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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:


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

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

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maldito
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
Took me over 40 mins. to go through the entire thing beginning w/ 800 something. And now it nearly doubled so it'll be awhile before I read thru everything. *L* I was going print um...maybe that might be easier. less time and I can read um on the bus. *L*
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
I gotta print it off too cuz I like post em on my Hawaiian pages.
juan70x
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition

It's been crazy. I even did an interview with a TV station here, the same station that "let me go" over two years ago due to "budget cuts". One of the news anchors goes "I believe John knows his way around here."

BTW - I know you're busy, but you had said you had wanted me to perhaps take this further. Any ideas on how to take things to the next step would be appreciated.
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
John,
First I would go through the emails if you can and send them to each person especially the notable people from Hawai'i. I would thank them first and foremost.

After that I would contact different mediums like major news networks. Write out a press release. If you dont want to do that I'll do it for you.

Id also make a webpage advertising this because it touches farther than just the word "kahuna." Its about the culture, the people, the language... everything Hawaiian. If you dont want to do this then I'll post it all on one of my Hawaiian pages which Im presently working on but you have to start somewhere. Remember when it only had 56 signatures?

Anyway I wrote an email to you. I hope you got it. If not please write back to me! lanaicecream@hotmail.com because last time you didnt get my email.

juan70x
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
Sounds good. How about this, I'll write out a formal press release, pass it to you and you can go through it, see what jumps out at you the most.

I e-mailed you before about your brother's music, but not sure if that got to you as well. But I'll do a test e-mail to see. Sending it your way.
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
Okay... I hope I get it cuz last time you didnt respond to my email. Anyway if you work on the press releases... I can make copies and send them to other places as well. I'll wait for your email though: lanaicecream@hotmail.com
juan70x
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
Okay. I sent a test e-mail already.
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
I didnt get it yet
juan70x
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
I didnt get it yet

Hmmm. I just e-mailed test e-mail #2. It should be coming from my yahoo address.
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
Its still not here. Its probably yahoo, John. I swear... Im not getting anything from you :(
juan70x
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition

Its still not here. Its probably yahoo, John. I swear... Im not getting anything from you :(

Hmmm. Okay, I normally don't use my AOL account, but I'll try that.
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
Okay or you can always open a hotmail account. I dont know what it is about Yahoo email accounts but they hardly if ever get to me at my hotmail account.
juan70x
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition

Okay or you can always open a hotmail account. I dont know what it is about Yahoo email accounts but they hardly if ever get to me at my hotmail account.

If the AOL one doesn't work, I'll go for hotmail.
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
Oh okay.
haolegirl
Feb. 5th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Petition
Okay I got your aol one
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