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STD app Hula will get new name after complaints

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:17 p.m. HST, May 06, 2014

The founder of an app called "Hula" that provides information about sexually transmitted diseases says he plans to change its name after complaints that it's culturally insensitive to Hawaiians.

Ramin Bastani told The Associated Press on Tuesday that after weeks of learning to understand the concerns of the Native Hawaiian community, he's moving forward with changing the app's name.

An online petition asking him to change the name argues that the name exploits a sacred cultural art form. Bastani previously resisted changing the name even after the petition gained attention in March. But he said he immediately removed any references to "getting lei'd" in marketing the app.

He says he'll continue to educate others not to associate "getting lei'd" with his health tool.

Bastani says a new name hasn't been determined.

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LRC wrote:
on May 6,2014 | 01:57PM
vife wrote:
Thanks to the three girls from Kamehameha Schools - Maui Campus!!! Good job!
on May 6,2014 | 02:16PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
The new name? "Rain Dance!"
on May 6,2014 | 03:34PM
BigBird001 wrote:
The new name really should be Bastani'd.
on May 6,2014 | 04:15PM
Anonymous wrote:
Should change the name to Tango or Cha-Cha.
on May 6,2014 | 04:50PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Can't do that. Tango and Cha-Cha might be sacred to some Latinos.
on May 6,2014 | 08:55PM
seaborn wrote:
on May 6,2014 | 06:50PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Here we go again. So hula is now a sacred cultural art form. I don't dispute hula being a cultural art form, but to say that it is sacred is absurd. All Native Hawaiians have to do to get their way is to call something sacred.
on May 6,2014 | 08:55PM
DiverDave wrote:
"sacred cultural art form" Just a bunch of whinny cry babies!
on May 7,2014 | 06:57AM
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