February 5th, 2004


On the sacredness of the Hawaiian language

Some excerpts from the online petition against Dodge naming a concept car, "Kahuna," that are incredible:

Keni Aikau: "Please do your research before degrading a culture."

Minette Fernandez: "Please respect the Hawaiian culture and its people. Change the name.

Alison Kochiyama: "This misuse of language and disrespect to the Hawaiian people is just another blow to all ethnic cultures."

Shawn Cavaco: "dont do another injustice to Hawaiians"

Dana P.: " I don't believe it's right to take such a name to enhance it's name. Offense is taken from it because it has lost it's true meaning and by naming a car after this would slaughter the word entirely and bring down part of the language with it, as well."

Nancy Green: "Stop racist behavior!!!!"

It's clear that many people dont appreciate the misuse of Hawaiian words out of respect for Hawaiian people. I will be footnoting aforementioned quotes to introduce that wave against the misuse of the word "Hapa." Perhaps some people will finally GET IT.

If you have not already done so please sign the petition below:


Its up to 2941 signatures already. I guess people are taking a stand against the rape of the Hawaiian language :)

Emails between Manu Boyd and I


Subject: Re: Urgent

Aloha e Manu,
I remember you from Kamehameha Schools. I'm also a graduate of Kamehameha, class of 1985. I didn't mean to come off as pushy or threatening but there have been times... more often than not... when Hawaiian leaders don't listen to other Hawaiians so I apologize for my tone in the two emails I have sent to you so far. I'm Hawaiian though so whenever I write to you or send an email to OHA it's so that the younger Hawaiian kids coming after me will be heard etc. Its quite frustrating to say the least. Anyway thank you for responding to me. I appreciate it.


Manu Boyd:

I totally agree, and no need to apologize.

Aloha, Manu

He just made me cry. Oh and he good looking *LOL* but he mahu. Not my kine and I not his kine.

More comments from the petition

Mahina Viritua: "This is EXPLOITATION & COMMERCIALIZING our culture, like everything else, and not giving a thing back!!"

Audy Kimura: "The Hawaiian language exists only in one part of the world and the improper use of "Kahuna" denigrates its true meaning. Surely Dodge can find another name which will not offend the Hawaiian culture and those like myself who love and hold it sacred."

Carly Ululani Oliva: "People need to stop viewing the Hawaiian culture as a thing to be used as they please and begin to show respect for a culture that is older than the United States of America."

Marilyn Miller: "Please respect our culture. Thank you"

James K Akaka Sr.: "Please respect our Hawaiian culture."

Cayleb Lorenzo: "we Hawaiian people have deep meanings for our words and the word "Kahuna" has been misused over and over again. Have some respect for our people and our culture. Stop using native names for your money making stratigies. FIND A NEW NAME FOR SUCH AN UGLY CAR!!!!!!"

Kuuipo Enos: "Its embarrassing as it makes our culture look like fools - lack of respect to our culture and people is what I see. Surely they would not allow others to slander or tease their culture."

Perhaps maldito needs to read the signatures in its entirety to see how pissed off some Hawaiians are after the misuse of the word, "Kahuna." I wonder how they would feel about the misuse of the word, "Hapa." They'd probably be pissed off too. Its funny though cuz I had some convos with people who said that the Hawaiians whom they know dont care. Well LOOK. Look da Hawaiians. (That's pidgin by the way.)