Wednesday 17 January 2018

What's in a name? Well, about 50 letters in Hawaii

Janice pictured with a friend
Janice pictured with a friend

Nick Allen Los Angeles

Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, a Hawaiian woman, has accused officials of ignoring the state's heritage by asking her to shorten her name on official documents.

She was issued with a driving licence that cut out the final letter of her last name, and doesn't include her first and middle names at all.

Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele told Honolulu television station KHON2 that truncating her name was "disrespectful to the Hawaiian people. The county has never accommodated my name on my driver's licence".

Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele says officials have asked her to use her maiden name or shorten her surname to make things easier for all concerned.

But she wants to retain the full name in tribute to her late husband. In an email she sent several years ago, which was published by the website Gawker, she said: "To some people in the world, your name is everything. If I say my name to an elder Hawaiian (kupuna), they know everything about my husband's family going back many generations, just from the name.

"When the name is sliced up, changed or altered it distorts the intention and meaning that the name represents."

After being pressured by KHON2, the local Department of Transportation said it would try to accommodate the full name. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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