It's the same here on Hawaii Island. I did not invent the name punatic.
However taking a slur and turning it into a badge of honor sends a message.
I remember an incident at a homebrew compettion one time where the awards ceremony MC announced, "Those guys from Florida sure don't know much about first place." Well, we made that our slogan and came back the next year and took nearly all of their first places and their coveted club cup too.