A new iPhone app is causing controversy among native Hawaiians and island residents.
The app is called “Hula” but it has nothing to do with the Hawaiian dance.
The app helps users find locations to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease and have their results sent directly to their smartphone.
“Step back and take a good look at what the Hawaiian culture is all about, and he will realize what his app could do, and how it does not have to be associated with our own cultural heritage,” The Queen’s Medical Center Native Hawaiian Health director Dr. Diane Paloma said.
The founder and CEO of the Hula app responded, “In no way did we intend to offend anyone, especially the Hawaiian community – and for doing so, we deeply apologize. We have already taken steps to gain a better understanding of hula, the Hawaiian culture and its history.”
No word yet if he will change the name of the app.