A friend posted on his Facebook page that Kukai changed its name.
It turns out that kukai means shit in Hawaiian. This would’ve been a sticky move for the company if they wanted to set up business on the Islands. This probably means they were considering just such an expansion when the kukai hit the fan. What’s surprising is that no one has alerted them to this long ago. Maybe someone had, but it took this long to do something about it. In Japan, their name is Kookai, which would’ve been perfectly acceptable on these shores (maybe even in Hawaii) except that there is a French company doing business under that name here, according to their website.
So, now Kukai has changed its name to Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya. Anyway, welcome again to a good friend.