Monday, December 11, 2006

Cruise Line to Stop Using an Ad that Offends Native Hawaiians

The cruise line Celebrity Cruises will stop using a magazine ad showing the Native Hawaiian King Kamehameha's statue holding a glass of champagne to promote trips to Hawaii. The advertisement caused outrage among Native Hawaiian groups who were insulted by the photo illustration. "We are terribly sorry that we have offended anyone," said Lynn Martenstein, spokeswoman for Celebrity Cruises. Created by Arnold Communications in Boston, the ad also shocked Hawaii tourism leaders, who say it underscores the need for more efforts to educate tourism companies about Hawaii's native culture. At least there is progress in that everyone is learning from these events.

For more Native culture, see Native American Culture Articles. For artwork, see Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

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