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|Volcano Village Hawaii
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Inspired by this most sacred site in the Hawaiian Islands,Volcano Village is home to many of the very finest artists and crafts
people in the Islands, including painters, photographers, wood workers, fiber artists, glassblowers, jewelers,writers...you name
the art, we do it. It is also the home of many wonderful cottage industries, including candy, cookie and jelly makers, tea
growers, handmade soap and cosmetic makers, herbal and essence concocters--many of whom have home studios you may visit.
This page is devoted to artist Uldra Johnson,
a Volcano multi-media artist and writer.
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For the old Hawaiians, love and bones were intimately intertwined.
Bones, one’s last surviving material expression, possessed mana—
one’s bones mattered more than life itself. If one were loved, one’s
bones were lovingly cleaned, polished and hidden. Down through
the generations, one’s bones would be respected and honored,
sometimes, even deified. Love was the surviving spiritual
expression of who one was—how much love was there, or wasn’t
there, when the bones were laid bare, is what ultimately mattered,
in the most final sense.
On the other hand, if one were unloved, or an enemy got to one’s
bones, they would ignominiously be whittled into fishhooks to be
gnawed on by creatures of the deep or arrowheads with which to
shoot despised rats.
The respected chronicler of Hawaiian culture, Mary Kawena
Pukui, once said that, in Hawaii, unrequited love makes the best
stories; hence, most of the old Polynesian legends and myths are
tragic in nature. Aptly then, six of the stories in Bones of Love are
tragic, though they each express elements of love’s sublimity; the
seventh, the title story, is the eternal tale, Hawaiian style, of how
ultimately, true love triumphs over tragedy. Woven of bones and
love, here are eight beautifully provocative, sometimes strangely
disturbing, stories of a sadly vanquished culture and how it loved —
“The Bird Catcher,” “House of Bones,” “Warrior Woman,”
“Broken Vow,” “Where Has He Gone?,” “Bones of Love,”
“Thigh Bone," and "Little Stones."
|Available here at Amazon. com
Also available in the
Volcano Art Center Gallery
and other fine galleries
on the Big Island
|Uldra is also the author of two great Big Island travel guides:
"The Insider's Guide to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, The Best Things to
See and Do at Kilauea Volcano, including Volcano Village"
"The New Insider's Guide to the Best Beaches of the Big Island Hawaii"
Both available at Amazon.com in paperback and digital editions.
|What to see and do in Volcano Village?
It is said that Buddhists, particularly
those who have taken the Bodhisattva
Vow, should regard any image of
Buddha as an actual Buddha. My tsa
tsas are primitive art works; any
seemingly “imperfections” are
actually adornments. I like for them
to look as if they had been hidden
away in some secret cave for
centuries. They are all handstamped
on the bottom with my art signature.
This one is approximately 3.75 by 3
|Tsa tsas are precious small statues of
Buddhas and holy beings that grace one’s
mind with spiritual merit and one’s home
with an aura of holiness. A tradition
practiced for centuries in Tibet, the
making of these holy objects pacifies
negative karma and creates positive
conditions for a beneficial future. The tsa
tsa here is of Je Tsongkhapa, one of the
most highly revered of all Tibetan
teachers, and considered to be a Buddha
emanation of Avolokiteshvara,
Manjushri, and Vajrapani. It is said that
by just having a statue of Je Tsongkhapa
in your home, your home will be a holy
environment and will always be protected
|This beauiful treasure is made from clay,
as tsa tsas traditionally are, and he is
both pit-fired and raku-fired, a six-step
process. He holds in his hands, which are
in the mudra of “turning the wheel of
Dharma,” a small cubic zirconium
diamond. He is embellished with a glaze
containing 22 carat gold.
My tsa tsas are not for sale. I offer my
tsa tsa's by donation to bless the minds of
practitioners, so that I can continue to
make them as a spiritual practice.
Current cost to make:
To inquire: email here
|Je Tsongkhapa Buddha Tsa Tsa
|Check out some of Uldra's unique photography here:
Uldra's non-traditional photography
The Photographic Art of Patty Uldra Johnson Part II
|Uldra's tiny aumakua statues are available at
The Volcano Art Center Gallery
The Banyon Gallery in Hilo
and other fine Big Island Galleries
|Some of her work is available here:
Uldra Johnson at FineArtAmerica
|Uldra Johnson selected prints are avilable here at
|Enjoy Uldra's latest video here:
The Bag Lady
|For reproductions of these and
other works as cards, prints,
etc, and to see more work... go
here to FineArtAmerica