Joe, who has been with UH Mānoa for almost thirty years, is currently Professor of Theatre and Resident Scenic Designer for the Department of Theatre and Dance, where he has also served as Director of Design for the last decade. Locally, he has designed for almost every theatre group in the islands. On the regional theatre circuit, he has designed for the Children's Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Alliance Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Lincoln Center Institute, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company and the Fulton Opera House.
Internationally, his designs have been seen in China, Russia, Scotland, Micronesia, Saipan and the Philippines. Photos of his designs have been published in books and journals. In addition to designing for the theatre, he has recently begun illustrating children's books, with four titles to date, two of which have been recipients of illustration awards; a fifth title is currently in progress.