Hawaii tells Janice Keihanaikukauakah- ihuliheekahaunaele to change her name

Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has a really long last name. She got it from her late husband, and the state of Hawaii wants her to change it since it won’t fit on her driver’s license.

(I had to put a hyphen in the title because her name wouldn’t fit on the blog!)

Or more precisely, they’re able to fit her 35-character last name on her license, but then they can’t fit her first – which has gotten her into trouble when law enforcement has asked for her license, seen no first name, and then questioned whether the license is legit.

The state has told her to change her last name, she says no way.


The local Hawaii TV news has gotten involved, and now it looks like the state that finally figured out that it’s not very polite to tell someone to change their family name because it’s inconvenient to rewrite your computer code.

I think my favorite part of the video below is how the TV reporter doesn’t blink at pronouncing the woman’s name perfectly. ¬†Watch it below, it’s pretty cool.

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