A former hula student who filed for a tradename matching her former teacher's halau name is now indicating she won't pursue the name after all. Sawako Van Osdol and her husband have agreed to participate in a Hawaiian practice called ho'oponopono, to settle the dispute. The couple released a statement on social media saying in part, "this matter arose out of a misunderstanding between two hula sisters which should've been resolved privately..." The Van Osdol's also add "...perhaps there were missteps that happened between all of the parties involved."
Last week Monday, Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe told Island News she was upset she may be forced to change her hula school's name after Van Osdol filed for tradename rights for her halau's name in Japan.
In an earlier statement, Sawako Van Osdol said she filed an application "in order to prevent an unrelated third-party from registering there first."
Dalire-Moe, who founded the halau in 2003 says Van Osdol did not have permission or her blessing to file ownership papers. And she tells Island News she will not participate in a ho'oponopono with them.
Dalire-Moe adds, "When I receive a paper or document that states they have rescinded their application from the tradename office in Japan, I will be fine with everything and can proceed to move forward".
Van Osdol's statement released on Wednesday reads "Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea is not presently registered as a trade name in Japan, nor is anyone presently in the process of actively pursuing its registration."
Island News has not yet been able to confirm the trade name filing has been withdrawn. The controversy set off a firestorm on social media. It's triggered concerns among a number of kumu hula who are now considering trademarking their halau names, as well.
Island News first aired our coverage of the story on December 11th. The Van Osdol's have claimed Island News did not make a good faith effort to contact them. In actuality, we made repeated interview requests before and after each of our reports.That offer still stands.
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