Hawaii Can't Fit Woman's Last Name On License

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, September 13, 2013

A Hawaii woman's last name is a real mouthful, containing 36 letters and 19 syllables in all. And it's so long that she couldn't get a driver's license with her correct name.

Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is in the midst of a fight with state and local officials to ensure that her full name gets listed on a license or ID card.

The documents only have room for 35 characters, so Hawaii County instead issued her driver's license and her ID with the last letter of her name chopped off. And it omitted her first name.

The 54-year-old Big Island resident wrote her mayor and city councilwoman for help, but the county said the state computer system they used wouldn't allow names longer than 35 characters.


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