Dec 11 2011

Is it possible to misappropriate hula? Of course…

Reposting Steven Espaniola’s diatribe at his Tumblr which is a very important one considering some people may not have noticed this blatant sign of disrespect… but he did:

 

 

Screen cap Photo Credit: Steven Espaniola. Used for educational purposes only.

Screen cap Photo Credit: Steven Espaniola. Used for educational purposes only.

 

There was a point in history (decades actually) when hula was banned by the occupying Missionaries and it was not until the accomplishments of our last great King David Kalākaua, that hula was revived and restored to it’s rightful status.

The irony in all of this is that we’ve come full circle with ads like this one doing the same sort of damage, perpetuating the same type message that the early Missionaries preached which was that hula was a bad and shameful thing. It most certainly is NOT!

We need to put an immediate stop to these types of ads the moment we notice them so that we can educate the masses about the importance of hula and our culture. If you are reading this and share my thoughts, please take a moment to send Travelocity your feedback by clicking on the link below:

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Steven Espaniola