Tom Mehau is an artist from the Kamoku-Kapulena Hawaiian Homesteads near Kamuela on Hawaii Island. He is best known for his highly detailed pen and ink renderings, some of which can be seen in P.F. “Ski” Kwiatkowski’s book The Hawaiian Tattoo. While attending the HOEA arts program for Native Hawaiians in 2010, he made a natural transition into small-scaled carving under the tutelage of Maori Master Carver Stacy Gordine. His attention to line, form and detail has extended smoothly into this new medium. He is the co-founder of the Waimea Artists’ Guild, an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.
Tom is a long time resident of Waimea, where he lives with his wife Beth and three of their six daughters.