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Im quite SHOCKED that the petition against Dodge naming a prototype vehicle, "Kahuna," is now up to 751 signatures. So far I have seen respected Keola Beamer and Keith Haugen's names there. Author of "Dismembering Lahui," Jon Osorio has also signed the petition. Neil Hannahs of Kamehameha Schools also signed. Noenoe Silva who uncovered the Ku'e Petitions (petitions which Hawaiians signed against statehood uncovered publicly in 1998). Even Tony Kapualanimaikanoholaniakeahiamauloaokailiuauaokalani Conjugacion signed. Hes a singer. Kamehameha Schools spokesman Kekoa Paulsen also signed. WoW!!!!!!! So far I was impressed with this comment by someone named Kuuipo Kumukahi:

"We have a copyright on the term/word "kahuna" - it's not free - it belongs to our families - you can license the word from us - we will send you a contract and we will be glad to collect royalties on it. Our terms will be specific and the contract is non-negotiable - you have to pay up front for everything and then there are more conditions so make sure you read it carefully - seems to me we could collect a lot of money for a long time - and sue Dodge if Dodge should step out of line. Dodge has not been granted permission to use the term/word "kahuna" until the contract is signed."

Many people like to disrespect Hawaiians like when they use the HAWAIIAN word "hapa" to describe themselves *LOL* but ANYWAY this is a good sign. Definitely a GOOD SIGN! :)

See and sign the petition at



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Feb. 3rd, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC)
stop thinking like me or else i will straddle you. well... not really *lol*
Feb. 3rd, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)

Maybe it will snowball into the emasculated use of the word Hapa?

This is one of the reasons I was moved to do this, outside of just the online circles. I had joined the hapas group on here hoping to find some like-minded people, and I have. But I wasn't aware that the word had become something else. I mean if you take something from another culture and use it for yourself, most of the people I know would use it with respect. That to me is common sense. But there are others who will take anything that's "exotic" or "foreign", put a smile on it and boom, happiness. It's amazing that something as simple as "respect" is just tossed out the window.

I am sure some people might see it as bickering over a little word, but when it's done once, it will be done again, and I have too much respect for it to happen again. My goal was to bring attention to it, and I have.
Feb. 3rd, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
766. Nancy C. Griffin How about "Ka Koa" (The Warrior) instead??

Ka? *L* Ke. I like KUKAE much better. ;)

At the soc cult hawaiian newsgroup where I posted a hyperlink for people to read then signt the petition there were many people who were against it and who basically stated, "Why bother?" One even laughed at me for the petition only had about 57 signatures at the time.

Wait till after the full moon pass and post that link again and let them know the amt. *L* They're a bunch of idiots. Stupid haoles!
Feb. 3rd, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
"Ka? *L* Ke. I like KUKAE much better. ;)"

Well that is a good name *L*

Wait till after the full moon pass and post that link again and let them know the amt. *L* They're a bunch of idiots. Stupid haoles!

Oh I already posted... Hopefully it will show soon so I can read some o ka stupid responses *LMAO*

Feb. 3rd, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
I think I'll sign in under "kolohe" or something and suggest the KUKAE name. *L*
Feb. 3rd, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
No... No do dat or else the petition going lose its credibility LOL
Feb. 3rd, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
Huh, I think Harley Davidson had this problem when they called one of their motorcycles an "Indian".

Feb. 4th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
i dont know how that ended but its fairly obvious that they didnt listen to natives
Feb. 3rd, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it made a difference or not, but I sent an e-mail with a link to the petition to some hawaiian language teachers and some Hawaiian studies majors.

No matter what happened, it's impressive to see this list of petitioners grow exponentially in such a short time. We have to make sure we send it not just to people who will sign it, but to people who will forward it to other people.
Feb. 3rd, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
It probably or most probably made a difference. I should look for your name there. Oh yeah... whats your full name again? *lol*
Feb. 3rd, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
That is a freak'in long ass name...
Feb. 4th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Yeah I was surprised too.
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