joe has passed away. I thought I would go into his address book and personally tell everyone that you were all special to him. I know that he wrote you often in bulk e-mails because I got them too. His stories of his travels were pretty great. He wrote the way he talked. He was very entertaining. I am in Hawaii right now making his final arrangements. He has requested that his ashes be divided and sent to Harrison and Florida, which I believe the portion that goes to Florida will also be divided and will travel to Europe as he always did. Of course, some will stay here in Hawaii and be spread on Waikiki beach. In the last days that I spoke with Joe, he told me that he had a great life. He was proud of all the things he accomplished and that he had the opportunity to travel around the world.

I understand that the ashes sent to Harrison will be mingled with sand that Joe wished us to use in a special sculpture. I also have been told that a collection will be taken up there to help cover Joe's final expenses. If you are not going to be in Harrison and would still like to contribute, you can send funds directly to Jackie at the following address:

Jackie Schmidt
9532 Ronda Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad to hear of Joe's passing. We have great memories with him in the early days, and recall seeing him on Waikiki Beach doing his stuff years before we ever got involved with sculpting. A smile on a weathered face, always having a good time.....this is how we will remember him, and his artistry that brought a smile to us. Thanks for letting us know. I bet the heavens will be taking on some interesting shapes in the days to come, as I'm sure Joe will work his magic there too.
I hope there will be something special at Harrison this year as a rememberance.....keep us posted. Sonja & Mark (Freddie & the Sandblasters, from way back)

1:43 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

The wow factor in the tribute link for Joe is simply incredible - folks from all over the world.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just recently stumbled upon your blog and was so heartbroken to only hear now that Joe passed on several years ago. I met Joe way back in 1982 when I was visiting Honolulu on a 3 week business trip. At that time, Joe's reputation for building remarkable sand sculptures was just beginning to catch on. Over the 3 weeks, Joe and I hung out from time. That experience is indelibly marked in my memory. He was a very special guy with talent to burn, a free spirit and consummate artist.

RIP my dear friend!

Mahalo and forever Aloha!

Rick from Boston

9:55 AM  

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