Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ekahaunaele, of the Big Island of Hawaii, has successfully lobbied Hawaii authorities to change their data entry rules to allow for her full name to be printed on her driver’s license.
The problem was brought to the attention of the Department of Transportation after Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ekahaunaele faced difficulties during a traffic stop last month. The police officer who stopped her gave her a hard time for not having her proper name on the official, state-issued document.
Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ekahaunaele took her story to the press and the authorities finally changed their computer system to accommodate the Big Island woman, as well as anyone else who might have an uber-long name.
Previously, the names on driver’s licenses were limited to 35 characters, and this left Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ekahaunaele without a final “e” (though her name is 35 letters long, the ‘okina, which looks like an apostrophe, nudged off the “e” at the end). Her first name had also been omitted.
The new rules now allow 40 characters for last names, 40 characters for first names, and 35 for middle names.
The 54-year-old woman, whose maiden name is Worth, took the lengthy name after marrying her Hawaiian husband in 1992. He used it as his only name and it was given to him by his grandfather who came upon in a dream, according to reports. One of the meanings for Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ekahaunaele is “When there is chaos and confusion, you are one that will stand up and get people to focus in one direction and come out of the chaos.”
Keihanaikukauakahihulihe’ekahaunaele lost her husband in 2008 and felt it important to keep his name for the sake of legacy.