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http://www.petitiononline.com/Kahuna04/petition.html




I don't like to pass these things on to people but I thought this deserved some attention. Someone juan70x started a petition regarding DODGE coming out w/ a new car coming out this year, the Dodge Kahuna (Dodge PT Cruiser?)

Personally, my feelings towards the Hawaiian language and any other language is different. I'm not a language nazi where strict rules in a language are important to me. These people are known as "Grammarians", but we all know they're just language nazis who don't understand evolution of a language.

In this particular situation, I explained to this person who initiated the petition exactly what "kahuna" means, which basically means a skilled person. I gave him a list (see below) of the different types of kahuna, but by the turn of the last century the word "kahuna" was synonymous with "priest". In any case, I only signed it b/c everytime there's a hint of cultural appropriation/exploitation, you know I'll be the first one to say something. So it's up to you if you find this should be worth signing or not.

http://www.petitiononline.com/Kahuna04/petition.html



Types of Kahunas

kauka ha'iha'i iwi - bone setter
lomilomi - massage expert
la'au lapa'au - herb doctor
niho - tooth doctor (today we use kauka niho for a dentist)
kaukaukalolo - tattoo expert
wehewehe - dream interpreter
imu (umu) keeper of the oven; cooking expert
po'o - high priest
kilokilo - reader of skies & omens
kalai - carving expert
ho'oulu'ai - agriculture expert
nanina'ouli - character reader
a'o - teacher of sorcery
kuehu - one who drove off evil spirits
kaula - prophet
'ana'ana, ho'ounauna, kuni - those who used black magic
ninau 'uhane - one who speaks to spirits
haha - one who diagnoses illness by feeling the body
kumu hula - one in charge of hula halau
ho'ohanau keiki - midwife
ho'ohapai keiki - one who cared for women carrying child; labor inducers
mamake kaua - one who plotted & led wars
pa'ao'ao - diagnosis of children's diseases
la'au kahea - faith healing
haku mele ula - makers of chants & music
kalai wa'a - canoe maker
'ea - one who could raise the dead
'o'o - one who healed by bleeding the ill
ho'okele - navigator
wanana i ke au o ka manawa - reader of weather signs
kelamoku - expert seaman (I'm certain this term is new)
lawai'amanu - expert bird catcher
ka'a kaua - war strategist
papa po'o - leader of the warriors
lawelawe iwi - one who cared for bones of the dead
lawai'a kolau - expert catching fish w/ a net
'upena hana - expert fish net maker
kukei'i wana'ao - expert story teller
hale kukulu - expert house builder
hui - member of the chief's court who led functions/ceremonies
i'e kuku ho'ooki - expert tapa maker
ho'a 'ahu - one who supplied clothing for chief & court


http://www.petitiononline.com/Kahuna04/petition.html



Many people may ask, "Whats the big deal?"

The big deal is that they are naming this car after a sacred Hawaiian name/word and I have a problem with that. Please sign the petition. It will take less than three minutes to do so. Thank you!

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kingalii
Jan. 6th, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
You so smart... I should have had you tutor me when I was having a hard time in Hawaiian class...
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