360° Coverage : APNewsBreak: Hawaiians spur STD app's name change

2 Updates

APNewsBreak: Hawaiians spur STD app's name change

May 6 2014, 6:50pm CDT | by

HONOLULU (AP) — A sexual health information app called "Hula" will be changing its name after complaints that it is culturally insensitive to Native Hawaiians, the app's owner said...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

19 weeks ago

APNewsBreak: Hawaiians spur STD app's name change

May 6 2014, 6:50pm CDT | by

HONOLULU (AP) — A sexual health information app called "Hula" will be changing its name after complaints that it is culturally insensitive to Native Hawaiians, the app's owner said Tuesday.

Ramin Bastani, founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Qpid.me Inc., said that after weeks of learning to understand concerns of the Native Hawaiian community, he's moving forward with the name change.

"We immediately engaged the community and listened with an open mind," he said. "By doing so, we gained a great respect for hula, the Hawaiian culture and its history."

An online petition asking him to change the name argued that it exploits a sacred cultural dance. Bastani previously said the name would remain, even after the petition gained some attention in March, but he immediately removed any references to "getting lei'd" in marketing the app.

"As we continued to listen and learn, we realized this is the right thing for us to do," he said. Recently, the controversy seemed to die down, he said, but that "quiet period" allowed the company to "truly reflect."

Bastani apologized to anyone who was offended by the name.

"That was absolutely never our intent," he said.

On Friday, the state Senate Hawaiian Affairs Caucus and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs issued a statement calling the name "highly insensitive, tactless and inappropriate." An OHA spokesman on Tuesday said he would reach out to the leadership for reaction to the latest development.

Bastani said a new name hasn't been determined, but he assured it won't have anything to do with Hawaii.

"We promise to change the name in the very near future," he said, estimating it will happen in the next month or so, after ironing out legal details and other issues.

"We need to redo our entire website, all of our marketing, our application," he said. "There's a lot we need to do."

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

The free app's website says its functions include helping users find an STD test center, get the results online, and share their verified STD status with people they choose.

Bastani said the app is about "helping people retrieve and share health information."

___

Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa .

 
Update
2

2 weeks ago

Khazanah throws MAS RM6b lifeline

Aug 29 2014 5:01pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 30, 2014 1:15 AMKHAZANAH Nasional will inject RM6 billion (SS$2.4 billion) over three years to resuscitate loss-making Malaysia Airlines (MAS) under a recovery plan that includes even an Act of Parliament. Other key moves are migrating its operations, assets and liabilities to a new co ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 
Update
1

3 weeks ago

MAS posts loss of RM307m for Q2

Aug 28 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 29, 2014 1:13 AMMALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) registered a loss of RM307 million (S$122 million) for the second quarter to end-June, but warned of worse to come in the second half when the "full financial impact of t ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Associated Press</a>
The Associated Press (AP) is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Ebola hit countries to lose $809 million by 2015: World Bank
This projected loss will be the medium-term impact of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on these countries, Xinhua reported.
 
 
Russian food ban deals blow to Austrian pork farmers
Vienna, Sep 19 (IANS) Russian import ban imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis brought down the price of pork in Austria, affecting the farmers in the country.
 
 
Russia seeks to keep out foreigners from media business
Moscow, Sep 18 (IANS) Russia will soon introduce a bill in parliament to restrict foreign ownership in Russian media, a media report said Thursday.
 
 
France to help set up hospital in Guinea to fight Ebola
Paris, Sep 18 (IANS) French President Francois Hollande Thursday said his country would help set up a military hospital in Guinea to assist in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Undelivered aid commitments hamper progress on MDGs: UN report
United Nations, Sep 19 (IANS) A UN report released here Thursday said that undelivered aid commitments by developed countries are holding back progress on the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Israel not to tolerate 'drizzle' of rockets: PM
Jetusalem, Sep 19 (IANS) Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Hamas knows well that Israel will not tolerate a "drizzle" of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, according to a statement released by...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Obama pledges diplomatic resolution of Ukraine crisis
Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday pledged continued efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. "In addition to the concrete expressions of support through security...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Luke Evans wants to dine with Meryl Streep
Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) If actor Luke Evans had a chance, he would love to take Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep for dinner someday. He finds Streep to be quite "lovely". "I'd like to have dinner with Meryl...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
US Senate approves plan to train, arm Syrian rebels
Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) The US Senate Thursday approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels in the efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group, a day after the House of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Security ramped up after terror plot on Australian Parliament revealed
Melbourne, Sep 19 (IANS) Australian authority Friday has ramped up security in the capital of Canberra after potential terror attack plot against the Parliament House and the country's top leaders was traced....
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jay Z, Beyonce renew wedding vows
Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Singers Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles, who have been surrounded by rumours that their marriage is in trouble, reportedly renewed their wedding vows when the latter celebrated her 33rd birthday...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Jessica Simpson is 'done' having kids
Jessica Simpson is ''done'' having children. The 34-year-old star and her new husband Eric Johnson already have two-year-old daughter Maxwell and 14-month-old son Ace together and they are adamant they don't want to add...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had posters of 'beautiful women' on wall
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley used to have posters of ''beautiful women'' hung on her bedroom wall. The 27-year-old star, who is dating Jason Statham, admits she's never been one to have pictures of hunky men stuck up...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lauren Conrad found picking bridesmaids 'fun'
Lauren Conrad thought it was ''fun'' choosing her bridesmaids for her wedding. The 28-year-old designer tied the knot with 34-year-old William Tell in California earlier this month and she admits she's glad she had 10...
Read more on Celebrity Balla