Company gets new name after protests by Hawaiians – West Hawaii Today


Company gets new name after protests by Hawaiians West Hawaii Today The state Senate Hawaiian Affairs Caucus and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs had issued a statement calling the Hula name “highly insensitive, tactless and inappropriate.” After…

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According to the Associated Press, a company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records announced a new name Wednesday after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula in its promotional materials.  The Los Angeles-based company will now be called Healthvana, Inc.  The previous name Hula drew complaints that it was "culturally insensitive."  An online petition asked founder and CEO Ramin Bastani to change the name because "it exploited a sacred cultural dance."  Bastini removed any references to "getting lei’d" in company marketing material but said the Hula name would remain.  In May, however, Bastini announced the name would change, after he understood the concerns of Native Hawaiians.  OHA CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe said the change was appreciated, "in acknowledgement that no culture should be demeaned for profit or convenience."  Aloha, Russ.

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Learn to recognize Hawaiian medicinal plants – YouTube


A free four-week workshop starting in July will help people recognize Hawaiian medicinal plants in their own backyards. Subscribe to KITV on YouTube now for …

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A nice, concise video from KITV-4 News in Honolulu about an upcoming month-long workshop on recognizing Hawaiian medical plants in your own back yard.  Cultural practitioner Leina’ala Bright will teach the course.  For details, visit http://kitv.com.  Aloha, Russ.

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