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Hawaii woman with long last name gets new ID cards

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:14 p.m. HST, Dec 30, 2013

A Hawaii woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally gotten the whole thing to fit on her driver's license and state identification card.

Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has a surname that consists of 35 letters plus an okina, a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet. She received her new license and ID after her campaign to get her full name on the cards prompted the state Department of Transportation to change its policy to expand the number of characters that can appear.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, 54, said Monday that she's happy she was able to help fix the problem of identification cards lacking sufficient space for long names.

"Now, in the state of Hawaii, we are no longer second class citizens because of the length of our name," she said.

Hawaii driver's licenses and ID cards previously had room for names totaling up to 35 characters. The new policy allows 40 characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele got the name when she married her Hawaiian husband in 1992.

He used only the one name, which his grandfather gave him after it came to him in a dream.

Under the old policy, Hawaii County issued Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele her driver's license and state ID with the last letter of her name chopped off. And it omitted her first name.

She told news media about the issue earlier this year after a policeman gave her a hard time about her driver's license during a traffic stop.

Last month, the state Department of Transportation announced it expanded the character limits.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is now hoping to get the Social Security Administration to allow more characters on its identification cards.

The agency's cards have two lines for names. The first line has 26 spaces for first and middle names while the second line has 26 spaces for a last name and suffix.

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control wrote:
The name expansion was part of the federal government's requirements for Real ID which requires all states to meet new federal standards for length of names, not the result of a campaign.
on December 30,2013 | 01:53PM
lowtone123 wrote:
So what's going to happen the next time when someone goes to get a driver's license here that has a name that is longer?
on December 30,2013 | 02:10PM
They will expand the needed fields to 40 letters.
on December 30,2013 | 05:18PM
Hahaione2000 wrote:
omg overkill
on December 30,2013 | 03:10PM
bullturd wrote:
Just thinking...how long does it take her to sign credit card purchase's, and are her personal checks printed on legal sheet paper? Just thinking....
on December 30,2013 | 03:40PM
bumbye wrote:
SA reports her long name is 35 letters plus an 'okina, yet they do not put the 'okina in her name.
on December 30,2013 | 04:57PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Yeah, pretty ironic.
on December 31,2013 | 03:13AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No one has the last name of Hanabata, while we all know of a Hanakuso, er I mean a Hanabusa.
on December 31,2013 | 06:46AM
Ronin006 wrote:
I think the name is bogus. It supposedly was the name given to the woman’s husband by his grandfather who got the name in a dream. Most people can’t remember their dreams two or three minutes after awakening and we are expected to believe the grandfather remembered a name with 36 characters. It would be nice to know the name his father gave him and what name appears on his birth certificate. My guess is that it is different. Will someone prove me wrong?
on December 30,2013 | 04:57PM
Try and relate it to this-many American Indians' names are just as mentioned in the story. It is a dream or an identifying place or thing that represents the life of the person inheriting the meaning of the name. Simple as that.
on December 30,2013 | 05:20PM
syhud wrote:
Bogus is right. Like all those bogus names of the Hottie of the Week SP STREETPULSE on this site. Come on girlfriend, you're supposedly hot AND have and EXOTIC name? Pleazzzzzzzzzze!
on December 31,2013 | 02:51AM
paniolo wrote:
If the new licenses can fit 40 characters, why couldn't it fit 40 characters before? The license is still the same size.
on December 30,2013 | 06:25PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Government work is by the book. Need acts of congress to change procedures.
on December 31,2013 | 06:44AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
What about the husband?
on December 31,2013 | 06:43AM
Ewaduffer wrote:
Oh, you mean Bob Smith?
on December 31,2013 | 07:00AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Not a real surname. Silly is what it is.
on December 31,2013 | 07:53AM
slowroll323 wrote:
More than silly; it's stupid!
on December 31,2013 | 03:12PM
mayihavesumor wrote:
What rights was she denied as a former "2nd class citizen" besides the "right" to have your name spelled correctly on your drivers license? Voting? property ownership? employment?
on December 31,2013 | 08:56AM
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